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Expedited Medical Travel Isolation (EMTI)

Expedited Medical Travel is available to medical travellers who are unvaccinated. Vaccinated medical travellers qualify as vaccinated travellers.

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Entering or travelling in Nunavut

Currently, travel to Nunavut requires authorization from Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer.

 

Exemptions to out-of-territory isolation:

Travellers to Nunavut might be eligible to forgo the isolation requirement if they meet certain criteria.

If you do not meet one of the exemption categories listed below, you must a undergo 14-day isolation period in either Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife.

 

Proof of Vaccination Certificate (PVC)

At this time, the PVC does not replace the travel into Nunavut authorization letter from the office of the Chief Public Health Officer. This means that a vaccine travel exemption letter is still required to enter Nunavut.

A Proof of Vaccination Certificate or PVC, compliant with federal legislation is available through the Government of Nunavut. The certificate includes an individual’s name, date of birth, vaccination information and a QR code that allows the certificate to be remotely verified. The certificate is available at no cost to Nunavummiut and contains the dates of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccination received in Nunavut.

The certificate can be obtained in person at your local health centre, Iqaluit Public Health or Qikiqtani General Hospital. The certificate will also automatically be issued when an individual receives their second dose or booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In Iqaluit, a PVC clinic will be held on October 14 and 15 2021 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

It is recommended that you only request a PVC a few days prior to your travel date. Nunavummiut are also reminded to research public health restrictions and proof of vaccination requirements before travelling. The Government of Nunavut continues to advise against non-essential travel.

Proof of Vaccination Certificate Q&A

Federal government requirements

Please note the requirements will apply to all travellers boarding planes from any airport in Canada, including in Nunavut.

It is important to note that authorization to travel by the Government of Nunavut into the territory for unvaccinated individuals will not supersede the new federal requirement and anyone without proof of vaccination will not be allowed to travel.

On October 30, a proof of vaccination certificate will be essential for commercial air, rail and sea travel in Canada, in line with Government of Canada legislation requiring that all passengers be fully vaccinated.

The proof of vaccination requirement will apply to all travellers 12 years of age and older who are:

  • Air passengers flying on domestic, transborder or international flights departing from airports in Canada.
  • Rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.
  • Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more.

For more information on federal proof of vaccination requirements go to: Government of Canada — COVID-19: Proof of vaccination

 

Vaccinated travellers and non-vaccinated dependents:

As of June 14, 2021 fully vaccinated travellers can apply to for an exemption to out-of-territory isolation. Vaccinated travellers include vaccinated critical workers, construction workers, residents travelling for leisure or medical reasons, and non-residents. A person is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose of a Government of Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinated Travellers must complete and submit the Vaccinated Travellers Declaration form.

As of August 2, 2021, unvaccinated dependents are now eligible to travel back to Nunavut with their vaccinated guardian, without staying at a Government of Nunavut isolation location in southern Canada. Unvaccinated dependents must isolate for 14 days upon returning to Nunavut. Any another unvaccinated household members will also have to isolate for 14 days.

Vaccinated parents or guardians must complete the Vaccinated Travellers Declaration and Traveller’s Dependents form. All dependents travelling with their guardian at any given time must be listed and the completed form submitted to vaccineexemptions@gov.nu.ca. Once approved, a travel letter will be issued and valid for one year. This letter needs to be presented at the check-in counter prior to the return to Nunavut.

Please allow 72 hours for a response verifying receipt of your email. There is a high volume of requests and letters will be prioritized based on travel date. Please wait to submit your request until one month prior to your date of departure, otherwise it will not be considered.

Once in-territory, vaccinated parents or guardians do not need to isolate. Guardians will be responsible for ensuring the 14 day isolation of their dependents’ and all unvaccinated members in the household. Households in isolation are not to have visitors, and those isolating cannot go visiting unless it is an emergency. The isolation period starts on arrival in the territory. No public health clearance is required at the end of isolation. Individuals who breach isolation can be fined $575.

