Boating Atlantic 2020

Atlantic Canada Boating during Covid-19

July 6, 2020
Current Boating situation for Atlantic Canada Residents.

Boating Season has started! All boaters should follow public health measures and physical distance and gathering requirements for the province they live and boat in. In addition, Transport Canada has provided guidelines for boaters.

In Atlantic Canada, the Atlantic Bubble has been announced meaning that Atlantic Canadian residents may visit all four Atlantic Provinces without the need to self isolate for 14 days. Three provinces, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have limited non essential travel from other Canadian Provinces and other countries. Nova Scotia has the border open for travel from other Canadian Provinces but anyone arriving from outside Atlantic Canada must self isolate for 14 days.

Boats may move by road with a commercial carrier between provinces, but people are restricted by the Atlantic Bubble rules and Provincial travel rules.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND update

PEI remains under a Public Health State of Emergency as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Public health measures are in place across PEI as outlined in the travel restrictions order. The following are the requirements for travelers who arrive at small craft harbours and marinas, private airports, and the Ports of Charlottetown and Summerside.

Non-PEI residents arriving directly from the Atlantic Provinces:
Up to 48 hours in advance of arrival, the traveler completes an online PEI Self Declaration Travel Form. Once the form is submitted, the traveler receives and email confirmation with a Submission ID number. The traveler forwards this email to envhealth@ihis.org.

Non-PEI residents arriving from outside the Atlantic Provinces:
All non-PEI residents arriving from outside the Atlantic Provinces require a Pre-Travel Approval Letter from PEI Public Safety before arrival. Note that it may take up to 72 hours for applications to be processed.
In accordance with the COVID-19 Prevention and Self-Isolation Order, all persons entering PEI from outside the Atlantic Provinces are required to declare if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 and to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival.
Travelers who arrive from International destinations will be contacted by Health PEI for a COVID-19 test 10 to 12 days after their arrival in PEI.

PEI residents arriving from the Atlantic Provinces:
No pre-travel approval or PEI Self – Declaration required. Proof of PEI residency is required.

PEI Residents arriving from outside the Atlantic Provinces: Must notify the PEI Chief Public Health Office of their planned arrival at least 48 hours in advance by emailing envhealth@ihis.org or calling (902) 368-4996. A public health official will conduct a healthscreening assessment at the time of arrival.
In accordance with the COVID-19 Prevention and Self-Isolation Order, all persons entering PEI from outside the Atlantic Provinces are required to declare if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 and to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival.
Travelers who arrive from International destinations will be contacted by Health PEI for a COVID-19 test 10 to 12 days after their arrival in PEI.
If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to the CPHO at (902) 368-4996 PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

NEW BRUNSWICK update

Everyone entering New Brunswick at any point of entry, including airports, must stop when instructed to do so by a peace officer and answer any questions as required to support the intent of the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Where a person is not met by a peace officer at their point of entry, they must report to a peace officer and answer questions upon being directed to do so.

New Brunswick residents returning from away are permitted to enter New Brunswick by land, sea, or air after screening. If you have travelled within the Atlantic Bubble they are not required to self-isolate. If they travelled outside the Atlantic provinces they are required to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolation within New Brunswick for 14 days unless otherwise exempt.  

Atlantic Canada resident visitors are not required to self-isolate during their return or visit.

Please visit New Brunswick Travel information to find out about the necessary documentation.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR update

Interprovincial travel for residents of Atlantic Canada without the requirement to self-isolate is permitted in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Atlantic Canadian Residents entering Newfoundland and Labrador must:

  • Be a permanent resident of one of the Atlantic Provinces;
  • Be asymptomatic at the time of travel;
  • Have not travelled outside the Atlantic region within the last 14 days; and,
  • Have not been in close contact with a person with COVID-19.

When entering Newfoundland and Labrador, visitors will be required to produce two pieces of government issued identification to verify that they are a permanent resident in one of the Atlantic Provinces. One piece of identification must include a home address.

In addition to the identification required, visitors from the Atlantic Provinces must also complete the contact information section on the province’s Travel Declaration Form.

Those people who have been granted a travel exemption from Public Health and are coming to Newfoundland and Labrador from other Canadian provinces or territories are still required to complete 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival in the province.

For more information please visit Newfoundland and Labrador

NOVA SCOTIA update

Nova Scotia’s state of emergency has been extended until noon on 26 July 2020.

When Atlantic Canadians arrive in Nova Scotia, every adult needs to provide government-issued identification (like a Driver’s Licence or Health Card) or a utility bill or bank statement that shows their permanent home address. A self-declaration form isn’t required to enter Nova Scotia.

Every adult (18 or older) from outside Atlantic Canada needs to complete a Self-declaration Form – Tracking Travellers to Nova Scotia (PDF) before they travel to the province, unless they are exempt from self-isolation or have an exception from the Government of Nova Scotia. If they have already self-isolated in another Atlantic Canadian province, they may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

For more information visit Nova Scotia