What travel insurance do I need when visiting the Schengen Area from Jamaica?
Do Jamaicans need a Schengen Visa and travel insurance to enter Europe?
Jamaican passport holders need to apply for a Schengen Visa in order to enter any of the Schengen Area countries. To obtain this visa, you will need travel insurance that complies with certain criteria.
What do I need from my travel insurance?
When traveling to the Schengen Area from Jamaica, your travel insurance can include numerous coverage options, but it is compulsory to have some cover to receive a Schengen Visa. At the very least, the policy must cover repatriation in the event of serious accident or death and potential medical costs, up to a minimum of €30,000.
Happily, AXA provides a number of insurance options tailored to meet these criteria that you can buy to ensure you are covered when applying for a Schengen Visa.
What are my options when buying travel insurance?
For those on a tighter budget or who want basic coverage, AXA provides Low Cost Schengen Area travel insurance that meets your visa requirements from as little as €0.99 per day. The policy will cover you for medical expenses up to €30,000 in all Schengen countries and offer you coverage in case of repatriation. A certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately, meaning you can get on with your application.
As the number one brand for Schengen Visa travel insurance, AXA also offers other options and tailor-made products. For instance, there’s the Europe Travel insurance, costing €1.50 per day. It’s perfect for those traveling with family as it covers children under the age of 18, or for those planning more adventurous activities during their trip, as it covers expenses up to €100,000. With this type of policy, you may also be covered for loss of documents or important items, as well as other problems you might encounter.
Schengen Multi Trip insurance, perfect for regular travelers, is available for €298 for a year’s coverage and has the same benefits as Europe Travel but can be used throughout a year on multiple trips. It’s perfect for business travelers who need comprehensive coverage to ensure their trips aren’t disrupted by any mishaps.
All of AXA’s travel insurance plans offer you peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy certain guarantees in the event of hospitalization, assistance for solo travelers, an extension of your stay, daily compensation, and much more.
What else do I need to know when applying for a Schengen Visa in Jamaica?
You will first need to work out which Jamaica Schengen Visa you need, depending on your purpose, the length of your trip, and how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work or study visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling regularly to the Schengen Area.
You must apply for your Jamaica Schengen Visa no more than six months before your trip, and at least 15 days before you plan to leave. It is advised you apply at least three weeks before you depart, however, to allow for any delays in the processing of your application. Then, you need to fill out your application, obtain all the documents you need for your Jamaica Schengen Visa, and attend an interview at a consulate or embassy.
How much does a Jamaica Schengen Visa cost?
A Schengen Visa from Jamaica costs €80 for adults and €40 for minors. Visa fees are waived for children under six years of age, those traveling to Europe for study purposes, researchers, those under 25 years old traveling with charitable organizations, and those attending sporting or cultural events. Of course, you will also need to pay for your insurance, as well as prove that you have enough funds to support yourself during your stay, and the right travel and accommodation bookings or reservations to match the purpose and duration of your visit.
What documents do I need to apply for a Jamaica Schengen Visa?
You can download a Schengen Visa application form here: AXA Schengen Visa Application
You will need two recently taken passport-style photos and a Jamaican passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and are valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. In addition to your travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, you will need a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary, proof of accommodation, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. This will vary from country to country.
When proving your accommodation and itinerary, you are advised not to purchase full-price tickets until you get the visa, like a dummy ticket or reservation held for a small fee, or even a printout showing your flight plan is sufficient. When booking accommodation, you are advised to ensure your payment is refundable if your visa is refused.
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Frequently asked questions about buying Schengen travel insurance from Jamaica
Can I buy AXA’s Schengen travel insurance from a broker in Jamaica?
No. It is only available to buy via this website.
Will my travel insurance fees be refunded if my visa is refused?
Yes. If your visa is refused- AXA will refund your insurance fees but you will need documentation from officials.
Do I need to declare any pre-existing conditions when taking out travel insurance?
Yes you do- and AXA has made it easy for you to do so by answering a few quick and confidential questions when making your application to ensure you are covered.