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Please visit our COVID-19 page for the latest news, resources, and FAQs.

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can now travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure that they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

Please visit our COVID-19 page for additional news, resources, and FAQs.

Activate Your Coverage

Before reviewing the information below, please see ISS' COVID-19 FAQs and resources pages for up to date information on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration related matters.

CURRENT and NEW students can activate their International Health Insurance Plan (IHI) between August 1st and August 31st. As of September 1st 2020, those who have not activated their IHI coverage will have their IHI plan activated automatically to the default SINGLE coverage. This enables the student to make claims, register for Medavie Blue Cross and Maple apps.

​To activate your International Health Insurance Plan:

1. The student must be registered for classes {for at least 24 hours for new students} 

2. Access Minerva ⇒ Student⇒ International Student Health Insurance Coverage Form and select Confirm coverage from the drop-down menu.

From August 1 for returning and newly-admitted students in the Fall semester*
From December 1 for newly-admitted students in the Winter semester*
From April 1 for newly-admitted students in the Summer semester*

Following the activation of the IHI contract, students can view, save and print an electronic version of the IHI card on their mobile devices or computer.

Print button will appear immediately upon activation. You can print or show the electronic version on your mobile device when accessing the McGill Wellness Hub and Hospitals in Montreal.

*New students get 2 complimentary weeks of coverage prior to the start of their first term at McGill. For example: for Fall term, coverage begins as of August 15th if you arrive in Canada before September 1st.

If you will be arriving in Canada earlier than August 15th, we strongly recommend to have a private medical health insurance coverage. If you do not have an already existing travel plan and you have arrived in Canada before August 15th, you may buy a visitor’s health insurance plan from Québec Blue Cross. Their hours of operation are from 8h to 18h, Monday to Friday. You may obtain a quote online or by calling 1-888-822-5383.

Newly admitted students: Please wait after September 1st to sign-up for Medavie Blue Cross and Maple apps in order to make your claims using your mobile device and obtain a reimbursement within 72 hours.

***IMPORTANT***Please review the following IHI contract disclaimers:

End of Coverage as a result of student's registration changes

  • In order to be eligible to use the International Health Insurance contract and make claims, you must be a student registered (an actively/currently enrolled student) at McGill University and you must pay* for the coverage.

* Exceptionally this year and as part of the COVID-19 adapted measures, interest on the unpaid portion of the IHI fee will be automatically deferred until December 31st 2020.

  • Any changes that effect your registration status at McGill University, such as Admission Deferral, University Withdrawal, Registration Gap or Leave of Absence in any given term or any other kind of absence of registration, may result in the automatic cancellation of your McGill’s International Health Insurance plan.
  • It is your responsibility to notify ISS immediately of any changes in your registration status, in order to comprehend the impact this change might have on your eligibility to use the McGill’s International Health Insurance contract.
  • It is your responsibility to reimburse any claims to Medavie Blue Cross made after the change to your registration status.

Maternity benefits disclaimer:

Maternity benefits extend to you and your spouse if you re-register and were already covered under the Insurance Plan for McGill University International Students or if you or your spouse were previously insured by a benefit from a group insurance plan offered by a recognized Canadian education during the previous academic year.

If you or your spouse were not insured during the previous academic year, maternity benefits are insured if normal delivery takes place during the first 30 weeks following initial registration in the plan up to a maximum of $10,000. The 30-week limitation does not apply in case of a miscarriage or early delivery, as long as conception occurred during the first 6 weeks immediately prior or subsequent to registration.

Dependent disclaimer:

Please note that:

  • It is your responsibility to make necessary changes to your health coverage as dependents join you in Canada
  • You have 30 days from the date of birth of your child to change the coverage according to your new situation

For any questions about the above disclaimers, please do not hesitate to contact us at [at]

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