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Medical & Repatriation

All of our policies exceed the International Experience Canada (IEC) requirements. Our Premier policy covers you for up to £10m for hospitalisation, medical and repatriation expenses; up to £5m for our standard policy; and up to £2m for our budget policy. All our policies also include Emergency Dental treatment to relieve pain and suffering (limited to £350).

Winter Sports

We have 4 different options for our Winter Sports add-on. You can include cover for 14, 28 or 56 days of consecutive or non-consecutive Winter Sports activities, or you can include cover for the entire duration of your policy with our Unlimited add-on. With the set day packages, you can use the days one after another or you can space them out over any length of time you like. With the unlimited policy, well.. There's no limits on how many days you use.

Free Home Visits

If you feel homesick at any time, so long as your policy duration is more than 4 months, you can pop home to see family and friends at any time, however many times you choose. Covers stops as soon as you arrive home and starts again as soon as you depart.

Early Return Refund

Decide Canada’s not for you, and want to return earlier than your full period of insurance? Other insurers will tell you to wave goodbye to your money, but Big Cat lets you claim a partial premium refund for the unused time you didn’t stay in Canada.

How does the EARLY RETURN REFUND work? Check out our FAQs on this page for more details..

Easy to Re-new or Extend

Big Cat allows you to re-new or extend your travel insurance whether you are at home or abroad. It doesn't matter if you are already travelling you can buy or re-new your policy from anywhere in the world via online access to our system.

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No Return Ticket Required

Unlike most other Insurers we don't require you purchase a return airline ticket. Our IEC policy allows stays for up to 2 years, so presenting IEC insurance for 2 years at the Canadian border on entry means that you can receive the maximum 2 year visa. Show up with just 6 months insurance and you'll only get a visa for 6 months!

Up to £10m Medical

No return ticket required

24 hour Emergency

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IEC Travel Insurance

For British citizens aged between 18 and 30 years you can travel to Canada for a working holiday under the IEC visa programme. This will allow you to find temporary paid employment to help pay for your trip (up to 24 months). That means, for example, you could work in a ski resort in Banff, a restaurant in Quebec, or gain work experience at a business in Toronto.

IEC CanadaHowever a strict requirement for those visiting Canada on an IEC visa is that you must have medical insurance for the entire duration of your stay. You may need to present evidence of this insurance to the border services officer on arrival in Canada otherwise you might not be admitted into the country. The IEC insurance needs to cover you for hospitalisation, health care and (if necessary) repatriation to your home country. Remember, you must ensure that your IEC insurance policy covers the entire period of your stay in Canada, otherwise your work permit will expire at the same time as your insurance.


Key Features of the Big Cat IEC Travel Insurance for Premier policy:

  • Emergency Medical and Repatriation Expenses up to £10 million.
  • Cover duration of up to 2 years.
  • Free Home visits.
  • Policy Extensions whilst still travelling.
  • 120+ Sports and Activities.
  • You can claim whilst Travelling.
  • Winter Sports Cover.
  • Passports & Visas.

Some FAQ's:

Home visits are allowed if your policy duration is 4 months or more. There are no limits, you can come home as many times as you like, for as long as you like.

To add any of our Activity Packs, just follow the Quote form - to stage 3 - there you will find all of the optional extras.

Non-manual/clerical work is covered automatically with a Big Cat policy. So, there’s nothing you need to add to be covered for things like teaching, caring or nursing.

With the Activity Pack, we can also cover work of a more manual nature. This can include things like WWOOFing, partaking in community or wildlife based conservation work, charity based supervised building / renovation projects or other permitted manual work (defined below).

Cover is excluded for any activity that involves the use of industrial machinery (other than tractors) or non-domestic power tools.

As Bar work is classed as Permitted Manual Work, you will need the Activity Pack to be covered  – even if you’re just pouring drinks!

The Activity Pack will also cover you for a load of other things, see the list here.

WWOOfing is classed as Permitted Manual Work, so with the Activity Pack, you’re covered.

(see above)

Means WWOOFing, fruit picking, casual farm work or bar work. Permitted Manual Work is not covered if it involves the use of plant/trade/industrial/agricultural machinery (other than tractors) or non-domestic power tools.

Decide Canada’s not for you, and want to return earlier than your full period of insurance?

Other insurers will tell you to wave goodbye to your money, but Big Cat lets you claim a partial premium refund for the unused time you didn’t stay in Canada.


How does the EARLY RETURN REFUND work?

Let’s say you buy a 24 month policy to cover your time in Canada. But after nine months, you decide that Canada’s not for you, and you want to return home. You may have invested a substantial amount for your 24 month Big Cat policy, most of which you’ll now no longer need. Unlike most insurers, Big Cat is happy to offer you a partial refund on the redundant portion of your insurance as a fair’s fair consolation.


How does Big Cat calculate the amount of EARLY RETURN REFUND?

We take the length of time of the original policy and subtract the actual amount of time you have used, and pay out the difference, deducting a £50 Cancellation Charge.


Are there other conditions that apply to my EARLY RETURN REFUND?

  1. We are not able to offer refunds to cover the first 6 months of the policy.
  2. No refund can be given on a policy where a claim has been made prior to the cancellation of your Big Cat  policy.
  3. You must be back in your home country and notify us by email of your wish to cancel the policy within 14 days of your arrival.


Can you give an example of how much I could receive back in my EARLY RETURN REFUND?

Say you took out a 24 month budget IEC policy costing £457.50, then you wish to cancel the policy after 9 months. Our 9 month policy costs £242.89. So we deduct £242.89 from £457.50 = £214.61.

Then we apply the £50 Cancellation Charge, refunding you a total of £164.61.

If you get sick while travelling or you're seriously injured you are covered for emergency medical treatment including:

  • Hospitalisation
  • Ambulance costs
  • Surgery and follow up treatment
  • Visits to the Doctor
  • Repatriation
  • Prescribed Medicine
  • Emergency dental treatment to relieve pain and suffering (limited to £350)

24hrs Medical Emergency Assistance.


Big Cat Travel Insurance Services, a trading name of Ltd (registration No.FRN 745388)  is an Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd (registration No.306242) who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. You may check this on the Financial Services register or by contacting them on (0) 800 111 6768. © 2018 Big Cat Travel Insurance Services.  All rights reserved.