Canada’s four maritime provinces recently introduced a new pandemic “travel bubble” rule. Designed to lift the spirits and the economy of the region, the bubble rule allows residents from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to travel freely between each of the four provinces without the need to quarantine for 14 days upon entry. Residents (as well as seasonal residents in some cases) will, however, be required to provide ID that proves they are a resident of an Atlantic province.
Before you travel, however, keep in mind that the rules are constantly changing, so it’s vital to check with the destination province for specific entry requirements before you travel. Furthermore, the government of Canada is still advising overall that people only travel for essential purposes if possible.
Prince Edward Island
Canadians from outside the Atlantic provinces continue to be banned from entry to PEI unless pre-approved as an essential worker, a seasonal resident (see below), for compassionate reasons, or to provide family support.
Travelers from other Atlantic provinces are permitted to enter but must fill out a special Travel Declaration Form available on the province’s website. Islanders returning from travel outside of Atlantic Canada (including other Canadian provinces) must self-isolate for 14 days before they will be permitted to travel to another Atlantic province.
For more information, visit the province’s website.
Newfoundland and Labrador
In general, residents (even seasonal residents) outside of the Atlantic Bubble are not permitted to enter the province (though there is talk of lifting this requirement in the next couple of weeks so keep checking the website). Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island do not need to fill out any special travel form but they will be required to show ID when entering.
According to the website, the only other people allowed to enter the province are:
- Asymptomatic workers and individuals who are subject to the Self-Isolation Exemption Order; and
- Individuals who have been permitted entry to the province in extenuating circumstances, as approved in advance by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
You may apply for an exemption by completing the Travel Restrictions Exemption Request Application.
Visit the website for more details.
Nova Scotia has the most relaxed travel rules presently of any Atlantic province. Canadian travelers from outside the Atlantic Bubble are allowed to enter the province but they must self-isolate for 14 days. However, if someone has already self-isolated in another Atlantic Canadian province, they can enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.
Residents of Atlantic Canada will still need to show ID when entering Nova Scotia. According to the website: “When Atlantic Canadians arrive in Nova Scotia, every adult needs to provide government-issued identification (like a Driver’s License or Health Card) or a utility bill or bank statement that shows their permanent home address. A self-declaration form isn’t required for Atlantic Canadians to enter Nova Scotia.”
Read more here.
Travelers outside the Atlantic region are not allowed to enter New Brunswick unless they own property or are visiting immediate family members in the province. However, even if you fall within those exceptions, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Exceptions to isolation rules for essential workers, going to funerals and more, can be found here.
All visitors, even those from the Atlantic Canada, must provide proof of ID and register their travel. You can pre-register at the border or online (to save time) on the website.
Get more information on the website.