Pre-Travel Approval Process

In accordance with the state of emergency that remains in effect until June 14, 2020, all non-essential travel into PEI is prohibited, and peace officers are authorized to turn person away when they attempt to enter the Province and to require persons to leave the Province immediately.

Definition of unnecessary travel

Pre-travel approval will NOT be approved for non-residents of PEI wishing to enter PEI who plan to:

  • make or receive non-essential purchases, sales and deliveries;
  • visit, tour, sight-seeing, or for other social and recreational purposes;
  • live at seasonal or commercial locations properties for a temporary period (NOTE: As of June 1, applications from Canadian residents of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia will be accepted and reviewed first, followed by other provinces and territories).

Definition of essential travel

It is recognized that some travel is necessary and deemed essential, including the following:

  • Residents of PEI returning who have a PEI driver’s licence or voluntary ID do not require a travel letter, but are required to present ID plus one of the following documents at border entry points:
    • valid PEI issued health card (with a current government-issued photo ID) 
    • valid PEI Motor Vehicle Registration (expired registrations from March 2020 accepted until July 2020) 
    • 2018 or 2019 CRA Notice of Assessment (NOE) showing line 428, which indicates Prince Edward Island as province of residency.
  • Residents of PEI without a PEI driver’s license or voluntary ID must be able to present an out of province driver’s licence or voluntary ID PLUS two of the following additional documents:
    • PEI-issued health card
    • Valid PEI Motor Vehicle Registration (expired registrations from March 2020 will be accepted until July 2020)
    • 2018 or 2019 CRA Notice of Assessment (NOE) showing line 428, which indicates PEI as province of residency.
  • Commercial vehicle drivers delivering goods (in excess of 4500 kg gross weight have no additional documentation requirements and do not require a travel letter.
  • Residents from Quebec transiting to or from Magdalen Islands (require letter from the Province of Quebec)

  • permanent relocation to PEI.

There are other types of travel also deemed necessary, however a traveller is required to submit a request for a pre-travel approval letter. This letter will assist at the border crossing or entry points:

  • Residents of other provinces who must enter PEI to work in essential services (require letter from employer indicating area of essential services);
  • Persons entering the province for emergency medical purposes, including patients and persons necessary to travel with patients, and person accompanying animals for emergency services at the Atlantic Veterinary College (letter from doctor/vet or proof of appointment);
  • Person exercising or facilitating custody and / or access with children;

If you arrive at a border crossing without the required documentation, be prepared to wait up to 36 hours for a response.

Consideration of exceptional or compassionate circumstances

Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The following are examples of what may be considered exceptional or compassionate circumstances:

  • post-secondary students and parents – picking up belongings and student and returning to their home outside of the province;
  • persons recently unemployed, who has no primary residence, and who plans to live with immediate family in PEI.
  • persons completing a health or allied health internship in PEI;
  • spouses and dependents of PEI residents;
  • out-of-province students to attend a post-secondary institution in PEI;
  • persons supporting a PEI resident experiencing a severe injury or illness or disability;
  • permanent relocation due to severe illness or injury to be closer to a care provider;
  • to attend and support a person in palliative care;
  • to attend a wake/funeral/burial;
  • to support a person with birth of a child.

Complete a PEI Pre-Travel Approval Self-Assessment

    Pre-Travel Approval Process

    Applications for travel approval must include required documentation for the appropriate travel category.

    Travel Request Type Document Required

    Out-of-province resident entering PEI to work in essential services

    Copy of employer letter outlining the nature of th work and confirming the work is necessary to continue to service the employer.

    Expected start date of work and date traveler will be leaving the province, if applicable.

