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Nunavut suspends Common Travel Area with Nunavik

29 October 2021

News Release

Nunavut suspends Common Travel Area with Nunavik

Nunavut (October 29, 2021) – Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, has suspended Nunavut’s Common Travel Area with Nunavik, effective immediately.

“Cases of COVID-19 are rising in Nunavik and due to the increased risk of exposure to the virus, the travel area between Nunavik and Nunavut is now closed,” said Dr. Patterson. “Previous Common Travel Area travel authorization between Nunavik and Nunavut is no longer valid.”

All unvaccinated travellers who left Nunavik and came to Nunavut in the past two weeks must isolate for 14 days from the day they entered the territory. Vaccinated travellers who returned to Nunavut from Nunavik in the past two weeks must wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the day they returned in the territory.

Vaccinated travellers currently in Nunavik and travelling with unvaccinated dependents can apply for entry to Nunavut by emailing a vaccinated travellers declaration form to vaccineexemptions@gov.nu.ca. Non-Nunavut residents must also supply proof of vaccination.

Unvaccinated travellers currently in Nunavik will have to stay at a Government of Nunavut isolation site in southern Canada before returning to Nunavut. Email an isolation reservation request form to nuisolationreservation@nunavutcare.ca to schedule your stay. Isolation is free to those travelling to Nunavut. The GN is not responsible for travel costs associated with changes to public health measures.

For more information on travel authorization and to find the necessary forms, go to https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/travel-and-isolation.

Vaccines continues to be available across the territory. Call your health centre to make an appointment or walk into Iqaluit Public Health every weekday for Moderna (18+) and Wednesday for Pfizer (ages 12 to 17). Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 is advised to call the COVID-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST to arrange testing or notify their community health centre right away. Please do not go to the health centre in person, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days.

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Media Contact:

Chris Puglia
A/Manager of Communications
Department of Health
867-975-5949
cpuglia@gov.nu.ca