Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’re working really hard to keep you in the loop as much as possible in the fast-changing circumstances. 

We want to help you wherever we can during these challenging times. If you’re struggling financially as a result of Coronavirus and are worried about the payments for your policy, or if you have a policy that you don’t think you’ll need now, such as an annual travel policy, please get in touch. We’ll discuss your options with you and work out how we can provide support.

Our call centres are very busy at the moment and we are trying to answer your questions as quickly as we can. If your query is non-urgent and you are not due to travel in the next two weeks, please don’t contact us yet, so we can prioritise people in need of urgent help or who are due to travel sooner.

In the meantime, we are regularly monitoring the situation and updating our Coronavirus single trip/backpacker and annual multi-trip FAQ pages. To find out more about the impact the outbreak is having on our travel insurance policies, please check the relevant FAQ before calling or emailing us.

We’d also like to highlight that travel insurance only protects against unforeseen circumstances getting in the way of your travel plans, so any policy you buy now will have very limited insurance coverage. While the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has advised against all but essential travel indefinitely, you will not be covered under our travel insurance policies if you decide to go ahead with your trip. 

Travel insurance for Canada 

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Canada is the world’s second largest country and, as a result, it’s a place of great diversity. Home to vast mountains, craggy coastlines, awe-inspiring cities and beautiful fjords, it boasts striking natural landscapes and the best of modern life too.

Canada has a mixed culture and heritage which is best experienced in the cuisine of its major cities. You can sample a macaron in the distinctly French Montreal, wander around the Asian night markets in Vancouver or sample the best of everything in Toronto, which is regularly voted as the most cosmopolitan city in the world. Just make sure you travel with plenty of Canadian dollars so you can grab food as you go.

Away from the city, Canada gives holiday-makers the chance to reconnect with nature. Tourists flock to the Canadian Rockies, where snow-capped mountains draw Winter Sports and Ski enthusiasts every year. If you’re looking for something more laid back, you’ll have the opportunity to explore one of Canada’s 46 national parks. But if you’re feeling adventurous, our Sports and Leisure Activities insurance can help provide you with the cover you need.

Whatever you plan on doing, it's important that you get travel insurance for Canada to help protect yourself against any unforeseen eventualities.

Below is some more information about our products, for which Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit the policy information hub for full details.

If you fall ill or get injured while in Canada, your travel insurance can help cover the cost of your care. Similarly, if your journey is disrupted due to one of Canada’s infamous snowstorms, your travel insurance can help cover you if you are delayed because your airport is snowbound, or if you miss your flight. In addition, travel insurance for Canada can provide you with cover if any of your personal possessions are lost, stolen or damaged during your trip.

At Allianz, we can provide you with Single Trip, Annual or Backpacker travel insurance to Canada from Ireland. We also offer three different levels of cover across our Single Trip and Annual policies: Bronze, Silver and Gold. When you book your policy, you’ll just need to select ‘Worldwide inc. USA’ as your area of cover.

Our travel insurance to Canada from Ireland can protect you against: 

  • Catastrophes
  • Emergency medical and associated expenses
  • Loss of passport*
  • Delayed personal possessions
  • Lost, stolen or damaged personal possessions*
  • Loss of personal money*
  • Personal accident cover
  • Missed departures
  • Delayed departures
  • Personal liability
  • Pet care**
  • Mugging**
  • *Not available with Bronze cover
  • **Only available with Gold cover
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
     

Depending on the policy you choose, you’ll also be able to purchase additional cover to keep you protected. For example, if you want to play golf at one of Canada’s exceptional golf courses, such as Cabot Cliffs or Fairmont Banff Springs, our Golf insurance can protect you and your clubs. Or, if you’re visiting Canada for the wedding of your dreams, then our Wedding insurance can protect the most important parts of your big day, including rings, gifts, photographs and clothing. Alternatively, if you’re heading to Canada for business rather than leisure, our Business insurance can cover your business equipment and business samples, so you can safeguard the smooth running of your business trip.

Below is some more information about our products, for which Terms and Conditions apply. Please visit the policy information hub for full details.

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The cost of travel insurance for Canada will vary depending on a number of factors, including:

  • The number of people travelling
  • The age of the people travelling
  • The length of your holiday
  • Whether you have any medical conditions to declare
  • Whether you need any additional cover

The best way to find out how much your travel insurance for Canada will cost is to get a quote online. By supplying us with a few basic details about you and your trip, we’ll be able to provide you with a quote.

With Whistler, Lake Louise and the Big White Ski Resort all within Canada’s borders, the country is incredibly popular with skiers, snowboarders and winter sports enthusiasts. But, if you’re thinking of taking part in some winter sports when you travel to Canada, you’ll need to buy additional cover. With our Winter Sports and Ski add-on, you’ll be protected against risks that are specific to winter sports, such as piste closures, avalanche closures and lost ski equipment. 
There are visa requirements for Irish citizens visiting Canada. Until 2016, Irish citizens could freely travel to Canada without a visa. However, now you’ll need to obtain Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before you arrive, which you can apply for online.

Even though Canada is considered to be a relatively safe country to visit, there are a number of things that you should be aware of before you travel.

Firstly, some vaccinations may be recommended for your trip. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, you should check with your doctor well in advance, to see whether you need any vaccinations for Canada.

You should also be wary of heavy snowfall in the winter months. During this time, highways are often closed in British Columbia and other Provinces because of snowstorms and avalanches. To understand conditions, you should check local news and weather reports, and visit Environment Canada before you make a journey. You should also be aware that, because Canada is so vast, journeys often take longer than they do here in Ireland.

Although crime rates in Canada are relatively low, you should be wary of pickpockets. Many pickpockets target tourists in busy areas, particularly around monuments and popular photo spots. Never leave your valuables on show, and ensure they’re always stored away safely when not in use.

When browsing in shops or looking at menus in restaurants, you should be aware that the price of an item may not be the final price you pay. This is because a Goods and Service Tax is added to the bill. In addition to this, tipping is preferred in bars, restaurants and hotels.

Backpacking is a great way to see the world. With our Backpacker travel insurance, you can experience the beauty of Canada and still have cover as you travel elsewhere. 

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Canada’s incredibly popular with winter sports enthusiasts and it’s easy to see why. If you’re visiting the slopes of Whistler or the pistes of Mont-Tremblant, our Winter Sports and Ski insurance is suitable for most travellers. 

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If you’re planning on taking multiple trips in addition to Canada this year, then our Annual travel insurance may be just right for you. Whether you’re seeing the sights of Toronto or admiring the beauty of Lake Louise, we can provide cover. 
 
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If you’re taking the whole family on the holiday of a lifetime to Canada, you can place everyone on the same policy with our Family travel insurance for Canada. 

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Only visiting Canada once this year? You’ll find that our Single Trip travel insurance for Canada is best for you. It can cover you for up to 180 days, so you have plenty of time to see this wonderful country. 
 
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We understand that a lot of people want to take part in sports and leisure activities, which is why our travel insurance covers many as standard. But, if you fancy trying something more adventurous, then our Sports and Leisure add-on could help cover you. 

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Canada’s a great place to visit in retirement. If you’re considering a visit to The Great White North, then you may find that our Seniors travel insurance is right for you. 

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