OHIP coverage while outside Canada
- February 5, 2020
- Posted by: olinsadmin
- Categories: Health Care Ontario, Insurance Toronto, OHIP coverage, Travel Medical Insurance
Here, you’ll find out what OHIP covers when you’re temporarily outside Canada.
Out of Canada for more than 7 months
If you plan to be outside Canada for more than seven months in any 12-month period you can keep your OHIP coverage for up to two years if you:
- have a valid health card
- make Ontario your primary home
- will be in Ontario for at least 153 days a year in each of the two years immediately before you leave the country
Before you leave, take the following items to the nearest ServiceOntario centre to make sure your OHIP coverage stays active:
- your health card
- proof of residency (e.g. mortgage, lease or rental agreement, property tax bill, valid driver’s licence)
Check your health card before you go
You should bring your health card with you if you’re planning to travel outside of Canada, but first, make sure it’s still valid and it will not expired while you are away. A valid Ontario health card has:
- your correct personal information on it (e.g. name, birthdate)
- your current address that’s on file with ServiceOntario
If you’ve moved, you can update your address online with ServiceOntario.
If your name has changed since receiving your current health card, you will need to visit ServiceOntario and bring a form and specific documents.