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Old Jun 1st, 2011, 07:27 PM
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Health Care for Staying 6 months in Spain?

My husband and I live in th USA. We plan to experience living in Spain for about 6 months in 2012. Does anyone have any tips, recommendations, or insights on specific travel health care companies and policies? The information on the web seems a bit overwhelming.

We will be on vacation, and not working for any specific company, during this period. We are currently reviewing lots of expat web sites, but really welcome any input or tips on resources from you.

Thank you!
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Old Jun 1st, 2011, 07:53 PM
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Do you have visas to allow you to stay longer than 90 days?
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Old Jun 1st, 2011, 09:32 PM
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If you only hold US passports, you must get a long-stay, non-working visa from the Spanish consulate before arriving. One of the stipulations is that you have private medical insurance valid in Spain. Usually a travel policy will suffice, but check with your healthcare provider - some may extend cover to Spain, but there may be restrictions on period and extent. There are also policies available from Spanish providers, and expat insurance from US (but usually a more expensive option).
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 01:42 AM
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As above - resolve 'Schengen'.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 02:06 AM
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also read this information.
http://www.expatica.com/es/essential...rk-permit.html
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 02:09 AM
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I should add I kno0w you say you are not working but it is useful info on how to stay in the EU for longer periods...pretend you are working.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 03:03 AM
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ribeir,

Just curious, how do you "pretend" you are working?

Assuming you succeed at this, how do you "pretend" you have health coverage!
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 03:15 AM
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columbusdirect.com

mnui.com

couple of cost-effective options for you.

travel.state.gov Spain Schengen

Unemployment rate is over 20% there

Work Visas are a hassle expensive plan 90 days max...
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 08:50 AM
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I don't have any special tips, but you are just going to have to read through the info and decide for yourself. It can't be that hard, just go to www.insureyourtrip.com and find the policies that will cover that time period. The number that do will be limited, so you'll just have to read the terms and compare prices of the ones that do, I imagine it will only be about 3. If that is too difficult, maybe you shouldn't go.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 08:51 AM
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see www.insuremytrip.com
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 05:17 PM
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Ahh-- You have given me good resources. I will research these. We have been planning this adventure for quite some time, so I feel somewhat informed on Visa requirements, but health care has been a bit more confusing. -- I may get back to you on my findings and questions... thank you for the feedback!
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Old Jun 2nd, 2011, 05:23 PM
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Hey wait a minute.... I just re-read Christina's message..."If that's too difficult, maybe you shouldn't go."

Oh Christina, did you reallllly write that? Come on' girlfriend!
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