Travel medical insurance for travelers stranded in the USA, Canada or Mexico because of Coronavirus

It is heartbreaking to hear of so many people stranded due to COVID-19. So many borders are closing and travel plans have had to be altered. At American Visitor Insurance, we are committed to getting you the best insurance coverage we can in these uncertain times. Of particular note, the company INF insurance which offers travel insurance plans with coverage in the USA, Canada and Mexica. These plans usually have a restriction on coverage of pre-existing medical conditions for their two plans: INF Elite Network Insurance and INF Advantage Insurance unless it is purchased BEFORE the traveler leaves their home country. INF traveler USA also offers coverage for Coronavirus. In light of the coronavirus epidemic, INF is lifting this restriction on pre-existing condition coverage even if purchased after coming to the US.
While many other insurers are NOT covering COVID-19 and even voiding policies due to the pandemic, INF insurance is a REAL option for travelers stuck in the US and needing insurance coverage. The INF travel insurance policy is good if you are replacing an existing travel policy that has expired or maybe you didn't have an insurance policy to begin with. International students in the US, Snowbirds from Canada or the UK, tourists from European nations, even US green card holders can purchase these plans. Note that the INF traveler USA and INF Advantage plan ONLY offers coverage in the US, while the INF Elite can be used in the US, Canada, and Mexico (even by US citizens who ordinarily reside outside the US). The INF traveler USA and INF Advantage plan is quite affordable and many travelers and students are even buying this plan to complement their existing insurance option if it has limitations in coverage for COVID-19.
Please know we are here to help you make the best, informed decision to get coverage even for COVID-19! Let us know how we can assist you. Feel free to contact us by email or phone at any time.

Coronavirus travel Insurance for Canadians in the US

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. Click HERE for some options for your travel.

Note that some companies cannot sell policies to Canadian citizens or to people with Canadian addresses. However, IMG and Trawick International, and INF are companies that can provide policies.

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

INF travel insurance

INF travel insurance coverage for Coronavirus is straightforward. The coronavirus will be covered as per any new sickness in the policy since it is not explicitly excluded. Note that their plans only offer coverage in the US and Canada.
INF Advantage US visitors insurance Covers Coronavirus for Visitors Already in USA INF provides insurance coverage for any COVID-19 infection and it will be covered fully by INF Advantage as a new sickness. INF Advantage is available to visitors who are already in the United States and does not have any restriction on the length of time the visitor has been in the US. INF Advantage will cover COVID-19 infections for major in-patient hospitalization, need for oxygen cylinders, and medication or other miscellaneous expenses required to treat the Coronavirus.

International Medical Group (IMG) travel insurance for Coronavirus

For new policies starting after March 11, 2020, there is no coverage for COVID-19 disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) in announcing coronavirus as a pandemic has designated the entire world a “level 3” travel zone. Since the coronavirus and COVID-19 is now a known threat (not an unknown possibility), it will no longer be covered by IMG policies. However, if your IMG policy had already started prior to the March 11th announcement and it was NOT to travel into a level 3 travel area (at the time of travel), you will be covered for COVID-19 and that coverage will continue on renewals to that policy.
The following clarifies the coverage by the Patriot travel insurance plans:

I have a short-term IMG travel medical insurance plan and I have departed my Home Country/Country of Residence – am I covered if I contract COVID-19?

Most of our travel medical plans provide coverage* for COVID-19 related care if you have purchased and entered the destination country prior to either: 1) the CDC issuing a Warning Level 3 (avoid nonessential travel) for your Destination Country; or 2) a government agency of your Home Country publishing or issuing a Travel Warning or Emergency Travel Advisory regarding your Destination Country.. Eligible Medical Expenses that may be considered for coverage include, but are not limited to, charges for illness, injury or medical evacuation.

I have purchased a short-term IMG travel medical insurance plan and I have not departed my Home Country/Country of Residence – am I covered if I contract COVID-19?

There is no coverage* if you have not departed your Home Country/Country of Residence and not entered the destination country prior to either: 1) the CDC issuing a Warning Level 3 (avoid nonessential travel) for your Destination Country; or 2) a government agency of your Home Country publishing or issuing a Travel Warning or Emergency Travel Advisory regarding your Destination Country.

I have not purchased a short-term IMG travel medical insurance plan, but I am thinking about purchasing – will I be covered for COVID-19?

There is coverage* as long as you depart your Home Country/Country of Residence and enter the destination country prior to either: 1) the CDC issuing a Warning Level 3 (avoid nonessential travel) for your Destination Country; or 2) a government agency of your Home Country publishing or issuing a Travel Warning or Emergency Travel Advisory regarding your Destination Country.

Disclaimer: * This is a summary of a selection of plan benefits offered only as an illustration and does not supersede in any way the Certificate of Insurance and governing policy documents (together the “Insurance Contract”). The Insurance Contract is the only source of the actual benefits provided.

Trawick International travel insurance

Trawick International travel insurance coverage for Coronavirus is also straightforward. If the travelers contracts the virus after the travel insurance effective date they are covered like any other sickness. If they have it before the effective date it is a pre-existing condition and would be covered as per the policy terms and conditions.

Travel insurance for Canada travelers

Travel insurance for Canadian travelers
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.

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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 plans :
Premier Plan Choice Plan Elite Network Advantage Plan
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Fixed Benefits Plans Comprehensive Plans
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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