My boyfriend and I are looking into travel insurance for our potentially 6 months to 1 year stay in the Schengen zone of the EU. One part of a successful application for a Youth Mobility Visa (a work/holiday type visa for people under 35) is "proof of travel health insurance" (and in the case of us Canadians getting our visas through Germany for example, it must be "valid for the entire stay in Germany with a minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR (approx. 50,000 CAD), including the following details: name of insured person, length of coverage, insurance sum"). For 364 days of insurance, I'm getting quotes of $750-1,200 per person...
I know that an emergency health-related expense overseas can be way way worse (and by American standards that's 'cheap'), but does anyone have suggestions of insurance providers for Canadians that can help us for less than that amount?
Also, this is all assuming we can actually get a visa and will be able to continue traveling/living there past the 90-day Schengen rule. Since we don't exactly know how long we will be away for, is it worth buying say, 4-6months worth of insurance and then just adding on more days to our plan, later? (Once we or the border officials decide we can stay for longer?)
Gulp! For someone who hasn't bought insurance for a trip of longer than 3 months, this is an unexpectedly large sum of money to hand over right before a trip.