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Reminder to carry Proof of Vaccination Certificate for travel

16 May 2022

Public Service Announcement

Reminder to carry Proof of Vaccination Certificate for travel

The Department of Health would like to remind Nunavummiut that in order to board an aircraft entering Nunavut, departing from Iqaluit or travelling through Iqaluit, you must have a COVID-19 proof of vaccination certificate (PVC), otherwise you may be subject to testing requirements.

As of October 30, 2021, this certificate is essential for commercial air, rail and sea travel in Canada, including Nunavut, in line with federal legislation requiring that all passengers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccination requirement applies 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, including the Iqaluit International Airport.
  • 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.

The PVC includes an individual’s name, date of birth, vaccination information and a QR code that allows the credential to be remotely verified from anywhere. The credential is provided at no cost to Nunavummiut and contains the dates of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccination received in Nunavut. The PVC allows Nunavummiut who travel to access services in jurisdictions requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Proof of Vaccination can be obtained e-mailing vaccineexemptions@gov.nu.ca. If you have limited access to the internet, your PVC can be obtained by appearing in person at your local health centre, Iqaluit Public Health or Qikiqtani General Hospital.

Unvaccinated individuals, or those without their PVC, must undergo COVID-19 testing at the airport prior to boarding their flight. Passengers departing from any Nunavut community outside of Iqaluit are not subject to testing requirements at this time.

National standards and requirements are subject to change. Nunavummiut are reminded to research federal public health restrictions and proof of vaccination requirements before travelling.

For additional travel-related inquiries, please call the COVID-19 Hotline’s travel hotline at 1-833-524-0735 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Vaccines continue to be available across the territory. Call your health centre to make an appointment for first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccines. Remember, the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community.

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Media Contact:

Danarae Sommerville
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5712
dsommerville1@gov.nu.ca