Atlantic Provinces Travel Bubble

Prince Edward Island has temporarily suspended participation in the Atlantic Travel Bubble to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region; the situation continues to be assessed. Restrictions are in place for all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island, including for travelers from within Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador). 

Non-PEI residents, including residents of Atlantic Canada:

  • Travellers must apply for pre-travel approval and must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If travelling to PEI for work purposes, non-PEI residents may apply for work-isolation through the pre-travel approval process. Please note:
    • Incoming domestic workers who are work isolating in PEI for fewer than 24 hours must be tested in PEI if you will be entering a workplace or a home while in PEI where there will be a risk that you will be within 6 ft (2 m) of anyone.  You do not have to wait for these test results prior to reporting to work - with exceptions for high risk workplaces; see Work-Isolation for more information. 
    • For incoming domestic workers who stay less-than-24-hours per work trip but have more than 1 work trip to PEI per week, testing every 5 days is required; you do not have to wait for these test results prior to reporting to work; with exceptions for high risk workplaces; see Work-Isolation for more information.

PEI residents returning to PEI:

  • PEI residents do not need pre-approval to return to PEI, but will need to self-isolate and identify a self-isolation location and support person.
  • PEI residents seeking to work outside of the home during their 14 day self-isolation period may apply to work-isolate in PEI through a portal specific to PEI residents.
  • PEI residents who travel routinely, spend over 50% of their time working outside of PEI, and spend fewer than 21 days when not at work, may apply to be a rotational worker.
  • PEI residents travelling within Atlantic Canada for some types of same-day travel are not required to self-isolate, subject to some restrictions.

PEI residents living off-Island returning to PEI:

  • PEI residents do not need pre-approval to return to PEI, but must submit a 14 day self-isolation plan through the pre-travel form.
  • Students who are permanent PEI residents do not need pre-approval to return to PEI, but must submit a 14 day self-isolation plan through the pre-travel form.

PEI residents traveling to other provinces

If you must travel outside of Prince Edward Island you have to check with other provinces and territories on their rules for entering.

Commercial Truck Drivers and other Transport Workers:

Commercial truck drivers and other transport workers are subject to different restrictions.

Québec Residents Traveling to and from the Magdalen Islands via PEI

PEI is committed to providing safe passage to Québec residents driving through the province to reach the Magdalen Islands. Travellers must avoid public areas, minimize stops, and respect all public health measures while transiting through PEI. Find out what is required for travelling to and from the Magdalen Islands.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been a patient in a hospital in Atlantic Canada and will be discharged soon. What do I have to do?

If you’ve been in a hospital overnight, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon return to PEI. You can attend necessary medical appointments while in self-isolation. You must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing as much as possible, and advise care providers in advance that you are self-isolating.

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

Only one person should pick you up and you must follow the Transporting Travellers to Self-Isolation Location Guidance. You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when you return to PEI. Your parents and others in the household will not have to self-isolate for 14 days, provided you remain isolated from each other for the duration. If this is not possible, everyone in the household will have to self-isolate.

Health Care Workers and Long Term Care and Community Care Workers

Long term care and community care workers are not eligible to work-isolate, and must self-isolate for 14 days after travelling outside of PEI.

Health care workers who travel outside of PEI, but within Canada, can apply to work-isolate with the approval of their employer, but must self-isolate upon entry to the province and test negative before starting work.

Find out what is required of health care workers, long term care workers and community care workers.

Partners in Care and Visitors and Residents of Long Term Care and Community Care Facilities

Can a person from another province or territory visit a loved one in a PEI long term care facility?

You can apply to come to PEI through the family connections process. You must apply for pre-travel approval, and you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. For an end-of-life visit, you can apply under compassionate travel.  

I am a partner in care for a PEI long term care resident and live in another Canadian jurisdiction. What should I do?

You can apply to come to PEI through the family connections process. You must apply for pre-travel approval and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. For an end-of-life visit, you can apply under compassionate travel.  

Can a resident of long term care in PEI go to an Atlantic Province for a funeral?

This would be considered an exceptional circumstance that would require consultation with the Chief Public Health Office. This type of request will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Published date: 
March 17, 2021