Attention: Getting Medical or Emergency Assistance While Travelling
If you need help during your trip for a medical or other travel emergency, help is available 24/7.See Emergency Contact Details for medical or emergency assistance while travelling
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Travel Insurance Packages
Travel Insurance Packages
Covers you for the widest range of unexpected travel situations.View Packages for Travel Insurance Packages
Travel Medical Insurance
Travel Medical Insurance
Helps to fill the gap left by your provincial health insurance.View Plans for Travel Medical Insurance
Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance
Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance
Covers non-refundable and/or non-transferable trip expenses if your plans are cancelled or interrupted.View Plans for Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance
Travel Insurance Information for Trip Types
Choose from the topics below for some information on the type of coverage that may be right for you:
Reasons To RBC Travel Insurance
- 24/7 worldwide emergency medical assistance
- Multilingual assistance from caring professionals
Travel Insurance FAQs
Have a question about travel insurance? Get the answers you need here.
To be eligible for this insurance coverage, a traveller must be:
- A client of the RBC companies or a spouse or child of a client
- A Canadian resident (applicable for Emergency Medical Insurance Coverage)
Note: when you purchase travel insurance from us, you are enrolling in coverage under a group insurance master policy issued by RBC Insurance Company of Canada to RBC Royal Bank. Upon enrollment, a certificate of insurance will be issued to you together with the insurance application/confirmation of coverage and medical questionnaire (if applicable). The certificate of insurance contains the terms and conditions of your insurance coverage and together with the items listed above form part of your insurance contract.
Generally speaking, no. While your age can affect your eligibility for certain coverages, we have packages and plans that cover all age groups. If you are age 65 or older, we may ask you to answer a few questions about your health to make sure you have the most appropriate coverage.
Your answers to the health questions (if applicable) will be used to help determine the benefits you are eligible to receive under your certificate of insurance.
When answering the health questions:
- Take your time. The questions may take up to 10 minutes to complete.
- You (the applicant) should complete the Medical Questionnaire. (If you have someone else complete the Medical Questionnaire on your behalf, it is still your responsibility to make sure the answers to the questions are correct.)
- Read and answer each question carefully and accurately. Review your answers to confirm they are correct. Incorrect answers may lead to your coverage being voided or your claim denied.
- Have your prescriptions or a description of your medications nearby for reference.
- If you are unsure about any questions regarding your medical condition Definition opens in new window or medications, please speak to your physician.
If necessary, a family member or close friend can complete the questions on your behalf. Please keep in mind, however, that it is still your responsibility to make sure the answers are correct.
Yes, it is recommended that you buy coverage for your spouse as well.
This answer depends largely on your child's age.
- If your child is under 2 years old and you are purchasing the Deluxe Package or a TravelCare® Package, then your child receives emergency medical coverage at no extra cost.
- If your child is 2 or older, you'll need to purchase emergency medical coverage for him or her.
- No matter how old your child is, if you've purchased an airline ticket or made a separate trip deposit for him or her, consider buying a travel insurance package or trip cancellation and interruption insurance.
The right coverage for your trip depends on several factors, including (but not limited to) where you're travelling to, how long you’ll be gone, the kind of transportation you'll be using and, in some instances, your overall health. View all of our travel insurance products now.
An accident, illness or medical emergency can happen anywhere, anytime. If you need medical care or treatment in another country, your government health plan may cover only a portion of the costs. Travel insurance starts where these plans leave off.
Plus, with our emergency medical coverage, you have access to the multilingual representatives of Allianz Global Assistance.
Because our representatives are multilingual and have 24-hour access to real-time translation services, we can provide the help you need in your own language—and also have someone to communicate on your behalf with medical personnel who may speak a different language.
Whenever possible, Allianz Global Assistance will also request for the medical service provider within the network to bill the covered medical expenses directly to us instead of you—reducing your stress and hassle.
Yes, if you are travelling outside your home province or territory. There are several reasons why it's important to get travel medical insurance when you're travelling within Canada. One reason is that accidents can happen anywhere. Another is that government health insurance plans do have limits on reimbursement of emergency medical expenses incurred while you are in another province. For example, the ambulance, emergency dental treatment and prescription drugs might not be covered by some government health insurance plans.
