Out of Province Parenting Time

This webpage is for parents or guardians who share parenting time for children under the age of 18, where one parent or the child resides in another province.

Children and their parents can leave and enter PEI for the purpose of parenting time and exchanges. For PEI residents and PEI children returning from parenting time travel off PEI, the reason for travel at the point of entry (e.g. Confederation Bridge, airport) must be identified as parenting time.

Parents who are PEI residents dropping off or picking up children off-Island for parenting time exchanges may be considered exempt from the requirement to self-isolate. See Same-Day Travel Off-Island for PEI Residents for more information.  

Children and parents travelling from within the Atlantic Provinces will require one of the following:

  • Individuals greater than 12 years old whom are vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada: apply for and follow the conditions of the PEI Pass
  • Unvaccinated visitors from Atlantic Canada will be required to complete a declaration and follow modified guidance as below for 8 days.
    • When the form asks “Are you seeking a self-isolation exemption while in PEI? (e.g. to work, visit someone at end of life, etc.)”, select “yes”, and identify “Parenting time (custody/access)” as the Reason for Exemption
  • If unvaccinated and a PEI resident, no pre-registration required, must identify travel related to parenting time at the PEI point of entry, and must follow the modified guidance below.

Children and parents who are not residents of PEI who are travelling from outside of the Atlantic Provinces require one of the following:

  • Individuals greater than 18 years who are fully vaccinated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada (and partially vaccinated 12-17 yr olds): apply for and follow the conditions of the PEI Pass
  • Unvaccinated visitors from Atlantic Canada will be required to complete a declaration and follow modified guidance as below for 8 days.
    • When the form asks “Are you seeking a self-isolation exemption while in PEI? (e.g. to work, visit someone at end of life, etc.)”, select “yes”, and identify “Parenting time (custody/access)” as the Reason for Exemption
  • If unvaccinated and a PEI resident, no pre-registration required, must identify travel related to parenting time at the PEI point of entry, and must follow the modified guidance below.

What is the PEI Pass?

Individuals (including children), who are eligible, should apply for and follow the testing requirements of a PEI Pass.

With a PEI Pass, Atlantic Canada and Magdalen Islands residents with one dose (+21 days) of a COVID-19 vaccine can travel to PEI without isolation from within Atlantic Canada and the Magdalen Islands. After July 18, if travelling outside of Atlantic Canada or the Magdalen Islands, two doses are required for travel to PEI without isolation.

The PEI Pass can be used multiple times providing the conditions of the pass are met on entry to PEI. The Pass confirms travellers meet the appropriate criteria to be exempt from self-isolation in PEI.

Each person age 12 and older must have their own PEI Pass. A parent or guardian must apply for minors between the ages of 12 and 17.

What if I or my children are not eligible for the PEI Pass because we are not vaccinated?

For a child 17 years of age or less who has travelled outside of the province (a child has completed their visit outside of PEI and returns home, or a child from out of province has arrived in PEI for parenting time), the following guidelines must be adhered to during the first 8 days in PEI:

  • Seek testing at days 0-1, 4-5, and day 8. If leaving PEI within 48 hours of the next scheduled test, a test must be completed before leaving, if at all possible on the day of departure.
  • Must go to a drop-in testing clinic immediately if you develop symptoms and isolate with everyone in the household until a negative test result is received.

For a child greater than 17 years of age or a parent, who cannot receive a PEI Pass and who has travelled outside of the province (a child or parent has completed their visit outside of PEI and returns home, or a child from out of province has arrived in PEI for parenting time), the following guidelines must be adhered to during the first 8 days in PEI.

  • Seek testing at days 0-1, 4-5, and day 8. If leaving PEI within 48 hours of the next scheduled test, a test must be completed before leaving, if at all possible on the day of departure.
  • A child or parent arriving from outside of PEI, must self-isolate (with an adult if needed) away from the rest of the household until their first negative test result is received.
  • Cannot attend sports (practice, games, and team gatherings) and parties.
  • Cannot go to indoor public places. This includes, but is not limited to, grocery stores, shopping malls, banks, places of worship, restaurants/bars, arenas, and gyms;
  • Cannot visit or host people from outside of your household indoors or outdoors;
  • Keep circle of contacts small. Only have contact with household members.
  • Must go to a drop-in testing clinic immediately if you develop symptoms and isolate with everyone in the household until a negative test result is received.

During the first 8 days, the person who travelled may:

  • Interact with members of their household, unless they develop symptoms;
  • Go for a walk, run, hike, or snowshoe for exercise and outdoor recreation with members of their household off their property;
  • Visit a park, beach or other outdoor public space. The space should not be crowded, and if they encounter people from outside their household, they should wear a non-medical mask if able and maintain a distance of two metres or six feet;
  • Attend necessary medical, dental, and healthcare-related appointments (e.g. physiotherapy);
  • Go for a drive with members of the household. Drop off and pick up household members at school, work or recreational activities;
  • Pick up groceries or other items purchased online or by telephone and using a drive-thru (for example at a restaurant, bank or pharmacy);
  • Once the first COVID-19 test is completed and a negative result received the child may attend school/daycare provided:
    • Follow current mask guidelines.
    • Adhere to all other Public Health Measures: staying home when unwell, physical distancing, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
    • Further testing must be completed at days 4-5 and day 8.

Provided the traveller follows the required measures, there are no restrictions on other members of the PEI resident household who did not travel, during or following the visit, other than standard public health measures in place for Island residents.

Can I still work or send my children to daycare in PEI after returning from travel if we don’t have a PEI Pass?

PEI resident parents or children without a PEI Pass returning from parenting time travel outside of PEI that are required to follow modified isolation and who must work in the 8 days following return to PEI are eligible to do so, provided the following conditions are met:

  • You do not work in long term care or community care in which case you are not permitted to work-isolate during your first 8 days in PEI.  
  • You have applied and received a letter from the Chief Public Health Office confirming you are permitted to work isolate.
  • Learn more about work isolation at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/work-isolation
  • Have the support of your employer;
  • Closely follow the testing schedule:
  • You must be tested on day 0-1 and receive your first negative test result before entering eligible workplaces. 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 8 days following arrival in PEI
      • Any workplace with 10 or more people
      • Health care
      • Meat packing plants
      • 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 day 8.
    • Testing frequency resets with each arrival to PEI.
    • If you are leaving within 48 hours of your next scheduled test, you are required to get tested before leaving
  • Follow work-isolation protocols when in the workplace, including physical distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing/sanitizing your hands;
  • Must not have symptoms of COVID-19 and must go to a drop-in testing clinic immediately if you develop symptoms and isolate with everyone in the household until a negative test result is received
  • Follow all directions provided outside the workplace, as outlined above.
Published date: 
October 13, 2021