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Old 09-17-2020, 12:53 AM   #1
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Canadians going to Florida this winter?

Can the Canadians go to Florida this winter?
When will we know?
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If you have medical issues already it won't be advisable even if possible. Canadian residents have posted on various RV forums that they were unable to buy temporary medical insurance for the US due to Covid-19 and therefore were staying home even if they could travel south.
Do your own research to be sure. Things are changing every week it seems.
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The current border closure is through 21 September, but pretty much everyone expects it to be extended at least a month. Even if the border opens, Canadians I know have been told they can’t get medical insurance for travel to the US, particularly for COVID. I can’t imagine the situation will change without widespread immunization with a vaccine that has been shown to be safe and effective, and that will take a long time. The folks who said “summers probably have it right. The Canadians I know are hunkering down for a long, cold winter.
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Article in today’s “Buffalo News” is that the border will remain closed until at least October 21 and probably longer. Not good news!
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We are Canadian, the latest news we have heard is that it will be closed officially until Oct 21. In the article I’ve read it said unnamed officials said it will likely be much longer. We are full time and usually go to Florida for the winter. We were very lucky to find a place in Victoria this winter. It usually only snows one day a year and doesn’t get below freezing. It’s the best we could hope for this year.
Some RV parks are getting more than 100 calls an hour of people looking for winter accommodations. With numbers like that it’s safe to assume that everything is booked up. We booked our spot over three months ago and even then everyone I called was full. The one I called just happened to have a cancelation before I called. We are just hoping that things will be more normal for next year and we can return to Florida for the winter.
When we went full time we never dreamed that the border could ever be closed for this period of time.
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Canadian residents have posted on various RV forums that they were unable to buy temporary medical insurance for the US due to Covid-19 and therefore were staying home even if they could travel south.
Medipac had announced they were providing COVID-19 coverage unless travel was completely prohibited, such as for cruises. I cannot tell if they are still doing that as of today.

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Yes, Canadian snowbirds can travel south but only by air. It's only the land crossings that are closed. Whether or not many will, largely depends on the ability to get medical insurance. Our Canadian snowbird neighbors will be arriving in October for the winter.
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Assuming driving borders stay closed except to essential travel as has been case since Spring, FT RVers have the choice of colder temps but just about bearable being the SW corner of Canada in BC (can still be quite chilly and odd snow days!); putting RVs in storage and either renting a place for the deep winter months here, or taking the risk if comfortable flying down to the USA and renting a place/spot down there.

A couple of insurance companies are saying right now they are prepared to insure against COVID-19 unless it's totally prohibited travel, and right now we can fly to select cities in the USA without being quarantined in the USA, just upon return to Canada for 14 days so ....... They are basically the choices. Some Canadians have told me they are flying to the Dominican Republic, and others to parts of Europe for winter (many have dual citizenship).

BC year round parks are full to the brim on bookings already this winter, in fact a long time ago with wintering Canadians, so probably way too late now to secure anything there other than some crown lands and move around a bit.

Its for sure not a normal year, but folks are finding some compromises that meet their concerns for dealing with this duracell virus for now.

Safe travels and a warm winter to all.
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Even if you could leave Canada I'd be concerned about returning when you want. You may have to make a mad dash depending what COVID is doing at that time or the basic flu!
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HHmmm...might be a good year to go to south Florida in Jan/Feb for a golf trip!!
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Only if you fly.
Border closed to non essential traffic until at least Oct 21, 2020 and the way the US numbers are going i suspect it will be till spring of next year.
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Here’s a story which discusses an alternative or 2 for Canadian snowbirds.
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Let's hope that this covid decides to leave .May be things will get better, winter in Canada is long.
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