Travel insurance and global medical insurance for US citizens outside USA



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The plans offered here provide coverage for medical expenses related to hospitalization, medical evacuation and repatriation. Thanks to the adventurous nature of Americans and recently to the strength of the US Dollar, there has been a huge increase in the number of Americans traveling overseas. Over 72.5 million US travelers went overseas in 2016.

The top five destinations are: Mexico (27 million), Canada (12.9 million), the Europe (12.5 million). Within Europe United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain are the most popular.

However recent trends indicate that while travel to traditional destinations of Canada, Mexico and Europe have remained steady, new destinations such as India, China, South Korea, Dubai, Israel, regions in Central and South America have found favor with US travelers. Here is an article which says in detail how to insure your trip expenses

Insurance coverage for American travelers

Trip Insurance

Insuring the cost invested while planning a trip or cruise vacation

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Travel Medical Insurance

Coverage for medical expenses related to hospitalization, medical evacuation and repatriation.

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Group Insurance

Companies send group of five or more employees for a company holiday

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Expatriate Insurance

The plans offer comprehensive major medical coverage in all countries

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Senior Citizen Insurance

US Senior Citizens and pensioners above 65 years require comprehensive health insurance coverage while outside USA as Medicare doesn't offer full coverage outside US national borders.

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Annual Multi-trip Insurance

These plans are ideal for regular international travelers who make many overseas trips annually. The annual multi-trip plans provide coverage for a whole year, while having a maximum limit for the length of each international trip. Business travelers find the annual trip plans very useful and price effective, as opposed to buying insurance for each of their overseas trips.

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Another option is to purchase trip or travel insurance which will reimburse you for cost of the trip should you have to cancel or interrupt your trip. These policies are only available to US residents (you do not necessarily have to be a US citizen, a US address will do). These policies, if you go on your trip as expected, also cover any sudden medical expenses that should arise. These policies are well thought out for travelers with reunion costs; costs for dependent children should they need an escort home; lost baggage and connections, etc. These can be an excellent way to protect the investment you make on a trip. To compare options on these types of policies, click here.
US citizens are rarely required to buy insurance while they travel abroad. However, for Americans who wish to stay in Europe for a longer stay, they have requirements similar to other citizens for "Schengen visas". One requirements for being issued a Schengen long term visa is to have proper health insurance in Europe. These travel insurance plans are very affordable and can be purchased easily once you choose the one that's right for you. To compare plans, click here.

Trip insurance for US citizens traveling within the United States

Many of us have limited medical insurance which includes high deductibles and coinsurance rates. This is particularly true when we travel even if within the US but outside our home state. It is therefore important to buy trip insurance even when traveling within the US. At American Visitor Insurance, we also offer trip insurance for US citizens traveling within the United States.

These short-term trip insurance plans can be bought for trips up to 30 days and will cover the travelers while they are away from home on a designated trip. Travelers can insure the cost of our trip, which includes the cost of a airline ticket, a cruise, hotels, or any other non-reimbursable costs of a trip, or we can keep this coverage to a minimum ($50 to $100 per person) and get coverage mainly for the medical benefits while on the trip.

These trip insurance plans are designed for travelers with coverage for trip interruption, taking care of children, pets, and travel companions while traveling. They can provide peace of mind while traveling within the country or even to a different country! You can use our TRIP QUOTE COMPARE ENGINE to compare trip insurance plans.
These plans insure you in three ways:
  1. Cost of your trip,
  2. Unexpected medical expenses while on the trip
  3. Loss or damage to your possessions.
The policies available for use by US citizens or US residents for trips within the US are:
  1. Round Trip Series offered by SevenCorners
  2. iTravel Series offered by International Medical Group (IMG).
The Round Trip Series by SevenCorners is a three-tiered series of plans with good, better, best plan with Round Trip Economy, Round Trip Choice, and Round Trip Elite. There is an additional cost for the number of days which exceed 30 days, but you can have a trip last up to 90 days. There is also the optional coverage for loss of ski days and equipment and lost golf rounds and rental. Note that insuring a trip for $0 to $500 gives the same, lowest rate available.
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The iTravel Series offered by IMG is also a three-tiered series of plans: Travel Lite, Travel SE, and Travel LX. The Travel SE has a nice benefit that children under 10 are "free" with a paying adult which can make it very affordable for family travel. Note that insuring a trip for $0 to $499 gives the same, lowest rate available for the plans.
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Interesting facts about US international travelers

  • An estimated 39 percent of US travelers were from the Mid-Atlantic States (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania), followed by 19 percent from South Atlantic states and 14 percent from the Pacific states.
  • The top ports of departure were New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Newark, Atlanta and Chicago which accounted for over 60 percent of US departures.
  • The main reason for overseas travel accounting for 40 percent of travelers was leisure/recreation/holiday. Visiting family and friends was the second most popular reason at 37 percent.
  • The average length of travel (number of nights) outside the US increased to 18.5 nights in 2009 compared to 18.0 nights in 2008.
  • Top leisure activities for US travelers other than dining in restaurants and shopping were visiting historical places, visiting small towns and villages, sightseeing in cities, visiting cultural heritage sites and touring the countryside.

Need for travel insurance while outside the United States

Americans traveling overseas must be aware that their US domestic health insurance policy rarely travels with them outside the US national borders. International travelers need to buy insurance. Travelers should also be aware of the difference between Travel Insurance and Travel Medical Insurance. Travel insurance will insure the financial investment for the trip which typically includes the cost of lost baggage and cancelled flights. However it may not cover costs for medical expenses that a traveler may incur while abroad.
Travel Medical Insurance on the contrary does cover the costs of medical expenses that the traveler may unexpectedly incur while overseas. Given the high cost of healthcare, proper medical insurance coverage during one's overseas journey is not a luxury but a basic requirement.
Travel medical insurance plans are available as either fixed or comprehensive medical benefit plans. US travelers can choose the type of plan that best fits their needs using the compare tool on our website.

Travel tips for Americans traveling overseas

Americans visiting a foreign country must seek the appropriate visa from the consulate. The visa application can be submitted at the nearest consulate or embassy office. The processing of visa can take a certain time depending on the country of visit. US citizens are encouraged to submit the application well in advance to their travel dates. Those who are traveling abroad from the US for the first time can easily learn about the food habits, languages, people, culture... onine. It helps to do a little research about the weather, restaurants, sightseeing spots, currency... before leaving the USA.

Evacuation coverage

Travelers who are US residents have more options than other travelers when choosing their health insurance for international travel. There are plans that will cover only health expenses while abroad. You should be aware that many domestic plans will not cover you while outside the US. Or, if you have coverage while abroad, you might want to consider a plan that covers repatriation and emergency medical evacuation. If you want only this type of coverage, you can consider these plans.
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