Updated: September 23, 2021
Aligning with direction from the federal government advising against non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as international borders remain closed to most travel, Alberta Blue Cross® temporarily paused sales of all travel coverage plans (including emergency medical, trip cancellation and interruption and coverage extensions) until this situation was resolved. We also advised our customers with travel benefits through their employer that they would not be covered for COVID-19 in the event of a medical emergency outside of Canada.
The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada. We understand life goes on, and there may be cases where you choose to travel despite these advisories. And we’re happy to see that vaccination rates are continuing to rise, which is making way for both provincial and national re-openings and the removal of many pandemic restrictions.
Even though there’s still a travel advisory in place, we’ve heard from our customers and want to support them in their choice to travel. As of July 28, 2021, Alberta Blue Cross will resume selling travel insurance. We will also provide coverage for COVID-19 related incidents for customers who have emergency travel benefits through their employer benefit or individual health plan.
For all customers purchasing trip cancellation and interruption coverage, COVID-19 will not be an eligible reason for cancellation as it’s now a known and anticipated event.
While we continue to support the federal government’s position on avoiding non-essential travel, we do want to support our customers’ choice by providing travel coverage to protect them.
Both new and existing travel plans will include COVID-19 coverage for emergencies—including customers with travel benefits through their employer benefit plan and individual health plan members. This includes extended hospital stays, ventilators costs and transportation home. Coverage will not include vaccines, COVID-19 tests or costs associated with having to quarantine. We will also not be providing emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 for individuals who choose to go on cruises.
Note: we are ONLY lifting travel exclusions as they relate to COVID-19; other travel advisories for specific countries are still in effect. We encourage all travellers to consult the Government of Canada travel advisory page prior to any travel outside of Canada.
Your safety and well-being and health and wellness of our community are our top priority and we want to do our part to ensure we help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We believe that in such circumstances, limiting travel and encouraging our community to follow the recommendations of public health authorities is greatly aligned with our mission to be your partner in health and wellness. We encourage you to stay informed as this situation changes and monitor our website for the most up-to-date information.
If you have questions about this update, please contact our travel team directly at 1-800-394-1965 and select option 4.
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*For all customers purchasing trip cancellation and interruption coverage, COVID-19 will not be an eligible reason for cancellation as it’s now a known and anticipated event.
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