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If you are a tourist planning to visit Canada, thank you for choosing us! Since we’re known for being polite, one thing we thought you should know before you arrive is that the Canadian healthcare system does not extend free coverage to visitors from other countries. As a result, you must have the proper emergency medical coverage prior to the beginning of your Canadian trip. We call this “Visitors to Canada” insurance.
So how does it work and how do you find a great deal? At RATESDOTCA, you can easily compare health insurance quotes and purchase a policy from a Canadian company that will cover you while you’re here. These policies are designed for:
Whether you will be in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver or anywhere else in Canada, hospital bills, prescription drugs, and other medical expenses can add up quickly. Purchasing health insurance could save you thousands of dollars if you need any type of medical care during your trip.
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Yes, foreign visitors to Canada need health insurance. The Canadian government does not offer free health care to visitors or tourists. In fact, healthcare in our country without coverage can be very expensive! One visit to a hospital can easily cost thousands of dollars.
Health insurance protects visitors and tourists from unexpected costs due to sudden illness, accidents, or other health and medical emergencies while travelling in and visiting Canada.
There are different types of insurance available to different types of travellers to Canada:
As with all travel insurance, your policy costs depend on your age, any pre-existing medical conditions, how long you plan to be insured for, and which provider you choose to become insured with. On average, if you're under the age of 30, for example, and:
We show you quotes from a number of companies who offer travel medical insurance for visitors to Canada, so you can find the best rates. Compare coverages and find a policy specific to your needs on Rates.ca.
Policies vary from provider to provider, but standard coverage for medical emergencies includes:
Visitors to Canada insurance plans available through our partners include:
If you are immigrating to Canada, or are a recent immigrant, you will find that most provinces have a waiting period before you are eligible for public health insurance. The length of time you have to wait will vary by province. To protect yourself, newcomers to Canada should get emergency medical health insurance coverage, to ensure you’re covered as you wait for your provincial coverage to kick in.
A visit to the hospital, even for a minor injury, could set you back thousands of dollars. Don’t gamble on your financial future in Canada. Compare visitors to Canada quotes today.