We’ve all been dreaming of packing our suitcases and travelling again. When you’re ready, we have travel plans that will give you the confidence you need and the coverage to keep you safe.

While the Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of the country, we understand life goes on and there may be instances where you choose to travel. 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 many of you and want to support your choice to travel again. As of July 28, 2021, Alberta Blue Cross® has resumed selling travel insurance and will provide emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 related incidents. While we continue to support the federal government’s position on avoiding non-essential travel, we want to support your choice by providing travel coverage to protect you.

Both new and existing travel plans, including group customers and individual health plan members with travel benefits, will include COVID-19 coverage for emergencies. This includes extended hospital stays, ventilator costs and transportation home.

Coverage will not include vaccines, COVID-19 tests or costs associated with having to quarantine. We will also not be extending emergency medical travel coverage for individuals who choose to go on cruises. Trip cancellation and interruption will not include COVID-19 as an eligible reason for cancellation as it’s now a known and anticipated event.

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.

Customers age 79 and younger are now able to purchase travel products online, such as emergency medical coverage and trip cancellation, trip interruption and baggage coverage. Please visit our website ab.bluecross.ca/travel to inquire or purchase travel insurance. You can also call 1-800-394-1965 and select option four to inquire or purchase travel insurance.