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If you’re planning a trip to the USA you should consider travel insurance to cover your holiday and the costs of medical treatment, loss or delays.

Wouter Van Rijn From the Travel team
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How much is travel insurance for USA?

If you're travelling to the USA, worldwide travel insurance could cost from £10 for a week, based on Compare the Market data in February 2019. However, the cost of travel insurance can vary according to the level of cover you need for your trip and the type of activities you're planning on doing.

What will travel insurance cover?

What will travel insurance cover?

Most standard travel insurance policies for the USA will include cover for: 

  • Medical care – if you were to fall ill or have an accident the right policy will protect you.
  • Flight cancellations and delays – your travel insurance could protect you against the extra costs that these events incur. Cover for things like a missed connection isn’t included in all policies, so if you want to be covered for this, make sure you check the policy T&Cs.
  • Damage, loss and theft of luggage – your travel insurance should cover you for replacing clothes, medicine, gadgets and toiletries. 
  • Holiday cancellation cover – pay particular attention to this as different insurance providers will cover different reasons for cancellation.

What else should I consider when I choose my travel insurance?

It’s particularly important to think about what activities you’ll be doing on your trip and make sure your insurance policy covers you for them. 

These can include: 

It’s also worth thinking about whether your policy covers you for natural disaster or catastrophic events. After all, we’ve all seen those tornadoes raging through the States and Hawaiian volcanos on the news.

Do I need a visa for the USA?

If you have a British passport, you won’t need a visa. That’s because the US has a Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) which will let you in for up to 90 days. But you must make sure you have an ESTA Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. This lets you visit the USA for under 90 days without a visa. You’ll need to get an ESTA before you travel.

Do I need a visa for the USA?

Any other tips for trip to the USA?

Here are a few more travel tips to help you on your way.

Vaccines: You shouldn’t need any other jabs as long as you’re up to date with the usual routine vaccinations you get in the UK, but always make time to see your doctor 4-6 weeks before you travel.
Tipping: You’ll be expected to tip, unless you think the service is diabolical. Here’s what you can expect to shell out:

Airport and hotel porters – $2 per bag or $5 minimum per trolley

Bar staff – between 15-20% per round or a minimum of $1 per drink

Hotel maid service – between $2 and $4 per night

Waiting staff at restaurants – 15-20% unless a tip has already been added to the bill

Taxi drivers – between 10-15%

Parking attendants – a minimum of $2

Where can I compare travel insurance quotes?

Once you’re ready to find the right USA travel insurance for you at the best price, we can help. Whether you’re looking for cover for a one-off business trip or a family holiday of a lifetime, we can help you find the perfect travel insurance for you.

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