There is going to be a record
every time you go back, if it's like the US these days. Swipe that passport thru the reader and Bob's yer uncle. What happens when you eventually DO go back and your passport is swiped thru the reader? Are you sure the software
won't know you ever left? If you didn't leave, then how are you now coming back? At this point, wouldn't you be getting asked questions about your whereabouts for the past sixteen years of "free" health insurance
benefits as a Canadian getting your knees replaced in Thailand
Not telling them you are staying out of the country is intentional fraud, or whatever the legal
term is for deliberately trying to cheat in this situation. You are deliberately breaking the law, cheating the government
, whatever. They have people on the payroll looking for folks like that. Working these long term scams, hoping that things work out and nothing happens while you are gone to call attention to your absence.....I wouldn't want the worry and stress assuming you do eventually want to be able to return without worrying about being prosecuted for it every year for the rest of your life. Waiting for that knock on the door, Big unsmiling men
with crooked noses wearing thin black leather gloves with reinforced knuckes... the Black Maria waiting in the yard, a bleak future of bare light bulbs, rubber hose interrogations...bread and water
...front page newspaper photos, and having to endure it all in French!!
Flying back every five months is not fraud, if you are doing it specifically in a manner that keeps you legal
, is it?
How far away are they cruising? Not very practical to only be able to get a two and a half month sail away from Canada
. Tight leash for a free society.
What if they want to sail the Bay of Islands? Greece
? Bali? What legal alternative is there to flying home to stay "current"?
We buy health
insurance for expats living abroad. It's running about $ 8,800. USD a year, for two of us. It's a good plan, for sure, pays 100% for the serious stuff, but it's not cheap
. I know we could fly back to Canada from the other side of the world twice a year for less than that. We're not Canadians,though.
From what I've heard from our numerous Canookian friends down here in the BWI, I'm not sure the Canadian brand of health insurance would be worth it. Kinda hard to schedule things from a distance, when a sailboat is involved. Wouldn't do to be sitting in a bar in Singapore
when that kidney becomes available and you're next on the list.... or a new liver, ( since we're talking about sailors and their kidneys arebulletproof and legendary while it's well known that the liver mortality rate among multihullers alone is mind boggling. And the monohullers got a fifty year head
Might be a better deal to just buy your own insurance.
Do you get a tax break if you are out of Canada more than six months?