New PEI Travel Measures in Effect

  • Avoid unnecessary travel to PEI
  • Do not travel off Island unless it is absolutely necessary
  • Everyone entering or returning to PEI is required to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Do not socialize or mix with any individuals who have recently returned from out of province and are self-isolating
  • People who are self-isolating should respect the self-isolation requirements and follow the rules
  • Everyone in PEI, residents or visitors, should be tested if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19

People self-isolating in PEI but not already being tested

Everyone arriving in PEI, who is in isolation and is not already being tested by the province of PEI, is required to be tested on days 0-1, 4-6, and 9-11. For a family arriving and isolating together, up to two people per family are required to be tested. All other self-isolation requirements remain in place. Information on how to get a COVID-19 test is available online.

The following measures are in place until at least May 17, 2021.

PEI Resident Same Day Travel Self-Isolation Exemptions

  • Same day travel exemptions will be limited to necessary travel for medical care, work where not entering workplaces and/or interacting with others, passport renewal and consular visits, following same day travel requirements;
  • Individuals dropping off and picking up students or individuals at airports and train stations are eligible for a same day travel self-isolation exemption provided:
    • same day travel requirements are followed
    • Transporting Persons to Self-Isolation Locations guidance is followed
    • when picking up anyone, the PEI resident and anyone being picked up must isolate until the person being picked up receives their first negative test following arrival to PEI on day 0-1; the PEI resident with a self-isolation exemption must then be tested on days 4 and 8 following their return to PEI and the individual in self-isolation must be tested on days 0-1, 4-6 and 9-11
  • Other same day travel will not be eligible for a self-isolation exemption;
    • There will be no self-isolation exemptions if an overnight stay is required
  • Anyone required to work during self-isolate may apply to work-isolate with the support of their employer
  • For everyone with a same day travel self-isolation exemption, testing is required at day 4 and day 8 following their return to PEI (if not already on a routine PEI testing schedule) 

Co-parenting

  • For inter-provincial co-parenting arrangements, children must continue to have a first negative test result prior to entering any child care or educational institution and undergo testing
Travel to PEI is paused for some non-residents

Travel for seasonal residents coming to PEI is paused until at least May 17, 2021.

  • This includes individuals who have already received a prior approval to travel, your approval is now deferred until at least May 17.
  • For people looking to travel to PEI after May 17, applications can be accepted and processed but entry will not be granted until at least May 17.

Travel to PEI through Family Connections will be reviewed to determine if the travel is to provide necessary support to Island resident or compassionate situations

  • Other travel in this category will now be deferred until at least May 17; this includes individuals who have already received a prior approval to travel, your entry is now deferred until at least May 17.
  • Family of PEI residents will still be able to enter for compassionate situations or to offer necessary family support.

Permanent Relocation

For individuals moving to PEI from outside of the Atlantic Provinces:

  • Permanent relocation is paused until at least May 17 unless for school or work purposes. This includes individuals who have already received a prior approval to travel, your approval is now deferred until at least May 17.
  • If permanently relocating to PEI for school or work purposes, you must be tested in the 72 hours before arriving in PEI and bring your negative test result with you to be able to enter PEI. For a family arriving and isolating together, up to two people per family are required to have pre-arrival tests.
    • The pre-arrival test must be performed using a validated COVID-19 nucleic acid-based testing technology, also called molecular testing.  Examples include PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and RT-LAMP (reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification).
  • Aside from school and work, other permanent relocation applications will be accepted and processed but entry will not be granted until at least May 17

For individuals moving to PEI from within the Atlantic Provinces:

  • Already approved individuals may continue to enter  
  • For applications currently in process or future applications, permanent relocation continues to be permitted for work or study
  • Aside from school and work, other permanent relocation applications will be accepted and processed but entry will not be granted until at least May 17

The following measures are in effect until at least May 17, 2021

People Work Isolating in PEI

  • You must be tested on day 0-1 following arrival in PEI and have your first negative test result to enter any workplace unless you have travelled only within the Atlantic Provinces in the previous 14 days, are arriving in PEI more than once each week and are being tested at least once every 5 days
  • After your first negative test result, the testing schedule depends on the workplace
    • If you are working in one of the following workplaces, testing is required every second day in the 14 days following arrival in PEI
      • Any workplace with 10 or more people
      • Health care
      • Meat packing plants and fish plants
      • Correctional facilities
      • Schools, early years centres and day cares
    • If your workplace has fewer than 10 individuals and is not listed above, testing is required on days 4-6, and 9-11.
    • No matter your workplace, if you have travelled only within the Atlantic Provinces in the previous 14 days and if you are arriving in PEI more than once each week, testing is required at least once every 5 days.    
  • For non-residents arriving from outside of the Atlantic Provinces, you must be tested in the 72 hours before arriving in to PEI and bring your negative test result with you to be able to enter PEI.
    • The pre-arrival test must be performed using a validated COVID-19 nucleic acid-based testing technology, also called molecular testing.  Examples include PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and RT-LAMP (reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification).

For greater clarity, no pre arrival test is required for incoming Atlantic Canadian residents or PEI residents

All other work-isolation measures must be followed, visit Work-Isolation for more information

PEI Resident Registered Rotational Workers and Truck Drivers

  • All registered truck drivers, rotational workers, transport crews, military and coast guard (regardless of where they travel or whether vaccinated or not):
    • must isolate following each return to the province until first negative test result is received unless:
      • if entering PEI more than once per week, have not travelled outside of the Atlantic Provinces in the previous 14 days, and are being tested at least once every 5 days in PEI
  • For PEI Resident commercial truck drivers,
    • you may unload contactless before you have received your negative test result
    • if your next scheduled trip is less than 24 hours since your arrival to PEI and you are unable to be tested OR you have not yet received your test result, you may continue with your truck driving provided you do not have any symptoms, do not enter any workplaces in PEI, and any outdoor interactions are physically distant. Prior to entering any workplaces in PEI, a first negative test result is required or be following the routine testing schedule if arriving in PEI more than once a week and travelling only within the Atlantic Provinces.

Non-resident truck drivers travelling within the Atlantic Provinces

  • Non-resident commercial truck drivers travelling to PEI are not required to have a pre-departure test or to be tested in PEI provided they follow contactless loading and unloading procedures and other required measures while in PEI

All other self-isolation, testing and pre-travel approval requirements remain in place.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, go to a drop-in testing clinic or call 811.

Published date: 
May 6, 2021
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