Self-Isolation

 

As of June 21, 2021, self-isolation requirements have been relaxed for NWT residents, non-resident essential workers and travellers with an exemption.

Self-Isolation

  • All travellers need to submit a Self-Isolation Plan regardless of vaccination status.
  • No self-isolation for fully vaccinated travellers and household members (regardless of vaccination status) who did not travel, provided they are not sharing accommodations with travellers who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals travelling with unvaccinated individuals will be required to isolate upon return to the NWT for the duration of the least vaccinated traveller if they live in the same household.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to return directly to small communities, but they must complete a Day 1 and Day 8 COVID-19 test.
  • Returning residents who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must self-isolate in a hub community (Inuvik, Yellowknife, Hay River or Fort Smith). 
    • Partially vaccinated can return to small communities after a negative day 8 test.
    • Unvaccinated can return to small communities after a negative day 10 test.
    • Individuals who refuse testing on day 8/10 must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Residents of Fort Simpson and Norman Wells may self-isolate in their home communities. For more information see Self-Isolation in Small Communities.

Additional Testing

  • Fully vaccinated travellers entering small NWT communities will require a day 1 test and a day 8 test.
  • Partially vaccinated travellers will require a day 8 negative test if they are travelling to a small community after completing their self-isolation in a larger centre.
  • Unvaccinated travellers will require a day 10 negative test if they are travelling to a small community after completing their self-isolation in a larger centre .
  • Small communities are any NWT community that does not include the hub communities of Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik, and Fort Smith, as well as Fort Simpson and Norman Wells.
    • This requirement is in place because small communities do not have the same health care capacity as other communities. Lower vaccination rates in some communities mean the COVID-19 risk is higher.
    • This requirement applies to all travellers regardless of residency status.
  • Fully vaccinated essential workers supporting vulnerable or high-risk populations will require a day 1 test and a day 8 test.
  • Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated essential workers entering the NWT receive specific guidance from the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) about testing and other requirements based on their specific vaccine status, location, nature of work and employment. Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated essential workers can pursue the reduction in self-isolation period exemption based on their vaccination status. This includes workers who have been outside the NWT in the last 14 days who work in healthcare, correctional, school settings, those working with unvaccinated populations or high-risk settings such as shelters for example.

Vaccination Status

Self-isolation

Testing Requirements*

 

Household members

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Fully Vaccinated

None

None

None

Travelling to a small NWT community

(Day 1 & 8 testing)

Working with vulnerable populations and/or in enclosed settings

(Day 1 & 8 testing)

Partially Vaccinated

8 Days

Day 8 negative test

8-day self-isolation, no test required unless symptomatic

Individualized guidance from OCPHO based on exemption request

 

Unvaccinated

10 Days

Day 10 negative test

10-day self-isolation, no test required unless symptomatic

Individualized guidance from OCPHO based on exemption request

 

  • Fully vaccinated is after the two-week period following final dose of vaccine
  • Partially vaccinated is after the two-week period following first dose and up to two weeks after final dose
  • Unvaccinated means before you receive your first dose of vaccine, or up to two weeks after first dose is administered

*Children under the age of 2 will not be required to take a test;  however, household must still isolate for the required isolation time. 

Please note that it may be difficult to access testing in some small communities. It is recommended that those travelling into small communities receive their testing in a larger centres prior to travel if possible.

For more information: Booking Testing

Self-isolation Plan and Proof of Vaccination

Everyone entering the territory is still required to submit a Self-Isolation Plan (SIP) so that the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is aware of travel and travel locations of those who return to, or enter, the NWT. This is especially important for contact-tracing purposes, if necessary.

For more information: Self-Isolation Plan

NWT residents who have received their vaccine in the NWT do not require proof of vaccination. However, when filing your SIP you will need to legally declare your vaccination status. Non-residents or those who received their vaccine outside the NWT will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon request. It is recommended that these travellers have proof of vaccination from the jurisdiction in which it was received before travelling. This process will be outlined in the exemption process.