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Travel insurance won't cover visa refusal

Travel insurance won't cover visa refusal

Category: Travel

Updated: 05/05/2017
First Published: 05/05/2009

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Travellers who fail to obtain visas before going to the US will not be able to claim on their travel insurance if they are refused entry.

This is the warning given by insurance provider InsureandGo.

Founder Perry Wilson explained that it is a policyholder's responsibility to ensure they have the correct visa before they go away.

Noting that some people are going to the US believing they can get their visas on the plane, Mr Wilson stated: "What we are trying to do is make people aware that you really have to make sure you have got the new visa."

The US Visa Waiver Programme allows people from particular countries to go to the US without visas for as long as 90 days, either for business or tourism purposes.

But to meet the requirements, eligible people need to have an e-passport and be approved through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.

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