Travelling to the USA

Travelling to the USA if you are HIV+It is incredibly important to have adequate travel insurance if you’re travelling to the USA because the cost of medical tests if you become ill, let alone treatment is very high.

If you need to be repatriated on a standard flight and need to be accompanied by a nure or doctor, the cost is also very hight. If need to be repatriated by air ambulance, the cost will run into many thousands of pounds.

Even if you are currently healthy, something completely unexpected can occur (read the testamony on our home page). You could also be an an accident or injured through no fault of your own. These things do happen!

It used to be the case that anyone who was HIV+ was banned from entering America unless they required to obtain a visa that specifically included a waiver of the ban.

On 30 October 2009, President Obama announced the lifting of this ban.

The rule change was published in the Federal Register on 2nd November and came into effect on 4 January 2010.

President Obama said that the rule had been “rooted in fear rather than fact”. He added:

“Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease – yet we’ve treated a visitor living with it as a threat. [W]e are one of only a dozen countries that still bar people [with] HIV from entering our own country. If we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it.”

We very much welcome the lifting of this ban.

How does this affect your travel insurance requirements?

We cannot stress enough how important it remains for you to obtain travel insurance when travelling – particularly to the USA. As you probably know, medical expenses can be high and bills can mount up to extremely large sums.