Travel: proof of vaccination for Indigenous peoples and Northerners in remote communities

If you are travelling in Canada by plane or train and if you are 12 and 4 months or older, you will need proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are fully vaccinated

You need proof of vaccination to be able to travel.

If you are not fully vaccinated

The Government of Canada is engaging with Indigenous peoples, provinces and territories to ensure that travellers from remote communities who are not fully vaccinated are still able to travel for any reason including:

There are some temporary accommodations for remote communities if you are travelling:

If you are travelling by plane

If you are not fully vaccinated and are travelling from a remote community:

  • you are exempt from the mandatory COVID-19 test before departure until local testing capacity is in place
  • please check with your local airport or air carrier before travelling

If you are not fully vaccinated and are 12 years and 4 months or older and travelling to a remote community

or

from a remote community to connect to another flight at a gateway airport:

  • Airline operators at gateway airports will provide you with a free COVID-19 molecular test kit and instructions:
    • You will not need this test if you already have a valid test result that meets 1 of the following requirements:
      • COVID-19 molecular test
        • a negative test result taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure time and:
          • performed by an accredited laboratory or testing provider

            or

          • supervised (with results verified) by an accredited laboratory or testing provider
        • a positive test result taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before your scheduled departure time. Counting starts the day after the day of testing.
          • For example, if your positive COVID-19 molecular test was taken on January 1, the earliest scheduled departure date of your flight to Canada would be January 11

        or

      • a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken no more than 1 calendar day before your scheduled departure time and:
        • performed by an accredited laboratory or testing provider

          or

        • supervised (with result verified) by an accredited laboratory or testing provider
    • You will not need this test if you have proof that you have completed a 10-day quarantine before travelling, as ordered by a territorial public health authority
  • Remember to arrive at least an extra hour early at the airport to allow time for testing and result.
  • If you test negative, you will receive a copy of your test result and be able to continue your travel anywhere in Canada without need for another test result for 72 hours.
  • If you test positive you cannot travel by plane, local public health authorities must be informed as appropriate and they will provide further guidance, which may include another test or isolation based on provincial or territorial requirements.
  • If you are an NIHB-eligible client on medical travel and have questions, contact NIHB at Canada.ca/nihb-contacts. If you are travelling for NIHB-eligible medical reasons, the program will cover eligible expenses related to self-isolation, food and accommodation, if needed. Your travel will be rescheduled when you have completed the isolation period.
  • First Nations and Inuit from remote communities travelling for non-medical reasons and in need of assistance should contact their home community.
  • If you are travelling by air ambulance or medevac for emergency reasons, you are exempt from vaccination or testing requirements.

If you are travelling by train

  • You do not need to be vaccinated but you will require proof of a valid negative COVID-19 test if you live in a remote community serviced by:
    • VIA Rail between The Pas and Churchill in Manitoba
    • the Keewatin Rail Company in Northern Manitoba
  • If you live in another remote community only accessible by train, check with VIA Rail before planning your trip if proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required
  • You will need a proof of vaccination or of a valid negative COVID-19 test if you:
    • don't live in one of these communities
    • plan on continuing your trip beyond the destinations above

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