Digital Nomad Travel Insurance: Stay Covered While Working Abroad

In a post-COVID world and through the ever evolving landscape of the digital age, more and more professionals are opting to work beyond traditional office spaces. Driven by the growing trend of remote work and the desire for flexibility and independence, people from around the globe, including Ireland, are adopting the lifestyle of a digital nomad. This lifestyle comes with an adventurous mix of work and travel, but it also presents its own set of challenges. One such challenge is ensuring adequate travel insurance coverage while living and working abroad.

Working Abroad as a Digital Nomad

The rise of digital nomadism is undeniable. The flexibility and freedom to work anywhere has seen people, especially from tech-heavy countries like Ireland, leave their traditional jobs to explore the world while maintaining a steady income. Irish workers have ended up everywhere across the globe, from East Africa to Bali.

The advantages are many: cultural immersion, flexible schedules, diverse work environments, and the ability to explore the globe. Free travel across the EU certainly makes things easier but after a designated time (usually 3 months) there are certain tax implications. To avoid these complications there are some EU countries that have released Digital Nomad Visas. The Schengen Visa website covers ways around requiring the visa but also a list of the countries that offer Digital Nomad Visas.

However, this nomadic lifestyle has other challenges. One of these other significant concerns for digital nomads is securing appropriate insurance. We all know the risks of travelling abroad and these issues are magnified when you don’t have adequate insurance, which is further compounded if you’ll be undertaking this venture alone.

While the idea of working on a sunlit beach is appealing, the risk of an unforeseen medical issue can be daunting. Not every country has the same medical facilities, and treating an unexpected illness or accident can be expensive without proper insurance coverage. Hence, it's crucial for digital nomads to understand the different types of health insurance available to them.

Types of Insurance Available to Digital Nomads

When it comes to insurance, digital nomads have a few options to consider:

  1. Travel Insurance: This insurance type is suitable for short-term travellers and usually covers emergency medical situations, trip cancellations, lost luggage, and evacuation to your home country. It's important to remember that this type of insurance often doesn't cover routine check-ups or pre-existing conditions.

  2. International Health Insurance: This insurance is designed for those who frequently move between countries. International health insurance provides comprehensive medical coverage across multiple nations, making it ideal for digital nomads who don't remain in one place for extended periods.

    It usually encompasses a broader range of services, including both emergency and routine medical care. Also ensure that you have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and that it is up to date (If you’re a European citizen and moving to an EU country). You can apply for an EHIC in your home country and it will cover you for emergency treatment.

  3. Expat Health Insurance: For those planning to reside predominantly in one country for an extended period, expat health insurance is the way to go. It functions similarly to domestic health insurance in one's home country and provides a comprehensive range of medical services. This type of insurance is location-specific and might not extend coverage if you frequently move between countries.

Working Abroad with AIG Long Stay Travel Insurance

One option for digital nomads seeking insurance coverage is AIG's Long Stay Travel Insurance. Designed with long-term travellers in mind, it covers digital nomads, provided that the work is not manual in nature. Manual labour is explicitly excluded, so it suits remote, non-physical work perfectly.

Our Extended Stay insurance is available for customers aged between 18 and 35 inclusive. The coverage includes a variety of situations and needs, but it's crucial to read the policy document carefully to understand the terms. You can find more in our AIG Long Stay Travel Insurance policy document.

Choosing the Right Insurance Plan

Selecting the right insurance plan is a critical decision that digital nomads need to make. Factors to consider include the length of time you'll be abroad, your budget, and your medical history. For example, if you're traveling for a short period, travel insurance may suffice. However, for longer stays or if you have a pre-existing medical condition, international health insurance would be a better choice.

You also need to consider the cost of the premium, the deductible, the extent of coverage, and whether the policy covers evacuation to your home country for medical emergencies. Review each policy carefully and reach out to insurance providers if you have any doubts.

Tips for Staying Covered While Working Abroad

To ensure you remain adequately covered while working abroad, remember the following tips:

  • Carry a copy of your health insurance card: Always keep a digital and physical copy of your insurance card, which has essential contact information and your policy number.

  • Understand your plan's coverage limits: Each insurance policy has its limitations. Be aware of what's included and excluded in your plan to avoid unexpected costs.

  • Find a doctor who accepts your insurance: Before needing medical services, research local healthcare providers who accept your insurance. This will save you time and stress in case of an emergency.

Learn More about the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

If you're interested in learning more about the digital nomad lifestyle and associated concerns like paying tax when working abroad, there are numerous reliable sources online.

Websites like Nomad List do a really great job of breaking down the pros and cons of each potential destination in a brilliantly user friendly format, covering internet quality, safety, costs, fun factors as well as plugging you into the global nomad community.

And Nomad Guide covers all the best websites and apps for digital nomads as well as extremely thorough destination reviews, making it a great resource if you’re feeling like embracing the digital nomad lifestyle yourself.


While the digital nomad lifestyle offers incredible opportunities to blend work and travel, it's crucial to consider your insurance options carefully. Whether you choose travel, international, or expat health insurance, ensure it aligns with your needs and budget. With adequate coverage, you can confidently explore the world and embrace the digital nomad life. Safe travels!

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