August 5, 2021
Dusan Baic

GSC enhances standard travel plans with new quarantine coverage

August 5, 2021
Dusan Baic

Originally statement provided by our partners at Green Shield Canada.

"As travel gradually inches its way back onto the horizon, the Green Shield Canada (GSC) team is closely monitoring the latest developments in order to best support plan sponsors and plan members alike. While we continue to view the Government of Canada advisory as the primary guideline, we understand that plan members will make their own choices around travelling. In these situations, we firmly believe that providing peace of mind is the right thing to do. For that reason, we announced in April that all standard GSC travel plans had been updated to include coverage for emergency medical expenses related to COVID-19 through December 31, 2021, up to the existing maximums and limitations within each plan.

To align with this coverage for medical treatment, and in light of the ongoing vaccine rollout, we are extending some of the other benefits of our standard travel plans from August 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 to cover expenses incurred by Fully Vaccinated Travellers1(see footnote for a full definition) who test positive for COVID-19 while travelling and are required to quarantine outside of their province of residence.

The following benefits, already included in our standard travel plans, will now be accessible during a quarantine period for a covered Fully Vaccinated Traveller who tests positive for COVID-19 during their trip and is delayed in returning home:

  • Meal and accommodation expenses of up to $150/day (to a maximum of $1,500) where quarantine is required outside of Canada (or within Canada and outside of a plan member’s province of residence) when they cannot board their pre-arranged transportation home;
  • Medical expenses incurred during the quarantine period including extension of prescription medications and follow up COVID-19 tests;
  • Additional expenses incurred for one-way economy fare to return home for the covered quarantined person(s) once they are cleared for travel; and
  • Emergency medical expenses and the above quarantine expenses will continue to be eligible for up to 14 days in the event that the quarantine period causes a plan member to be away from their province of residence beyond the maximum number of days per trip covered by their plan."

To read the remaining update, visit GSC's Support Centre "Coronavirus" section.

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