Vaccinated travellers will have to follow all public health measures and wear a mask in public for the first 14 days.

If you were not vaccinated in Nunavut, you must provide verifiable evidence to the Department of Health, through vaccineexemptions@gov.nu.ca, showing that you are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine. Your exemption request will not be processed until you provide evidence of vaccination.

Nunavut Travel exemptions for fully vaccinated individuals and dependents Questions & Answers

 

Vaccinated Construction Workers:

Construction workers who have received a vaccine exemption, please email CPHOConstructionRequests@gov.nu.ca to modify your departure date, if you are currently in the isolation hub, or to cancel your isolation reservation. 

 

Unvaccinated critical workers and those travelling for compassionate reasons:

Exemptions to isolation may be granted to unvaccinated critical workers and for compassionate or extraordinary circumstances.

Unvaccinated critical workers and other travellers seeking exemptions will have to provide written permission from the Nunavut CPHO to be allowed to fly into the territory.

Unvaccinated critical workers will be required to isolate in-territory (except to go to work) and wear a mask (including at work) for the first 14-days in territory. Critical workers may go for groceries once per week during the isolation period if they are unable to get supplied delivered.

Unvaccinated exempted travellers will be required to isolate in-territory for the first 14-days.

The grocery allowance applies to only one member of the household.

Please be advised, that effective November 1, exemptions to isolation for unvaccinated critical workers will be limited. Most unvaccinated critical workers will now be required to isolate for two weeks at a designated Government of Nunavut Isolation Hotel in Yellowknife, Edmonton, Winnipeg or Ottawa before being allowed entry into Nunavut. Exceptions will be made for certain circumstances. For more information, please see the News Release.

Contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca to request an exemption.

For more information, please refer to section 15 of the Order Respecting Social Distancing and Gatherings.

Download unvaccinated critical worker and compassionate travel form (Form must be downloaded before filling it in)

These exemption options apply to unvaccinated travellers only. Vaccinated travellers must apply for a vaccinated traveller exemption.

NOTE: Requests for critical travel submitted less than 72 hours before the scheduled flight may not be approved before time of travel.

 

Common Travel Areas:

Exemption to out-of-territory isolation are granted to people travelling within a common travel area designated by the Chief Public Health Officer.

A common travel area applies to air and land travel and exempts travellers from isolation requirements between Nunavut and the designated common travel area under certain conditions: 

  • Travel must originate from Nunavut to the common travel area or from the common travel area to Nunavut.
  • Travellers have not been outside the Common Travel Areas for 2 weeks prior to travelling.
  • Travellers remain in the Common Travel Area for the duration of their stay.

For example, if Nunavut residents choose to travel to a common travel area, they need to have been in Nunavut for at least 14 full days before their travel, and once they are in the common travel area they cannot travel anywhere else, except back to Nunavut.

Travellers who wish to enter Nunavut, must write to cphotravelrequests@gov.nu.ca or fax to this number: 1-867-975-6790 and complete and sign the Common Area Traveller’s Declaration form. Failure to do so will affect entry in Nunavut. Failure to answer truthfully will be subject to fines. This also applies for Nunavummiut who wish to return home after their stay in a common travel area. Anyone travelling by air must have a letter of authorization from the CPHO in order to board the aircraft.

Travellers must submit their declaration within two to seven business days before their scheduled flight to Nunavut.

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will issue a letter of approval. Travellers will be required to present the approval letter prior to boarding any airplane entering Nunavut.

Common Area Traveller’s Declaration form

 

Current designated common travel areas:

Nunavut - Nunavik

 

Unvaccinated Public travellers and Isolation:

Authorization to travel to Nunavut can be obtained by completing a 14-day isolation period at a Government of Nunavut Isolation site in either Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife.

At the end of the 14 days, residents will be cleared and provided a letter signed by the Chief Public Health Officer allowing them to return to their home community.

Please complete the Isolation Reservation Request form and submit it to nuisolationreservations@nunavutcare.ca.

