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Did you know proof of super visa medical insurance is mandatory for those applying for Canada's Super Visa?

Super visa insurance is a requirement of super visa

In 2011, Canada introduced the super visa, which allows parents and grandparents of citizens and permanent Canadian residents to stay in Canada for periods of up to two years without having to reapply. It's a multi-entry visa that lasts up to ten years, depending on the applicant's passport. It's an increasingly popular visa, with more than 89,000 people awarded visas since the program launched, according to The visas are most popular among citizens from India, while China, Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh round out the top five.

As a requirement of the parent and grandparent super visa, applicants must have proof of Canadian medical insurance coverage for a period of at least one year and for a minimum coverage amount of $100,000 for healthcare, hospitalization and repatriation. This is where visitors to Canada insurance comes in. These policies can be purchased to cover the entire duration of your stay in Canada, so you have nothing to worry about except for spending time with your loved ones and exploring our beautiful country.

Super Visa Insurance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Super visa insurance can be confusing. We shed light on some of the most popular insurance questions we receive from visitors to Canada.

What does super visa insurance cover?

Super visa insurance provides medical insurance coverage for parents and grandparents of permanent Canadian citizens and residents. Super visa insurance typically covers:

  • Emergency medical
  • Hospital care
  • Emergency dental care
  • Diagnostic services such as x-rays
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical evacuation/emergency return home
  • Repatriation of remains
  • Travel assistance
  • Special coverages, which vary by policy/provider

Some policies may also provide additional insurance for non-emergency medical expenses such as eye exams.

Every policy is different, so be sure to read and compare policies thoroughly before purchasing your super visa insurance, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Be sure to read the exclusions.

What's the average super visa insurance monthly payment cost?

Super visa insurance costs an average of $138 a month, according to data. This is based on an annual policy averaging $1,660 per year for an individual traveller with $100,000 in coverage and a $1,000 deductible.

What are the super visa insurance requirements?

Parents or grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada must obtain valid super visa insurance prior to application in order to be eligible for a super visa.

The super visa insurance requirements are as follows:

  • Medical insurance must be purchased from a Canadian insurance company prior to your planned arrival
  • Policy must be valid for at least one year from the date of entry
  • Policy must provide a minimum of $100,000 in medical coverage
  • Policy must cover medical care, hospitalization and repatriation
  • You must have proof that you have paid for the insurance. Quotes will not be accepted.

When applying for super visa insurance, you will be asked for:

  • Your primary destination in Canada (where you’ll be staying)
  • Start date of coverage (the date you’d like the policy to begin, likely the day you plan to arrive in Canada)
  • The number of travellers (one or two)
  • The birth date of oldest traveller
  • Your gender
  • Your relationship (applicant)
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions (if so, the insurance provider will likely ask you to answer a few additional questions)
  • Your contact information (to receive a copy of the quotes)

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Is super visa insurance only for parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens?

Yes. In order to be eligible for super visa insurance, you must be the parent(s) or grandparent(s) of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Your child or grandchild must invite you to apply for a super visa, and they must meet the minimum necessary income. For more information on super visa eligibility, visit the Government of Canada’s super visa website.

If this does not describe you, check out Visitors to Canada insurance instead.

How much does Super Visa Insurance cost?

Super visa insurance for visitors to Canada costs an average of $1,660 per year, according to data. This average premium is for individual travellers who have purchased $100,000 in coverage with a $1,000 deductible, the most common type of super visa insurance purchased through our website.

Couples travelling together can find savings. The average cost for two visitors to Canada purchasing super visa insurance together with $100,000 in coverage each and a $1,000 deductible was $2,839 for a year's worth of coverage.

These averages are based on quotes obtained through between January 1, 2018 and March 13, 2019.

Can my parents and/or grandparents come to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act and permanent residents can visit Canada.

There are specific rules for immediate family members, such as parents, spouses, dependent children and guardians travelling by plane, and a different set of rules for extended family members, such as romantic partners, non-dependent children (adults), grandchildren, siblings/half-siblings/step siblings and grandparents.

Whether you’re an immediate or extended family member, you’ll need to show proof of your relationship, as well as proof of status for the person you’re visiting.

To find out which documents are required, and the necessary steps for travelling, see the Government of Canada website.

Can I extend my super visa to stay in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. If you’re already in Canada and your visitor visa is still valid, you can apply online for a visitor record to extend your stay.

You should submit your application for extension at least 30 days before your current status expires.

To get more information on who can apply, how to apply and what happens after you apply, please see the Government of Canada website.

Do I need to extend my super visa insurance if I’m extending my stay in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. As long as you’re in Canada, you must maintain a minimum of $100,000 in insurance coverage.

Even if you only plan on visiting for three months you need insurance coverage for at least one year. But don’t worry - if you only stay three months and don’t make any claims, you will be eligible for a nine-month refund.

Does super visa insurance cover costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Generally speaking, yes. Those purchasing, or who have purchased, a super visa plan will have coverage for COVID-19.

Insurance provides coverage for unexpected and unforeseen medical and dental emergencies, hospitalization, prescription medication and repatriation.

Of course, there might be exemptions or exclusions, so make sure to read the policy and ask your insurer any questions you have before purchasing a policy.

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