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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: August 2021: Easing of border measures coming into effect on August 9th, 2021 at 12:01am (ET). 
The latest updates can be found on the Entering Canada page.
            1. International students with a valid study permit (or approval letter) can travel to Canada (McGill is on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan). Before making travel plans, please refer to our Entering Canada page.
            2. Fully vaccinated travellers authorized to enter Canada by land or by air, are now exempt from the federal requirement to undergo a 14-day quarantine. The 14-day quarantine continues to be required for all other travellers who are not considered fully vaccinated.
           3. For more information, please refer to McGill's quarantine resources and IHI’s vaccination FAQs.

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, 2021, 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.

The 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.

Exceptionally for Fall 2021: New and returning students who cancelled IHI during 2020-2021 get 1 complimentary month of coverage prior to the start of their first term at McGill. Therefore coverage begins as of August 1st if you arrive in Canada before September 1st.

If you will be arriving in Canada earlier than August 1st, we strongly recommend having private medical health insurance coverage. If you do not have an already existing travel plan and you have arrived in Canada before August 1st 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 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.
  • Any changes that affect 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 to 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 add your child to the IHI plan in order for their delivery fees to be covered.

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

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