We Canadians love to travel, no matter the season! Wherever we’re headed, we know we’ll need to pack travel insurance. But all travel insurance isn’t created equal. And with so many options, sometimes it’s tough to know how to find the perfect plan.

While you’ll want to get coverage, even if you’re just headed to the next province, travel insurance is especially crucial if you’re travelling internationally. If you experience an accident or medical emergency, or your trip is cancelled or interrupted, you won’t want to be stuck dealing with it in a foreign language or culture…or having to pay the bill when it’s all over.

Did you know? When you travel outside your home province, your provincial health plan covers less than 10% of your travel medical expenses. A one night stay in a US hospital averages $16,000.

We’ve put together a list to help you get it sorted! Read on to find out what things international travel insurance should always cover!

1. Before you buy, make sure your insurance provider offers 24/7 emergency medical assistance

If you’re travelling internationally, especially to a country where you don’t speak the language, you’ll be happy to have a multilingual emergency medical team that’s available to help you and your loved ones 24/7. During an emergency, they can advocate for you, coordinate emergency transportation and make sure you get the best medical care possible.

emergency room sign in Mexico
If you’re travelling internationally, or even just to the next province, make sure to get a comprehensive Emergency Medical Travel Insurance plan. It’ll cover you for accidents, medical emergencies and more!

2. Start with Emergency Medical Insurance

From Bermuda to Bali and all stops in between, Emergency Medical Insurance is a must-have for any international traveller. It’ll cover you for accidents, medical emergencies and more. A great plan to start with, you can add additional coverage depending on your unique needs.

Look for a comprehensive emergency medical travel insurance plan that includes the following:

Coverage Emergency Medical Insurance
Doctors’ services
Hospital confinement and treatment
Prescription medication
Emergency dental services
Fracture treatment
Ambulance services and emergency air transportation

Travelling with family? Consider an Emergency Medical family plan. It’s often a more affordable option! Find out if a family travel insurance plan is right for you.

scuba diving in the Maldives
Planning some adventurous activities on your next trip? Consider adding Optional Sports Coverage to your Emergency Medical plan. You’ll be covered for scuba diving, backcountry skiing, mountaineering and more.

3. If you’re planning some adventurous activities, add Optional Sports Coverage

Enjoy your favourite high-risk activities, whether they’re mountain-top or beach-side, by adding Optional Sports Coverages to your Emergency Medical Insurance. TuGo has various levels of protection, from Contact, Adventure and Extreme Sports Coverages, so you can customize the perfect plan for your trip.

You’ll be covered for the following activities and more:

Coverage Optional Sports Coverage
Backcountry skiing/snowboarding  ✔
Mountaineering  ✔
Downhill freestyle skiing  ✔
Downhill mountain biking  ✔
Ice climbing  ✔
Parachuting/skydiving  ✔
Scuba diving  ✔
Base jumping  ✔

As I mentioned in my post about the best travel insurance for your winter vacation:

If an activity isn’t listed under our Optional Sports Coverage, it may be covered under standard Emergency Medical Insurance, unless it’s an excluded activity. Get informed by taking a look at the exclusions to be sure.

Backpacker waiting for train in the United Kingdom.
To cover missed connections, travel advisories and more, consider getting Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption Insurance for your next vacation.

4. Consider Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption Insurance

International airfares, accommodations and excursions can be costly. Although when you invest in these, you may not be expecting a cancelled or interrupted trip, you’ll never regret being prepared in case something does come up!

What if you or a loved one gets sick before your trip, an event causes the government to issue a travel advisory to avoid non-essential travel or any kind of travel, or your airline cancels a flight?

If you have to cancel your trip before you’re scheduled to leave, or your trip is interrupted while you’re on vacation, a Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption policy can cover non-refundable pre-paid costs like airfares, hotels and tours. Get it as a Single Trip or Multi Trip Annual policy, depending on your needs.

Coverage Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption Insurance
You or your travelling companion’s unexpected sickness, injury and/or death  ✔
Natural disaster or unforeseeable event that makes your home unlivable  ✔
Travel advisory  ✔
Travel visa denial  ✔
Job loss  ✔
Cancelled or missed connection due to weather  ✔
A schedule change causing a missed connection and more  ✔
Friends frolic on a beach
An All Inclusive Holiday package lets you relax and enjoy your trip, knowing that all your travel insurance needs are covered in one handy bundle!

5. If you’re 59 and under and want it all, consider an All Inclusive Holiday package for international travel insurance

You want to relax on your much-needed vacation and think about things like where to eat your next meal or whether you should take another nap, not your travel insurance policy.

With an All Inclusive Holiday package, you’ll get it all, so you won‘t have to worry about the details. For more info, check out our post, Why Investing in All Inclusive Travel Insurance is a Great Idea.

Hope this article helps you understand what your international travel insurance needs to cover!

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Safe travels,


Things International Travel Insurance Should Always Cover

Dec 10 2019