Boating Atlantic 2021

Atlantic Canada Boating during Covid-19

September 13, 2021

Entry to Canada for US Boaters

Effective September 7, foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel.

On August 9th, Canada has permitted vaccine enabled discretionary travel to boaters who are United States citizens or permanent residents and who live in the US. Travellers must be fully vaccinated, in possession of a valid pre-arrival Covid-19 test, submit their information through ArriveCAN including their vaccination certificates and have a quarantine plan.
Furthermore, entry to Canada for leisure cruising, sightseeing or pleasure fishing (loop movements) is now also permitted to boaters regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not on condition that boaters continuously remain on board the conveyance while in Canadian waters, do not land in Canada and the conveyance does not make contact with another conveyance, moor or anchor while in Canadian waters. Transits between two points outside of Canada through Canadian waters, without mooring or landing, continue to be permitted.
Entry from the United States for optional or discretionary (non-essential) reasons continues to be prohibited for unvaccinated travellers who land on Canadian soil, moor, anchor or come alongside another vessel in Canadian waters.
Failure to comply with this prohibition of entry may result in severe monetary penalties or criminal prosecution and/or imprisonment.
Border services continue to be temporarily suspended at many small vessel reporting sites.
Fully vaccinated boaters, or those arriving for non-discretionary reasons, who are landing on Canadian soil, should visit to find locations where you can report your arrival to border officials.

Latest link from the Federal Government about travel to Canada

On August 9th, non-essential U.S. travellers who have had a full course of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine will again be allowed on Canadian soil.

Use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information on and after your entry into Canada. It only takes minutes to help keep each other safe.


Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) link

The Federal Government provides a link to travel between provinces and territories

Information about COVID 19 in Canada

Current Boating situation for Atlantic Canada Residents.

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.


PEI Pass

Apply now for a PEI Pass for faster screening at PEI points of entry

  • PEI Pass verifies you are fully or partially vaccinated and not required to self-isolate when you visit or return to PEI
  • To qualify for a PEI Pass, you must have one dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 21 days prior to travel (age 12 to 15 are eligible any time after their first vaccine until July 31)
  • No pass is needed for children under 12
  • A separate application is required for each vaccinated person aged 12 and over
  • Parents/guardians must complete application for children under 18 who are traveling with them
  • PEI Pass can be used multiple times

Travel from within Atlantic Canada and Magdalene Islands

With PEI Pass

  • Not required to self-isolate
  • Agree to be tested upon entry



New Brunswick’s COVID-19 travel restrictions have ended as the province has moved into the green phase of recovery with no Mandatory Order. The New Brunswick Travel Registration Program has also ended, and the office is now closed. If you have an existing travel registration for travel that has not yet happened, your registration is no longer required.

COVID-19 inquiries can be sent to or call 1-844-462-8387. Or visit the GNB Coronavirus website for COVID-19 information. 

For international travel and entry into Canada, please visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders.


 As of July 1, all travellers are permitted to enter Newfoundland and Labrador. Depending on your vaccination status, you may be required to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

All travellers entering Newfoundland and Labrador are required to:

For more information please visit Newfoundland and Labrador


Travel into Nova Scotia

Everyone who travels from another Canadian province or territory (outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador), including if you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another destination, needs to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form, including most travellers who are exempt from self-isolation. They may need to self-isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia for at least 7 days. If they have already self-isolated in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, they may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again. You don’t need to self-isolate if you’re exempt from self-isolation.

For more travel info click here

or more information visit Nova Scotia