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Vacation travel insurance

Planning to visit the US for a holiday this summer? You have certainly made the right decision for summer is when you can make the most of your trip to this country.

If you haven't planned out your itinerary, get started on it right away. Equally important is getting yourself and your family members insured before you commence your journey to the US.

Purchasing International travel medical insurance will prove to be beneficial in case something unfortunate happens as healthcare costs in the US are very high.

With the right policy in tow, you and your family will be able to enjoy each and every moment without having to worry about anything at all.

Let's look at the best places to visit in the most popular tourist categories, and how the right kind of travel insurance will maximize your chances of having a great time in the US.

Nature and Wildlife

You may be a wildlife enthusiast or a professional photographer waiting for that one perfect shot to come by. The US offers plenty of options to view and capture nature in all its glory.

But what if you find that your costly equipment has been damaged in transit? The perfect shot will now have to wait but at least you can enjoy the rest of the trip knowing that your travel insurance will cover the cost of your damaged equipment!

  • The Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming boasts of a variety of wildlife while also being home to the majority of geysers in the world. Spread over an area of 3,468.4 square miles, the park is a natural ecosystem. Major attractions here are grizzly bears, elks, moose, pronghorn deer, bison and grey wolves.
  • The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is split into two by the Continental Divide. While the west side of the park is dominated by thick forests, the east is drier and has glaciated mountain peaks.
    Streams have created lush wetlands in several parts of the park. Early risers will be able to spot mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, elks, coyotes and cougars among other small animals.
  • The Grand Canyon is visited by nearly 5 million people each year. The steep-sided canyon has been carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries and is truly a sight to behold.
  • One of the largest natural bridges in the world is in Utah- the Rainbow Bridge. The Kolob Arch, the Delicate Arch and the Landscape Arch are other natural arches that people visit.

Landmarks and Monuments

With so much of architectural splendor around you, wouldn't it be sad if you happened to misplace your blood pressure medication and be forced to stay indoors to take rest?

If you are armed with travel medical insurance that suits your needs, you'd be able to get replacement medicines! You won't even have to carry a month-long supply of medicines with you.

  • The U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles may be the 54th tallest building in the world but the helipad on the roof makes it the tallest with a helipad.
    While in LA, don't miss the Hollywood sign on Mount Lee. Speaking of Hollywood, pay a visit to the Dolby Theater- the venue for the Academy Awards and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • New York City has lots to see- the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler, and a lot more.
  • Cross the Golden Gate strait from San Francisco to Marin County by foot, bike or car and take in the views of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean while also admiring the architectural marvel that the Golden Gate Bridge is.
    While in California, also travel to Sierra Nevada to see the Boole Tree in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The tree is one of the ten largest Giant Sequoias in the world with a base circumference of 38 meters and a height of 82 meters. Just going on acoastal road tripin California will make your visit to the US worth it.


There are tons of great places to eat at in the US. But what if you had to control your diet just because you need to watch your sugar or cholesterol levels?

You may be taking the required medication but you may not want to put your health at risk in a foreign country. It will put you at ease to know that travel medical insurance also covers you for pre-existing conditions!
So pile up on all the hamburgers, fries, soda, hot dogs and apple pies- all that is best in the US.

Adventure Sports

If you want an action packed holiday, that's just what you'll get in the US. With travel medical insurance that also covers you for accidents related to taking part in such activities, you can take that plunge without any apprehensions.

  • In Las Vegas, you can get behind the wheel of a bulldozer or an excavator. You will be briefed regarding all the buttons and levers in these big machines and you'll get an hour to dig to your heart's content.
  • The Colorado River in Arizona, the Glacier Bay in Alaska and the Tuolumne River in California are the best places to go kayaking, scuba diving or whitewater rafting in.
  • The best weather conditions for wind surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kite surfing are found in Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Sunset Beach in Hawaii and Hood River in Oregon.
  • The best trails for cycling and mountain biking are the TransAmerica Trail, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride/ Armstrong Pass and the Great Divide MTB Route.
  • The Devil's Tower attracts many mountain climbers from around the world. The Red River Gorge in Kentucky, Hueco Tanks in Texas, Yosemite in California and Telluride in Colorado are places to visit if you want to go paragliding, bouldering or rock climbing.

Your trip to the US will definitely be fun. But purchasing travel medical insurance will ensure you are covered for all the expenses that may arise should you fall ill or meet an accident. Spend some time in comparing all visitor insurance policies to find the one best suited to your needs, and embark on your holiday with total peace of mind.

Travel to the US

After a long period of closing border to international travellers, the United States is again opening its borders after the Covid19 pandemic.

The US authorities have stated that from November 2021 international travelers will be allowed to the country but they will have to be fully vaccinated for Covid19 as well as show proof of a negative test for Covid19 test taken 3 days prior to boarding the US flight.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the US authorities will accept vaccines approved for emergency Covid use by the World Health Organisation.

Travel Insurance tips for travelers with Pre-Existing Conditions

Here are some travel insurance tips for travelers with pre-existing conditions

  1. Choose a travel health insurance plan that covers pre-existing conditions.
  2. Read the policy carefully to understand what is covered and what is not.
  3. Be aware of any waiting periods for coverage of pre-existing conditions.
  4. Consider buying a visitors insurance policy with higher coverage limits.
  5. Carry a copy of your medical records and list of medications with you when traveling.
  6. Ensure that you carry your medical prescription and medicines during your trip.
  7. Know how to access medical care in your destination.
  8. Contact your visitors insurance provider immediately in case of any medical emergency.
  9. Disclose all pre-existing conditions when buying visitors health insurance.
  10. Follow all necessary procedures to file a claim for reimbursement of medical expenses.

What is visitors insurance for pre-existing conditions?

There are several visitors insurance plans available for international travel. However many visitors insurance and travel insurance plans exclude pre-existing conditions. This means that a travel insurance plan will not cover the costs of treating a pre-existing medical condition. The insurance company can therefore deny a claim if the ailment was pre-existing when the travel insurance was purchased. However, there are some travel health insurance plans which do offer coverage for pre-existing conditions with the policy clearly defining a look back period and what is covered for pre-existing conditions as well as specifying a limit for this coverage.

Some travel health insurance plans like Atlas America, Patriot America Plus offer coverage for the acute onset of a pre-existing conditions, ie, when there is a sudden medical emergency without any prior symptom that needs to be treated immediately. The coverage typically includes emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, and evacuation expenses related to the acute onset of the pre-existing condition. INF insurance however has the INF Elite insurance plans which cover pre-existing conditions going beyond the acute onset coverage. It is important to compare visitors insurance for pre-existing conditions both for the price as well as the specific details for pre-existing conditions coverage as well as review the policy brochures for exclusions and coverage limits before making a decision.

How does travel insurance for pre-existing conditions work?

The travel health insurance plans which cover pre-existing conditions have clear definitions of what is a pre-existing condition, the look back period for pre-existing condition, whether the travel insurance coverage is limited to acute onset of pre-existing conditions, and if it provides full coverage for pre-existing conditions the coverage limit within the policy for pre-existing conditons. Any travel health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions will depend on all these.

What are the to consider while purchasing visitors health insurance for pre existing conditions?

The following are the important to consider while purchasing travel insurance for pre-existing conditions

  1. The definition of pre-existing conditions and the look back period under the policy.
  2. The eligibility age limit for pre-existing conditions coverage.
  3. Whether pre-existing condition coverage is limited to acute onset of pre-existing conditions.
  4. The coverage limit for pre-existing conditions which is different from the policy medical maximum.
  5. The deductible and out of pocket expenses for pre-existing conditions coverage.

Why is travel health insurance for pre-existing conditions coverage important?

There are many international travelers who have medical ailments and it is important for them to be well informed about visitors insurance for pre-existing conditions. Many of the regular travel insurance plans exclude any coverage for pre-existing conditions. The definition of pre-existing conditions varies for different insurance providers as they have a ‘look back’ period and any medical ailments during this look back period would be considered pre-existing. At American Visitor Insurance, we offer plans which do offer coverage for acute onset of a pre-existing condition, as well as full coverage for pre-existing conditions up to a clearly defined limit in the policy document. All of these details can be better understood by using our facility for comparing visitors insurance for pre-existing conditions.

Pre-existing conditions coverage - FAQ's

01. How do I know if my pre-existing condition is covered by travel insurance?

Unfortunately, this simple question has a fairly complicated answer. The answer is: it depends. Firstly, it depends on whether you are a US resident traveling outside the US or a visitor to the US. US residents can purchase trip cancellation insurance that can cover pre-existing conditions and even plans that are travel medical only without cancellation often are more generous in their coverage of pre-existing conditions. These plans may have specific requirements in order to waive the usual exclusion of coverage for pre-existing conditions (like purchase them within a certain number of days of your initial trip deposit or that you have a primary domestic insurance plan in the US), so you should check these details carefully if this is important to you.

