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 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:
- Medical or dental appointments
Includes the individual attending a medical or dental appointment, and a support person attending an appointment with that individual.
Medical and dental appointments that include an overnight stay are eligible for exemption from self-isolation.
- Child custody related travel
- Children coming to or returning to PEI through a co-parenting arrangement must have their first negative test result before going to school or child care.
- Work-related travel that does not include entering workplaces and/or interacting with others.
Picking up/dropping off students, individuals from airports and/or train stations, and/or individuals being discharged from an NB/NS hospital:
If you are picking up an individual from outside of PEI you must follow the Transporting Travellers to Self-Isolation Location Guidance.
- Travel required for passport renewal and consular visits.
- Travel required to attend a scheduled court proceeding.
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, hotel/accommodation receipt where an overnight stay is required for a medical appointment)
- 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, unless required for a medical appointment
- 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.
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:
- 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 and other work 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.