Pre-Travel Approval Process
Restrictions are in place for all non-essential travel into Prince Edward Island. All travelers from outside of Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland) must have pre-travel approval to enter the province.
Types of travellers to PEI
You are encouraged to review all travel guidance before making travel arrangements. Select the link below for information specific to the purpose of your application:
- Court appearance
- Family connections
- Emergency medical purpose for human or animal
- Exceptional or compassionate circumstances
- Parent or travel escort of child(ren) in shared custody with parent in another province
- Permanent relocation as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Seasonal property owner or Family connection to seasonal property owner
- Student, and escorting parents – see www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/apply-enter-pei-student
- Travelling worker
- Request for reconsideration of previous travel application
Process to apply to enter PEI
- Complete a self-assessment to determine if you are eligible to apply.
- If so, visit types of travellers to PEI to find out the documents you need to include with your application.
- Be prepared to also provide this type of information:
- Name(s) of travellers
- Phone number
- Start date of travel
- Date and time of arrival at border (estimate if driving)
- Vehicle make and type, 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)
- Self-isolation plan (if applicable)
- Property opening plan (if applicable)
- Submit your application online at least 72 business hours before the date you want to begin your travel.
If your application is approved, you will receive a pre-travel approval letter by email from the PEI Office of Public Safety with details and conditions. If you do not receive a response in seven (7) business days, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements to self-isolate
There are exemptions for travelling workers.
Requirements by types of travellers to PEI
To attend a scheduled court proceeding, you must provide a letter outlining your requirement to attend.
If you need to enter PEI for emergency medical purposes, as a patient, escort or person accompanying an animal that requires emergency services at the Atlantic Veterinary College, you must provide a letter from the attending doctor or vet or proof of your appointment.
Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with possible scenarios as follows:
- Parent(s) of a post-secondary student to pick up belongings and return home with student;
- person recently unemployed with no primary residence and plans to live with immediate family in PEI.
- person completing a health or allied health internship in PEI
- spouse or dependent of PEI resident;
- person supporting a PEI resident experiencing a severe injury, illness or disability
- permanent relocation due to severe illness or injury to be closer to a care provider
- attend and support a person in palliative care
- attend a wake, funeral and/or burial
- support a person with the birth of a child
Permanent relocation to PEI
If you are permanently relocating to PEI, you must submit the following:
- document to confirm the sale of an out-of-province residential property, or
- termination of an out-of-province residential rental agreement; or
- proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency;
Plus one of the following:
- a residential rental agreement for a PEI residence, or
- Property purchase documents in respect of a newly acquired PEI residence or proof of ownership of an existing permanent residence to which you are relocating permanently.
If you hold temporary resident status in Canada and you meet the relocation requirements noted above, you must delay your arrival and ask Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada for an extension. Temporary foreign workers who are considered essential and have provincial authorization to arrive are exempt.
Reconsideration of travel requests
If you would like your pre-travel approval application reconsidered, submit your request with the required information noted below by email to email@example.com. Use the subject line: [Travel type] travel reconsideration request.
Your request will be reviewed by independent senior officials who did not review your application previously. Response times vary depending on the complexity of your request.
Travel types are:
- Compassionate or exceptional circumstances;
- Essential workers;
- Permanent relocations;
- Emergency medical reasons;
- Family connections;
- Exercising custody arrangements;
- Seasonal residence and extended family members of seasonal residents
Applicants are required to include the following:
- Submission ID (if available);
- the reason for the reconsideration request;
- any new supporting documentation; and
- a contact email address.