Non-US residents or US residents traveling into the US have much more limited options to insure their pre-existing conditions are covered. Some plans offer coverage for "acute onset" of pre-existing conditions. However, this is misleading, since a careful look at their definition excludes chronic or congenital disorders from such coverage. Chronic illnesses are those that worsen over time and congenital disorders are issues one is born with. They exclude emergencies due to chronic illness because they will say that is not "acute" it is simply a worsening of your condition. There are only two policies we know of that offer coverage for pre-existing medical conditions. They are INF Premier and INF Elite plans.

Firstly, they define pre-existing conditions in the following way: A pre-existing condition is a condition for which the insured received treatment or took medication for in the previous 12 months before the start of the policy. If the medication dosage has not changed and is taken as a maintenance medication, this would NOT count as a flare up or treatment of the condition. In that case, very stable conditions that have no flare ups in the past 12 months are not even excluded as pre-existing conditions. Conditions that have had flare ups or doctor recommended treatment or change in medication, are still covered by the plans but with a higher deductible and a lower maximum.

INF Elite (also INF Elite 90) are comprehensive plans offering fairly complete coverage. INF Premier is a fixed plan. Find details on these plans here.

The above plans must be purchased for at least 90 days and can be quite pricey for seniors, but they offer the only real coverage for chronic conditions.

The other option, of course, is to take a plans with little ($1000) or no coverage for pre-existing conditions and take a risk that that condition will not flare up during the trip.

02. What does full coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions mean?

INF plans boast they offer "full" coverage for pre-existing conditions. This can be a little misleading. Firstly, any regular treatment or medication that is required by the condition is never covered. The main advantage to the INF Elite and INF Premier is that they cover sudden illness/injury regardless of whether it is pre-existing or not. The only difference is that a pre-existing condition will be covered with a higher deductible at at a lower maximum than any other "new" illness or injury. However, coverage is not limited to an emergency or life-threatening situation.

03. What does "acute onset of pre-existing conditions" mean?

The "Acute Onset of a Pre-Existing Condition" is a sudden and unexpected outbreak or recurrence of a pre-existing medical condition which occurs without any advance warning either in the form of physician recommendations or symptoms and requires immediate care (within 24 hours of first symptoms). A Pre-Existing Condition that is a chronic or congenital condition or that gradually becomes worse over time will not be considered acute onset.

The acute onset coverage benefit does not include coverage for known, scheduled, required, or expected medical care, drugs or treatment existent or necessary prior to the effective date of coverage. An example of this might be someone who has a food allergy or bee allergy and is unknowingly exposed to their allergen and requires immediate medical attention.

04. What is the difference between Full Pre-Existing & Acute Onset Insurance?

Acute onset of a pre-existing condition can be defined as the sudden & unexpected occurrence of a pre-existing condition which requires in-patient, emergency hospitalization within 24 hours of exhibiting first symptoms. The main difference between acute onset & full pre-existing is that with Full Pre-Existing coverage, is that one is covered for all pre-existing conditions and associated medical costs and this includes follow up visits, hospitalizations and doctor’s visits, etc. The acute onset coverage will only cover the in-patient hospitalization expense.

05. What are the limits of Full Pre-Existing plans under INF travel insurance?

Full Pre-existing means we will cover any issue regarding a pre-existing condition, however, if one is traveling to the United States solely for medical treatment, that will not be covered. INF plans do not cover any medical tourism related claims. Pre-existing conditions under the INF plans are covered with a higher deductible and a lower maximum than other illnesses or injuries. These are chosen or specified when you purchase you plan.

06. Do INF travel insurance plans really cover all pre-existing conditions?

Yes, the INF policies will cover any pre-existing issue that the traveler may have during their stay in the United States. This includes blood pressure, diabetes, kidney related issues and arthritis, all of which are covered by the INF Premier & INF Elite Plans.

07. Why are Full Pre-Existing plans more expensive than other visitors insurance plans?

The insurance company takes on an enormous risk by insuring individuals and including coverage for pre-existing conditions without any prior medical examination. Under the INF plans, you are paying more, but you are getting the full value for the money you pay given the very high cost of US healthcare. With the INF Premier Plan & INF Elite Plan, even though it is expensive, you can have the comfort of knowing that you are covered for any emergency or contingency. This peace of mind given the expensive US healthcare expense is what makes INF plans worth it despite being expensive.

