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    Are you going to the USA?

    The USA has long been one of the safest and most popular holiday destinations for UK travellers, but just like anywhere else in the world, there’s always the chance that something unfortunate could happen. You’ll need to take out travel insurance to cover as many eventualities as you can.

    If you’re looking to buy travel insurance for a trip to the States, you can buy online using the form above.

    We can cover your kids for free!

    If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.

    Useful bits

    Emergency? Call us:
    +44 (0)207 748 0060

    For everything else, contact us.

    We cover over 50 activities!

    All of our travel insurance policies come with cover for over 50 activities and sports as standard, so you can get up to more on your trip.

    What is covered with travel insurance to the USA?

    As standard, our policies cover for over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

    • Medical expenses and hospital benefit
    • Personal accident and liability
    • Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
    • Abandoning your trip
    • Delayed departure
    • Accommodation cover
    • Personal belongings and baggage
    • Personal money, passport and travel documents
    • Legal expenses

    We want you to be as prepared as possible for your trip away and have the best holiday experience. That’s why we’ve put together some interesting facts, as well as other relevant information you may want to know before your trip to the USA.

    CurrencyUS dollar
    Most common languages spokenEnglish, Spanish, Chinese and French
    CapitalWashington DC
    Top destinations

    Aspen

    Boston

    Chicago

    Hawaii

    Key West

    Las Vegas

    Miami (Florida)

    New Orleans

    New York

    Orlando (Florida)

    San Diego (California)

    San Francisco (California)

    ContinentNorth America
    PopulationApprox. 323 million
    Plug typePlug type A and B
    Driving sideRight-hand side
    Seasons

    Spring – March to May

    Summer – June to August

    Autumn – September to November

    Winter – December to February

    LawsLocal laws and customs

    Do I need a visa for the USA?

    The UK is part of the visa waiver programme with the USA, meaning UK citizens with a valid passport don’t need a visa to travel to the USA. Instead all you’ll need to get is an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), through the waiver programme, which allows travellers for up to 90 days in the USA.

    What are the emergency numbers?

    You should call 911 in an emergency. You can use this number to request assistance from all emergency services, including the police, the fire department or an ambulance.

    What if I have to go to hospital in the USA?

    Medical costs in the USA are famously expensive. Most hospitals are large and privately run. If your medical emergency isn’t serious enough to warrant a visit to the hospital, you may be able to contact the hospital and ask for a local physician, which may offer cheaper treatment.

    If a hospital discovers you have no insurance, they may transfer you to a welfare hospital if one is nearby – there aren’t many available, however, especially in more rural areas, and may have very long waiting times. For more information on medical travel insurance visit our page, or contact us online.

    Are there any laws I should be aware of?

    The laws of the USA vary depending on which state you’re in. But it’s always best to read about the local laws and customs to make sure you’re always within your rights. Find out more about USA local laws here.

    What are crime rates like in the USA?

    The USA is a safe country to visit, but the inner cities have the same dangers as in other countries. Crime can be a reality in these areas, especially at night, so take precautions to protect yourself against theft or other criminal activity. The USA has a relatively high rate of violent crime in the states bordering Mexico – Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

    Who do I call if I’ve been a victim of crime?

    You can call 911 to report a crime or request emergency assistance. There may also be a local police presence.

    Are there any special restrictions on entering the USA?

    The USA recently brought in new rules which ban people without biometric passports from entering the country. The rules came into force on the 1st April 2016, but didn’t get much coverage until later. You can find out more about this from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

    Do I need any vaccinations before I travel?

    You don’t usually require vaccinations to travel to the USA, but check here for more information: www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/north_america/usa.shtml

    What if I need to get legal help while in the USA?

    You should contact the British Embassy or the nearest Consulate if you need to find legal help while travelling in the States. Although they cannot provide a lawyer or give you legal advice, they can give you details and help you find a local lawyer who may be able to provide legal assistance.

    How do I contact the British Embassy?

