Health insurance for Russia
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 8, 2013 12:13 PM Last Post By: BUPA
Feb 3, 2013 9:19 AM
Health insurance for RussiaI have my appointment to apply for my single-entry tourist visa (for 10 days in March) for Russia tomorrow morning. In reviewing the required documents, I noticed a thing about health insurance. From the ILS Visa Application center website: Health insurance. Health insurance policy must conform to the provisions of the Health Insurance of foreign nationals staying temporarily in the Russian Federation, approved by Government of the Russian Federation of December 11, 1998 № 1488 - for U.S. citizens and other states in the basis of reciprocity.
I currently have public insurance (NY state medicaid-Health Plus) and my travel partner has private insurance through his university employer. Because it is a Sunday and my appointment at the visa app center is first thing in the morning, I won't be able to contact my insurance provider to see if I'm covered for international travel (they are only open M-F). In case it matters, I paid for the trip with my debit card, not with a credit card, so I don't think that debit cards offer basic travel coverage like credit cards sometimes do.
I was thinking about purchasing travelers insurance through Travel Guard anyway, for flight/baggage protection anyway. It has basic medical coverage--would this be enough to satisfy the Russian visa health insurance requirement? What do I need to do here?
Feb 3, 2013 12:42 PM
I'm Danish, not from the U.S. so that might change things a bit...
What I needed was a confirming letter from my insurance company with the insurance duration, that it includes Russia or is world wide, and so forth...
I call my (travel) insurance company and the email me a standard letter (but with my details on it)... It wasn't with enough details so I had to redo the document in word and add the last bits (this might be illegal somehow and against forum rules, but here goes)
They pretty much just wanted a formal looking document stating that I have an insurance.. Even though I edited it no information in it is false and you should make sure what ever insurance you have covers for Russia!!
My insurance company gave
The 'it is hereby confirmed that'
my name and address
my member number
their contact details
the insurance start date
the maximum amount the insurance covers in DKK
that the insurance covers world wide
I added the following (which the Russian visa center in Copenhagen demanded)
The company's logo in the top right corner
my police number
the end date of the insurance
I just printed the whole thing on a normal white piece of paper and handed it in together with the rest of the paperwork... And it worked, because I'm currently in Russia...
My suggestion won't be to copy me! But to go to the visa center, and change your appointment till tomorrow afternoon if they demand the insurance paper... In between the two appointments, call your insurance, and get them to email a document (or pdf.) with all the above (plus anything the visa center told you).. If they can't do that, call Travel Guard and buy an insurance from them but demand that they send you a confirmation with everything above, so you can print it and take it to the visa center right away...
Feb 3, 2013 1:04 PM
2In the past, US passport holders didn't need to show health insurance only those persons from countries with national health insurance that doesn't have reciprocity need to show proof of health insurance, so this is relatively new. OTOH I don't know that I would travel to Russia without travelers health insurance and medical evacuation insurance.
Feb 5, 2013 7:22 AM
Jul 8, 2013 12:13 PM
4If you want full coverage health insurance while in Moscow, not travel insurance, then get a quote on BUPA's page here: http://bupa-intl.ru/lifeline/quote
They offer direct billing to 4 clinics in MOscow, and 2 in St. Pete.
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