Borders and airports

Last modified: 
07/21/2021 - 14:57

Borders

Checkpoints have been established at most highway border locations in the NWT. Each location has different restrictions:

Alberta/NWT border (Highway 1)

Only the following people may legally proceed from the checkpoint:

  • NWT residents.
  • Those with other exemptions under the public health order – including exceptional circumstance exemptions granted by the Chief Public Health Officer. 
  • Supply Chain workers, including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry. 
  • Those transiting through the NWT to other provinces or territories.

Alberta/NWT border (Highway 5)

  • Only the following may legally proceed from the checkpoint.

    • NWT residents.

    • Those with other exemptions under the public health order – including exceptional circumstance exemptions granted by the Chief Public Health Officer.

    • Supply chain workers – including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry.

    • Those transiting through the NWT to other provinces or territories.

    • Those with Standard, Limited, or Restricted Access Passes issued by NWT Public Health Officers. 
  • This checkpoint will no longer be in operation as of August 1, 2021. The last full day of operations will be July 31, 2021. At this time NWT residents no longer need to use a pass system to get to Pine Lake or visit other areas across the border. Alberta residents intending to camp in Wood Buffalo National Park must check in with security at Highway 1 and abide by person in-transit conditions in Section 1(j) of the current Public Health Order – COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Self-isolation.

British Columbia/NWT border (Highway 7)

  • The gate near Fort Liard will be operated by appointment only between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. The gate will not be staffed on Tuesdays or Fridays except to accommodate these appointments.  
  • For commercial vehicles carrying essential supplies or essential services wishing to arrive through the gate, and any vehicle wishing to depart through the gate, you must contact Protect NWT at 8-1-1 (1-833-378-8297 outside the NWT) or email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca. Only commercial vehicles carrying essential supplies and essential services may enter through the gate, while departures may be arranged for any vehicle.

Yukon/NWT border (Highway 8)

Only the following may legally proceed from the checkpoint: 

  • NWT residents.
  • Those with other exemptions under the public health order – including exceptional circumstance exemptions granted by the Chief Public Health Officer. 
  • Supply chain workers – including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry. 
  • Those transiting through the NWT to other provinces or territories.

Airports

Screening

All passengers travelling on flights originating from outside the NWT will go through screening upon arrival. Travellers should expect delays. 

Masks

The Government of Canada has directed that all travellers (with limited exceptions) must have a removable mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. Travellers who do not have mandatory face covering will not be allowed to travel.

Drop-off / pick-up

Until further notice, only passengers, employees and service staff are permitted inside NWT airports. If you are dropping someone off or picking someone up, please do not enter the terminal.

Pilot requirements

Until further notice, all non-scheduled flights originating from outside the NWT (including private flights/charters) are required to contact Protect NWT in advance (1-833-378-8297). It is recommended to call 24 hours in advance.

Photo identification

Transport Canada is temporarily allowing air carriers to accept government-issued identification that has expired after March 1, 2020, for domestic flights only. This temporary exemption is in effect until June 30, 2020. 

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