    Embassies and consulates where British nationals can get access to essential services – including passport extensions and renewals, visa services, emergency travel documents and guides to the legal system – can be found in some of the major cities across the country, and they can be contacted on the phone from anywhere in the United States.

    British Embassy Washington

    3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington DC 20008
    USA
    britishembassyenquiries@gmail.com
    +1 202 588 6500
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General Atlanta

    Georgia Pacific Center, Suite 3400
    133 Peachtree Street, NE
    Atlanta GA 30303
    USA
    +1 404 954 7700
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm (except public holidays)
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General Boston

    One Broadway
    Cambridge MA 02142
    USA
    +1 617 245 4500
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General Chicago

    625 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200
    Chicago IL 60611
    USA
    +1 312 970 3800
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General Denver

    World Trade Centre Tower
    1625 Broadway, Suite 720
    Denver CO 80202
    USA
    +1 303 592 5200
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General Houston

    Wells Fargo Plaza
    1000 Louisiana, Suite 1900
    Houston TX 77002
    USA
    +1 713 659 6270
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General Los Angeles

    2029 Century Park East, Suite 1350
    Los Angeles CA 90067
    USA
    +1 310 789 0031
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General Miami

    1001 Brickell Bay Drive
    Miami FL 33131
    USA
    +1 305 400 6400 or +1 407 254 3300
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General New York

    845 Third Avenue
    New York NY 10022
    USA
    +1 212 745 0200
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours
    Public access is by appointment only

    British Consulate General San Francisco

    1 Sansome Street, Suite 850
    San Francisco CA 94104
    USA
    +1 415 617 1300
    Telephones are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm except public holidays
    Emergency Consular Service for British nationals is available out of hours.
    Public access is by appointment only

    And importantly – who do I contact about my travel insurance while in America?

    Anything can happen while you’re abroad, and we know that your plans might change. If you need to contact us about your travel insurance – if you want to extend your stay or you just have a question – you can start a live chat (just look for the ‘Need help?’ button above). Our lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

    If something’s gone wrong and you need to make a claim while you’re abroad, you can drop us an email on claims@insureandgo.com.

    Can you help if I need medical treatment while in United States?

    Yes – all our policies come with access to our 24-hour emergency assistance team, so there will always be someone here to help you if you become ill or are injured while abroad.

    If you need emergency medical assistance just give our team a call anytime, day or night, on +44 (0)207 748 0060.

    Did you know?

    • The US has a lot of people in jail – a quarter of the world’s total prison population. The “three strikes” law means at least 25 years if you’re convicted of three felonies. Curtis Wilkerson got 25 years in 1995 for shoplifting a pair of socks.
    • Terminus 96. That’s what the Atlanta Olympics could have been called. When the US city of Atlanta was founded in 1837 it was called Terminus – it was just a tiny settlement around a milepost marking the terminus of a railway!
    • The National Rotten Sneaker Contest (sponsored by Odor Eaters) is held each March in Montpelier, Vermont, US. Children up to age 14 come wearing their smelliest sneakers (trainers) hoping to win $2,500 and get their shoes into the “Hall of Fume”!
    • Nearly half of all Americans go to a fast-food joint at least once a week. On offer at one: a sandwich with so much chicken there’s no room for a bun! Two fried chicken fillets are the bun, sandwiching bacon, sauce and two types of melted cheese!
    • At Halloween, most people carve pumpkins. In the US they also “chunk” them. “Pumpkin chunkin” is the art of hurling pumpkins as far as possible by any mechanical means, including slings, catapults, trebuchets and pneumatic cannons.
    • Just before Thanksgiving, the US president is presented with a live turkey at the White House – but this one’s not destined for the oven. It’s now a tradition that the president pardons the bird and spares it from the dinner table.
    • To celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Chicago, US, the authorities dye the Chicago River bright green. The tradition started when plumbers used a flourescent green dye to find the sources of illegal pollution – not much to do with St Patrick!

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