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If you want to be a part of it in the Big Apple, you don’t want to forget holiday insurance!

One of the most popular city breaks, New York is home to not only some amazing architecture, but also some of the best shopping and nightlife you can find! So if you plan on making the trip and doing a bit of retail therapy while you’re there, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your holiday insurance for New York

What’s different compared to a European City Break?

  • Visa Waiver Programme - As well as your travel insurance, you’ll need to make sure you have registered for the Visa Waiver Programme at least 3 days before you travel. If it’s your intention to visit the United States for 90 days or less for business, pleasure or transit then you will need to apply. You also need to hold a passport which is lawfully issued by a Visa Waiver Program country and an onward or return ticket. 
  • Healthcare - In Europe, you’re entitled to an EHIC card which allows anyone who is insured by or covered by a statutory social security scheme of the European Economic Area countries and Switzerland to receive medical treatment in another member state free or at a reduced cost. In America, as you are travelling outside EEA you don’t have this, so you rely on your holiday insurance to be suitable for any circumstance
  • Worldwide Cover –Instead of selecting European travel insurance cover, you’re going to need to be covered worldwide. By selecting a worldwide policy, you include travel to America, Canada and even South America – so if you plan on extending your trip while you’re in that part of the world, you’re free to do so!
  • Taxis – We threw this one in for fun! There’s so many people in New York that taxis have a certain code of conduct they’ve adopted to keep the city flowing. Like the black cabs in London, the Yellow Taxis of New York are famous, and most tourists aren’t entirely sure how they work. When the centre light is lit (highlighting the medallion number) the taxi is available, when the medallion number AND the side lamp is lit, the cab is off-duty and when no lamps are lit it already has a fare. If you’re in a hurry to get to the airport and don’t mind a few funny looks, signal a taxi by acting like a plane – they tend to pull over faster as airport runs mean a bigger fare. If you’re familiar with the area and know you only want to travel a short distance, hail a taxi by making a ‘C’ sign with your hand, some off-duty taxis may even pull over
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Your vagabond shoes, they are longing to stray…

Okay, not necessarily vagabond, but you’ll certainly find your feet tapping away to get exploring – there’s definitely a lot to see! Good job that the city has 6,418 subway cars to take you to and from your expeditions - but don’t rest your weary feet on the seats, it’s an arrestable offence! If you like to stay above ground away from the subway rush, then hiring a bike can be a rewarding experience. If you’re visiting during the fairer weather seasons, we’d suggest taking the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, which is a 32-mile route that starts in Battery Park, and all the way along the Hudson River to George Washington Bridge. You can grab a map before you take off and stop off on your way up the river in places that take your interest

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Why Columbus for my Travel Insurance to New York?

We’ve insured over 15 million travelers since 1988, and we’re known for two things – our unbeatable value, and our customer-friendly prices! Always helpful when you’re trying to save as much money to spend in the New York shops! Our award-winning 24-hour emergency medical assistance team is always on hand if you need them

  • Medical Expenses up to £15m
  • Specialist provider for over 25 years
  • Cancellation up to £5,000
  • Over 15 million customers insured since 1988
  • FREE airport lounge access if your flight is delayed for more than 1 hour (1)
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 Terms and Conditions apply

(1) The policyholder can register both themselves and up to four additional travelling companions for Columbus Direct’s Airport Delay service. They will then be eligible to receive free airport lounge access in the event a delay of one or more hours is announced for your flight. Qualifying delays must be notified in a single announcement, not as a series of shorter delays. View terms and conditions here

(2) The policyholder can use their details to register to Babylon after receiving their Columbus policy number. They will then be eligible for medical advice using the Babylon app. GP consultation service is not available in the USA and Canada. Customers need to download the app on their smartphone or tablet before travelling.