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Travel Ban

Prior to boarding a plane into the territory, residents will undergo a mandatory 14-day isolation period in either Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife. At the end of the 14 days, asymptomatic residents will be cleared and provided a letter signed by the Chief Public Health Officer allowing them to return to their home community.

This also includes medical travel patients.

 

Common Travel Areas:

As of Monday, June 15, 2020, a Common Travel Area has been established between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

A second Common Travel Area was established between Nunavut and Churchill, Manitoba on July 13, 2020.

The common travel areas apply to air and land travel and exempts travellers from isolation requirements when travelling between Nunavut and the NWT or Nunavut and Churchill Manitoba under certain conditions: 

  • Travel must originate from Nunavut to the NWT/Churchill or from the NWT/Churchill to Nunavut.
  • Travellers have not been outside the Common Travel Areas for 2 weeks prior to their travel to NWT, Churchill or NU.
  • Travellers remain in the Common Travel Area for the duration of their stay.

For example, if a Nunavut resident chooses to travel to the Northwest Territories or Churchill, they need to have been in Nunavut for at least 14 full days before their travel, and once they are in the Northwest Territories or Churchill they cannot travel anywhere else, except back to Nunavut.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights between the Kitikmeot Region and any other part of Nunavut containing a stopover or change of aircraft in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, are exempt from the requirement to produce the proof of authorization. 

 

Entering Nunavut:

Travellers who wish to enter Nunavut, must write to cphotravelrequests@gov.nu.ca  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 the NWT or Churchill. 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.

 

FAQ Common Travel Areas
Common Area Traveller’s Declaration form
 
 

Critical Employees

Critical employees will have to provide written permission from the Nunavut CPHO to be allowed to fly into the territory. Contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca.  

Critical employees and Isolation Protocol.

Download Critical Employee Travel Request Form (Form must be downloaded before filling it in)

NOTE: Requests for critical travel submitted less than 48 hours before the scheduled flight may not be approved before time of travel.

 

 

Public travellers and Isolation:

Travellers must 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.

Isolation Reservation Request form

Pre-Isolation Check-in form

 

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.

 

 

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 - Wednesday - Thursday

Winnipeg Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
Yellowknife

Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday

Edmonton Monday - Tuesday  - Wednesday - Thursday

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 directing that all travellers (with limited exceptions) must have a removable non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight.  This directive will take effect on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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

At a minimum, travellers will be asked to wear the non-medical mask or face covering:

  • at airport screening checkpoints;
  • during the flight when they cannot physically distance from others, including at all times when they are 2 metres or less from another person, except another occupant of the person’s private home; or
  • as directed by an official of the air operator, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, a Canada Border Services Agency officer, or a Canadian public health official.

 

Resources:

Isolation and Return to Nunavut Protocol

Face Covering Requirements for Air Travellers

COVID-19 Isolation

FAQ Common Travel Area between NU and the NWT

 

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