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RE: Travel insurance for Canadians

I do not live by the directive of an insurance company....thank god Meaning, don't have any health insurance?
Almot 10/18/21 04:50pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Moisheh - yes, Skymed is the one I found that flies to "home hospital". Costs $400-600 a year depending on how long you live abroad. And - thanks to Silversand - I looked into their Covid regulations - they won't take you if you're tested positive. You don't need a hospital if you're tested positive with no symptoms. In obscure Baja I will likely have symptoms first and then travel hundreds of miles to confirm it with the test but this is another question. What I would LOVE to do in this case - and you'd better consider it too - is the Regen-Cov shot to prevent hospitalization. In Canada they give it to "high risk groups" with mild to moderate symptoms, high risk being defined as age 50 and older regardless of health condition, or age 18 and older with heart problems, diabetes, obesity and other things. US are more generous and give Regen-Cov to high-risk groups who have no symptoms but are either tested positive or tested negative but were exposed to confirmed infected person. Travel insurance probably won't cover me for this shot. The drug itself costs $2,000, plus the cost of administering it. I wouldn't mind paying for it in Mexico but nobody could tell me if it even exists there. I'll pm you with more questions if you don't mind.
Almot 10/13/21 05:12pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Looks like the US are moving to where Canada has been for several weeks now, i.e. open border, forget the "essential" like truck drivers etc, all travellers need to be vaccinated. What happened to the epidemic, I wonder :). Last week the "Delta curve was not where we want it", they said, and now - voila, it's there. The "man" has been saying all along to follow the science. Had they followed it, Canadians should've been allowed several weeks ago and Mexicans wouldn't be allowed until February - this is where their projected vaccination rate is supposed to reach 70%. We'll probably never know what has been delaying the border opening for the last few months and why it is now opening on both North and South.
Almot 10/13/21 04:28pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Silversand - Medical Air Services Inc don't sell evac insurance, they only arrange logistics with carriers. Unless you pay out of pocket, it's up to the insurance plan who they will hire for evac. I've looked into evac plans both as a part of insurance and standalone evac's from $50/year to $400/year, they mostly vary in where they take you to. Vast majority - especially those included in medical insurance - will take you to the "nearest suitable hospital" which would be $$$ US or CIMA (the latter is not for "poor Mexico", they charge almost like a US hospital). $400/year standalone evac will take you to the city specified in a contract, but this is only evac, treatment not included. I wonder whether any private hospital in Baja or Baja Sur even has Regen-Cov on hand. Another thing with evac plan - you can't ask to be flown to the US where they will give you Regen-Cov infusion when you have no symptoms but tested positive, or to Canada where they give Regen-Cov when you are tested positive and have at least mild symptoms (Canadian system is greedier). Nope. You must be hospitalized to be eligible for evac - can be a cot in a shack, anything, as long as there is a Doc to certify your condition. In plans where evac is a part of medical insurance, it is the same - you must be in danger to lose your life or an organ if not treated within 24 hours (if memory doesn't fail me).
Almot 10/12/21 06:02pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Moisheh, I looked at Bidbuy pricelist on their website: https://www.bidbuyimporters.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/1.-Snowbirds-Summary-1.pdf. CAR/SUV/Pickups, Abbotsford to Bellingham Airport (San Juan Terminal) broker/import fee $889.60. San Juan Air is a separate entity, "Canada -> US: We do not do scheduled international flights at this time. Please see our charter options". http://sanjuanairlines.com/charter/ $510 charter 3-seat Cessna Abbotsford to Bellingham. Maybe (maybe) they have a 5- or 7-seater from Abbotsford to Bellingham, and if (IF) it's packed full, you pay $80. For sharing germs with 6 people in a small cabin on the 1st day of a long trip with difficult return options. What are you going to do if you get sick with Covid in Kino, even if you have Covid rider in travel insurance? You can't just get in the car and drive north. Can't hop on the plane in HMO either - not without negative antigen test. Alright, there is that CIMA hospital. There is nothing in Baja, I've seen Tijuana private hospitals and wasn't impressed. Tijuana public hospital you wouldn't want to set your foot in.
Almot 10/11/21 05:23pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

"End Of U.S. Travel Ban Hits Complications–Might It Be Delayed?" https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexledsom/2021/10/10/end-of-us-travel-ban-hits-complicationsmight-it-be-delayed/amp/ Although the above is about flights it probably applies to land borders. Not looking good. At this rate it might never open. I told you, they are not ready :). FB group on CAN-US border issues are talking about US struggling to meet Canadian PCR test requirement, people tested within 72 hours can't get results before their flight (or Americans now before their drive to Canada), or can't get an appointment on time, many locations are appointment-only. UK require PCR test too. This is still not the reason for land border closure, car traveller has no flight to miss, will spend another day in the US and drive. Just shows that they are not prepared. I'm not buying the relation to South border illegal immigrants, those are not using designated crossings or documents. Might cause the shortage of manpower at the North border, but the main problem is they are not prepared to process legal travellers under these new conditions. Meanwhile, cheap car-shipping at BC-WA border is sold-out until December. Bidbuy is available but not cheap, $890 for just a car without RV, plus $510 for 3-seat air charter.
Almot 10/11/21 12:01am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

