Travel insurance will not cover ESTA repatriation
26 January 2009 20:59
Gap year travellers have been told once more that their backpacking travel insurance will not cover repatriation to the UK if they are refused entry into the US under the new Electronic System of Travel Authorisation (ESTA).
ESTA has replaced the paper forms previously required by the US visa application waiver system; it requires guests to apply for entry into the US online up to 72 hours before departure.
However, EssentialTravel.co.uk warned that gap year travel insurance will not protect anyone who is not pre-approved under the ESTA and subsequently refused entry into the US by customs officials.
Stuart Bensusan, insurance director for Essential Travel.co.uk, warned: "Sadly ignorance is no excuse.
"Anyone who forfeits their holiday - flight, accommodation, cruise etc - because they don't have an ESTA, won't be able to claim on their travel insurance. It's their responsibility to secure the necessary travel documentation."
Recently, NYC & Company - the official tourism board of New York City - claimed that a trip to the Big Apple still represents great value for money, especially in terms of shopping.