IEC Travel Insurance for Working Holidays in Canada | Fast Cover

IEC Working Holiday Travel Insurance

Every year hundreds of Australian travellers head to Canada on the International Experience Canada (IEC) program for a one or two-year working holiday.

Between trekking and hiking in scenic Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains, hitting the slopes in Whistler, white water rafting on the Yukon, or kayaking on one of Canada’s thousands of pristine lakes, there’s so much to do and see you’ll certainly never be bored on your days off!

The IEC program only accepts a limited number of participants each year, so it’s important to make sure you meet the strict visa and work permit requirements so you don’t miss out.

Fast Cover’s working holiday travel insurance provides high-quality cover for travellers who want to experience living and working in Canada for up to two years on the IEC program.

Below we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about purchasing travel insurance for your IEC working holiday visa.

Can I get a two-year travel insurance policy with Fast Cover?

In short, yes!

We provide travel insurance policies to heaps of Aussies heading to Canada for the IEC program every year.

As long as you meet the eligibility criteria to buy travel insurance from us, we can provide a policy for up to two years through policy extension.

Initially we are only able to issue you with a 12-month policy. Then, from your policy start date, you can login to the Your Policy section of our website and extend it up to the full two years. The date changes are instantaneous and you'll be able to download your updated certificate immediately showing your new cover dates.

You can also contact us via phone or reply to your policy email to arrange this extension for you.

Alternatively, after you purchase a 12-month policy with us, you can request a letter confirming your eligibility to extend the policy up to two years.

How much does a two-year travel insurance policy cost?

To get an idea of the approximate cost for a two-year policy, just double the quote you have for the first 12 months. However, keep in mind that insurance prices do change over time. If you delay extending your policy, you may find it ends up being more expensive to purchase your second-year policy down the track.

To help you save on your IEC travel insurance, Fast Cover will honour any discounts you received on the initial purchase when you extend your policy for the second year.

Do Fast Cover policies meet the IEC work permit requirements?

Yes! Our Basics, Standard Saver, Comprehensive & Snow Sports Plus policy options all include medical, hospitalistion and repatriation cover that fulfills the IEC visa requirements.

Fast Cover policies also include 24 hour Overseas Emergency Assistance for IEC travellers.

For more information about the International Experience Canada insurance requirements, visit the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) website.

What is repatriation insurance?

Repatriation is included under the Overseas Emergency Medical and Hospital Expenses benefit, and provides cover for emergency medical transport and related expenses if you become seriously ill or injured overseas and need to be returned home to Australia for treatment.

The Overseas Emergency Medical and Hospital Expenses benefit also provides up to $15,000 AUD cover for the repatriation of your remains to Australia if the worst should happen and you are killed overseas.

Check the benefit tables below for more information about the different levels of cover available:

 

Medical Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Dental

$500 ––– $750 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Evacuation


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Hospital Cash Payment^

sub-limits:

––– ––– ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Daily Limit (per person)

$50 $50 $50

Accidental Death

––– $25,000 ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Accidental Death

––– $20,000 ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Accidental Death

––– $15,000 ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$20,000
––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$15,000
––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Accidental Death

–––
$20,000
$15,000
–––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Death of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– –––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Loss of Income^

sub-limits:

––– $10,000 ––– $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Weekly Limit (per person) - up to 25 weeks

$400 $400 $400

Financial Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited $15,000 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $40,000 $15,000 $40,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $30,000 $15,000 $30,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$40,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:
Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

–––
$40,000
$30,000

$15,000
$15,000

$40,000
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Personal Liability

$1,000,000 $5,000,000 $2,500,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000

Trip Disruption Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $50,000 $30,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Resumption Expenses

$3,000 $2,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Luggage & Personal Effects

sub-limits:

Optional $7,500 $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Personal computers,video recorders or cameras (per item)

$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Mobile phones and tablets (per item)

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

All other unspecified items (per item)

$750 $750 $750 $750 $750 $750

Luggage and Personal Effects stolen from a Locked Storage Compartment of an unoccupied vehicle during daylight hours

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Passports, Credit Cards & Credit Card Fraud^

––– ––– $2,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Alternative Transport Expenses

––– $5,000 ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Rental Vehicle Excess

sub-limits:

––– $5,000 Optional Optional Optional Optional

Return of Rental Vehicle

$500 $500 $500 $500 $500

Travel Delay Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $2,000 ––– $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Daily Limit (per person)

(we will pay up to $200 for each full 24 hours beyond the initial 6 hour delay)

$200 $200 $200 $200

Delay of Luggage and Personal Effects^

––– ––– ––– $500 $500 $500

Theft of Cash^

––– ––– ––– $250 $250 $250

Snow Sports Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Snow Sport Equipment

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Equipment Replacement Hire

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Prepaid Expenses

––– $750 ––– ––– $750 –––

Snow Resort Closure

sub-limits:

––– $1,000 ––– ––– $1,000 –––

Daily Limit (per person)

$100 $100

Please note: This is only a summary of benefits. Exclusions and sub-limits apply to each cover type. Benefit limits shown are for Single and Duo (per person) policies. Family policy benefit limits apply for the whole family and are double the corresponding benefit limit under a Single policy, except for certain benefits - please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for full details. ^ Cover under these Benefits are excluded while travelling within Australia.

