Moving Forward: FAQs

What is the purpose of the Moving Forward plan?

The past 15 months have been a journey for all Islanders.  Moving Forward is a plan to guide PEI through the last months of the global pandemic.  In keeping with PEI’s approach to-date, Moving Forward presents a measured, 5-step approach to re-opening the province and easing public health restrictions, until the time when the state of public health emergency is lifted and we live with COVID-19 sustainably.

The steps in Moving Forward are based on principles related to vaccination status of PEI residents and visitors, and testing at the province's points-of-entry.  The steps in Moving Forward will take effect only if conditions are right to do so and will be adjusted as necessary.

Decisions on re-opening to travel and easing public health measures as outlined in Moving Forward will be based on achieving PEI vaccine targets, a low level of disease and controlled transmission in PEI, Atlantic provinces and Canada.

What does the Moving Forward plan mean for the Atlantic Bubble?

Moving Forward has eased travel restrictions, allowing people from other provinces (and Island residents) to enter/return to PEI without having to self-isolate, provided they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (travelling from outside Atlantic Canada) or partially vaccinated (travelling from inside Atlantic Canada), consent to be tested as required on entry to PEI, and have a PEI Pass. Individuals who are not eligible to use a PEI Pass are required to complete a self-isolation declaration and self-isolate upon arrival in PEI.

Will visitors require pre-travel approval to come to PEI?

As of July 18, no pre-travel approval is needed to enter PEI. Travellers must either have a PEI Pass or complete a Self-isolation Declaration (if they are not eligible for, or do not meet the conditions of, the PEI Pass).

Will visitors be able to come to PEI this summer and not have to self-isolate?

Individuals who are vaccinated will be able to travel to PEI and not self-isolate as follows:

  • There is no self-isolation requirement for fully or partially vaccinated travelers from the Atlantic provinces, with  a PEI Pass.
  • As of July 18, there is no self-isolation requirement for fully vaccinated travelers from outside of Atlantic Canada, with a PEI Pass and with testing

For international travellers:

The federal government has jurisdiction over the Canadian border and determines who is eligible to enter Canada and isolation requirements related to international travel. A PEI Pass does not grant you access to Canada. Before making plans to travel to Prince Edward Island, you should first find out if you are eligible to enter Canada and review the COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada web page. If you are eligible to enter Canada, work your way through every step in your checklist to understand how to plan and prepare.

You must be exempt from self-isolation at the federal border to be eligible for a self-isolation exemption in PEI with a PEI Pass within your first 14 days in the country.

Who will have to self-isolate when they come to PEI this summer?

Unvaccinated individuals travelling to PEI from within Atlantic Canada, including returning PEI residents, will be required to self-isolate if they travel to PEI this summer, with testing.

Individuals who have received one, or no vaccines travelling to PEI from outside the Atlantic provinces, including returning PEI residents returning from outside of the Atlantic region, will be required to self-isolate if they travel to PEI this summer, with testing.

For international travellers:

A PEI Self Isolation Declaration does not grant you access to Canada. Before making plans to travel to Prince Edward Island, you should first find out if you are eligible to enter Canada and review the COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada web page. If you are eligible to enter Canada, work your way through every step in your checklist to understand how to plan and prepare. Each step has specific requirements and exemptions that will follow through to later stages of your travel.

If you are arriving or returning from international travel, you must follow federal quarantine requirements. If directed to self-isolate at the federal border your isolation period in PEI must be at least 8 days, regardless of how many days you spent in isolation in another province or territory (e.g., if you arrived in Toronto and isolated for 10 days in Toronto prior to coming to PEI, you must still isolate for 8 days in PEI)

If you are exempt from quarantine requirements at the federal border, you are eligible for a shortened isolation of 8 days in PEI, subject to a negative test on day 8. You may also be eligible for a PEI Pass to be eligible for exemption from self-isolation.

Will PEI residents be able to visit other provinces and territories without having to self-isolate in those jurisdictions?

Other provinces and territories, including other Atlantic provinces, may have travel measures in place that impact travel to those jurisdictions.  PEI residents are urged to review travel measures in other jurisdictions before travelling.

You must be exempt from self-isolation at the federal border to be eligible for a self-isolation exemption in PEI with a PEI Pass within your first 14 days in the country.

For Step 4 travel outside of the Atlantic provinces (within Canada), will minors aged 12 to 17 be required to isolate if they are partially vaccinated?

Those age 12-17 years and vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada  +21 days are eligible to apply for a PEI Pass (until Sept. 7, 2021). After Sept. 7, those age 12-17 must be fully vaccinated (e.g., two doses)  to be eligible for the PEI Pass.

Will we be able to host our wedding this summer?

Yes, weddings can be held with up to 200 people. Weddings may be held on personal property. For more information, see Public Health Measures Guidance for Summer 2021.

Can we hold a wedding in our back yard?

Yes, you can host up to 200 people for an organized gatherings with an operational plan that has been submitted to and reviewed by the Chief Public Health Office.

Public health measures must be in place.

Is dancing allowed at our wedding?

Yes, dancing within cohorts (of 100) at weddings is permitted.

Dancing is permitted at such events, where appropriate, within cohorts of 100, outdoors or indoors.

What if we do not reach vaccine targets?

PEI has historically had high uptake of vaccines as seen by the more than 80% of Island residents who have already had their first dose of the vaccine.The Chief Public Health Office will continue to promote the second dose of the vaccination to PEI residents, and if vaccine rates are below recommended targets we may have to review and adjust the measures in the Moving Forward plan.

How do I get a copy of my vaccination record?

More information on requesting your vaccination record is available here.

I am unable to be vaccinated or not interested in being vaccinated. Can I be tested instead of isolating following entry to PEI?

Until the threat of COVID-19 has decreased, anyone 12 years of age and older who is not vaccinated will have to isolate upon entry into PEI. In exceptional circumstances and where you have been advised by a medical practitioner not to be vaccinated, to be considered for modified isolation, please contact depthw@gov.pe.ca.

Will children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination be required to isolate? 

Children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccines, when travelling with a minimum of one vaccinated adult with a PEI Pass who is exempt from isolation, will not be required to self-isolate,. Minors under the age of 12 travelling with unvaccinated individuals will be required to self-isolate.

International travelers are subject to federal quarantine requirements.

What about children coming to PEI to attend a camp or day program?

Camp and day program attendees from outside of PEI must follow all travel restrictions, testing requirements, and self-isolation requirements in PEI.  These requirements are subject to change over time. All out of province attendees of camps and day programs must receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to joining the camp or program.  In some cases a youth age 16 and older may be tested upon entering the province. More information on testing, including testing clinic locations and hours, can be found at COVID-19 Testing in PEI.

Will individuals need to present a vaccination record to not self-isolate upon return/entry to PEI?

See more at the PEI Pass webpage.

What vaccines will be accepted to be eligible for self-isolation exemptions in the Moving Forward plan?

To be eligible for self-isolation exemptions in the Moving Forward plan, all approved Canadian vaccines are accepted.

Published date: 
September 2, 2021
Health and Wellness

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