Friday, January 28, 2022


Canadian snowbird RVers eagerly await U.S. border reopening

More than a million Canadian snowbirds are expected to head south this fall to renew their annual pilgrimage to warmer climates in Texas, Florida, and Arizona.

Many of those snowbirds are RVers who will be towing their homes on wheels across the U.S./Canadian border. Canada is now allowing fully-vaccinated U.S. travelers to enter the country for non-essential travel. But the U.S. has yet to return the favor. U.S. officials announced Friday that the border will be closed to non-essential travel from Canada until at least September 21.

About 70 percent of annual Canadian snowbirds drive south instead of fly to their destinations. Last year, about 70 percent of Canadian snowbirds were forced to stay put by the COVID-19 pandemic and border closures.

Traveling south for the winter could be complicated this year since many Canadians were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. It was approved for emergency use in Canada, but not in the U.S. It’s unclear if U.S. officials will recognize AstraZeneca shots as approved vaccinations. AstraZeneca has announced that it intends to ask the United States FDA for full approval of its vaccine later this year, instead of opting to ask for emergency use approval.

Acquiring travel health insurance for Canadian snowbirds could be tricky

Another factor facing snowbirds this winter will be the complexities of acquiring travel health insurance.

Will McAleer, executive director with the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada, stated, “Some (insurance companies) will provide protection based on whether you are vaccinated or not. Some will have higher limits if you are vaccinated or not.” McAleer added: “Some might charge an extra premium if you’re not vaccinated, because if you’re not vaccinated it will account for the higher risk.”

U.S. sunbelt campgrounds are eagerly awaiting the return of Canadian snowbirds. Last year, parks were left to scramble with huge numbers of cancellations. Most were able to fill spots with U.S. campers looking to get away. However, many of those reservations weren’t made for the 3- to 4-month stretches common with Canadian snowbirds.


Canadian campers are itching for their first trips of the season



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Les Rohrig
5 months ago

Do not hold your breath, the US northern border will not be opening to snowbirds from Canada anytime soon. With the disaster on their southern border and now the meltdown unfolding in Afghanistan, opening the northern border to snowbirds is pretty far down the list

Caren Kelky
5 months ago

As a proud fully vaccinated Canadian, I don’t understand why we can fly across the border with at least 200 other people but not drive in our own vehicles / RVs, etc and camp. What better way to isolate! I just don’t get it! The money these southern states are losing must hurt big time.

Cindy Walker
5 months ago

So we don’t let vaccinated Canadians in but don’t stop the stream of unvaccinated illegals coming over the southern border? Hmmm…

Jean Painter
5 months ago
Reply to  Cindy Walker

Agree 100% This is craziness.

Dan and Benet Kruger
5 months ago
Reply to  Cindy Walker

We have a southern border ???

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago
Reply to  Cindy Walker

Absolutely right, Cindy. This is craziness! Not to mention all the non-vetted ‘Afgans’ (or whoever we’re hauling back) into our country. I’m eagerly waiting to see some of the Canadian friends we’ve made over the years, especially down in Quartzsite.

5 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Agree with all the above.

Michael Arndt
5 months ago
Reply to  Cindy Walker

Because they let the illegals vote.

Leonard Rempel
5 months ago

I sure hope the U.S. accepts a fully vaccinated Canadian who got Astra Zeneca as the first dose and Moderna as the second dose!
All my winter reservations are booked starting November 1. Looking forward to spending money in America this winter! Let me in please and thanks!

5 months ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

Maybe AstraZeneca didn’t provide adequate campaign funding in 2020.

5 months ago
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Robert Jobson
5 months ago
Reply to  Drew

always follow the money