Canadians recommended to get medical insurance before they travel

As Canada relaxes entry requirements for fully-vaccinated citizens, one Canadian insurer is reminding people who are eager to travel internationally that a Level 3 Global Affairs travel advisory still remains in effect and that they need to understand the ongoing uncertainty associated with travelling abroad.

“Many Canadians are excited to resume travelling, however a government advisory to avoid non-essential travel remains in place, and Canadians need to take the necessary precautions to ensure they protect themselves before embarking on their vacation.” said Kellee Irwin, Vice President of Orion Travel Insurance.

Irwin strongly encourages travellers to obtain insurance that includes appropriate medical coverage before they travel and that they continue to monitor evolving entry requirements of their destinations.

Irwin explained that insurance policies vary by provider, and may have changed due to COVID-19, so it’s important to review your policy, and understand what you’re covered for before you travel.

Any Canadians travelling in the near future should also consider the following tips, said Irwin:

  • A Level 3 Global Affairs travel advisory remains in effect. Before planning any form of travel, Canadians should take steps to protect themselves and others.
  • Canadians and permanent residents will be able to upload a copy of their vaccine certificates to the ArriveCAN app, allowing them to bypass mandatory hotel quarantine when they return to Canada.
  • Travelling standards will vary by destination, and not all services or businesses may be open, or offer full services. Book your accommodations and activities before you go and check out their protocols in advance.
  • Pack face masks, cleaning supplies, travel sized snacks, water, and hand sanitizer – not only for the trip, but to have on hand at your destination.
  • Monitor local media and government websites to stay informed of conditions and potential changes to entry requirements at your destination.
  • Update your passport so it is ready when you are. And be prepared to pack additional documentation required for your destination, such as proof of vaccination, negative COVID test documentation, and proof of travel insurance.
  • Insurance policies vary by provider. Review your policy and understand what you’re covered for before you travel.
  • Don’t travel if anyone in your party or household is sick.

Irwin added that as of July 1, Canadians are eligible for full emergency medical coverage with Orion Travel Insurance, even during a Level 3 COVID-19 related travel advisory, as long as they are fully vaccinated (having received all doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine) at least 14 days prior to departure.

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