Medical coverage key to travel

With fall just around the corner, many snowbirds are itching to finalize their travel plans to warmer climes.

With fall just around the corner, many snowbirds are itching to finalize their travel plans to warmer climes.

If you count yourself among them, make sure you’ve made all the necessary arrangements before heading south.

A to-do list includes everything from informing a friend or family member about your plans and providing them with photocopies of your travel and personal documents, to obtaining adequate medical insurance.

While most people know that medical insurance is important, many are not aware that it is now a prerequisite for entering Cuba.

“Since May 1, 2010, Cuban authorities require visitors to provide proof that they can cover their own medical costs,” said François Morel, a sales consultant at Desjardins Financial Security. “Subsequently, the Cuba Tourist Board advised that Canadians could present their provincial health insurance cards as proof of medical insurance. But, supplemental travel insurance is necessary because the provincial health insurance plans only offer minimum medical coverage abroad.”

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