Can I get cover for skiing, snowboarding or other snow sports?

Yes! If you want to do any skiing, snowboarding or other snow sports while overseas, you can purchase our Snow Sports Plus policy which provides cover for:

  • On-piste skiing and snowboarding
  • Off-piste skiing and snowboarding (with a professional instructor)
  • Big foot skiing and snowboarding
  • Cross-country trail skiing
  • Glacier skiing and snowboarding
  • Cat and heli-skiing
  • Ice skating
  • Ice luge-ing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tobogganing

Please keep in mind we are not able to provide snow sports cover for just a portion of your overall policy dates. You’ll need to purchase it for the entire duration of your working holiday.

 

Medical Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Dental

$500 ––– $750 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Evacuation


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Hospital Cash Payment^

sub-limits:

––– ––– ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Daily Limit (per person)

$50 $50 $50

Accidental Death

––– $25,000 ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Accidental Death

––– $20,000 ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Accidental Death

––– $15,000 ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$20,000
––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$15,000
––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Accidental Death

–––
$20,000
$15,000
–––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Death of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– –––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Loss of Income^

sub-limits:

––– $10,000 ––– $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Weekly Limit (per person) - up to 25 weeks

$400 $400 $400

Financial Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited $15,000 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $40,000 $15,000 $40,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $30,000 $15,000 $30,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$40,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:
Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

–––
$40,000
$30,000

$15,000
$15,000

$40,000
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Personal Liability

$1,000,000 $5,000,000 $2,500,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000

Trip Disruption Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $50,000 $30,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Resumption Expenses

$3,000 $2,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Luggage & Personal Effects

sub-limits:

Optional $7,500 $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Personal computers,video recorders or cameras (per item)

$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Mobile phones and tablets (per item)

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

All other unspecified items (per item)

$750 $750 $750 $750 $750 $750

Luggage and Personal Effects stolen from a Locked Storage Compartment of an unoccupied vehicle during daylight hours

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Passports, Credit Cards & Credit Card Fraud^

––– ––– $2,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Alternative Transport Expenses

––– $5,000 ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Rental Vehicle Excess

sub-limits:

––– $5,000 Optional Optional Optional Optional

Return of Rental Vehicle

$500 $500 $500 $500 $500

Travel Delay Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $2,000 ––– $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Daily Limit (per person)

(we will pay up to $200 for each full 24 hours beyond the initial 6 hour delay)

$200 $200 $200 $200

Delay of Luggage and Personal Effects^

––– ––– ––– $500 $500 $500

Theft of Cash^

––– ––– ––– $250 $250 $250

Snow Sports Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Snow Sport Equipment

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Equipment Replacement Hire

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Prepaid Expenses

––– $750 ––– ––– $750 –––

Snow Resort Closure

sub-limits:

––– $1,000 ––– ––– $1,000 –––

Daily Limit (per person)

$100 $100

Please note: This is only a summary of benefits. Exclusions and sub-limits apply to each cover type. Benefit limits shown are for Single and Duo (per person) policies. Family policy benefit limits apply for the whole family and are double the corresponding benefit limit under a Single policy, except for certain benefits - please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for full details. ^ Cover under these Benefits are excluded while travelling within Australia.

What other sports and activities are covered?

Just because you’re on a working holiday doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play!

Canada’s many lakes, national parks and rugged wilderness means there’s no shortage of outdoor activities and adventure sports for you to try while you’re there.

To help you make the most out of your days off work, Fast Cover automatically covers a huge list of exciting sports and activities that are particularly popular in Canada, including:

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canyon swinging
  • Canoeing and kayaking in rivers, rapids, lakes and canals up to Grade III
  • Dog sledding
  • Horse riding tours
  • Ice skating on a rink
  • Walking, hiking, trekking or tramping up to 3,000 metres
  • White water rafting up to Grade III

For travellers who are looking for something a little more thrilling to do during their time off, we also have an optional Adventure Pack add-on to cover activities such as:

  • Abseiling
  • Animal conservation and handling
  • Canoeing and kayaking in rivers, rapids, lakes and canals up to Grade V
  • Hiking, trekking or tramping up to 6,000 metres
  • Quad biking
  • Outdoor rock climbing
  • Shooting clay pigeons at a gun range (not hunting)
  • Tandem skydiving, hang gliding, parachuting and paragliding
  • White water rafting up to Grade V
  • Zip lining

You can check out the full list of sports on our Activities page.

