Pre-Travel Approval Process

Non-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.
Residents of Atlantic provinces (PEI, NB, NS,NL) have to check for any current rules and restrictions within the Atlantic travel bubble.

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. Complete a self-assessment to determine if you are eligible to apply.
  2. If so, visit types of travellers to PEI to find out the documents you need to include with your application.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.

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

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.

Requirements to Self-Isolate

A Public Health Order is in place for Prince Edward Island. There are exemptions for travelling workers.

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

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 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: 
December 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 

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

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook