This post was originally published on February 18, 2021, and was updated for accuracy and reliability; however, due to recent updates, please refer to our latest travel blog for the most up-to-date information regarding travel insurance coverage and COVID-19.
As more and more Albertans are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the Government of Alberta is relaxing or lifting some of the public health guidelines, many people are beginning to think about and plan for international travel again.
The health and well-being of our customers is always our top priority. We want to do our part to ensure we help prevent the spread of COVID-19, so we are urging our customers to get vaccinated and follow all public health guidelines.
We also urge Albertans to follow all federal and provincial travel guidelines and advisories. Currently, the Government of Canada travel advisory is at a level three, which states that all Canadians should avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
Based on this advisory, Alberta Blue Cross is only selling travel insurance for trips within Canada.
We will resume selling travel insurance for international trips when the following two changes occur:
- The current level three travel advisory is downgraded or completely removed.
- The Canada-U.S. border is re-opened.
The advisory and border closure are reviewed by the federal government every 30 days. We are continuing to monitor the travel advisory and border reopening and will be there to support you and your travel coverage needs when the border is reopened.
If your travel coverage is part of your individual health plan and you choose to travel while an advisory is in place, any incidents related to COVID-19 will not be covered.
We recognize that some people may require out of country emergency medical coverage for “essential travel” and Alberta Blue Cross will continue to provide coverage to support our customers, including new travel plans as well as extensions for our individual health and group plan customers. This will include coverage for COVID-19 up to $5 million.
For more information regarding travel coverage, please visit our website at ab.bluecross.ca/travel/travel-insurance.php or you can also call our travel department at 1-800-394-1965 and select option four.
We will continue to keep our members informed about any updates to the travel guidelines and we look forward to serving your travel coverage needs once it’s safe to travel again.