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Covid-19 Updates

For the most up to date information about coverage, click here.

Medavie Blue Cross will not enforce an exclusion for expenses incurred in a country for which there is a Government of Canada warning. Such a warning remains in effect for all countries outside Canada.
To qualify for coverage, before departure the member must:

  • Be symptom free
  • Have not tested positive (or be awaiting a test result), and
  • Have not been in contact with anyone who tested positive in the last 14 days.

This temporary change will cover departures between September 1st, 2020 and July 15th, 2021. All other terms of the contract remain in effect.

For plans with travel coverage, plan members continue to be eligible for emergency hospital and medical expenses, including any claims related to COVID-19, subject to existing maximums and all other terms, conditions and limitations of your policy.
Coverage does not include:

  • Any COVID-19 testing, including those required by governments to re-enter the country
  • Any costs related to delays caused by testing requirements
  • Any costs related to quarantines, including those mandated by governments.

For plans with trip cancellation insurance, since COVID-19 is considered a known situation, cancelling or interrupting a trip for a reason related to the pandemic remains not covered.
We continue to encourage all members to carefully review the guidance available at around international travel and requirements around returning to Canada, and to regularly check the site for any new or updated information.
- August 19th, 2021

Medavie Blue Cross has made adjustments to the wording regarding travel coverage. Please review the most up to date FAQ to review coverage updates. 
-February 24th, 2021
All trip cancellation and interruption expenses remain NOT COVERED if the reason is due to a government warning, unless the trip was booked on or before March 15th, 2020.
- October 16th

There are updates to the COVID-19 coverage for students coming to Canada, students who are planning to travel and students who require COVID-19 testing. This FAQ provides information about health plan coverage, services and operations for the upcoming academic year. 
- August 24th 

Information is ongoing and information on this website is subject to change without notice. All individuals are encouraged to keep up to date with the Government of Canada statements and contact Medavie Blue Cross or CanAssistance where appropriate.
- March 19th

Medavie Blue Cross, the travel and primary care insurance provider for the Student VIP and Student VIP International Health Plans including Backpack continues to provide updates relating to COVID-19, coverage, and resources. Members asked to stay up to date on information as it becomes available from Medavie Blue Cross by visiting the dedicated website here.
- March 18th

The Government of Canada has asked all Canadians abroad to return home. We understand that this is not as easy as it sounds.  If you need medical assistance or assistance to return home, please contact CanAssistance. If you are in the US, please call: 1-800-563-4444 (press 1). If you are outside of the US, please call: 1-506-854-2222
If you are abroad and cannot return home because you are in quarantine, your coverage is still in force. All coverage and claims are subject to policy wording. For eligibility and or coverage questions or concerns, please contact CanAssistance. If you are in the US, please call: 1-800-563-4444 (press 1). If you are outside of the US, please call: 1-506-854-2222
International students who are abroad and cannot return back to Canada due to border restrictions for Non-Canadians, please contact Student VIP International with questions or concerns at
International students who are in Canada and become sick with symptoms that may be due to the COVID-19 virus (cough, fever, sore throat, breathing difficulty, etc.) are asked to contact their international student health insurance provider for medical assistance, or coverage inquiries.
Every individual who is experiencing non-emergent symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call their provincial telehealth provider before visiting a hospital or doctor’s office. The nurses will determine if you require further testing and direct you to the most safe and appropriate resource. If you are having difficulty breathing, please dial 911 or visit your local emergency room.
Access to virtual health care services will remain available for all students.
- March 13th


Rest assured your Student VIP Health and Dental Benefits have appropriate coverage and measures in place to support and assist students during the current COVID-19 outbreak.


Students can access their benefit services virtually and remotely in the event of school closures. Found online are:


There is coverage in place through the travel benefit in your student health and dental plan to cover costs for:

  • Medical Care and Assistance
  • Evacuation
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption

Certain eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for coverage.

If you are currently abroad and require assistance, please call the 24/7 CanAssistance support line:

Within North America: 1-800-563-4444
Outside North America (Call Collect): 1-506-854-2222


If your school or program has cancelled all academic related travel you may qualify for trip cancellation and interruption coverage. Proof of cancellation from the school or program is required.


Please visit the Make a Claim page at for directions on how to file a travel claim. Alternatively, you can call 1-833-867-3468 and ask for Travel Claims Department, or or email


  • washing your hands often
  • avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette
  • staying home if you or your child is sick
  • Keeping up to date with government and provincial statements and advice


Please contact by phone or email your local health authority, public heath department, or provincial telehealth service for advice on next steps if you are feeling unwell. Most provincial health authorities have advised that unless in an emergent situation, to avoid crowding hospitals, and visiting your doctor’s office or local walk-in clinic to prevent the spread of germs and to protect vulnerable persons.
To keep up to date with the Government of Canada’s information on COVID, please visit:


Symptoms are similar to the cold and flu. If you have similar symptoms, don’t panic.

People may experience:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Pneumonia
  • Difficulty breathing (severe cases)


Medavie Blue Cross
1-833-867-3468 ask for Travel Claims Department
CanAssistance - Travel Assistance Provider
Within North America: 1-800-563-4444
Outside North America (Call Collect): 1-506-854-2222
Student VIP


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