this is interesting, a *charter* from Tijuana TIJ to SDM municipal (just a 14 minute flight). On a twin turboprop Beechcraft King Air 90 today; the company owning the aircraft is: TVPX AIRCRAFT SOLUTIONS INC: Takeoff: TIJ TIJUANA, MEXICO FRIDAY 08-OCT-2021 17:10 PDT Landing: SDM SAN DIEGO, CA FRIDAY 08-OCT-2021 17:24 PDT The tail number on this aircraft is: N94BA All this aircraft's registration, ownership and details are here--> Interesting. How do you find these flights? Charters that I could find in TIJ don't tell anything until you fill the form with your name, date, email and number of passengers. If they only fly on-demand and the demand is low, it means you either pay for all 7-8 seats or get marooned in Tijuana until somebody else flies - and then maybe pay for return empty leg too. Flightradar 24 shows that last time they flew this route 2 days ago, so not the highest demand.
Almot 10/09/21 08:39pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Moisheh, I'm going from Vancouver to Baja and back. For shipping a car, the closest return airport on Mex side is TIJ. All commercial flights from TIJ to USA go via Mexico city or Guadalajara, 10 hours trip to LAX. Flight TIJ-Vancouver via the same Mexico city is only 1.5 hour longer, might as well forget about car. Going South is easier yet, direct flight Vancouver - San Diego. Calexico isn't bad for driving to Vancouver from, but again, all commercial flights to the US from Mexicali go via major hubs like Guadalajara or Mexico city. Minimum 10 hours flight to the closest commercial airport. Need a charter, but this route is not as heavily trafficked as Can/US border where shared charters are full every day and therefore cheap. Car shipping and charter sucks anyway, much pain, much time lost. Maybe I will be able to drive North in Spring, maybe not, who can tell? There is some logic in domestic restrictions in Canada - doesn't bother me, I'm vaccinated. But there is no logic in keeping the US border closed. It hurts both economies and has nothing to do with the epidemic, there are 4 times less new cases per capita in Canada than in the US.
Almot 10/09/21 08:16pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

....I see three (3) flights from YHU to Plattsburgh (PBG) this morning...a Pilatus PC12 (9 passenger), a Beechcraft Super King Air 350 (11 passenger) and a Beechcraft King Air 100....things are ramping up with snowbirds fleeing south :D Must be charters, I don't see commercial flights on kayak.com. Market is driven by snowbirds destined for the US. Car from Ontario to to Buffalo plus private helicopter on the same day costs $1,900. What I am looking for is similar options from Mexico - Tijuana or Mexicali.
Almot 10/07/21 06:21pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Almot: Are you using Tijuana because you will be in Baja? Playaboy should be able to take your rig from Mexico to the US. Personally I cannot think of a worse place to cross than TJ. Yes, in Baja. Don't need my rig taken to the US, only a car. Can Playaboy take it from Tijuana to SY on specified date and provide a shared charter on the same day to meet my car? Btw, how are you going to take your rig and pickup from Mexicali to the US?
Almot 10/07/21 06:03pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Curious why the discussion of Tijuana hasn't included the rail from San Ysidro to San Diego. Doesn't Air Canada fly nonstop from San Diego to Vancouver, BC? It flies, but the US land crossing is closed for non-essential travellers. Can't drive from Tijuana to San Ysidro, can't take a bus, can't walk.
Almot 10/07/21 05:56pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Bidbuy does a charter flight from Abbotsford or boundary Bay I had read it is $80 per person. You fly the same day as they drive your rig across the border. Not bad. Tijuana or Mexicali issue still needs to be resolved.
Almot 10/06/21 05:38pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Bidbuy gave me a quote of $890USD to take our 42 ft. Mh and Silverado pu across . I don't remember if that was Blaine or Bellingham. Airfare is $80 per person. I thought that was reasonable. Too bad there are no entrepreneurs in Alberta,Saskatchewan or Manitoba. There are importers in Alberta, I forgot the name. Thanks for the tip on Bidbuy. But I don't see any flights from Vancouver to Bellingham, other than $240 flight with stop in Seattle. I doubt there is an international airport in Blaine. And then there is a pain to ship it, say, from Tijuana to Los Angeles - the closest airport on the US side. Here is what I learned how they work: they pick it up within 3-5 days after placing the order. Then it takes 5-7 days to get it across the border and tow 140 miles (don't ask me why, this is what I read). So you should kill 10-12 days in Tijuana. Not fun. There are no direct flights from TIJ to anywhere in the USA or Canada. All TIJ flights go via Guadalajara or CDMX, takes 8-10 hours and several hundred dollars. Same with Mexicali-Phoenix. It's less painful shipping it from Canada - you are home and can wait until they do their job and then fly - there will have to be some storage/parking fees involved but probably cheaper than waiting for them in the hotel in the USA. Vancouver-Seattle direct flight costs $90. The most stupid is that this all defeats the purpose - to avoid packed airplanes and airports. You still have to fly both ways. Flying from TIJ to LAX takes almost same long as flying from TIJ to Canada.
Almot 10/06/21 02:42pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Here is a link from July. It is the same as what I read this am. The Detroit Free Press has a similar current article but you need a subscription. O will keep looking. "Biden's move on US-Canada border could have more to do with Mexico border - Detroit Regional Chamber" https://www.detroitchamber.com/bidens-move-on-us-canada-border-could-have-more-to-do-with-mexico-border/ Beautiful article, thanks.
Almot 09/21/21 06:57pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Wm. Elliot. Canada was slow when the pandemic started but we have a better record than the USA. Larger % vaccinated. Proves that WH Covid coordinator is lying. The delay with land border reopening has nothing to do with Delta or any other Covid-related risk. If it did, they would've required testing of all incoming travellers, including US citizens and permanent residents, like they do in airports. My theory is that they are not ready. That is, CBP at the land border are not ready.
Almot 09/21/21 05:30pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

