Same-Day Travel Off-Island for PEI Residents

PEI residents should only travel off Island if necessary. Use alternative ways to conduct necessary business where at all possible.

If you travel outside of PEI, you must familiarize yourself with the rules of entry of the province or territory you are entering.

If you are a PEI resident and you must travel to other provinces for same-day essential travel, you may do so without having to self-isolate upon return, for eligible activities, if certain conditions are met.

Eligible Essential Activities are the following:

For greater clarity, activities that are NOT eligible for a same-day travel self-isolation exemption include, but are not limited to:

  • Any personal pick-up and drop-off of goods or animal companions, unless conducted at the designated Borden Exchange Area with limited, physically-distant interaction with others.
  • Travelling to write an exam
  • Meetings and interviews

Conditions for Same Day Travel Self-Isolation exemption upon return from eligible essential travel:

  • Keep your Confederation Bridge or Northumberland Ferry receipt to verify your departure time and to confirm it was a same day trip and within a reasonable period of time; and keep other documentation associated with your travel (e.g. medical appointment letter)
  • Return to Prince Edward Island on the same day as you departed
  • Are not traveling via public transit such as commercial plane, bus or shuttle
  • Do not stay overnight
  • Do not shop
  • Do not visit public places such as shopping malls and restaurants
  • Do not visit friends or family
  • Do not attend meetings, conferences, or events
  • Wear a non-medical mask when outside of your vehicle
  • Pack a lunch where possible, or if not possible, use drive-through options
  • Use pay at pump where possible if you need gas
  • Adhere to all public health measures in the jurisdiction you are visiting
  • Note that it is permitted to visit public restrooms while travelling, provided you wear a mask, wash your hands and observe all relevant public health measures.

If you take regular same-day trips within Atlantic Canada, you are advised to get tested weekly as an additional precaution.

PEI residents or anyone in PEI experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately visit a COVID-19 Drop-in Clinic to be tested and stay home (self-isolate) until you receive the results.

For PEI resident same day worker travel:

  • If you are entering workplaces and/or interacting with people as part of your work outside of PEI you are NOT exempt from self-isolation; you are required to either:
    • Apply to work-isolate upon return to PEI, OR
    • If travelling frequently (1 or more times per week or 4 or more times per month), you are required register as a rotational worker and follow rotational worker guidelines;
  • For frequent commercial courier travel outside of PEI, you are required to register as a rotational worker and follow guidance for other transport workers;
  • For one-time or infrequent courier type activities where you are NOT entering workplaces and/or interacting with people (e.g. transportation, delivery, and pick-up of goods), you are exempt from self-isolation, provided the above noted conditions are met.

Am I eligible for an exemption from self-isolation if my medical or dental appointment includes an overnight stay?

If you need to stay one night overnight while attending a medical or dental appointment, you may be eligible for exemption from self-isolation when you return to PEI.

Please contact the Chief Public Health Office at DeptHW@gov.pe.ca to review your situation.  At minimum, the following conditions must be met to be considered eligible for exemption from self-isolation if your appointment includes an overnight stay.  These conditions must also be met by the individual transporting you to your appointment, if applicable:

  • Keep your Confederation Bridge or Northumberland Ferry receipt to verify your departure time to verify that you have not been off-Island for an extended period of time
  • Keep documentation associated with your medical or dental appointment
  • Keep your hotel or lodge receipt as proof of overnight stay
  • Do not visit or stay overnight with friends or family
  • Do not travel via public transit such as a commercial plane, bus, or shuttle
  • Do not shop
  • Do not visit public places such as shopping malls and restaurants
  • Do not attend meetings, conferences, or events
  • Wear a non-medical mask when outside of your vehicle
  • Pack food where possible, or use drive-through or delivery services
  • Use pay at pump where possible if you need gas
  • Adhere to all public health measures in the jurisdiction you are visiting
  • Note that it is permitted to visit public restrooms while travelling, provided you wear a mask, wash your hands and observe all relevant public health measures.

If you need to stay overnight for an extended period for medical reasons and are experiencing challenges related to self-isolation upon return to PEI, you may contact DeptHW@gov.pe.ca to review your situation.

 

 

Published date: 
March 16, 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