Can I return home to Australia for a visit without voiding my insurance?

Yes, you can!

We understand that for many young travellers, committing to one or two years working abroad without being allowed to return home can seem a bit daunting and unfair.

We agreed, so we changed up our policy rules and wording to allow for unlimited trips home to Australia during your working holiday.

It doesn’t have to be for a medical emergency or something unexpected. You might just want to come back for a visit, or to attend a special event like a birthday, wedding or spend Christmas with your family, and that’s completely fine too!

Your policy will simply be suspended from the time you return to your home until the time you leave your home to continue your trip.

There’s only a couple of conditions to keep in mind:

  1. You must have 14 days remaining of the period of insurance as noted on your Certificate of Insurance.
  2. We will not pay any costs in relation to your return to Australia unless the costs are covered by this policy.

Following the resumption of your trip, your policy will remain valid until the end date shown on your Certificate of Insurance or your permanent return home, whichever comes first.

Can I travel to other countries on my working holiday policy?

Yes, you sure can!

As long as the country you’re travelling to is included in your current policy region (or in a lower region), you’re also covered to travel there within your policy dates.

For example, the Worldwide region covers Canada as well as the United States and Mexico. This means you could easily hop across the border for a break during your Canadian working holiday without the hassle of changing or updating your travel insurance policy.

The Worldwide region includes all the lower regions at no extra cost as well, in case you felt like stopping over in Thailand or Hong Kong on the way home, or even popping over to Europe!

Check out the tables below for more information about which countries are included in each region:

 

Region

Popular Destinations for this region Automatically includes cover for these regions
Worldwide

North, Central & South America
Hawaii
Africa
Middle East
Antartica
Australia
New Zealand
Pacific
Asia
Europe
Europe

UK
Germany
France
Greece
Spain
Russia
Australia
New Zealand
Pacific
Asia
Asia

Japan
Cambodia
Malaysia
Philippines
Singapore
Thailand
Vietnam
Australia
New Zealand
Pacific
Pacific

Bali
Fiji
New Zealand
Islands in the South Pacific
Australia
New Zealand
New Zealand

New Zealand Australia
Australia

Thursday Island
Lord Howe Island
Norfolk Island

Can I get a partial refund on my insurance if I return home early?

No, sorry. If you voluntarily choose to cancel your trip and return home early, we can’t provide a refund for the remaining time left on your policy.

If you’re returning home early due to an unexpected illness, injury or other claimable event, you may wish to make a claim under your policy for related expenses, rather than getting a refund on the policy.

If you’re not sure how long you want to stay overseas, it might be a better option for you to purchase a one-year policy initially and then extend it at a later date.

Can I get a refund on the second year once I have my visa?

If you have already started travelling or exercised a right under the policy to obtain your working visa, we cannot cancel and refund the second year of your policy.

If purchasing travel insurance to cover the entire duration of your working holiday is a condition of entry into the IEC program, cancelling your policy after arriving in Canada might invalidate your work permit.

Keep in mind this may result in the cancellation of your working visa and even deportation from Canada if you have already entered the country.

See our FAQ section for more information about the 14 Day Cooling Off Period.

What if the extension letter doesn’t allow me to get the two-year visa?

We issue many of these letters each year and, so far, no one has advised us that it wasn't an acceptable alternative to buying two years of travel insurance upfront.

However, it is your responsibility to make the appropriate enquiries with the CIC and your immigration officer to decide if this is the right option for your circumstances.

It's important to keep in mind that the letter we provide is not an insurance policy, but rather a confirmation that you can extend your Fast Cover policy when already overseas.

The IEC website does say that you need to have purchased two years’ worth of insurance before arriving in Canada, so even with the letter there is the risk that you may only be granted a one-year working visa.

If you don’t want to take the risk, there’s always the option of extending your policy up to the full two years before you depart. That way, you leave Australia with two years of insurance already organised and don’t have to worry about remembering to extend it once you arrive overseas.

If you’re flying out early in the morning, you may even wish to start your policy one day before your departure date so you have extra time to arrange the extension.

Why choose Fast Cover for your IEC working holiday travel insurance?

Fast Cover provides specialist travel insurance for travellers on the International Experience Canada program every year.

We've also made buying travel insurance for your IEC working holiday as fast and simple as possible by automatically covering 43 Pre-Existing Medical Conditions on all our policies.

No need to fill out any boring medical questionnaires or submit medical history forms when buying your insurance!

Another great benefit of purchasing a Fast Cover travel insurance policy is that we automatically cover a huge list of sports and activities to keep you busy on your days off.

Of course, since many IEC travellers are working at Canadian ski resorts like Big White or Whistler, one of the most popular activities to do on your days off is to hit the slopes! Fast Cover’s Snow Sports Plus policies cover both on and off-piste skiing and snowboarding, as well as heli-skiing and cat-skiing.

Fast Cover has a range of different travel insurance policies to suit all budgets and traveller types, and include 24 hour Emergency Assistance anywhere in the world.

Buy travel insurance directly from our website in just a few clicks!

Example Incidents~

Hannah's Hospital Shock

Hannah, an 18-year-old snowboarder from NSW, was on a two-year working holiday in Canada when she was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pain. Further tests found she had an inflammatory bowel disease which required emergency medical treatment. The Fast Cover Emergency Assistance team stepped in to manage Hannah's care and acted as a guarantor for the payment of her hospital bills. Hannah's Snow Sports Plus policy set her back just over $1,000 but covered over $48,000 AUD worth of medical treatment and her recovery in hospital.

 

Penny’s Policy Pays Off Twice!

Penny and her partner travelled to Canada on the IEC. They had scored great jobs at the Big White Ski Resort and planned to hit the slopes on their days off. However, just a few weeks into their holiday, Penny woke up with severe pain in her jaw. The pain was so bad she couldn’t eat or sleep! A dentist confirmed she required an emergency wisdom tooth extraction at a cost of around $500 USD. Penny contacted the Fast Cover Emergency Assistance helpline and followed their advice, uploading her receipts and documentation for the claim which was fully reimbursed. Unfortunately, that was not the end of their troubles overseas, as Penny's partner’s mother also unexpectedly passed away. Once again, they contacted Fast Cover and confirmed that their travel insurance policy would cover the flights home to Australia for the funeral, as well as returning to Canada at around $2,200 AUD each.

 

~Traveller details have been changed to protect their privacy. Claims examples are from Fast Cover travel insurance customers from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016.

Traveller Testimonials

Highly recommended for IEC working holidays

Fast Cover travel insurance was simple to purchase online and also very reasonably priced for two years worth of comprehensive snow sports cover. Online claims service is also easy to use and fast once you provide all the supporting documentation. No issues getting my two-year working visa and would definitely recommend them to anyone planning an IEC working holiday.

SB – Secondhand Boxman Travel Blog

 

Purchased without issues

Super easy to purchase and understand what was included. If you are looking for snow sports cover this is the place to go. I rang around to a few companies and most didn't offer the range that fast cover does. Customer service was amazing!

A Campbell – Productreview.com.au

 

Quick And Easy

The range of cover options and pricing made our decision to purchase Fast Cover an easy one. Not only could we tailor the cover to our needs but the website was easy to understand, navigate and fast to respond.

Chris – Compare Travel Insurance

 

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Australia's most
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60% of overseas travel was for a holiday +

2/3 of overseas spending was for holiday +

*See Product Disclosure Statement for full terms and conditions and exclusions and limits that apply. ^ For travellers aged 80 and over, additional terms and conditions apply. #Available with our Comprehensive policies only. **No cover is provided for pregnancy, childbirth or related complications unless it is a single, uncomplicated pregnancy up to and including 23 weeks. In any event we will not pay medical expenses for regular antenatal care, childbirth at any gestation or care of the newborn child. Complications mean any secondary diagnosis occurring prior to, during the course of, concurrent with, or as a result of the pregnancy, which may adversely affect the pregnancy outcome.

+Statistics based on 'Travel by Australians' quarterly report for June 2013, 'Tourism Industry Facts & Figures at a Glance' September 2012, Cruise Industry Source Market Report: Australia 2013 and Fast Cover Customers

1Price Match only applies to valid Australian quotes that covers unlimited overseas emergency medical expenses, unlimited overseas emergency medical assistance, unlimited Trip cancellation expenses and $10000 or more in luggage cover under a Comprehensive policy or Trip Cancellation expense cover of $15000 or more and $5000 or more in luggage cover under a standard policy. Excludes sales coupons. Only available if quote is genuine, written proof of quote may be required. 25% saving is based on the cost of a Duo policy versus the cost of two single policies. Excess reduction discount based on excess reduction cost under a Duo policy versus cost under two single policies. Duo policies do not provide cover for any dependent children. 3Children or dependants under 21 years old and not in full time employment covered for free when travelling with an insured adult. Excludes Duo policies. 4Price based on an 18 day Basics policy to Pacific region for Single traveller aged 50 years old or younger with $200 excess. 5Additional terms and conditions, limits and excesses apply to travellers over the age of 79. 6Must be accompanied by a professional instructor or guide.

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