Apply to Enter PEI as a Seasonal Resident

As part of PEI's Moving Forward plan:

Seasonal Resident Travel Information

The following travel measures are currently in place for PEI Seasonal residents who are Canadian residents:

  • Pre-travel approval is required
  • Eligibility for pre-travel approval within seasonal resident travel stream
  • self-isolation is required
  • Beginning June 8, 2021 a staggered entrance of 500 households per week will begin for approved seasonal residents , as well as the pause family connections and permanent relocation travel. With the start of Step 2 of Moving Forward (estimated June 27), there will no longer be weekly limits on entries for any of the travel streams.

Estimated timeline - June 27, 2021 - see Step 2 of the Moving Forward Plan

For PEI Seasonal residents traveling from within the Atlantic region (NS, NB or NL):

  • Pre-travel approval not required
  • Self-declaration is required (form to be available prior to June 27)
  • Self-isolation not required for fully or partially vaccinated visitors
  • Shortened self-isolation for unvaccinated visitors
  • Tested upon entry to PEI

For PEI Seasonal residents traveling from within Canada, outside of the Atlantic region

  • Pre-travel approval is required
  • Eligibility for pre-travel approval within seasonal resident travel stream
  • Shortened self-isolation period
  • Tested upon entry to PEI

Estimated timeline - August 8, 2021 - see Step 4 of the Moving Forward Plan

For PEI Seasonal residents traveling from within the Atlantic region (NS, NB or NL):

  • Pre-travel approval not required
  • Self-declaration is required (form to be available prior to June 27)
  • Self-isolation not required for fully or partially vaccinated visitors
  • Shortened self-isolation for unvaccinated visitors
  • Tested upon entry to PEI

For PEI Seasonal residents traveling from within Canada, outside of the Atlantic region

  • Pre-travel approval is required
  • Eligibility for pre-travel approval within seasonal resident travel stream
  • Self-isolation not required for fully vaccinated seasonal residents
  • Shortened self-isolation period for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated seasonal residents
  • Tested upon entry to PEI

International travel dependent on federal measures

Who is eligible to enter PEI through the “Seasonal Resident” travel category?

The “Seasonal Resident” travel category is for individuals who are not permanent residents of PEI, but own seasonal property on PEI with a fixed roof structure such as cottage or mobile home.

Members of a seasonal property owner’s household and family are also eligible to enter PEI through the Family of Seasonal Resident Property Owner travel stream. The seasonal property owner does not have to be present at the seasonal property in order for family to travel to the property.

* Family is defined as the seasonal property owners spouse, common law partner, child, stepchild, ward, parent, step-parent, guardian, foster parent, person standing in place of a parent (in loco parentis), grandchild, great grandchild, brother, sister, grandparent, great grandparent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.

Non-Canadian Residents - To limit the spread of Covid-19, the Government of Canada is limiting non-essential travel to Canada by foreign nationals. You should consult the Government of Canada website to determine if you are permitted entry to Canada https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid. If your sole connection to Canada is ownership of a seasonal property, you will not be granted entry to Canada at this point in time. In addition to restricting travel, the Government of Canada has implemented at the traveler expense COVID-19 testing at all border points and quarantine for 3 to 14 days at the point of entry for non-essential air travelers. Other restrictions may apply and measures are subject to change - visit the federal website for the most up to date information on entering the country. If you are not a resident of Canada but belong to a category of traveler permitted to travel in to Canada, you may apply for Prince Edward Island pre-travel approval.

As a seasonal resident, what do I need to do to enter PEI?

Non-PEI residents, including seasonal property owners (and their household members and family), 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.

Applicants from the same household who plan to travel to PEI at separate times must complete a separate application, and if approved, they will each require a letter of approval when they arrive at their entry point.

If arriving from outside of the Atlantic provinces, you must also be tested for COVID-19 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).
  • This testing requirement is anticipated to no longer be in effect as of Step 2 of the Moving Forward Plan (estimated June 27, 2021). This will be confirmed the week prior.
NOTE: All travellers are advised to delay making travel arrangements until an approval letter is provided. Anyone arriving at any point of entry without the approval letter will be denied entry to Prince Edward Island.

When I get to PEI, do I have to self-isolate?

All travellers entering PEI must comply with the Public Health Orders in place. Everyone arriving in PEI must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 on entry to PEI, and to follow the testing schedule for individuals in isolation. Self-isolation means you must go directly to your self-isolation location - you cannot stop to pick up supplies or groceries, or host or visit anyone.

For more information about the process at the point of entry, see Travel Restrictions and Screening.

What do I need to apply to come to PEI?

The online application form and supporting documentation requires information including the following:

  • Travel details: to help simplify the process at your point of entry – including mode of travel, arrival and departure dates, point of entry, the number of travellers in your vehicle and identifying information for each individual traveling with you; 
  • Validation documentation: to support your reason for entry to PEI
    • Seasonal residents: Proof of seasonal property ownership is required. To prove ownership, provide your Property Identification Number, and insurance or alternative documentation on property indicating fixed roof dwelling such as cottage or mobile home;
    • Seasonal resident family connection: The seasonal resident who is requesting consent for family to travel to the seasonal residence is required to sign a Seasonal Resident Family Connection Declaration Form;
  • Self-isolation plan: to show you have a pre-arranged plan and agree to comply with it; See more about PEI COVID-19 Self-Isolation requirements.
  • Self-isolation accommodation: to explain where you will isolate  
    • Private residence (seasonal): Requires signed declaration or third-party confirmation by letter or receipt that your property is open and isolation ready before you arrive. Download, print and sign the PEI Property Opening Plan Template;
    • With family or friends: Requires detailed information about the accommodation, its residents during your isolation period, and a signed declaration from your PEI host accepting responsibility that the entire household may need to self-isolate with you. Download, print and have the host sign the Joint Isolator Declaration Form;   
    • At a commercial (rental) accommodation (hotel): Requires reservation confirmation and a clear description of how you will isolate from others.
  • Local support person during self-isolation: to provide the name and contact information of the individual(s) you have pre-arranged to support you while you are self-isolating.
  • Other supporting information as required.

You will be contacted when a decision has been made on your application. Due to the high volume of requests and thorough review process, delays can be expected. Do not make travel plans until you receive a travel approval.

Tips for a successful online submission :

  1. You must use an updated Internet browser. Outdated versions are not supported.
  2. You may get unexpected results if you use Internet Explorer. 
  3. If you have disabled JavaScript, you must enable it to complete the form. 
  4. Any section of the online form marked with * is a required field and must be completed.
  5. Applications with inaccurate information or incomplete documentation will not be processed.
  6. Application requirements vary based on your selections.
  7. It may take additional time to upload a file.
  8. Reduce large files to less than 1 MB before uploading. (See resizing photos for online applications.) Sizing limits vary within forms.
  9. Keep a record of your Submission ID (example: 534123).

Please note: All requests for approval must be submitted through the online application available below.

I am still unsure - who do I contact to find out if I am able to enter PEI?

All travel related questions about entry to PEI should be directed to Public Safety at publicsafety@gov.pe.ca . To learn more, visit Pre-Travel Approval Process.

I have rented a cottage in PEI this summer, am I able to enter PEI as a seasonal resident?

At this time, seasonal property owners as well as members of their household and family are the only ones currently eligible to apply to enter PEI  through the PEI seasonal resident travel category.

If I have been vaccinated, do I still need to self-isolate following arrival in PEI?

At both the Federal and Provincial levels, at this time vaccination status does not reduce mandatory isolation measures.

If I come to PEI as a Seasonal Resident, will I be able to get my 1st or 2nd dose vaccine there?

Please refer to Covid-19 Vaccines and Immunization.

Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca