International health insurance

Compare international health insurance cover for when you’re working or living abroad.

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What is international health insurance & who is it for?

International health insurance provides medical cover in countries that might not have a free health service, or where you'd prefer to have private care.

Depending on the country you're working in or living in, it could be a requirement for your visa to be approved.

Those that may need it include:
  • Those retiring to another country, or a family emigrating
  • A student studying abroad
  • Someone working abroad for more than a month

Why might you need it?

Depending on your circumstances there are a number of reasons you might be considering private health care, for example:
  • To protect yourself from expensive medical bills in a country with no free healthcare
  • So that you're not at the end of a long waiting list
  • Having a private room (with an en suite) rather than being on a public ward
  • Cover for you, and your family

For an additional fee, it's possible to add extensions of cover like dental, pregnancy, cancer and more. Should the worst happen, repatriation could be included (if you opt for it) along with compassionate travel for your family.

Why compare with

We can think of many reasons why you should compare with, but here are some of the best ones:

  • We compare quotes from some of the UK's leading health insurance companies
  • Get cover for you and your family very quickly
  • Protect yourself if you're moving abroad or working away for a long time medical insurance service is provided by ActiveQuote Ltd of Global Reach, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff CF11 0SN, registered in England and Wales 6765845. ActiveQuote Ltd Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA Number 501109).
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