Lots of BAD news for Snowbirds! The Covid curse.

Important notices for all prospective travellers in particular those planning to come to the USA for the 2021 – 2022 snowbird season.  The following government directives will impact your holiday travel plans.  They effect US and Canada entry requirements; and, in particular will negate most private health insurance policies.*  

* Check the fine print: Regardless of being fully vaccinated – most private health policies sold on the various “snowbird” sites will not cover you if you travel to an area where there is a government health advisory. 

  1. COVID-19: Government of Canada Global travel advisory

Effective date: December 15, 2021

Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada due to the risk of the Omicron variant that causes COVID-19.

This advisory overrides all other advisories on this page, with the exception of those where we advise against all travel.

Continue to avoid all cruise ship travel outside of Canada.

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Travel Advice and Advisories

The Travel Advice and Advisories are the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information. They give you important advice to help you to make informed decisions and to travel safely while you are abroad.

No matter where you plan to travel, make sure you check the Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination twice: once when you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave. Safety and security conditions may change between the date you book your travel and your departure date.

See Travel Advice and Advisories – FAQ for more information such as facts dealing with

  • local safety and security conditions and areas to avoid
  • entry and exit requirements
  • local laws and culture
  • possible health hazards and health restrictions
  • natural hazards and climate
  • where to find help while you are travelling abroad
  1. NEXUS Members:

Given the Government’s recent  updated travel advisory  for Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the USA, as well as the upcoming suspension of the short trip PCR test exemption when going to the USA, the CBSA will temporarily suspend NEXUS/FAST interviews at enrolment centres (EC) in the United States (US) starting Monday, December 20, 2021 until further notice. This will be re-evaluated as the border measures evolve.

Please consult the CBSA website frequently for all updates on the resumption of NEXUS/FAST interviews, log into your account to check the status of your interview, and schedule another one if required in the Trusted Traveller Programs portal.

Please do not hesitate to contact https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca if you have any questions.

Travellers Policy and Programs Directorate 
Canada Border Services Agency

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