Pre-Travel Approval Process

Non-PEI residents must apply in advance to travel to PEI and should not make travel plans before receiving pre-travel approval.  Proof of approval is required at a PEI border.
PEI residents do not require a pre-travel approval before entering the province; they are asked to register their plan for self-isolating before their return to  the province; for more information for PEI residents returning to PEI, see Travel or Travelling Workers.

As part of PEI's Moving Forward plan:

In Step 2, as of June 27, 2021, it is proposed that permanent residents of Atlantic Canada will be able to enter PEI without a pre travel approval and will not need to fit in one of the travel streams (e.g. as a family connection, seasonal resident, or worker). A declaration form will need to be completed (form to be available prior to June 27); isolation will depend on vaccination status (no isolation for fully or partially vaccinated travelers with testing; shortened isolation and testing for unvaccinated travelers). The measures will be confirmed prior to June 27, with more details regarding the process. Travellers from outside of Atlantic Canada will still need to have pre-travel approval under existing travel streams and follow a shortened isolation.

In Step 4, as of August 8, 2021, it is proposed that for residents of provinces outside Atlantic Canada, with pre-travel approval under existing travel streams (e.g. family connections, seasonal residents, work), there would be no isolation for fully vaccinated travelers, and shortened isolation and testing for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers. Until the August 8th measures are confirmed, a self-isolation plan will continue to be collected through the pre travel approval form.

Please see below for current requirements

Travel to PEI is paused for some non-residents until June 8, 2021. All interprovincial travel should be avoided at this time.

Beginning June 8, 2021 a staggered entrance of 500 households per week will begin for family connections, PEI seasonal residents, family of PEI seasonal residents, and permanent relocation travel that is currently paused (please visit the links  for more details).

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:

Process to Apply to Enter PEI

  1. Visit types of travellers to PEI to find out the documents you need to include with your application.
  2. Be prepared to also provide this type of information:
    1. Name(s) of travellers
    2. Phone number
    3. Start date of travel
    4. Date and time of arrival at border (estimate if driving)
    5. Vehicle make and type, license plate and province (if applicable)
    6. Flight number (if applicable)
    7. Ferry point of entry (Souris or Wood Islands, if applicable)
    8. Purpose of travel (with details)
    9. Self-isolation plan (if applicable)
    10. Property opening plan (if applicable)
  3. Submit your application online at least 72 business hours before the date you want to begin your travel.
Note: An application does not guarantee or imply approval.

You will be contacted when a decision has been made on your application. It can take up to seven days or more to process. All travellers are advised to delay making travel arrangements until an approval letter is provided. 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. 

You must have this pre-travel approval letter in hand when you arrive at a PEI border. Without it and any other required documentation, you may be stopped and asked to wait up to 72 hours for a response.

Please email if you have questions regarding your application.

Requirements to Self-Isolate

Everyone entering PEI is required to self-isolate for 14 days.

As part of the pre-travel approval application, you are required to outline your self-isolation plan, including location, transportation to location, and a support person.

Some limited self-isolation exemptions may apply for work or in exceptional circumstances; guidance per travel category outline any exemptions and associated conditions (e.g. for work-isolation, co-parenting, etc.). Conditions of any applicable isolation exemptions are subject to change and you are required to follow the rules in effect during your time in PEI. Visit the applicable travel category guidance for the most up to date requirements prior to your arrival to PEI.

For reference, Public Health Orders in place in Prince Edward Island can be found here.

Requirements for Pre-Departure Test

For non-PEI resident travellers arriving from outside of the Atlantic provinces, you must be tested in the 72 hours before arriving in PEI and bring your negative test result with you to be able to enter PEI. For a family arriving and isolating together, two people per family are required to have pre-arrival tests.

  • The pre-arrival test must be performed using a validated COVID-19 nucleic acid-based testing technology, also called molecular testing. Examples include PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and RT-LAMP (reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification).

Pre-travel approval and a 14 day self-isolation plan are still required to enter PEI. Everyone is also required to be tested for COVID-19 on entry to PEI, and to follow the testing schedule for individuals in isolation. People travelling to PEI for exceptional/compassionate purposes who due to circumstances are required to travel with minimal notice are not required to have the pre-departure test, but should seek the test wherever possible.
This test will no longer be required after Step 2 in the Moving Forward Plan is announced (estimated timeline - June 27).

Requirements by Types of Travellers to PEI

Court Appearance

To attend a scheduled court proceeding, you must provide a letter outlining your requirement to attend.

Emergency Medical

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.

Exceptional or Compassionate Circumstances

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

Some permanent relocation travel to PEI is currently paused as outlined below. Beginning June 8, 2021 a staggered entrance of 500 households per week will begin for family connections, PEI seasonal residents, family of PEI seasonal residents, and permanent relocation travel that is currently paused.

For individuals moving to PEI from outside of the Atlantic Provinces:

  • New permanent relocations to PEI are paused until June 8, unless for school or work purposes. After June 8, 2021, entries will be subject to weekly arrival limits as described above.
  • Aside from school and work, other permanent relocation applications will be accepted and processed but entry will not be granted until June 8, subject to weekly arrival limits as described above and a 72 hour pre departure test.

For individuals moving to PEI from within the Atlantic Provinces:

  • For applications currently in process or future applications, permanent relocation continues to be permitted for work or study.
  • Aside from school and work, other permanent relocation applications will be accepted and processed but entry will not be granted until June 8, subject to weekly arrival limits as described above.

If you are permanently relocating to PEI, you must submit the following:

  • proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, and one of the following;
  • document to confirm the sale of an out-of-province residential property; or termination of an out-of-province residential rental agreement.
  • ora residential rental agreement for a PEI residence; or property purchase documents for 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 and Citizenship Canada for an extension.

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 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:

Applicants are required to include the following:

  • submission ID (if available)
  • the reason for the reconsideration request
  • any new supporting documentation
  • a contact email address


Published date: 
June 3, 2021
Justice and Public Safety

General Inquiries

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

PEI Border Entry Inquires 
Phone: 902-368-5025 

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

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