    Person entering PEI for emergency medical purposes, including patient and necessary escort, and person with animal for emergency services at AVC. Copy of letter or medical appointment from medical doctor or veterinarian confirming the date of the appointment.
    Person(s) exercising or facilitating custody and/or access with children. Copy of a travel document letter with consent of other parent verifying custody/access arrangements, (court order or separation agreement).
    Permanent relocation to PEI

    Copy of out-of-province residential property sale agreement  or  copy of termination of out-of-province residential rental agreement; and one of the following:

    Residential rental agreement (min. one year including landlord contact information), or

    Property purchase documents for newly acquired PEI residence or existing permanent residence to which one is relocating permanently.

    Person(s) who is permanently relocating to PEI due to severe illness or injury in order to access a care provider

    Confirmation of need for support as a result of illness or injury from a health care provider.

    Letter from the PEI care provider who will be providing support and contact information.

    Post-secondary students pick-up Proof of enrollment at PEI post-secondary institution (i.e. correspondence with student name, school name, semester in question, and name of program or course (enrollment verification form or proof of payment form - offer of acceptance is not sufficient; at a minimum registration must have occurred).
    Out-of-province students attending PEI post-secondary institution

    Proof of enrollment at PEI post-secondary institution and proof of accommodation

     

    Person recently unemployed, who has no primary residence, and who plans to live with immediate family in PEI

    Lay-off or termination notice

    Contact number of employer to confirm layoff

    Contact number for immediate family member with whom person will be residing.

    Health or allied health intern in PEI

    Letter from a post-secondary institution

    Letter from placement organization in PEI

    Proof of accommodation

    Spouse and dependents of PEI resident

    Legal proof of relationship to PEI resident (e.g. long form birth certificate, marriage certificate, CRA income tax status as spouse or common-law partner or dependent

    Letter from the PEI resident (spouse or parent) confirmation residence and contact information.

    Person(s) to support a PEI resident who has experienced a severe injury or illness, injury or disability, or person to provide respite support for a PEI caregiver

    Confirmation of need for support as a result of an illness or injury or disability from health care or service provider; and

    Letter from the PEI resident or caregiver to be supported and related contact information.

    To attend and support a person in palliative care

    Confirmation of permission to visit from facility if individual is receiving care from in-patient setting (palliative care Centre, hospital, long term care etc.) and

    Letter from health care provider confirming that death of patient is reasonably foreseeable.

    Immediate family and/or a designated person is permitted.

    To attend a wake, funeral, and/or burial

    Must be an immediate family member

    Obituary or funeral announcement; or

    Letter from funeral home confirming date of service and relationship to deceased.

    To support a person with birth of a child (postpartum support)

    Only 1 designated person permitted, at this time, for postpartum support

    Letter from expectant or new mother confirming individual as designated person; and

    Letter from health care provider confirming due date or delivery date.

    At minimum 72 hours in advance of commencing travel, submit your request to publicsafety@gov.pe.ca with the following required documents for consideration:

    • Name (s) of travelers
    • Phone number
    • Start date of travel
    • Date and time of arrival at border control point (if driving estimate)
    • Vehicle make and type
    • Vehicle license plate and Province (if applicable)
    • Flight number (if applicable)
    • Ferry point of entry (Souris or Wood Islands, if applicable)
    • Purpose of travel (with details)
    • A self-isolation plan (if applicable)
    • A property opening plan (if applicable)

    If permission is granted, traveler(s) will be provided with an electronic document indicating approval and conditions.

    If you arrive at a border crossing without the required documentation, be prepared to wait for a response up to 72 hours.

    Due to extremely high volume of submissions, applicants may experience a delay.

    Note: Application does not guarantee or imply approval.

    All travellers to PEI must follow the self-isolation guidelines and may be required to present a self-isolation plan upon arrival to the province.
      Published date: 
      June 1, 2020
      Justice and Public Safety

      General Inquiries

      Public Safety Division
      PO Box 911
      Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L9

      PEI Border Entry Inquires 
      Phone: 902-368-5025 
      Email: publicsafety@gov.pe.ca

      General Inquiries:
      Phone: 902-894-0385
      Toll-free: 1-877-894-0385
      Fax: 902-368-6362

      publicsafety@gov.pe.ca

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