Travel exemption

Last modified: 
06/14/2021 - 11:27

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will consider compassionate, family reunification, and other exceptional circumstance exemptions from the travel restrictions on a case-by-case basis.

If you do not fit one of these categories and are seeking exemption, email or call 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT) for guidance or to submit a request.

  • Compassionate

    • Death or illness in the family
    • Childcare needs
    • Fleeing domestic violence
  • Family Reunification

    • Reunite with an NWT resident(s) that fall into at least one of the following groups:

      • immediate family members

      • close relation

  • Exceptional

    • Retrieval or drop off of family member or property
    • Pre-relocation house hunting trip

Apply for a travel exemption

Certain non-residents can apply for a travel or self-isolation exemption.If it is granted, they can travel to the NWT or may not have to self-isolate when they arrive in the NWT (like individuals travelling from Nunavut and Yukon).

  1. Call 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT) or email and explain your situation. Due to a high volume of requests, please allow for as much time as possible.

    You must be able to produce documentation to support your request:
    • The names and current addresses, phone and email contacts for each traveller requesting an exemption
    • The nature of request (choose one):
      • Entry (including for entry through Highway 7)
      • Exempt from isolation in a hub community
      • Exemption from isolation
    • The reason for the request:
      • Family reunification: include the relationship the applicant has to the NWT resident; OR
      • Compassionate: include the relationship the applicant has to the NWT resident who will support them or to whom they will provide support (i.e. palliative, someone dying, terminal) or funeral, if relevant. Please include their name and contact information
      • Exceptional circumstance for which they need to enter the NWT;

      • A detailed itinerary if applicant is coming into the NWT to pick up something or someone from a regional centre and they plan to return home within 12 hours
      • Where the applicants are travelling from 
      • Final Destination Community (if different from  the community of self-isolation)
      • Details of Self-Isolation Location
  2. Submit a self-isolation plan at least two weeks (or more) in advance of travel date, if possible.
  3. The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will evaluate your request and review the documentation required, taking into consideration a public health risk assessment of the circumstance. A decision will be made, and an exceptional circumstance exemption approval may or may not be issued.
  4. Before travelling into the NWT, your self-isolation plan must be approved and receive your CPHO exceptional circumstance exemption approved.