USA travel insurance

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Do I need travel insurance for the USA? 

You're not required to have travel insurance for your trip to the USA, but as flights, accommodation and healthcare, in particular, are so expensive, it'll cover you if the trip takes an unexpected turn. 

Worldwide travel insurance (inclusive of the USA) will cover medical expenses if you're ill or injured, if you lose your luggage and possessions, if you’re a victim of crime, and if your trip is cancelled for any reason that’s not your fault.  

Healthcare cover for the USA 

Receiving treatment for an injury or illness can be extremely expensive in the USA, but the right travel insurance policy will account for the costs involved. 

Before you travel, pack a printed copy of your travel insurance documents which contains the details of the medical cover - if you need to visit the hospital, you’ll have all the information you need to claim. 

Find out more about how much medical cover you need in the USA and travel destinations outside of Europe. 

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Cover in your policy


If you’re taken seriously ill while you’re in America, medical expenses cover will pay for the cost of flights and transport back to a hospital in the UK. You can find out more about repatriation cover and travel insurance in our guide.

Lost luggage

If you’ve booked a shopping trip to the states, your bags will be worth more on the way home. In any case, your luggage contains your possessions and possibly valuable cameras, tablets and laptops, passports and travel money.

You can claim on your travel insurance If your baggage is lost or damaged, but you may need a separate gadgets policy if you have numerous items of expensive tech and they exceed the single item limit cover in the policy.

Travel insurance protects your possessions for the entire trip, and during outbound and inbound flights. But the value varies - read more in our lost and delayed luggage cover guide.

Travel disruption

Travel insurance will usually cover the cost of your expenses, like a night in a hotel, under travel disruption cover. It’s not covered under every policy, but if you’ve got to make numerous connecting flights once in the states, it’s worth checking what cover you have.

Do I need a visa to travel to the USA?

If you have a British passport, you’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP).

Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the VWP, which clears somebody to travel in the US for up to 90 days.

Planning a road trip in the US?

If you’re hiring a car, some states accept a full UK licence, but others will ask you to have an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Travel insurance doesn’t cover driving or damaging rental cars. Take out car insurance that’ll fully cover you on American roads. If you are involved in a traffic accident, you may have to pay a significant bill to make the repairs.

Travelling to the USA - Important Coronavirus update

The USA has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from the UK.

Before boarding the flight, vaccinated travellers will need to show a negative covid-19 test taken within the 24 hours before travelling, and provide your contact information to the airline. 

Children aged 17 and under do not need to be vaccinated but will need to produce a negative covid test taken within the day before departure. 

Once you get to the USA, certain rules must be met if you’re 18 and over:

  • Vaccines must be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have been granted an Emergency Use Listing from World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Fully vaccinated travellers will not need to quarantine upon arrival but it’s recommended that you take a viral test within three to five days of arrival (children aged two years and under do not need to take a test)
  • Unvaccinated travellers will not be allowed to enter the US land borders unless you meet the exemption requirements

Make sure you check the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) advice before travelling and the entry requirements for your destination.

Annual insurance

If you’re planning on making more than one trip abroad over the next year, annual multi-trip insurance is probably cheaper than multiple single-trip policies 

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