PEI Point of Entry – What to expect

PEI’s border measures will be in place until further notice.

Every person arriving on PEI at any and all points of entry shall:

  • stop when instructed to do so
  • answer any questions posed and provide all information requested by a peace officer, public health official, or health practitioner, including but not limited to:
    • name,
    • place of ordinary residence,
    • license plate number,
    • contact information
    • travel details
    • reason for entering PEI,
    • if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have had close contact with an active case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, etc.
  • be tested if required

When you arrive at the point of entry

Have the following ready to present to the border screener:

  • one of the following
  • government issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving) - should match declaration/pass/pre-travel approval
  • health card (if available) for PEI residents to facilitate access to your point of entry test results
  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 60 days, proof of a positive molecular COVID-19 test (e.g., PCR test, LAMP test) in the past 60 days
Peace officers are authorized to turn any person(s) away who attempts to enter the province for unauthorized travel and to require any person(s) to leave the province immediately.

Testing at the points of entry

  • Screeners will determine who will be tested based on vaccination status, travel history, and age. Currently testing at the points of entry is for travelers 8 years of age and older.
  • If you are a PEI resident who has been out of province for eligible same-day travel activities, you do not need to be tested at the point of entry. Proof of time out of the province, such as a bridge receipt, is required.  
  • If you are only traveling through PEI to get to the ferry to the Magdalen Islands, you do not need to be tested at the point of entry.
  • If you are a truck driver returning from work, you will continue to be tested as per the established practice (e.g., 20 Dickie Road in Borden will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • The strategy for testing at a point of entry may be adjusted based on factors such as an outbreak or volume of traffic.
  • The test uses a lower nasal swab, meaning that the swab goes no deeper than 1 cm into the nose.

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For the results of the rapid point of care test:

Be ready to accept a phone call in case of a preliminary positive result.  For the next two hours – carry your cell phone with you, ensure your cell phone is on, and the volume is up; answer any calls from an “unknown caller”.

  • The rapid point of care testing result will be either “preliminary positive” or “negative” for the COVID-19 virus.  
  • If the test result is a preliminary positive: you will receive a call within 2 hours.  Preliminary positive means that you will require further testing.  
  • If you are contacted by phone (at the number you provided us) you will receive further direction on next steps.

If the test is negative, you will NOT receive a call.  

  • If you are negative, you still have to follow public health guidelines while in PEI.

After screening and testing

You will be provided with handouts summarizing the public health measures relevant to you (e.g. regarding isolation, or general public health measures if exempt from isolation). Welcome to PEI!


Published date: 
November 5, 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