  • Every adult (18 years of age or older) must complete and submit a form.
  • Emails to this in-box will receive a generated response indicating response time of two business days.
  • Travellers will receive an email confirming their Isolation Reservation.

Seven days prior to the isolation check-in date, travellers must complete the Pre-Isolation Check-In form and submit it to nuisolationreservations@nunavutcare.ca, as soon as possible.

Travellers will receive an email confirming receipt of their Pre-Isolation Check-In form and an Isolation Information Package.

Isolation Reservation Request form

Pre-Isolation Check-in form

At the end of the 14 days, residents will be cleared and provided a letter signed by the Chief Public Health Officer allowing them to return to their home community.

If you do not meet one of the exemption categories listed below, you must a undergo 14-day isolation period in either Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife. 

 

Construction Workers

Requests to enter the territory for construction related projects or to travel within the territory for construction related projects can be emailed to CPHOconstructionrequests@gov.nu.ca. Vaccinated construction workers can apply for entry into territory as a vaccinated traveller.

 

 

Isolation Intake and Return Travel Overview

Isolated Travellers

Individuals who are required to complete 14 days of isolation before returning to Nunavut will be allowed to check-in for isolation on the days below:

 

Location

Check-In Days
Ottawa

Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday

Winnipeg Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
Yellowknife

Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday

Edmonton Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday

The isolation check-in days have been limited to the days above to align with the airlines return travel dates and optimise the isolation departure process. Exceptions will be made to allow guests to check-in on dates other than those stated above on a case by case basis.

 

Approved Travel Days

The chart below outlines the days of the week isolated travelers can return to Nunavut. Actual return travel dates are subject to airline operations and seat availability.

Highlighted Blue: Isolation Check-In Dates

 

Q&As

Q: Two individuals checked in on the same day, but one is leaving on a different date then the other, why?

A: Medical travellers are scheduled to return to Nunavut on the first available flight after their 14th day of isolation. Due to airline schedules and seat availability the individual may be required to remain in isolation longer than 14 days.

Public travellers enter isolation based on their return ticket date which they provided to the NU Isolation Travel Team. Public travellers are responsible to modify their own airline itinerary as required.  

Q: An individual checked in for isolation on April 30 and is not scheduled to leave on the May 14 or May 15 departure list. When are they traveling? Why are they not on this list?

Readers Note: Please see schedule on previous page

A: If the guest inquiring about their departure date is a public traveller, they should be advised to contact the airline with any questions about their return itinerary. Public travellers are responsible to purchase and modify their own airline itinerary to align with their isolation departure date.

Medical travellers are scheduled to return to Nunavut on the first available flight after the 14th day of isolation. Due to airline schedules and seat availability the individual may be required to remain in isolation longer than 14 days.

Questions about an isolated guests return date or why they are not on departure list can be directed to nuisolationreservations@nunavutcare.ca.

Q: An isolated guest was told they were cleared to travel on May 1, but their flight has been booked for May 5. Can this be changed?

A: Medical travellers should be advised that their return travel date has been arranged for the first available flight after their 14th day of isolation. The return date they’re provided with is the earliest flight on which they can travel.

Public travellers enter isolation based on their return ticket date which they provided to the NU Isolation Travel Team. Public travellers are responsible to modify their own airline itinerary as required.

 

 

Face covering requirements for air travellers

The Government of Canada is requiring that all passengers wear a non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is an important additional measure that all passengers can take to protect those around them.

Customers who do not have a mandatory face covering will not be allowed to travel. 

Masks must be made from at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, must be clean and dry, and must fully cover the nose and mouth.

Please note that the following masks that will not be accepted, as they do not limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Non-medical masks with an exhalation valve or vent.
  • Non-medical masks made with mesh or lace fabric.
  • Masks that are moist, dirty or damaged.
  • Neck gaiters.
  • Bandanas.
  • Face shields.

 

 

Resources:

Isolation and Return to Nunavut Protocol

COVID-19 Isolation

FAQ Common Travel Area between NU and the NWT

 

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