Atlantic Provinces Travel Bubble

Effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2020 until at least December 7, 2020, Prince Edward Island is temporarily suspending participation in the Atlantic Travel Bubble.

Residents of Prince Edward Island returning from travel within Atlantic Canada (including work-related travel) will need to self-isolate for 14 days, with some exceptions.

All travelers to Prince Edward Island, including residents of Atlantic Canada, will require pre-travel approval and need to have either a 14 day self-isolation plan or a work-isolation plan in place to enter the province.

Island residents returning to PEI do not need to apply for pre-travel approval to enter the province, but will need to self-isolate and provide a self-isolation plan. If traveling for work, they can apply to work-isolate.

Islanders who travel within Atlantic Canada for work or essential reasons and return home the same day are not required to self-isolate.

Islanders who travel within Atlantic Canada for work will need to apply to work-isolate, or they may qualify to register as a rotational worker.

Essential Purposes Travel within Atlantic Canada

PEI residents may travel within Atlantic Canada for essential purposes, including but not limited to:

If you must travel to other provinces within Atlantic Canada, you may do so without having to self-isolate upon return, if you:

  • Return to Prince Edward Island on the same day as you departed
  • Do not stay overnight
  • Do not shop
  • Do not visit public places such as shopping malls and restaurants
  • Do not visit friends or family
  • Wear a non-medical mask when outside of your vehicle
  • Adhere to all public health measures in the jurisdiction you are visiting

Keep your Confederation Bridge, Northumberland Ferry or airline ticket until you have returned to PEI to establish your departure time.

Islanders or anyone in Prince Edward Island who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately visit a COVID-19 Drop-in Clinic to be tested and stay home (isolate) until you receive the results.

Quebec residents traveling to and from the Magdalen Islands via PEI

Prince Edward Island is committed to providing safe passage to Quebec residents driving through the province to reach the Magdalen Island. Travellers must avoid public areas, minimize stops, and respect all public health measures while transiting through Prince Edward Island. Learn more about traveling to and from the Magdalen Islands.

Islanders traveling to other provinces

Non-essential travel to and from Prince Edward Island during the holiday season is not recommended.

Islanders are encouraged to check with other provinces on their rules for entering the province. Upon your return to PEI, you must present identification to re-enter the province and you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.  

Do Islanders need to complete a form before departure to another province?

It is important to check with the province you plan to visit about their specific requirements before commencing travel.

I’ve been in the hospital in the Maritimes. What do I have to do?

If you’ve been in the hospital overnight, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon return to PEI, but you can attend necessary medical appointments.

I’m a student planning to return home for Christmas break. My parents want to pick me up. What should I do?

One parent should go to pick you up. The student should sit in back seat. They both should wear masks. When they get home, the parent does not need to self-isolate but the student does.

Essential workers

I am an essential worker from outside of PEI travelling to PEI for work, how do I apply?

Essential workers coming to PEI must complete the Pre-Travel Application process.

Long term care health care providers, visitors and residents

Are long term care (LTC) staff from PEI allowed to travel within Atlantic Canada?

At this time, LTC staff cannot travel without the requirement to self-isolate.

Is an individual from an Atlantic Province allowed to enter a long term care facility as a designated visitor?

You are encouraged to review all travel guidance before making travel arrangements. Find specific information at Pre-Travel Approval Process for the purpose of family connections and exceptional or compassionate circumstances.

Can a resident of LTC go to an Atlantic Province for a funeral?

Yes, but the resident must be tested upon re-entry to the home and again at seven (7) days. The resident should be placed on precautions until the results of the day 7 test are received and are negative. Monitor for symptoms.

Healthcare workers of other sites

Are healthcare workers (HCWs) of PEI allowed to travel freely under the Atlantic Bubble?

Not at this time. You are required to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to work.

What is required of me as a HCW coming to PEI to work from outside of Canada?

You are required to self-isolate for 14 days before starting work.

I am a HCW coming to PEI to work from outside the Atlantic Bubble, do I need to self-isolate?

HCWs who are coming from a Canadian province must be tested before working. You must self-isolate for 14 days when not at work. HCWs travelling back and forth from Northern Nursing are exempt unless working in long term care; these workers are frequently tested.

What is required of me as a HCW who works in a health care facility in my home province, coming to PEI to work?

You must be tested before working and you are not required to self-isolate.

Published date: 
November 24, 2020
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca