Same-Day Travel Off-Island for PEI Residents

This information is for PEI residents who  are required to travel to other provinces for same-day eligible essential purposes.

You may travel for eligible essential activities without having to self-isolate upon return, if certain conditions are met as outlined below.

Eligible essential activities are as follows:

  • 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.

  • Drop off and pick ups for the purpose of out of province parenting time
  • 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:

  • Travel required for passport renewal and consular visits.
  • Travel required to attend a scheduled court proceeding.
  • Any personal pick-up and drop-off of goods or animal companions
  • Visitation of immediate family in medical facilities

    • Individuals with immediate family members receiving care in off island medical facilities, can email to request approval for a modified isolation arrangement after a same day or overnight visitation

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

  • 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 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.

Measures upon return to PEI

Everyone 8 years and older will be tested at the points of entry (regardless of immunization status and time outside of province).  

Following same day travel, people are recommended to be tested again after arrival on day 4.

If any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, you should immediately visit a COVID-19 Drop-in Clinic to be tested and stay home (self-isolate) until you receive the results.

Until you receive a negative day 4 test, wherever possible, you are asked to minimize your contacts; for example:

  • Don't attend gatherings and events, including recreational activities, worship services, and larger personal gatherings.
  • Don't visit elderly relatives or people with underlying medical conditions.
  • If you have to be out in public, interact with others, or go to work, wear a well-fitting three layer or medical mask and maintain physical distancing.
  • Following travel within Canada, you will not be permitted to visit long term care, community care or acute care until a negative day 4 test is received.

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 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.
If you travel outside of PEI, you must familiarize yourself with the rules of entry of the province or territory you are entering.
Published date: 
December 22, 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