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 CoronavirusFor 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. If the travelers visits the country that the CDC, WHO or US Department of State has issued an alert to not visit, the coverage for coronavirus will be excluded. The Patriot travel insurance will not offer coverage benefits if the traveler visits the country after the alert has been issued. If the traveler is already in the country before the alert was issued, then the insured may be covered.
The following clarifies the coverage by the Patriot travel insurance plans:
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This is an excellent question and our website strives to answer this question for our customers. Due to the different needs of different travelers there is no "one size fits all", and not one policy is always best for everyone in their unique situation. If you are a traveler with concerns about a pre-existing medical condition that cause an emergency, then you will be looking at different travel insurance for Canada than someone without a life-threatening pre-existing condition. We endeavor to be as transparent as possible and give our clients as much information as available so they can find the best Canada travel health insurance plan for their needs. Or, if you want some guidance, you can contact us and our licensed agents are here to help you with your travel insurance decision!
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International travel insurance resources for Canada visa holders.
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Canadians Citizens with a valid Canadians passport can travel to the Schengen states up to a maximum of 90 days without the need of a Schengen visa.
Requirements for traveling to the Schengen region: