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Any good travel insurance recommended for Europe? And around the world?
i had a good signup and communcation experience with SafetyWing โ€” never had to claim though so no idea how good that side is
I use worldnomads but same ^
Thank you for your reply. Some who has clame medical insurance? Any opinions?
I use IMG and I did claim. I had two cases:
โ€ข I had some problems with knee after a bike ride. I visited a doctor for consultation. This was reimbursed, took 1 month for them to review the request.
โ€ข I decided to make a heart check-up. I made ultrasonic investigation and then visited specialist for a consultation. They found some minor problems. I submitted a claim which was rejected because the heart problem was considered "pre-existing".
The price is rather low $150 per month.
I use SafetyWings - never had to claim eitherโ€ฆ
Do I have to show proof of accommodation for all days that I will stay in a schengen country?

What is the minimum duration that I need to book?
generally speaking yes
this depends on a particular country tho

the most thorough check was when entering the Netherlands
they checked my return ticket and that the accommodation is booked for the whole period
Oh, that is so bad. what if it is mixed, hostel, staying with a friend and travelling to other countries?
as for staying with a friend - I have no idea tbh

as for the multicountry route - I made reservation (which I could cancel) in one country for the whole trip and bought a returnable flight ticket from the same country

so lets say you are entering Schengen in Italy, just book some airbnbs in Italy for 3 months which you could then cancel, and a flight ticket from Italy that you could also cancel
once you are inside Schengen - you can cancel all this stuff and go wherever you want
That is so smart, thank you.

Also can we also do something like this?

For example the tourist visa duration is for 90 days anyways right?

I buy the return ticket right away. in formality I show it as I will stay for 2 weeks, also buy cheap ticket back to my country.

I do everything for 2 week duration, but then who is going to check after I get my visa? my visa will be valid for 90 days
Sure you can do this

I my case it was necessary for me to file the documents to apply for a tourist visa
And then they give me visa for the particular dates of travel

If you already have a visa - just go with two weeks and you should be fine
oh then my strategy wonโ€™t work


Iโ€™ll try yours, thanks
What warm places would you recommend in April? Ideally in a sensible distance from Switzerland, we'd like to do the trip without flying.
the cool guys recommend Portugal, huh dmejpzlppe ?
That's what I hear as well. Thing is it's still 2000km to Lisbon...
Maybe southern italy? But you'd probably still need to fly to all the "warm" places (e.g. canary islands, portugal, cyprus, etc).
In your opinion which Schengen countries are the easiest and fastest for getting digital nomad visa?
digital nomad visa is still not really a thing
just get an ETIAS visa and do the schengen shuffle 90 days in, 90 days out
europe sucks in winter anyway
you can do your 90 day reset in the uk or ireland, theyโ€™re good in summer
Yeah, not flying makes it all a bit hard.
why did u assume Iโ€™m from US or something ๐Ÿ˜„
no, US citizens donโ€™t need an ETIAS visa, they get 90 days with visa-free travel
you listed your nationality as Azerbaijani in your profile and nationals of Azerbaijan need an ETIAS visa
miscommunication here, I thought you assumed Iโ€™m from US since you said reset in the uk or ireland, well they are even much harder to get.

btw, a lot of people are saying that you canโ€™t really plan long duration tourist visa if it is your first visit. (2 months is also long)
btw, why do you think DN visa is not really a thing, have you experienced a difficulty?
Does anyone have recommendation if a nice place to be in May-Juny-July?
My critetias:
โ€ข Up to 1500 euros for accomodation, transportation and food
โ€ข Communities and events
โ€ข Courses i can have - Swimming, Movement (Qui Gong) , Art, Cooking and such alike
Thanks!
tourist visas are not that hard to get for Ireland or even the UK, itโ€™s work visas that are hard, youโ€™re a digital nomad so presumably you have a job with decent income and ties back home so I think youโ€™d be fine
tourist visas are still pretty much universally easier to get than DN visas so thereโ€™s really no point in bothering, also a DN visa for an EU country would only be useful for that one country whereas ETIAS would allow you to travel anywhere in the union
I see, the problem is that I want to travel for 25-30 days in Schengen area, and I learned from local communities that if it is your first trip to schengen, it might be really hard to get for that duration.


They say that it does not seem realistic for someone to travel for the first time (tourism), for that long.


What are your thoughts?
If youโ€™re gonna do the digital nomad thing for a while, I would play the long game. Start applying for residencies in various countries and expect the process to take many months. Start thinking about a second passport. Apply for lots of tourist visas and develop a history of leaving on time. Get your ETIAS visa for however long you can, leave before it expires, and reapply for a longer one because you have a history. Do the same thing other countries even before you have plans to go, some of these tourist visas last years. It gets easier, you get good at getting visas.
qujtamwet maybe fly and buy some carbon credits? or take the train?
dxujrxanlz Train is totally an Option! I've heard bad things about carbon credits being a bit of a farce, they'd kinda be the last Resort.
ye fair, I mean I try minimize flying to once or twice a year too
maybe easier to just keep your trips to around you once you're in the place u wanna be like Portugal
Over the last few years I've spent part of the summer in Spain between different cities. So far is my favorite place to spend the summer at but was wondering if there are other spots as good or better than Spain for that time.

I generally enjoy the summer vibes in Canary Islands and the mainland but definitely would like something beachfront.

