Visitors to Canada Insurance for Parents, Family, Friends, Landed immigrants, Newly arrived permanent residents, Returning Canadians, and International Experience Canada (IEC)
Private health insurance for super visa application requirements? Visitors insurance protects you against the risk of a sudden illness or accidental injury. Planning to visit Canada or you've already arrived? Parents, family or visitors arriving that you'll be responsible for while they're here in Canada?
Visitors to Canada travel insurance: We provide travel insurance quotes for Canada's top insurance companies so you can easily compare prices and coverage, and immediately buy online to save yourself time & money.
We offer more travel insurance companies than you'll find on smaller sites - we've made sure to include all the same companies that other sites have, and more. We even have one company that provides a discount visitors insurance policy with a rate that'll be much lower for travellers 50-59 not needing coverage for pre-existing conditions. The new super visa insurance requirements have forced some companies to change their policy terms, and we now have more visitors to canada insurance policies available than ever before.
But we don't just offer online service - if you have any questions about your coverage options or policy details, or need assistance with your purchase - please call us to ask for personalized service - we'll be happy to help.
Phone 1-604-259-2544 and ask for assistance (1-888-888-0510 toll free in North America).
Visitor to Canada insurance provides emergency medical coverage in the event of injury or illness. While medical costs in Canada are not as high as they are in the U.S., health care in Canada is not 'free' for visitors, and being uninsured can subject you to unaffordable medical bills. Visitors insurance protects the policy holder from suffering any major financial setbacks that could accompany a major illness. Of course, there is extra coverage too - like sending a family member to visit you in the hospital; emergency evacuation to your home country or out of pocket expenses for attending to a hospitalized travel companion.
All visitors to Canada insurance plans vary according to the language they use in the insurance contract. As an example of the valuable coverage you can have, here is the contract language concerning benefits offered by TIC travel Insurance Coordinators visitors to Canada insurance:
Hospital The insurer agrees to pay for semi-private hospital accommodation and for reasonable and customary services and supplies necessary for your emergency medical care during confinement as a resident in-patient. Follow-up visits are covered up to $3,000, provided they are directly related to the emergency and the emergency has been reported to TIC.
Medical The insurer agrees to pay for emergency medical, surgical or anaesthetic services when performed and authorized by a physician. The insurer agrees to reimburse for the following services, supplies or treatment, when provided by a health practitioner who is not related to you by blood or marriage (see below):
Prescription drugs Drugs or medications that require a physician’s written prescription, not exceeding a one-month supply. Not to exceed $500 per insured.
Ambulance The use of a licensed local air, land, or sea ambulance (including mountain or sea evacuation) to the nearest hospital, when reasonable and necessary.
Accidental Dental The insurer agrees to reimburse reasonable and customary costs up to $3,000 for emergency treatment or services to whole or sound natural teeth (including capped or crowned teeth) caused by an accidental direct blow to the face. Treatment relating to any dental claim must begin and end within 90 days from the onset of the accident and prior to your return to your country of origin.
Dental Emergencies The insurer agrees to reimburse up to $500 for the immediate relief of acute dental pain caused by a dental emergency other than a direct blow to the face. Dental conditions for which you have previously received treatment or advice are not covered. Treatment relating to any dental claim must begin and end within 90 days from the onset of the emergency and must be completed within the period of coverage and prior to your return to your country of origin.
Return of Deceased In the event of death due to a covered sickness or injury, the insurer agrees to reimburse up to:
a) $10,000 for the costs incurred to prepare and return your remains in a standard transportation container, to your
country of origin; or b) $4,000 for cremation or burial at the place of death. The cost of a coffin or urn is not covered.
Transportation of Family or Friend Up to $3,000 for one round-trip economy class transportation by the most direct route, and up to $1,000 for reasonable costs incurred after arrival by your family member or close friend if: a) you are hospitalized due to a covered sickness or injury and the attending physician advises the necessary attendance by such persons; or b) local authorities legally require the attendance of such person to identify your remains in the event of death due to a covered sickness or injury.
Meals and Accommodation The insurer agrees to reimburse up to $150 per day to a maximum of $1,500, or up to a maximum 10 days in the event you (or your insured travelling companion) are confined to hospital on the date on which you are scheduled to return home. The insurer will reimburse for commercial accommodation, meals, child care costs (children under age 18, or physically or mentally handicapped travelling companion(s) who rely on you for assistance), essential telephone calls and taxi fares incurred by you or any insured travelling companion. We will only reimburse these expenses if you have actually paid for them.
Ensure that the travellers have their visitors to Canada insurance before they arrive in Canada, so there are no gaps (waiting period) in coverage.
If two travellers need insurance, it's not always best to have both named on the same policy - two policies might be better (if no companion discount applies it may be better at claim/refund time that one traveller doesn't have a claim on their policy).
Use a small deductible to lower the cost - its the major financial setbacks you want insurance for, not the minor ones.
Get a quote, and then call us and we'll show you all the differences between the policies in a few 'clicks'.
Your quote options:
The amount of protection that is offered under visitors to Canada plans will depend on the amount chosen by the person applying for it. Maximum coverage amounts range from as little as $15,000 to as much as $200,000. When you request a quote for visitors to Canada insurance, we'll ask all the questions we need and provide an accurate quote across all companies for plans of $150,000.
You can easily change the coverage amount (drop-down menu on quote presentation) to see how that would affect the final premium. For peace of mind, we recommend having a plan for at least $100,000. Medical bills and related costs (diagnostic tests, air ambulance, bringing a family member to bedside) can easily push costs of an accident or major illness past $50,000. You can also choose to move the deductible amount higher to lower the final premium.
Here's a partial example quote for a single traveler age 47, 31 day policy, $0 deductible, $150,000 coverage:
Q: Why should visitors buy insurance from a Canadian insurance company instead of from a company in their home country?
A: Canadian medical providers (hospital, dentists, medical clinics, etc.) prefer to work with Canadian insurance companies. There is direct billing between hospitals and the Canadian insurance companies. In the event that you have to pay for expenses and then file a claim, Canadian insurance companies will have a faster claim procedure as they can verify Canadian medical expenses faster than providers in foriegn countries (so you get reimbursed faster).
Also, Canadian insurance companies are regulated by Canadian regulators, at some of the very highest standards around the world. In fact, they are also re-insured by Assuris - a Canadian government agency that will cover up to $60,000 of medical expenses in case a Canadian insurance company becomes insolvent. Not that that is likely, but it's nicer to know that you are insured no matter what happens. And, of course, if you are already in Canada when you are shopping for visitors insurance, companies in your home country may not insure you because you have already left your home (province).
Q: What amount of Visitors travel medical insurance should I purchase?
A: Hospital costs for visitors to Canada can amount to over $4,000 per day, and air ambulance charges to return you home could very easily be in the ten's of thousands of dollars. We recommend at least $100,000 of medical insurance coverage if peace of mind is what you are after.
Q: Do I purchase Visitors to Canada insurance before I leave, or once I arrive in Canada?
A: We recommend that you purchase your visitors to Canada travel insurance prior to your arrival in Canada. If you purchase after you arrive in Canada, most insurance companies will have a waiting period of anywhere between 1 to 8 days after you purchase, during which time there will be only limited coverage. If you are a landed immigrant, or coming to Canada on a working holiday visa, visitors insurance allows you to be covered for sickness and injury before being eligible (3 month waiting period) for provincial health coverage. Don't take any chances by waiting to buy visitors to canada insurance after you arrive. Buy it before you get here and avoid having any gaps in coverage.
Q: Can I purchase a policy for my family members who are planning to come for a visit?
A: Yes. Anyone can purchase a visitors insurance policy on behalf of someone coming to Canada. In fact, you should know that if a person is coming to Canada and you have sponsored their stay, you will be responsible for their medical bills if they cannot pay for them. So even if they don't want the coverage, you might want to buy it for them anyway. For people employing a live-in caregiver, visitors insurance is what you buy for 'nanny insurance' before your caregiver becomes eligible for provincial healthcare.
Q: Are there any discounts for two or more travellers buying at the same time?
A: Some company's do offer discounts for companion travel, or larger group travel insurance policies. However, It may actually make sense to buy two separate policies, because the price may be the same (depending on the company) but if one traveler has a claim and both travellers return home the policy holder that did not claim can apply for a refund. If both travellers are covered under the same policy, no refunds are possible after a claim has been made by either of the travellers, no matter how many days are left on the policy.
Q: If I have a pre-existing condition, can I get coverage for that with visitors insurance?
A: Maybe. It depends on the pre-existing condition, and the terms and conditions of the policy. Some insurance companies offer plans that cover pre-existing conditions as long as they have been stable for a certain period of time (3 to 6 months) before departure from your home country. Sometimes, pre-existing conditions will not be covered. It is important to read your entire policy to make sure you are aware of the definitions affecting coverage, as well as the possible exclusions that may apply.
Only some of the available plans will cover pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, highblood pressure, heart conditions, etc. Other policies, while they do cover stable pre-existing medical conditions, use strict eligibility questions to screen out applicants (for example, no coverage available if you use an ICD (pacemaker), oral steroids for lung conditions, diagnosis of stroke, blood clots, congestive heart failure or heart murmur in past 12 months, etc.). For a direct comparison of the exclusions concerning pre-exisiting medical conditions, click here to compare policy wording and stable periods.If you have any questions about your pre-existing conditions and obtaining coverage, please contact us.
Q: Do I have to take a medical test before I can buy Visitors to Canada insurance?
A: No. There is no medical exam required prior to purchase. There may be some medical questions that are asked as a part of your online application. You must answer all questions truthfully, as not doing so may void (cancel) your coverage. If you have to submit a claim, the insurance company will investigate to determine if your condition was a pre-existing one, and/or whether you were truthful on your application.
We have lot's more information on our Q&A information for Visitors to Canada page. You'll also find answers to questions like:
Q: Can my visitors to Canada medical insurance be extended if I want to stay longer?
Q: Who can purchase visitors to Canada travel insurance?
Q: Do you offer discounts for groups travelling together?
Q: Am I covered for trips outside Canada?
Q: If visitors insurance won't cover my pre-existing condition, why should I buy it?
Q: What do I do in the case of an emergency and/or hospitalization?
Visitors to Canada or their Canadian friends or family can get a travel insurance quote, compare policies and purchase online, or if you have any further questions please call toll free for assistance at 1-604-259-2544 (Vancouver) 1-674-799-2032 (Toronto) 1-514-819-9744 (Montreal) or 1-888-888-0150 (toll-free in North America).