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Is Health Insurance Required When Moving to Yemen?

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Is health insurance a requirement when you are moving to Yemen? This article explores health insurance requirements for newcomers to Yemen.

Moving to Yemen as an expat or digital nomad comes with a unique set of challenges and considerations, one of which is healthcare. Yemen currently faces a complex humanitarian crisis, and the healthcare system has been significantly impacted. For newcomers seeking residency, it is crucial to have a reliable health insurance plan in place upon arrival. While specific insurance requirements can vary and may not be clearly defined due to the country's current situation, it is generally advisable to have comprehensive health insurance coverage that includes medical evacuation, given the limited local healthcare facilities. Coverage should be valid for the entire duration of your stay, or until you are eligible to access any available local healthcare services.

Does Expat Health Insurance Meet the Requirements?

Expat health insurance can meet the requirements for newcomers to Yemen, provided it offers comprehensive coverage. Given the state of Yemen's healthcare infrastructure, it is essential that the insurance policy includes international medical evacuation and repatriation coverage. Additionally, the policy should cover a wide range of medical services, including emergency treatment, hospitalization, and prescription medication. It is advisable to check with the Yemeni embassy or consulate for the most current information on health insurance requirements for residency applications, as these may change and are not always well-documented due to the ongoing conflict.

Which local health insurers offer this type of insurance?

Due to the ongoing conflict and instability in Yemen, the availability of local health insurers offering comprehensive plans suitable for expats may be limited. International health insurance providers are often a more reliable option for expats moving to Yemen. These providers specialize in policies that cater to the needs of international residents, including coverage for high-risk areas. If you do opt for a local insurer, it is crucial to ensure that they can provide the necessary level of coverage and that they have a track record of reliability in the current challenging environment.

Advice from Expats in Yemen about Health Insurance

Expats living in Yemen generally advise newcomers to prioritize health insurance that offers extensive coverage due to the country's limited medical facilities and ongoing conflict. It is recommended to choose a plan that includes emergency medical evacuation, as this can be life-saving in a critical situation. Additionally, ensure that your policy has a high coverage limit to account for the potentially high costs of medical treatment and evacuation. It is also wise to have a contingency plan for accessing healthcare services, such as identifying the nearest clinics and hospitals that meet international standards, if any are available. Lastly, due to the fluid nature of the situation in Yemen, expats recommend keeping abreast of the latest security and health advisories from your home country's embassy or consulate within Yemen.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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