Hotspots in Canada

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

Travel within Canada


  • 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

Although not advised, if you are still considering travel outside of Canada:

  • Avoid travel on cruise ships
  • Check your destination before travelling
  • Know the health risks for your destination
  • Understand the risks of your safety and security abroad
  • Ensure that you have enough finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted
  • Be prepared if airlines revise scheduled flights to and from your destination
  • Understand your obligations under the federal Quarantine Act to prepare for your return

If you travel abroad, you could be subject to the measures of other countries. Your scheduled trip may become much longer. You may also have reduced access to quality health care and your travel health insurance will likely not provide coverage in a pandemic.

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to advise against non-essential travel outside of Canada and advises extra caution if you must travel. At this time the OCPHO is maintaining that those who have travelled internationally are still not eligible for automatic reduction or exemption from the self-isolation requirements when entering the NWT.  International travellers can request a consideration for exemption from self-isolation. The OCPHO will review their specific individual circumstances on a case-by-case basis using criteria such as severity of COVID-19 in the countries travellers visit.