08. What services are covered under visitors insurance full pre-existing coverage?

The list of covered services under Visitors insurance full pre-existing conditions coverage can be found on the American Visitor Insurance website of the INF Premier & INF Elite Plan pages. INF plans are open to green card holders

What is the best US visitors insurance with pre-existing conditions coverage?

The best US visitors insurance with pre-existing conditions coverage is listed here :

  1. The INF Elite plans are designed for travelers who need coverage for full pre-existing medical conditions up to age 99 years. INF Elite plans are comprehensive plans available for people traveling to the US and provide flexible coverage. Minimum Purchase of 90 days is required on the plans.
  2. Safe Travels USA Comprehensive offers coverage for acute on set of pre-existing conditions up to 89 years. For persons under 70 covers medical treatment to policy maximum (cardiac-related treatment up to $25,000). For persons above 70 Acute Onset benefits is reduced to a maximum of $35,000 (cardiac-related treatment up to $15,000).
  3. Atlas America Insurance is a comprehensive visitor insurance for acute on set of pre-existing conditions that covers Non-US citizens and Non-US residents while visiting the US up to age 79 years.
    The plan provides acute onset of non-chronic pre-existing conditions coverage..
  4. Patriot America plus is Comprehensive travel insurance covers acute on set of pre-existing conditions up to chosen maximum limit aged up to 70 years. This plan is available for Non US citizens travelling to the USA and US citizens and Non US citizens living abroad can buy this plan for visiting the US for short while. Plan is suitable for Green Card holders as long as they reside outside the US.
  5. Visitors Protect is Comprehensive visitor medical insurance offers pre-existing conditions up to age 99 years. Minimum Purchase of 90 days is required on the plan. It is an affordable plan for visitors visiting the US.
  6. Safe Travels USA is a cheap travel medical insurance plan that covers sudden, unexpected recurrence of a Pre-existing Condition for Non-US Citizens and Non-US Residents while visiting the USA up to 89 years.

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General - FAQ's

What travel insurance covers the USA?

There are many travel insurance plans offered by reputed US insurance providers with several medical maximum coverage and deductibles options as well as differing coverage for acute-onset of pre-existing conditions.

What does US travel insurance cover?

There are broadly two types of travel insurance to the US;

  • Travel health insurance where the focus in on insuring the health of the traveler.
  • Trip Cancellation insurance where the insurance plan covers both the health of the traveler as well as the refundable expenses for the trip.

Between the two, travel Insurance to the US covers unexpected sickness and injury, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation, acute onset of pre existing condition, baggage delay, baggage loss, trip interruption and trip delay.

Do I need medical insurance to travel to the US?

No, the US authorities do not mandate travel insurance for visiting on the tourist visa. However insurance is mandatory on certain visa’s like the J Visa. Irrespective of whether travel insurance is made compulsory, it is essential to have medical insurance when traveling to the US.

Health Care in the US is very expensive and is available only for US citizens and residents living in the US. People going to the US must purchase travel medical insurance as it can be financially catastrophic if you visit and US hospital without any insurance.

Does travel insurance work in the US?

Yes. These travel insurance plans are from the reputed and popular private insurance companies in the US. These companies have been used for international travel for a long time now and has served many travelers over the years and have excellent rating and popularity.

They are associated with the provider networks in the US which are popularly known as PPO networks such as First Health network, United Healthcare, Coventry name a few.

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Covid-19 travel insurance for international travelers

Traveling in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic has been challenging and particularly so in 2021 with the new Omicron and Delta plus variant. This has had an adverse impact on the travelers with the new variant infecting even vaccinated population. Given this situation one must ensure that they have the right travel health insurance with proper Covid19 coverage.

International travelers can be rest assured that in the Covid19 coverage, whether the illness is due to Omicron or Delta variant coronavirus illness will be covered just like any other illness covered under the benefits of the travel insurance cover if included. At America At America visitor insurance travelers can get visitors insurance for Covid19 illness.

Travel Insurance with covid19 coverage

We offer a range of options for visitors where they can compare using our Visitors insurance for Covid19 comparison tool based on the factors like the travelers age, duration of travel, the maximum coverage required, deductible and the need for pre-existing conditions or for covid coverage.

Travelers can narrow down their search further by applying the “filter” option for Covid19 available in the tool. Please know we are here to help you make the best, informed decision to get coverage even for COVID-19! Let us know how we can assist you. Feel free to contact us by email or phone at any time.

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You can find reliable US insurance providers like International Medical Group(IMG), Seven Corners, WorldTrips, Global Underwriters, Travel Insure, GeoBlue, HTH Worldwide and INF insurance.

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