COVID-19 Hotspots

When there are significant COVID-19 hotspots in Canada where NWT residents would normally travel the risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher.

Travel within the NWT

Travel recommendations within the NWT involve asking residents not to travel to and from certain locations if the travel is not essential. These essential-travel-only recommendations come from the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer and apply to specific communities and are determined on a community-by-community basis. This is a strong recommendation made to residents of communities where there is evidence supporting the risk of community spread (untraceable cases of COVID-19). NWT travel recommendations can be found here:

Travel within Canada

COVID-19 will enter the NWT through people who come in from out of territory. When there are no cases or community transmission of COVID-19 in the NWT, the greatest risk to public health is importation of cases. If you are travelling out of the NWT, monitor the cases of COVID-19 in the areas you are planning to travel to.


  • Be mindful of provincial, territorial, and local public health measures and stick to them while you’re there
  • Stick to healthy habits like physical distance of at least six feet, hand-washing, wearing non-medical masks, and avoiding crowds to prepare for your return home.
  • File your self-isolation plan with ProtectNWT early to avoid any delays when you return

Travel outside Canada

Community transmission of COVID-19 continues in many countries. Health Canada advises against international travel unless you are fully vaccinated. It is important to get the latest travel advisories from Health Canada and to be aware of the cases of COVID-19 in the areas you are planning to travel to.