Atlantic Provinces Travel Bubble

Residents of Prince Edward Island, and fellow Atlantic Canadians, are permitted to travel within the region without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Starting Friday, July 3

Public health and screening measures will be maintained as part of the travel bubble, as follows:

For visitors to PEI from other Atlantic provinces

For Islanders traveling to another Atlantic province

Residents of Prince Edward Island, and others currently residing in PEI (e.g. seasonal residents, individuals supporting family members, etc.) who have completed 14 days of self-isolation, may travel to and from other Atlantic provinces without the need to self-isolate again.

Upon entry to another Atlantic province, you will need to present personal identification and provide a printed and completed self-declaration form for the relevant province, as applicable:

•    New Brunswick
•    Nova Scotia
•    Newfoundland and Labrador (only admitting permanent residents of Atlantic Canada)

Upon return to PEI, PEI residents will be asked for two pieces of personal identification with proof of residence and a series of health screening questions. PEI residents DO NOT need to complete a PEI self-declaration travel form.

For others

Islanders returning from travel outside of Atlantic Canada

Islanders returning from travel outside of Atlantic Canada will still need to self-isolate for 14 days before being able to travel within the province or the Atlantic region.

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. See related travel guidance and restrictions.

Seasonal residents traveling from outside Atlantic Canada

If you are a seasonal resident of PEI and have traveled from outside Atlantic Canada, you need to apply for pre-travel approval and have a 14-day self-isolation plan. After 14 days of self-isolation, seasonal residents may participate in the Atlantic bubble, with the exception of travel to Newfoundland and Labrador. Personal identification and documentation to indicate that you have been within the Atlantic region for at least 14 days prior will be required to travel between Atlantic provinces. It is important to check with the destination province for their specific entry requirements, prior to travelling.

Individuals in PEI who arrived through pre-travel approval

Individuals who have entered PEI with pre-travel approval from outside Atlantic Canada, and who have completed their 14-day self-isolation period, may participate in the Atlantic bubble, with the exception of travel to Newfoundland and Labrador. Presentation of your pre-travel approval letter, personal identification and documentation to demonstrate that you have been in the Atlantic region for 14 days prior will be necessary to re-enter PEI after traveling within the Atlantic region. Anyone receiving pre-travel approval who is arriving from outside of Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon entering PEI.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Atlantic Travel Bubble?

The Atlantic Travel Bubble allows for residents, and other persons currently residing in the four Atlantic Provinces (PEI, NS, NB, and NL) to move freely within any of the other Atlantic Provinces without self-isolating for 14 days. It began at 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020.

Do I still have to physical distance within the Atlantic bubble?

Yes, physical distancing remains an important COVID-19 mitigation measure in all Atlantic Provinces. Everyone visiting Prince Edward Island is advised to follow public health measures and guidance under the Chief Public Health Office. Practicing physical distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home if you are sick and limiting contact with others remain important measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in PEI.

If I am unwell, should I still travel?

If you are unwell, you should remain at home until you feel better. If you are ill, you should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and if any develop, call 811 to be assessed and referred for testing.

Can individuals from other provinces participate?

People from outside the Atlantic Provinces are not able to come to PEI at this time unless pre-approved as an essential worker, a seasonal resident, for compassionate reasons, or to provide family support.

Can seasonal residents participate in the travel bubble?

A seasonal resident who has received pre-travel approval, arrived in PEI and has completed their mandatory 14-day self-isolation, may travel throughout the Atlantic Provinces as part of the Atlantic Travel Bubble, with the exception of travel to Newfoundland and Labrador. It is important to review the destination province’s entry requirements and ensure they have documentation and personal identification to re-enter PEI if they participate.  

Can residents of Quebec now visit in PEI on their way to the Magdalen Island ferry?

Quebec residents are not permitted to visit PEI at this time. Quebec residents who must travel through PEI to reach the Magdalen Island ferry are asked to go to the ferry terminal directly and to make as few stops as possible. Quebec residents should 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.

If I am currently in self-isolation, does it automatically end on July 3, 2020?

If you are a seasonal resident of NB, NS, NL currently in self-isolation, your self-isolation will end on July 3. If you are a seasonal resident in self-isolation and arrived from outside of Atlantic Canada, you must complete the full 14 days of isolation and up to two people from the household will be contacted for testing.

Essential Workers

I am an essential worker, do I fill out the self-declaration form?

The Travel Declaration Form does not replace the Pre-Travel Application process currently in place for individuals who are requesting entry to PEI for work, compassionate, family support, or seasonal residency. Essential workers entering PEI from NS, NB and NL are still be required to provide a letter from their employer confirming work in the province. This letter cannot be used to enter PEI on vacation with one’s family. 

As an essential worker, can I vacation on PEI with family?

Essential Workers from within the Atlantic Bubble who chose to vacation in PEI with their family need to complete the Self-Declaration Travel Form

Health care providers of long term care, visitors and residents

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

Yes, LTC staff can travel without the requirement to self-isolate; however, you must have a COVID-19 test completed when you return and again at seven (7) days after travel. If the travel was less than 24 hours in duration, the first test should be done 48 hours after return to PEI.

Can LTC staff enter another health care facility within Atlantic Canada (e.g. visiting)?

Yes, LTC staff must abide by the same testing requirements as above.

