Travel Off Island: Self-Isolation Exemptions for Same-Day Travel Within Atlantic Canada

AKA: Travel Off Island: Essential Travel Off Island
Provided by: COVID-19: Travel and Isolation Regulations

Service Description

Effective February 9, 2021 and until further notice, only the following reasons will qualify individuals for the same-day travel exemption:
  • Medical or dental appointments
  • Child custody related travel
  • Drop-off/pick-up of people
Examples of reasons NOT considered acceptable to qualify for the exemption include drop-off or pick-up of goods, attending interviews or going to meetings.

While the Atlantic Bubble is suspended, there are some exceptions to having to self-isolate for 14 days if travelling within Atlantic Canada. The exceptions include:
  • Medical or dental appointments
  • Picking-up or dropping off students (must follow the Transporting Travellers to Self-Isolation Location Guidelines
  • Dropping off a passenger at Halifax or Moncton airports and returning home to PEI
  • Child custody related travel
The following conditions must also be met:
  • Return to PEI on the same day you departed
  • Are travelling in a personal vehicle
  • Do not stay overnight
  • Do not visit public places such as malls and restaurants; no shopping permitted
  • Do not visit friends or family
  • Do not attend meetings, conferences or events
  • Wear a non-medical mask when outside the vehicle
  • Pack food to take if possible, or if not possible, use a drive-thru
  • If possible, use pay-at-the pump for gas
  • Adhere to public health measures in the jurisdiction you are visiting
If you take regular same-day trips within Atlantic Canada, you are advised to get tested weekly as an additional precaution.


PEI residents
No fees
How to Access:
Not applicable
Documents Required:
Present your Confederation Bridge or Northumberland Ferry receipt as proof of same day return trip
Program Hours:
Leave a message 24/7
Program Email:
Program Phone Numbers:
  • PEI COVID-19 Information Line
    If unable to find needed information on the website, leave a message (response time up to 72 hours)
Coverage Area:
Prince Edward Island

Service Locations & Contact Info

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