Canadian snowbirds should be aware that Canada and the US are going to implement measures to keep better track of border crossings. Through the Entry Exit Initiative, it will become much easier for both countries to check if you’ve been overstaying your welcome in the US. The Entry Exit Initiative was agreed to by the US and Canada back in 2011. It’s a system that records information on those crossing both countries’ common borders. Currently, the Entry Exit initiative only covers non-citizens of the two countries, but there is a plan to start covering citizens.
How long can a Canadian stay in the US?
The US only allows Canadians to stay for up to six months (or 182 days) per calendar year. However, it’s not just US law you need to consider; you also need to be in your home province for a certain number of days per year to remain eligible for provincial health. If you’re not eligible for provincial health, you won’t be able to buy travel insurance for your stay in the US.
How long can a Canadian stay out-of-province and remain eligible for provincial health?
|Home Province||Maximum out-of-province duration|
|Northwest Territories||6 months|
|Prince Edward Island||6 months|
|Nova Scotia||7 months|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||8 months|
|New Brunswick||7 months|
Note that you can always request for extended leave if you need to be out-of-province for longer than the above durations. You’ll have to do this through your provincial healthcare body. Read on for rules Canadian snowbirds need to know.
Snowbird Travel Insurance
As mentioned above, you need to be insured under, or be eligible for, your provincial health plan in order to buy TuGo Travel Insurance. That means you don’t necessarily need to be insured under your provincial health plan; you can purchase our travel insurance as long as you’re eligible for it. We can’t speak for other insurance companies, so be sure to check their requirements for snowbird travel insurance. Read on for more details on snowbird travel insurance.
Here’s traveller Laura Schurer’s review of TuGo Travel Insurance.
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