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I am moving to the USA next year to take up employment. I will arrive two weeks before I begin my work. I need health coverage for the two weeks between arrival and my employee health benefits begin. I would also like to have typical travel insurance benefits for my outbound trip. It seems there is a product called 'One way travel insurance' which gives me exactly what I need, but only a company called 'Go Walkabout Travel Insurance' provides it. Is this something I can request from other companies, ideally ones I might have heard of? My family and I are all UK resident, registered with UK GPs and have no pre-existing health conditions.

Update: The problem here is that standard travel insurance policies do not cover travelers who are not planning to return. I can't point to a online source for this but, for example, I called Insure and Go to confirm this and was told that a standard policy would expire 24 hours after passing US customs if I did not intend to return to the UK.

Where can I find an insurance for my need?

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  • No - It seems to be administratively difficult to arrange standard coverage in the USA without a social security number. I won't even know my address in the States until a week before I travel, which is a further difficulty. – Crosbie Dec 28 '16 at 14:56
  • No. I'd rather it was provided from the UK. – Crosbie Dec 28 '16 at 15:02
  • Okay, I just understood your original question. My understanding is that standard travel insurance does not cover travelers who are not intending to return. – Crosbie Dec 28 '16 at 15:07
  • Rather than travel insurance, you might look at short-term health insurance, in the US, for what you describe, those few weeks before the employer-provided plans kick in. Check with your employer, though; some plans are not in place on day 1. I have no knowledge of the linked site, but offer it as an example. – Giorgio Dec 28 '16 at 16:11
  • And, without the social security number, you can get visitors insurance which acts like a short-term plan, and acknowledges that new arrivals may not yet have the number. Again, this is an example. – Giorgio Dec 28 '16 at 17:01

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