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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 Area between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories

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

This common travel area applies to air and land travel and exempts travellers from isolation requirements in either NU or the NWT under certain conditions: 

  • Travel must originate from Nunavut to the NWT or from the NWT to Nunavut.
  • Travellers have not been outside their respective territory for 2 weeks prior to their travel to NWT or NU.
  • Travellers remain in either territory for the duration of their stay.

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

 

Entering Nunavut:

Travellers from the NWT who wish to enter Nunavut, must write to : cphotravelrequests@gov.nu.ca  and complete and sign the NU and NWT 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.

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 Area between NU and the NWT 

NU and NWT Traveller's Declaration Form

 

Entering the NWT:

Please go to https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/ for information on entering the NWT from Nunavut.

 

Isolation before entering Nunavut is still required if:

You are a Nunavut resident who is returning home from travel in Southern Canada via Yellowknife.  In this case, you will need to isolate in the GN isolation hub in Yellowknife.

You are a NWT resident who has travelled outside your territory less than 2 weeks before your scheduled arrival in Nunavut. In this case, you will need to complete the NWT isolation requirements before applying for travel to Nunavut.

 

 

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 - 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. Please note that these coverings do not need to be medical masks. Any face covering including a scarf or similar item is acceptable.

 

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.

For full details, including the limited exceptions to this mandatory requirement, please click here.

 

 

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