We recommend that you carefully review your government health plan coverage. Government plans may not cover all emergency medical expenses once you leave your home province/territory and typically cover only a limited portion once you leave the country. In fact, the Canadian Government (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) urges Canadians to purchase supplemental health insurance when leaving the country. They say:
Do not rely on your provincial or territorial health plan to cover costs if you get sick or are injured while abroad. Out-of-country health care can be costly, and your health plan may not cover any medical expenses abroad. It is your responsibility to seek information from your provincial or territorial health authority and to obtain supplementary travel insurance and understand the terms of your policy.3
Plus, government health insurance plans don't guarantee coverage for special care (air ambulance or emergency dental services, for instance).
Unlike government health insurance plans, our insurance offers you:
- Unlimited coverage for eligible medical expenses2
- Up-front payment of eligible medical expenses whenever possible
- 24-hour, multilingual emergency medical assistance—one toll-free phone call puts you in touch with a multilingual professional who will refer you to a local doctor or facility in order for you to receive the care you need
Government health insurance plans also don't provide coverage for situations such as lost, damaged or delayed baggage or trip cancellation and interruption. Our travel insurance can provide these coverages and more.
You must purchase coverage before departing on your trip. You may benefit from purchasing coverage as soon as you make your initial trip deposit, especially if you are purchasing trip cancellation and interruption insurance—either as stand-alone coverage or as part of one of our insurance packages.
If you were to book your trip 6 months in advance, consider the unexpected situations that could occur in that time.
If you purchase travel insurance from us, we will pay the eligible bills directly to the hospital or physician whenever possible.
There are a number of sports that are not covered during your trip. For more details, see the Exclusions section of the certificate of insurance document.
You may purchase a top-up policy for the extra number of days beyond the duration covered by your multi-trip annual plan. Here are the conditions:
- Before your effective date, you may contact us at 1-800-565-3129 to enroll in top-up coverage.
- After your effective date and if you have not had a medical condition Definition opens in new window during your trip, you must contact us at 1-800-565-3129 before your original expiry date to purchase top-up coverage.
- After your effective date and if you have had a medical condition Definition opens in new window during your trip, you must contact Allianz Global Assistance before your original expiry date to request approval for and enroll in top-up coverage.
- The terms, conditions and exclusions of the new top-up insurance apply to you.
- You must pay the required top-up premium on or before the effective date of the top-up period.
If you do NOT top-up your coverage for a trip, you will not be covered for any claims you make outside the period of insurance for that trip. If the top-up insurance you are purchasing requires you to complete health questions, you must complete the health questions.
Please see the certificate of insurance document for complete coverage details regarding top-up coverage.
If you purchase one of our travel medical insurance plans—either Classic Medical or TravelCare® Medical—you can, subject to certain conditions:
- If you are travelling for more than 183 days, you may purchase single trip coverage for up to 365 days provided that you are covered under your government health plan for the full duration of your trip.
- If you are 40-74 years of age, you must also answer a few health questions, which will determine whether you are eligible to purchase coverage for trips beyond 183 days.
Yes, if you are travelling with your spouse/partner and children or other family members, you could save money with our family plan pricing.
The cost of a trip can be a significant financial investment. A lot can also happen in the time between booking your trip and departing—if a medical emergency or other unexpected event prevents you from going on your trip, you could potentially lose some (or possibly all) of the money you paid.
With trip cancellation and interruption insurance, you're protected when certain situations prevent you from travelling as planned. Examples include:
- You can't travel due to an illness, job loss or immediate family member's medical emergency
- You need to return home earlier than scheduled because of a family emergency or medical condition Definition opens in new window
Note: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance at the time you pay your initial travel deposit. Please see the certificate of insurance document for complete coverage details, including terms and conditions.
We strongly recommend you do. Your certificate of insurance is a valuable source of information and contains provisions that may limit or exclude coverage. Please read it before you go, keep it in a safe place and carry it with you when you travel.
Get a Quote
Make sure you have the right travel insurance—get an online quote or call the Enrollment Centre.
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If you’re using an RBC Royal Bank credit card to pay for your trip in full, see if your card provides enough coverage for your trip.
Travel HealthProtector Has Been Replaced with New and Improved Coverage!
On May 1, 2020, we replaced Travel HealthProtector insurance with a new travel insurance product lineup.
RBC clients1 can now enjoy:
- More choice, including robust travel insurance packages and travel medical plans
- Trip cancellation and interruption insurance as part of a package or stand-alone plan
- A shorter and simpler medical questionnaire (for clients age 65 and older vs. age 60 and older)
1) RBC client is defined as a client of the RBC Companies or a spouse or child(ren) of a client.