By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I would really appreciate it if you would answer the following question. My father is 80. He is going to Germany in June. He refuses to take out emergency medical insurance before leaving Canada. His travel companion has convinced Dad that he can purchase this insurance once he lands in Germany at a much cheaper rate than in Canada. I have never heard of this, and even if true, I am worried that Dad will fill out the medical questionaire incorrectly without my assistance. Does it not make the most sense to be fully covered before leaving Canada? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

A: I contacted the German National Tourist Office. They recommend non-Europeans to get travel insurance in their own country. Their web site also advises, “Citizens of other states are advised to take out travel insurance.”


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