If that was the case then nobody would be crossing to and from Mexico.... ... and nobody is crossing, except for Americans. They can go to Mexico because Mexico have no border restrictions, never had, regardless of 3-lateral agreement. And they can return to the US, naturally.
Almot 09/20/21 04:12pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border

Apparently Biden wants the CDN. and Mexican border open at the same time. Presently Mexico does not have the virus under control. Therefore both will remain closed. I haven't seen Mexico reopening ever being mentioned as a condition to reopen the border to Canada. Have you? Basically, they offer no explanations. Here is another event - every week something of this sort happens, a few senators demanding to open Canadian border, White House has no answers. This time WH coronavirus response coordinator said that "given the Delta variant of the coronavirus, we will maintain the existing travel restrictions at this point." Hardly a valid explanation, considering that "Canadian" variants are not different from the US variants, given the semi-open border. It's the variants from overseas that they should be concerned with - but they already announced the reopening of flights to the US from Europe and Asia. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/u-s-lawmakers-push-biden-to-lift-canadian-travel-restrictions-1.5590886]https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/u-s-lawmakers-push-biden-to-lift-canadian-travel-restrictions-1.5590886
Almot 09/20/21 04:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border News

If you think the USA and Canadian travel restrictions are tough now, just wait a couple of months for the new lock downs. Peoples freedom to travel will disappear in the name of saving lives. Folks, you should leave NOW and go to the location you want to ride this HYSTERIA out while you are able to. Vaccinations won't stop the restrictions that are coming You don't understand. Vast majority of Canadians are only wintering South of the border, not living there. There are several reasons for this. Going for 6 months will not help to ride out whatever is going on now and could keep going on for years. And even if some of us will go this year, it will make more sense to leave in the fall - not "now" when the weather is warm here. Travel restrictions for US nationals are nothing, especially regarding Mexico. They can drive or fly without problem. To fly back to the US they only need a cheap antigen test that can be arranged in many hotels in Mexico or done in a lab in one hour.
Almot 08/25/21 06:19pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border News

To come to Mexico, you need nothing. In order to fly back to the US or Canada you have to have a negative COVID test within three days of arrival in that country. Both countries require different tests. To fly from Canada directly to Mexico, you need to be fully vaccinated. You won't be allowed to board the plane in Canada without this. This is now Canadian requirement for all flights, including domestic. US require antigen test from all air travellers, so if you fly from Canada to Mexico via the US, you need full vaccination and antigen test, cost about CAD 100. To return to Canada from Mexico, you need a PCR test. Those are more expensive, starting from 4,000 pesos, and take 24-48 hours, not 1 hour like antigen test. Canada also accepts NAAT test, can be done in 2 hours, but it's not very common in Mexico.
Almot 08/24/21 05:35pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border News

Regarding the Mexico border, do you mean driving across? We heard this all last year yet crossed back and forth at both Nogales and Laredo with no issues. Just crossed at Nogales last month. Where or in what way is it closed? Moisheh wrote "to Canada and Mexico". This for whom it is closed. They can't cross into the US. There was a trilateral agreement signed in March 2020, closing both US land borders for tourists in either direction. Mexico didn't comply with the agreement from the day one, they never closed it for tourists. The closure was being extended by the US and Canada every month since then, no tourists across this border, only 2 weeks ago Canada allowed US tourists on the condition that they are fully vaccinated. US didn't reciprocate, both their borders are closed for tourists. People can still fly into the US from Canada (or Mexico) which doesn't make sense to me because the risk of spreading infection in the plane is much higher than when travelling in a car. CDC recently admitted that Canada is a lower risk than the US since vaccination rate in Canada is 70%, compared to 50% in the US.
Almot 08/24/21 05:02pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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