Can a resident of independent living apartments travel outside of PEI and return to the home?

Yes, there is no need to self-isolate or be tested.

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

Yes, but visitors must follow the guidelines of the LTC facilities’ visitation policy to ensure continued safety.

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 in other sites

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

Yes, HCWs can travel freely under the Atlantic Provinces Bubble.

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 province outside of the Atlantic Region 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 from within the Atlantic bubble?

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

Minors

I am 17 years old traveling in a vehicle without parents. What do I need to do to enter PEI? As a 17-year-old, you are not the age of majority. Therefore, a parent or guardian needs to complete the declaration form and declare on your behalf. Do I need to have my parent or guardian do this if I am traveling with them as a party but driving an additional vehicle behind them?

If you are travelling with your family in a separate vehicle, your parent or guardian can declare you on the one form they complete and submit. We recommend that you travel and enter PEI together to prevent delays in processing at the border.

What if I am 17 years old but not traveling with my parents or guardians?

Your parent or guardian must still complete the form and declare on your behalf. In doing so, the parent accepts responsibility on your behalf. You must print the preview page and submission ID and take it with you to PEI for presentation upon entering PEI.

Islanders traveling to other provinces

Can Islanders travel to other provinces, outside Atlantic Canada?

Islanders are encouraged to check with other provinces on their rules for entering the province. Upon your return to PEI, you must present documentation 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.

What do I need to know when travelling to NB, NS, or NL?

Each province will have their own travel requirements for entry into that province. Islanders, seasonal residents and others currently residing in PEI should review these requirements before leaving the province.

  • Find requirements for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. At this time, we do not have details on requirements needed to enter NFLD. When it becomes available, a updated link will be provided.
  • When entering another province you will be required to follow the public health guidance in place for that province, which may be different then what exists in PEI (e.g. gathering limits). It is important to note that public health guidance in any of these provinces could change during the 'bubble' period.

What happens if someone does not have identification when they arrive back on PEI?

Residents of Prince Edward Island are required to present identification, such as a driver’s licence, plus one other document (i.e. health card, or provincial issued voluntary ID) to show proof of residency upon their return from travel.

What if an individual does not have a driver’s license, health card, or voluntary ID?

Individuals without the above mentioned pieces of identification can use any of the following alternative pieces of identification, including one piece of photo ID, AND one other photo ID:

  • Government of PEI employee identification card;
  • Passport; or
  • Any other ID with photo that contains the travelers legal name.

Other Identification to demonstrate residency in PEI, which include the travelers name and Prince Edward Island address:  

  • Utility bill (phone, Internet, electricity, cable, water/sewer or a home heating fuel invoice);
  • Bank statement, cancelled or void cheque with address;
  • Mortgage document;
  • Prince Edward Island Property tax bill;
  • Residential lease (completed and signed by landlord and tenant);
  • Federal or provincial benefit confirmation (Employment Insurance, Social Assistance, Child Tax credit, etc); or
  • Employment confirmation or pay stub.

For Atlantic Canadians travelling to Prince Edward Island

What is required for travel to PEI if I am a permanent resident of NB, NS or Newfoundland and Labrador?

Permanent residents of NB, NS and NFLD are asked to complete the self-declaration form at least one to two days in advance of arriving at a PEI entry point with required identification.

If you are an essential worker who permanently resides in NB, NS, and NFLD and travel outside of the Atlantic region for work, you must have been in your home province for at least the previous 14 consecutive days before traveling to PEI.   

If you are not a permanent resident of Atlantic Canada (e.g. seasonal resident) but have been in NB,NS or NFLD for at least 14 consecutive days you must complete the self-declaration form at least one to two days in advance of arriving at a PEI entry point and provide identification as well as proof of your stay in the province.  

If you are not a permanent resident of Atlantic Canada and have not resided in NB, NS or NFLD for 14 consecutive days, you must follow the Pre-Travel Approval Process to enter PEI.

What other types of information should individuals have to travel to PEI?

Permanent residents of NS, NB and NFLD will need to provide a valid driver’s license or government issued voluntary identification card containing their principal residence, plus one of the following:

  • Valid provincial health card
  • Valid provincial motor vehicle registration certificate; or
  • 2018 or 2019 Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) Notice of Assessment identifying their province of residency (see line 428 of Notice indicating jurisdiction of taxation).

Other Identification to demonstrate residency in NS, NB, NL, which include the travelers name and address, can also include:  

  • Utility bill (phone, Internet, electricity, cable, water/sewer or a home heating fuel invoice);
  • Bank statement, cancelled or void cheque with address;
  • Mortgage document;
  • Prince Edward Island Property Tax Bill;
  • Residential lease (completed and signed by landlord & tenant);
  • Federal or Provincial benefit confirmation (Employment Insurance, Social Assistance, Child Tax credit, etc); or
  • Employment confirmation or pay stub.

What are the self-isolation requirements if there is a layover during a flight outside of Atlantic Canada?

Individuals who arrive from locations (Canada and International) outside of Atlantic Canada, including flight layovers outside of Atlantic Canada, must self-isolate for 14 days. Individuals are not permitted to leave their property or travel within PEI, NS, NB or NL until their self-isolation period is complete.

Published date: 
August 4, 2020
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
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Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca