Many Canadian travel insurance companies are NOT offering coverage at all, or offering some coverage, but choosing not to include Covid-19 related illnesses, especially while the ‘Avoid All Non-Essential’ travel advisory is still in place.
However, we’ve now found some great options for Canadian travelers that WILL cover Covid-19, and also offer great travel health insurance, even with the current travel advisory in place.
Below you will find the latest news on the best travel insurance options for Canadians that also cover Covid-19.
Please Note: This article is meant as a general information guide only. Travel Insurance is constantly changing in the current environment and it is up to each traveler to ensure they are properly covered for their individual situations. We do our best to keep this article updated but insurance policies can change without notice. The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety and insurance abroad. We do not endorse or recommend traveling against government travel advisories.
Travel Insurance for Canadians That Covers Covid-19
Canadians! Finally, an affordable insurance provider with plans that cover Covid-19, even with the current travel advisory in place.
SafteyWing is a product we have personally been using for the past two years because it is extremely affordable, has decent coverage inclusions, but most of all works with our lifestyle. We are very nomadic and our travel plans change so frequently that we needed plans that could be extended on the fly, no matter how long we were out of the country for.
I spoke directly with SafetyWing and found that as of August 1st, they officially launched coverage for Covid-19 and are automatically including it in all their policies. Since I am very familiar and comfortable with their insurance and customer service, I am thrilled to be able to recommend them to my fellow Canadian readers.
While SafetyWing doesn’t offer the biggest coverage amounts we’ve ever seen, they are a fantastic option for travelers on a budget, younger travelers, and people who want the basics covered.
SafetyWing announced August 1:
“As of August 1st, Nomad Insurance covers Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)! Coverage works the same as any other illness as long as it was not contracted before your coverage start date, and does not fall under any other policy exclusion or limitation.
Testing for COVID-19 will only be covered if deemed medically necessary by a physician. The antibody test is not covered, as it is not medically necessary.”
Cost of SafeyWing
For 4 weeks of coverage:
- 10-39 years old $40.04
- 40-49 years old $64.68
- 50-59 years old $101.64
- 60-64 years old $137.76
Rates are for any country of travel except for: Cuba, Iran, Syria, and North Korea. Travel to the USA can also be covered, but do to high health care costs there, rates will go up.
What that covers:
- Coverage up to $250,000
- Deductible $250
- Trip Interruption – up to $5000
- Lost Checked Luggage – up to $3000
- Political Evacuation – up to $10,000
And lots more including intensive care, ambulance, hospital stays, travel delays, medical evacuation, emergency dental, etc. You can see everything that SafetyWing covers, including what sports activities, etc on their FAQ page.
Will SafetyWing still cover me, and cover Covid-19, if Canada has the ‘Avoid All Non-Essential Travel’ advisory still in place?
Yes. When I asked SafetyWing about this, they told me:
“Yes, the policy does not follow travel advisory from the Canadian government. It relates to the advise from the CDC and US DOS. The policy covers COVID-19 regardless of travel advisory.”
Editor's Note: Earlier in 2020 I got hospitalized while in Mexico. Thankfully I did have SafetyWing coverage for my entire stay, so my hospitalization, treatment, and medications were covered with my policy. The claims system was really easy and straightforward.
HeyMondo is gaining a lot of popularity lately, especially among our Travel Off Path Community. Their policies are great because they can be customized, adding more coverage when/where you need it.
We contacted HeyMondo to ask if they would cover Covid-19 related illnesses, despite the current travel advisory from the Canadian government, and they confirmed they will.
Cost for HeyMondo
For 4 weeks of coverage for a Canadian (any age) traveling anywhere in the world excluding USA/Canada:
That Includes up to:
- $100,000 medical expenses
- $500,000 repatriation
- $1,700 luggage
- $450 travel delay
- $2,500 trip cancellation
*however, inclusions can be modified to suit your individual needs.
Covid-19 Coverage with HeyMondo:
HeyMondo states –
“All travel insurance plans that you see in our website cover medical assistance and expenses even in the event of infection by Coronavirus.”
However, in this moment with the ‘Avoid All Non-Essential Travel’ advisory currently in effect by the Canadian government, World Nomads is not allowed to sell its policies to Canadians. Once the travel advisory lifts, World Nomads will be able to sell policies to Canadian travelers, and they should cover some aspects of Covid. (WN's could not clarify at this time.)
World Nomads might be a good option in the near future for Canadian travelers who want extra coverage or who do a lot of sports activities.
We will update this post when World Nomads is once again available for Canadians.
Article originally published August 2, 2020 with updates