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Travel Insurance for the USA

Before you go on your trip, consider travel insurance cover here.

Why should I consider travel insurance in the USA?

From the dramatic cityscapes of New York to the gnarly waves of Cali – you can pack a lot into a trip from Australia to America. Aside from the accent, the currency and driving on the wrong side of the road, the culture is not too dissimilar from ours. Except there's one big difference: America is over 15,000km away. If something were to go wrong, it would be hard for you to get home quickly.

When you buy travel insurance for America, you're not just covering yourself against things like medical bills and theft, you also gain access to a global network which can offer you guidance and support if things go wrong. Travel insurance gives you a carefree trip and offers optional extras to tailor cover to suit your needs.

Travel Safe in the USA

Despite some scary news headlines, travelling to the USA is safe. Spread across 50 states, some parts of the country are more secure than others, with most crime occurring in more urban areas. If you’re travelling to America, take precautions and keep your wits about you. Some things to look out for are:

  • Customs: While Australian citizens can buy an ESTA quite easily, be wary when entering the US as there are strict customs laws. Read up on border protection’s restricted items and be prepared to have your finger prints taken.
  • Crime: Petty theft and pickpocketing do occur in some areas of America. Stay vigilant, keep your belongings secure and report any items stolen immediately.
  • Tickets: America isn’t short of concerts, sports games and shows to go to. If you’re planning on buying tickets, watch out for scammers who sell fakes or use the transaction to steal your card details.
  • Car theft: Reports of thieves stealing cars are still rife in the States, so if you’re hiring a car, park it in a safe lot and don’t leave any valuables inside.

Best time to travel to the USA

Deciding when to travel to America really depends on the type of holiday you want and how much budget you have to spend.

  • Weather: The USA is a vast country, with diverse seasons across all four corners
  • North: Comfortable summers and snowy winters
  • East: Hot summers and cold winters
  • South: Humid summers and mild winters
  • West: Year-round warmth with hotter summers
  • Busy times: High season in the US is in June, July and August, so most places will be busier during these months.
  • Best flight deals: The cheapest month to fly to America is usually February but watch out! Some places can get pretty cold at that time of year.

USA travel insurance FAQs

What can travel insurance protect me from in the United States?

Medical expenses in the USA are amongst the highest in the world. Cases of Aussies incurring medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars is quite common.

Can I drive a car over there during my trip?

Yes, you can - as long as you have a valid license to drive in the USA and your country of residence. Driving is one of the best ways to get around the States, especially on the West coast. If you’re hiring a rental car you're automatically covered for the rental vehicle excess for $6,000. This means you can save money on your rental car hire. Details on rental vehicle excess can be found here.

What if my stuff gets lost or stolen during my trip?

A TID policy can cover you for lost, stolen or even damaged luggage and personal effects. Details on cover can be found here.

This is a brief summary of cover only and does not include the full terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions. Read the PDS before purchasing.