Self-isolation for vaccinated individuals

  • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Everyone who enters the NWT is required to submit a Self-Isolation Plan (SIP), with few exceptions.
  • Individuals who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days and the traveller’s household members are required to follow the Federal Government’s mandatory quarantine requirements. 

Returning NWT Residents

  • Individuals arriving in the NWT who are not fully vaccinated are still required to self-isolate for 14 days. 
  • Fully vaccinated NWT residents returning from travel within Canada but outside the territory must file a self-isolation plan for 14 days, as usual.
  • On the 8th day of self-isolation, the individual self-isolating can get tested for COVID-19.
    • Consent must be given to have vaccination status verified at the time of, or prior to taking the COVID-19 test
    • If the Day 8 test is negative, individuals are required to self-monitor, but will no longer need to self-isolate. This means they will need to:
      • Continuously wearing a face mask in indoor public places, except when eating or drinking 
      • Continuously wearing a face mask in outdoor public places when it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of two meters from anyone who is not a household member.
  • If the day 8 test is positive, you will be contacted by a healthcare provider who will provide instructions.
  • If at any point anyone in the household develops COVID-19 symptoms, is named a contact of someone with COVID-19, or is made aware that they were at the setting/location of a COVID-19 outbreak,  self-isolate immediately and contact public health.

NOTE: If you have received your vaccine in the Northwest Territories you DO NOT need to request an official copy of your immunization record to be eligible for this exemption. A healthcare provider is able to confirm that residents are fully vaccinated when a person is tested on day 8 by checking your Electronic Medical Record status.

Household Members

Fully vaccinated household members (of returning traveller):

  • Fully vaccinated household members do not need to self-isolate when the traveller returns (from travel within Canada) if the traveller is also fully vaccinated.
  • If you or the person develops symptoms, self-isolate immediately and contact public health.

Non-vaccinated household members (of returning traveller):

  • Must self-isolate along with the traveller.
  • If the person who is self-isolating after travel receives a negative test after eight days, self-isolation requirements are complete for everyone in that household if no one develops symptoms (the household member does not need to be tested).
  • If the person who is self-isolating after travel receives a positive test after eight days, you will be contacted by a healthcare provider who will provide instructions.

Non-vaccinated Traveller

  • If the traveller is not vaccinated, the entire household must self-isolate for the full 14-day self-isolation period, regardless of household members’ vaccination status.

Non-NWT Residents

Under current travel restrictions in place in the NWT, leisure travel by non-NWT Residents is not permitted, however Public Health Orders or exemptions are in place to allow non-resident workers, compassionate, family reunification and other exceptional circumstances to travel in the NWT with an approved Self-Isolation Plan. Non-residents that fall into these categories and would like to travel to the NWT can apply for a travel exception. 

If a travel exemption is granted, the same changes that apply to returning NWT residents will also apply to these visitors. Vaccinated non-residents that would like to have a shortened self-isolation period will need to supply proof that they are fully vaccinated.

Essential Workers

If an essential worker needs to supply a SIP and is fully vaccinated, they are also eligible for a shorter self-isolation period, as outlined above.

Click here for more information about self-isolation for essential workers.