Any recommendations? Looking at Portugal but not sure where to go to get similar Canary Islands vibes there.
i think weโ€™re going to need more info. but based on just what you wrote, I think Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท might be a good spot. I enjoy spending time there, although I might be biased since Iโ€™m croatian.
Hey, I'm confused about inter-Schengen travel and COVID restrictions. Some things I read imply that Schengen internal borders are open/nonexistent again (with the exception of France and a couple other countries). But individual countries seem still have COVID entry requirements. Is there some sort of control when taking trains or planes across internal Schengen borders, where I would need to show documents?
I'm flying to Amsterdam, but once there I'm going to Belgium and then Portugal (Madeira). It looks like I don't need a COVID test anymore for the Netherlands, but I'm trying to figure out if I might for entering Belgium or Portugal, or whether I have to fill out PLFs for those countries. I'm vaccinated/boostered, although I don't have a digital EU certificate (I have a paper certificate from the US). Thanks for any info!
yeah unfortunately it changes a lot and quickly and there is no good โ€˜central source of truthโ€™. Itโ€™s also really inconsistently enforced, so you can hear first hand reports that wonโ€™t match your own experience :shrug:

GL;HF ๐Ÿ˜†
in general though, most restrictions are easing a lot and even the ones that still exist are often not enforced (e.g. we filled out entry forms and had our certificates ready to travel to Czechia recently but no one checked at all โ€” not sure about the specific countries you are travelling too, but maybe try ask in #portugal about that step
you need to check the rules for every country youโ€™re transiting through. they all have different rules.
Hi! Is anyone holds Bluecard or a permanent resident permit? Mine is German, but maybe it's similar in the EU. I have mixed info about how long I can be outside the EU. For BC it's 12 months, and for residency, it's 6? Is it 6 per year? Should I stay in the EU how long before I can be gone for another 6?
Yes, the rules are there and in my experience are enforced if you fly, I didn't take a train so not sure about that. If you drive it can happen (I saw eg spot checks on Austria Italy border where they stopped every n-th car to check), but this was closer to winter. In the summer usually restrictions relax as cases go lower. The best place to check is reopen EU (can't post links), it's an EU wide official website with info per country and links to official sources.
Afaik it is 6 continuous months, so, if you come back for like a day and go back, it should be okay!

(not easy to enforce this within EU anyways). I am also curious about this
Separately, you need to consider that 180 days outside Germany might have tax implications
taxes, yeah, but again, 6 continuous months, can i return for a day and reset tax timer?
Taxes timer no. Taxes are usually depending on the country, x days in a financial year!
So, keeping PR/blue card timer might break (again talk to someone who actually knows) but tax timer doesn't as it is dependent on financial year!
But you can hack your way into traveling to a country which has good "tax" ties with your base country! Can't stress enough that you need to speak to someone who knows their stuff ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ™
I know German folks (no tax when you are not here for 180 days in a tax year) who move to Thailand (territorial tax) to have a 0 tax setup. Do they do it, yes, is it legal, I am not sure ๐Ÿ™‚
I guess if you don't tell to tax department that you are not in the country, they cannot know about it (mostly because fax machines in border control are not compatible with fax machines in the tax department). However, my work ratted me out to the tax department (we work in the finance sector and should be legal AF)
๐Ÿ›ฌ wwlfyrlkhsyhfe just arrived in ๐Ÿ˜ Pristina,Kosovo, #europe
๐Ÿ›ฌ duecbhgiwndirw just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Sarajevo,Bosnia, #europe
This doesnโ€™t cover every country, but a decent part of Europe.
๐Ÿ›ฌ soislfty just arrived in Zvornik,Bosnia, #europe
Anyone in Istanbul?
๐Ÿ›ฌ wpgilvwui just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Gibraltar,Gibraltar, #europe
I have been following the news from afar, but what is the overall safety feeling around Europe regarding the situation in Ukraine/Russia?
Iโ€™ve heard from friends staying in Poland and the Baltic countries that people are not feeling safe there at all but I donโ€™t think thatโ€™s a reflection of reality, more so an emotional reaction to what happened to them in the past. So unless you are planning to go visit Ukraine or Moldavia (not recommended) I donโ€™t think you need to worry about physical safety due to the conflict. However keep in mind that with all the displacement (millions of refugees) finding accommodations is going to be harder than usual throughout Europe, especially so in countries that border Ukraine.
I've been in Vilnius for a couple of months, if one didn't read the news one would not notice anything about the war, besides all the Ukrainian flags and support messages, Lithuania is very vocal. Also haven't had issues so far finding AirBnBs.
๐Ÿ›ฌ kysoveetmzhabre just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Mostar,Bosnia, #europe
Hi everyone. Was hoping to get recommendations for beginning of June / end of July. Priories are:

โ€ข Decent coworking space
โ€ข Good scene where you can meet other nomads
โ€ข Not a big city like London, Bangkok, NYC.
Iโ€™ve enjoyed Lisbon in the past but would like to try somewhere new.

Iโ€™ve read good things about the Canary Islands and Las Palmas seems to be most popular spot, but I donโ€™t know anyone personally whoโ€™s been there. Would you recommend it / anywhere else I should consider? Thanks
Heading there on Friday, will let you know :)
What are your views on cost?
ezwfms I can be flexible. I'm coming from London so doubt I'll be spending more than I currently do.
๐Ÿ›ฌ zrwosamgnemyj just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Yerevan,Armenia, #europe
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