For expats and long-term vacationers, the Covid-19 coronavirus comes down to two things – should I stay here or should I go home. And, that decision needs to be made soon with ever changes border controls and changing flights. Check the latest consulate advice about travel and any flight restrictions. Government of Canada Travel Advisory
Some things to consider when making your decision should include:
*MEDICAL CARE: Canada has free Medicare for all citizens, Mexico does not. Canada certainly has a larger quantity of high-quality hospitals for the population at large. Access to first-rate healthcare will be an issue in both countries. Todos Santos only has 2 ambulances and the hospital is not equipped to deal with coronavirus emergencies.
Quality of care for either country won’t matter if you can’t gain access to either, which is likely to be the case. And, even if you did get admitted there aren’t even a fraction of enough ventilators to be of any use. An added concern is the possibility of hospital acquired complications; in the case you need to be hospitalized. HAC
*YOUR HEALTH: Something else to consider is if you are at high risk. Health related co-morbidities like diabetes, can make it more difficult to fight off infections. Your immune system may not function as vigorously when you are older. Also, if you catch the corona virus, the possibility of hospital acquired infections (easily picked up in a hospital or even from a ventilator) is also an added concern. Comorbidities
*TRAVEL: The Canadian government is urging all travelers to return to Canada. When deciding to fly home, consider the risk of exposure due to long lines at crowded airports. Air travel in a confined space with other potentially infected people while breathing in recycled air is an added risk for exposure. Airports will be crowded. There is the risk you may be stranded as fewer international flights are likely to be available in coming weeks. travelers
Driving also has risks because you will need to stop for gas, food, and lodging causing possible exposure to contaminated surfaces. The coronavirus can last for hours and days depending on the surface. How Does Covid-19 Spread
*TRAVEL INSURANCE: What exactly does your policy cover? A number of Canadian retirees are now being told that they have until March 23 to return home to Canada before their emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 will no longer be valid.” Insurance Coverage Changes
*SELF-ISOLATING: If you go back to Canada where will you be staying – in a house, condo or apartment. Do you have a home to return to or will you need to stay with relatives? Many people here have larger properties, if you self-isolate here you can still go outside and enjoy the weather without being cooped up inside. That may not be an option depending on housing back home.
You may be asked or required to self-isolated at home for 14 days when you return. Canada is currently asking this of all travellers coming from international destinations. Returning to Canada
*FOOD: People in Canada have given into panic buying with many stores running low on staples. There are more options for restaurant deliveries as well as food and supplies available online. In Todos Santos there are currently only two delivery services available. Some restaurants are providing take away but that requires leaving your property.
Interview with a Canadian snowbird going home. source