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Expedited Medical Travel Isolation (EMTI)

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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:

Nunavut – North West Territories Common Travel Area

The NWT/Nunavut Common Travel Area has been suspended until further notice.

As of November 17, 2020, all Nunavut travellers to the NWT must follow the self-isolation measures set by the GNWT. For more information, travellers can contact Protect NWT at 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297.

As per the Chief Public Health Officer of Nunavut direction, all Nunavummiut who travelled from Nunavut to the NWT, before the suspension of the common travel area, can return to Nunavut without completing a 14 days isolation period:

  • Nunavummiut already in the NWT who wish to return to Nunavut earlier than their scheduled return date, must complete an new Common Area Traveller’s Declaration form and send it to cphotravelrequests@gov.nu.ca. They also must wear masks in public spaces and observe physical distancing for the duration of their return trip.
  • Nunavummiut who enter the NWT on exemption to live, work, study or for compassionate reasons and wish to return to Nunavut must also complete a Common Area Traveller’s Declaration form and send it to cphotravelrequests@gov.nu.ca.
  • Nunavummiut already in the NWT, who wish to remain in the NWT for their entire scheduled trip, will be subject to the GNWT’s public health measures. For more information contact Protect NWT at 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297.
  • Nunavummiut with a layover of more than 12 hours will be sent to the GN isolation hub in Yellowknife until their flight is scheduled to leave. Travellers are required to submit a self-isolation plan for approval to Protect NWT two (2) weeks before they travel to Yellowknife. 
  • Requirements for medical travellers going to Yellowknife while the Common Travel Area is suspended vary depending on reason for travel and traveller type. Click here for more details.
Nunavut – Churchill Manitoba Common Travel Area

The Nunavut – Churchill Manitoba Common Travel Area is still in effect.

The common travel area applies to air and land travel and exempts travellers from isolation requirements when travelling between Nunavut and Churchill Manitoba under certain conditions: 

  • Travel must originate from Nunavut to Churchill or from Churchill to Nunavut.
  • Travellers have not been outside the Common Travel Areas for 2 weeks prior to their travel to 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 Churchill, they need to have been in Nunavut for at least 14 full days before their travel, and once they are in Churchill they cannot travel anywhere else, except back to Nunavut.

 

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.

 

Common Area Traveller’s Declaration form
 
 

Critical Employees and Exempted Travellers

Critical employees and exempted travellers 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.

All exempted travellers, including critical employees, are now required to wear a mask for the first 14 days in isolation. For more information on this requirement, please refer to section 15 of the Order Respecting Social Distancing and Gatherings.

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 - 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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