Travel exemptions

Last modified: 
07/14/2021 - 11:36

Travel exemptions are exceptions made to current self-isolation and travel requirements related to travel into the NWT.

Leisure travel by non-residents within the NWT is not permitted at this time, unless through an exemption with an approved remote tourism operator.

Non-residents

Non-residents can apply for exemptions from travel restrictions within the NWT on a case-by-case basis for compassionate reasons, visiting family, and other exceptional circumstances.

Nunavut travellers may also apply for an exemption from self-isolation requirements.

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) reviews requests and will consider exemptions based on a public health risk assessment of the circumstances. If an exemption is granted, a letter from the OCPHO will be emailed to you from ProtectNWT.

*Please note that it could take up to 7 days for an exemption request to be approved.

All travellers are required to fill out a Self-Isolation Plan regardless of vaccination status. In addition, non-residents of the NWT seeking an exemption must do the following:

1. Complete your Self-isolation Plan

Before applying for a travel exemption, travellers should complete and submit a Self-Isolation Plan. It is recommended this be completed at least two weeks in advance of travel date.

2. Apply for a Travel Exemption

After you have completed your Self-Isolation Plan, submit your travel exemption request by sending an email to protectnwt@gov.nt.ca with the following information:

  1. The names and current addresses, phone and email contacts for each traveller requesting an exemption.
  2. The reason for the request (choose one):
    • Family reunification (nature of relationship to NWT resident)
    • Compassionate (nature of relationship to NWT resident, and type of support such as serious injury or illness, palliative, funeral, etc if relevant). 
    • Travel with a Remote Tourism Operator
    • Nunavut traveller
    • Entering the NWT for less than 12 hours to pick up something or someone from a regional centre (Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson and Norman Wells)
    • Exceptional circumstance for which they need to travel within the NWT
  3. Community and province/territory from where the applicant(s) are travelling
  4. Final destination community (if different from the community of self-isolation)
  5. Provide either:
    • A) a detailed itinerary (if the exemption applicant will be leaving the NWT within 12 hours)
    • B) the details of self-isolation location, including:
      • Community of self-isolation
      • Type of dwelling (family home, self-contained suite, etc.)
      • Address of dwelling
      • How many people live in the place of self-isolation
      • Are there any essential service workers living in the self-isolation dwelling, and, if so, what is the nature of their work?
      • Is there anyone at high risk living in the home? (i.e., > 65yrs, chronic disease, etc.)
      • Is everyone in the dwelling aware they will have to do the following, regardless of the length of the traveller’s stay: self-monitor for 14 days if the traveller is fully vaccinated; self-isolate for 8 days if the traveller is partially vaccinated; or, self-isolate for 10 days if the traveller is unvaccinated.

Residents

Residents of the NWT can also apply for travel exemptions. Reasons include approval to self-isolate in a small community and reduced self-isolation after international travel.

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) reviews requests and considers exemptions based on a public health risk assessment of the circumstances. If an exemption is granted, a letter from the OCPHO will be emailed to you from ProtectNWT.

*Please note that it could take up to 7 days for an exemption request to be approved.

All travellers are required to fill out a Self-Isolation Plan regardless of vaccination status. In addition, NWT residents seeking an exemption must do the following:

1. Complete your Self-isolation Plan

Before applying for a travel exemption, travellers should complete and submit a Self-Isolation Plan. It is recommended this be completed at least two weeks in advance of travel date.

2. Apply for a Travel Exemption

After you have completed your Self-Isolation Plan, submit your travel exemption request by sending an email to protectnwt@gov.nt.ca with the following information:

  • The names and current addresses, phone and email contacts for each traveller requesting an exemption.
  • The reason for the request
  • Community and province/territory from where the applicant(s) are travelling  
  • Final destination community (if different from the community of self-isolation)
  • Details of self-isolation location, including:
    • Community of self-isolation
    • Type of dwelling (family home, self-contained suite, etc.)
    • Address of dwelling
    • How many people live in the place of self-isolation
    • Are there any essential service workers living in the self-isolation dwelling, and, if so, what is the nature of their work?
    • Is there anyone at high risk living in the home? (i.e., > 65yrs, chronic disease, etc.)
    • Is everyone in the dwelling aware they will have to do the following, regardless of the length of the traveller’s stay: self-monitor for 14 days if the traveller is fully vaccinated; self-isolate for 8 days if the traveller is partially vaccinated; or, self-isolate for 10 days if the traveller is unvaccinated.