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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: I have a question about winter vacationing in Florida. Time there is the question. Exactly how long can I stay in Florida during the winter and receive the full coverage, limited as it is, with OHIP? And obeying any USA rules how long can I be out of the Province of Ontario during a 12 month period to keep my OHIP coverage?

A: I contacted Lawrence E. Barker, Executive Director of the Canadian Snowbird Association who was able to add some input to this topic. He says, “A Canadian citizen is allowed to be in the U.S. as a tourist for a maximum of 182 days per 12 month period without a special visa,” but adds, “a Canadian permanent resident (not a Canadian citizen) is limited to just 90 days and then must leave and re-enter again if they wish to stay longer.”

Regarding the issue of extended stays in the United States, the CSA lobbied the Ontario government several years ago and according to Lawrence, it was successful in changing the OHIP rules to allow an Ontario resident to be out of the province for a maximum of 212 days per year.

However, Lawrence points out, “that does not in any way mean that the full 212 days can be spent in the U.S. (as many Ontarian have wrongly assumed). American immigration law was never changed and still places a 6-month (182 day) limit on a Canadian tourist.”

The extra 30 day OHIP provision (total 212) was to allow an Ontario resident time to visit elsewhere in Canada or to travel overseas for another trip or cruise without having to cut back on the number of days they spent in the U.S. Presumably they went south for the full 6 months (182 days) each year.

For more info on this snowbird issue, log onto www.snowbirds.org. For other travel-related information on Florida, visit www.VISITFLORIDA.com or call toll-free 1 888 FLA -INFO (352 4636)


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