Boating Atlantic 2021

Atlantic Canada Boating during Covid-19

September 29, 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

Effective September 28, 2021, people must be fully vaccinated (+14 days) to be eligible for a PEI Pass.

Effective September 30, 2021, people arriving in PEI who are not fully vaccinated, including those who are partially vaccinated, will need to self-isolate for 8 days (subject to a test on day 8) and complete a self-isolation declaration.

If you are now fully vaccinated (+ 14 days) but your PEI Pass was issued when you were partially vaccinated, you must bring your record of vaccination with you to the point of entry. For PEI residents, find out how to access your vaccine record.

Due to high volumes, you should apply for your PEI Pass at least 72 hours before you plan to arrive in PEI.

Island residents are advised to avoid non-essential out of province travel

  • Island residents who need to travel out of the province for essential purposes are reminded to follow routine public health measures in the area they are visiting and follow any testing and isolation requirements on return to PEI.

Increased testing

  • Effective September 28, 2021
    • For travel with PEI Pass (and children under age 12 travelling with adults with a PEI Pass)
      • School age children returning to PEI
        • Require a negative test before returning to school after travel (the point of entry test or take home test meets this requirement)
        • School age children under 12 years of age are also asked to be tested twice after arrival on days 4 and 8, and if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, be tested immediately
        • School age children 12 years and older are also asked to be tested once after arrival between days 4-8 and if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, be tested immediately
      • All other fully immunized people are recommended to be tested once after arrival between days 4-8 and if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, be tested immediately
  • Effective September 30, 2021
    • everyone 8 years and older will be tested at the points of entry (regardless of immunization status and time outside of province). School age children who cannot be tested at the points of entry will be given a self-test kit to ensure they have a negative test prior to returning to school.


Effective September 22, every person entering New Brunswick must pre-register online. This includes New Brunswickers re-entering the province.

As of Sept. 27, Travel Registration has moved to a web application. The registration form that was previously provided via PDF has been replaced. Please register here.

If you are vaccinated and received a temporary multi-use pass prior to Sept. 27, register here now for your multi-pass.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, no self-isolation will be required. Vaccinated individuals are now able to apply for a multi-use pass. Once your request is successfully processed, you will receive an email with your multi use pass.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 14 days or until you receive a negative COVID-19 result from a test taken on Day 10 or later. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to register for each trip into the province.

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

Starting 4 October 2021 – Everyone who travels from another Canadian province or territory (outside Nova Scotia) needs to complete the Safe Check-in Form and may need to self-isolate when they arrive in or return to the province.

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