For more information about what this means for you and your household, please review the Reduced Self-isolation Requirements Information Sheet, Reduced Self-isolation Requirements Chart or the Self Isolation Change FAQs.
Self-isolation requirements have changed for those who are fully vaccinated. 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. Fully vaccinated people can get tested for COVID-19 on the eighth day of the 14-day self-isolation period. If test results are negative for COVID-19, then only self-monitoring is necessary for the remainder of the 14-day time frame.
- Individuals arriving in the NWT who are not fully vaccinated are still required to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes children, as they are not eligible for vaccination.
- 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 14 days mandatory quarantine requirements. Even if they are fully vaccinated, they are not eligible for a shortened self-isolation period.
- 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.
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.
- If the traveller is not vaccinated, the entire household must self-isolated for the full 14-day self-isolation period, regardless of household members’ vaccination status.
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 approve 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.
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.