Self-Isolation Requirements

 

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 Requirements

  • All travellers need to submit a Self-Isolation Plan regardless of vaccination status.
  • No isolation for fully vaccinated travellers and household members (regardless of vaccination status) who did not travel. Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to return directly to small communities, with Day 1 and Day 14 negative tests.
  • 8-day isolation for partially vaccinated travellers and household members (regardless of vaccination status) who did not travel, with a negative day 8 COVID-19 test. Household members do not require a test unless symptomatic.
  • 10-day isolation for unvaccinated travellers, including children under 12, and household members (regardless of vaccination status) who did not travel, with a negative Day 10 COVID-19 test. Household members do not require a test unless symptomatic.
  • Returning residents who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must self-isolate in a hub community (Inuvik, Yellowknife, Hay River or Fort Smith). Residents of Fort Simpson and Norman Wells may self-isolate in their home communities. For more information see Self-Isolation in Small Communities.
  • Essential service workers dealing with vulnerable populations or who work in congregate settings or small communities will need a negative Day 1 COVID-19 test.

Additional Testing Requirements

Fully vaccinated travellers entering small NWT communities will require a day 1 test and a day 14 test.

Travellers who are partially or unvaccinated will require a day 14 test if they are travelling to a small community after completing their self-isolation and exit testing requirements 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 14 test.

Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated essential workers supporting vulnerable or high-risk populations will require a day 1 test and a day 14 test in addition to their day 8 or day 10 negative test.

  • 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 Requirements

Testing Requirements*

 

Household members

Day 1 and Day 14 Testing Required

Fully Vaccinated

None

None

None

Travelling to a small NWT community

Working with vulnerable populations and/or in enclosed settings

Partially Vaccinated

8 Days

Day 8 negative test

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

Travelling to a small NWT community (Day 14)

Working with vulnerable populations and/or in enclosed settings

Unvaccinated

10 Days

Day 10 negative test

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

Travelling to a small NWT community (Day 14)

Working with vulnerable populations and/or in enclosed settings

  • 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 get the day 1 entry test and/or day 14 exit test in a larger centre 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.

Please Note: it is anticipated ProtectNWT staff will be very busy reviewing self-isolation plans in the coming days. It may take additional time to process these initial requests as we implement this change, and we appreciate for patience. We ask that residents wait a few days to apply if they are not travelling before the Canada Day weekend. 

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