Difference between Travel Insurance and Visitors Insurance

Oftentimes when shopping for health insurance for foreign visitors in preparation for an overseas trip, you'll see a multitude of seemingly interchangeable terms for various coverages. You'll undoubtedly see terms like travel insurance, trip insurance, visitors insurance, visitor health insurance, travel medial insurance, and many others. What's the difference and, more importantly, which one is right for you?

Travel insurance is a broad term, encompassing several types of insurances available while traveling. Those will fall primarily into two major categories:

Visitors Insurance

Visitors insurance is short-term insurance, focused primarily on medical coverage, to cover you during your travels. The plans will generally cover new and unexpected medical conditions. You might also see it referred to as travel medical insurance, visitors medical insurance, American visitor insurance, travel health insurance, or many other ways. Visitors insurance for parents visiting the USA is a popular option for those with families living abroad coming to see them in the United States. 

Trip Cancellation Insurance or Travel Insurance

Booking a trip well in advance of your travel dates to save some money? Putting down a hefty sum on a non-refundable deposit to ensure availability? Traveling with someone that might back out of the trip, increasing your costs? What if you get sick or injured before a trip, lose your job, or your destination is affected by a natural disaster? These are some of the many reasons why trip cancellation insurance might be of value to you. When selecting trip cancellation insurance, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the covered reasons and covered expenses within the policy, as well as their coverage percentages. An added benefit to most trip cancellation insurance plans is emergency medical coverage if you get sick or injured while on your trip.

E.g., A cruise vacation involving cruise fees, airline ticket charges, airport shuttle charges, shore excursions, and other prepaid expenses. Delayed flights could cause you to miss your trip entirely!

So which kind of insurance is right for me? The following side-by-side comparison will help:

Visitors Insurance Travel Insurance
Trip Length May be purchased for any trip from 5 days to 1 year, even longer in some plans Ideally suitable for trips up to 30 days
Baggage Delay Typically excluded Typically included
Travel Delay Typically excluded Typically included
Trip Cancellation Excluded Included
PPO Network Typically available Typically not available
Choice of medical maximum and deductible Typically available Typically not available
Loss of passport Typically not available Typically available
Acute onset of pre-existing conditions Typically available Typically not available
Plan eligibility Many plans available both for U.S. and non-U.S. residents Most plans are only for U.S. residents
Purchase eligibility May be purchased before or after departure May be purchased only before departure
Extendable Typically, yes No
Refundable Refundable before or after the effective date of the policy, subject to terms and conditions of each insurance policy. Only during the free look period, such as 7 to 10 days after the purchase.
Home Country Coverage Incidental and/or end of trip home country coverage available in some plans. Not available

If you still need assistance deciding which kind of travel insurance is best for you, please feel free to contact us to speak with a licensed insurance professional.

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Visiting USA?

Healthcare costs are very high in the U.S.

Buy U.S. based visitors insurance and enjoy your trip.

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Traveling abroad?

Did you know that your insurance may not cover you abroad or that it may only provide limited coverage?

Purchase travel medical insurance that includes emergency medical evacuation.

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New immigrant to USA?

You are not eligible to enroll in Medicare for the first 5 years.

Purchase new immigrant medical insurance to bridge the gap.

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Going on a vacation?

You could lose your non-refundable trip costs if you had to cancel your trip.

Buy a trip cancellation insurance package plan and be worry-free.

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Are you an exchange visitor to USA?

The U.S. Department of State requires all J visa holders to purchase compliant insurance.

Buy J visa medical insurance to meet your requirements.

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Traveling to Europe?

Schengen countries require most non-US citizens to purchase Schengen visa insurance.

Make an instant purchase online and get instant visa letter.

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Traveling frequently throughout the year?

You don't need to purchase travel insurance for every trip.

Purchase annual multi trip travel insurance for your travels.

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International student in the U.S.?

Most schools require international students to purchase health insurance.

Purchase international student health insurance that meets most school requirements.

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