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Visitors to Canada and Returning Canadians

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Visiting, Returning to Canada or Newly Landed?

For those who are coming to Canada, including visitors to Canada, landed immigrants and Canadian citizens returning home after a lengthy time spent abroad, in an emergency, you will need insurance coverage to see a doctor. Read on to learn more about insurance for visitors to Canada and returning Canadians.

Coverage for Landed Immigrants and Returning Canadians

Are you a newly landed immigrant to Canada? Or a Canadian citizen returning from another country who has lost your provincial healthcare coverage because you were out of the country for more than 182 days (212 days for Ontario)?

Either way, you will need emergency health insurance coverage for a minimum of 90 days upon your arrival in Canada to fill the gaps created by waiting periods and residency requirements for provincial health insurance plan coverage.

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Newly Landed Immigrants and Returning Canadians

Protect your finances while you’re waiting for provincial coverage

Every Canadian province and territory administers its own health plan and most of them have at least a 90-day waiting period before you can qualify for benefits. Thus, it is critically important that you find out more about emergency medical coverage.

Without adequate protection in place, if an illness, accident or medical emergency occurs while you are waiting for provincial healthcare coverage, you will have to pay for the emergency healthcare-related services you receive out of your own pocket.

Visitors to Canada

Friends or family planning on visiting Canada? Do you realize they could end up having to pay huge medical bills should a medical emergency occur while they’re here because they’re not covered by provincial health insurance plans?

Regardless of whether they’re going to be here for a few days, a few months, or a couple of years, emergency medical insurance for visitors to Canada is absolutely essential because even though the Canadian healthcare system is one of the best in the world, it can be very expensive for those who don’t have coverage.

Added peace of mind for your loved ones when they’re visiting

Fortunately, with the comprehensive, affordable protection of Emergency Medical Insurance, your friends and family will be able to enjoy their visit to Canada more and travel with fewer worries, knowing they’re protected against unexpected emergency healthcare-related expenses during their visit.

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Visitors to Canada

Recognizable Names in Insurance

We work with some of the most recognizable names in the travel and health insurance industry in Canada to bring our clients comprehensive coverage at competitive rates.

We work with a range of insurance carriers to offer different types of coverage for your highly specialized health insurance needs. We can help you get the right policy to cover your emergency medical needs while visiting Canada, or for returning Canadians, while you wait to be eligible for provincial health insurance coverage.

Whether it’s for visitors to Canada, newly arriving Canadians, or residents coming home after a lengthy trip abroad, we can help you choose the right carrier and the right policy to suit your insurance needs.

If you have already arrived in Canada please Contact Us.

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