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Covid19 Travel medical insurance for Canadians in the USA

Greetings to all our neighbors up North! The COVID-19 pandemic has really changed the shape of travel for the time being. I have recently gotten many calls from Canadians who have told me their insurance coverage from Canada is now voided since the Canadian government has now asked all Canadians to stay in Canada and avoid “non-essential” travel. Many of our Canadian friends were already out of the country and enjoying warmer climes in the US and/ or have altered their travel plans.
If you have any doubts as to your coverage, we urge to to check on your benefits with your insurance provider and know that we have alternatives should you need coverage now (even though you are already in the US) either due to cancellation or expiration of the policy.
Note that some companies cannot sell policies to Canadian citizens or to people with Canadian addresses. However, Global Underwriters, IMG and Trawick International, and INF are companies that can provide policies.
There are currently three US insurance providers namely Trawick International, INF insurance and Global Underwriters who offer US Visitors insurance coverage for coronavirus.

Trawick International Insurance:

Trawick International offers visitor medical insurance for coronavirus (covid-19) with their Safe Travels USA Visitor Insurance. The Safe Travels USA Comprehensive visitor insurance for Covid19 is ideal for travelers with pre-existing medical conditions even for travelers older than 70 years. You can compare all Safe Travels USA Insurance plans for Covid19 and buy it online to get coverage as early as the following day.

Global Underwriters:

Diplomat America Insurance by Global Underwriters offers coverage for covid-19 as a new sickness. Diplomat America Covid19 travel insurance is available for Canadians travelling to the US. Pre-existing ailments are however excluded, which means that travelers infected before the plan effective date, will be considered as an pre-existing medica condition and will not provide coverage for that ailment.

INF travel insurance:

INF Insurance offers Canadian visitors health insurance for coronavirus in the US, Canada and Mexico. INF US visitors insurance for Canadians covers covid-19 as any other illness. One of their plans (Elite) has excellent coverage of pre-existing medical conditions beyond the usual coverage for "acute onset" of pre-existing conditions which is a unique offering. You can compare their plans using this link and purchase the one you are interested in by choosing the "buy now" button for the appropriate plan: Please note that the Elite Network insurance for Covid19 and Premier Insurance for Covid19 are cheaper per month if you purchase at least 90 days the first time you buy them. You can compare all available INF US visitor insurance for Coronavirus.

As ever, we wish you safe and happy travels. Do call us with questions or concerns you may have.
Travel insurance for Canadian travelers

Travel insurance for Canadian visitors

O, Canada!
We get many, many Canadians traveling all over the world calling us with their questions. Many come to the US and have little idea of how our insurance policies work and if they are eligible for them. I thought I would put together a little blog to give some information for these adventurous travelers.

As I understand it, Canadians have great health insurance coverage while in Canada and this can be extended for coverage in the US as well. However, they often (I am told) cannot renew a policy and must return to Canada to purchase more coverage. There are options available from us both before and after you leave Canada.

If you are already in Canada, it depends on your age and for how long you have been in the US. If you are under 65 years, you often have about 6 months to purchase a policy after your arrival here. You can purchase a Patriot America plan (comprehensive) or an Inbound USA plan (fixed).

If you are looking for a plan while still in Canada to cover your travel to the US or to another destination, you now have more limited options. I’m not sure why this is, but two of the insurance companies we work with no longer accept applications from Canada (I assume this is due to tax issues). The two companies are Tokio-Marine HCC and Seven Corners. However, you still do have some options for your travel.

If you are traveling to places besides the US, you can use Safe Travels International or Safe Travels International Cost Saver which offer very economical options for your travel needs for persons up to 89 years old. Also Patriot International has very competitive prices for travel abroad.

If you are traveling into the US, you can purchase Patriot America or Patriot America Plus (the Plus if for people under 70 who have pre-existing medical conditions they are concerned about getting covered) or the Safe Travels USA plans. The Safe Travels USA Comprehensive offers the best coverage for “acute onset” of pre-existing conditions for persons over 70 years old, so this is well worth considering if that applies to you.
INF Travel insurance offers visitors from Canada excellent travel medical insurance in the United States which includes adequate coverage for dental, loss of checked luggage, medical emergencies and accidents incurred while traveling. This works ideally for Canadian Snowbirds during their travel to the USA. Following are the best US travel insurance for Canadian Snowbirds.
List of Canadian health insurance for travelling to USA:
Premier Plan Elite Network
Compare INF Canadian travel insurance to USA
Compare INF visitor insurance Compare pre-existing condition coverage
So, even though you have lost some options for insurance, you still have many economical choices for your international travel. Canadians are welcome at American Visitor Insurance! Feel free to call our toll free number and chat with an agent if you have more questions or would like to do a transaction by phone.

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