PEI to participate in Atlantic travel bubble starting July 3
Premier Dennis King today confirmed that more Islanders will soon be able to travel throughout the region as the four Atlantic provinces move forward with a travel bubble starting July 3.
“Prince Edward Island has done incredibly well in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19. We have been able to respond quickly and effectively because Islanders have worked hard and worked together. We continue to remain cautiously optimistic as we take another step forward under our Renew PEI, Together plan and participate in an Atlantic travel bubble starting July 3, allowing us to welcome our family, friends and neighbours from the region back to our province, safely.”
- Premier Dennis King
For the past several weeks, the Atlantic Premiers and provincial Chief Public Health Officers have been working together on a safe approach to non-essential regional travel as each province continues to respond to COVID-19.
Starting Friday, July 3, Islanders and fellow Atlantic Canadians travelling within the region will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. However, some public health and screening measures will be maintained as part of the travel bubble:
- Atlantic visitors to Prince Edward Island will be required to complete a self-declaration form online and provide a copy of the completed form at points of entry to the province (form will be available before July 2);
- public health and proof of residency screening will be maintained at points entry to all Atlantic Canadian provinces;
- all Atlantic Canada residents, including seasonal residents, should continue to practice physical distancing, regular hand washing, stay home if feeling unwell and contact their primary care provider or call 8-1-1 to be directed to testing for COVID-19.
Islanders returning from travel outside of Atlantic Canada will still need to self-isolate for 14 days before being able to travel within the province or region.
Seasonal residents travelling from outside Atlantic Canada will still need to apply for pre-approved travel to Prince Edward Island and have a 14-day self-isolation plan. Once they have completed 14 days of self-isolation, documentation confirming the self-isolation period was completed will be provided, as requested, before they can participate in the travel bubble.
“The health and safety of Islanders is our number one priority. This is another measured step forward as we learn to live with COVID-19 based on the best public health research, facts and information to date from all four Chief Public Health Officers,” added Premier King.
Atlantic Chief Public Health Officers have been working on a shared plan and protocols for strengthening public health measures should there be an increase in cases of COVID-19 within a province or the region.
For information about Prince Edward Island’s response to COVID-19, visit: Renew PEI Together.
Executive Director, Communications and Public Engagement
Office of the Premier