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Leaving the NWT

Last modified: 
12/15/2020 - 11:46

Because of rising transmission rates across Canada and around the globe, making the choice to cancel non-essential travel out of the Northwest Territories is the best plan right now.

Traveling within Canada

If you do choose to travel outside the NWT:

  • Be mindful of provincial, territorial, and local public health measures and stick to them while you’re there
  • Stick to healthy habits like physical distance of at least six feet, hand-washing, wearing non-medical masks, and avoiding crowds to prepare for your return home.
  • Have a plan to self-isolate away from others you haven’t traveled with for two weeks when you come back. Having a plan and sticking to it is the best way to prevent outbreaks and keep our communities safe.
  • File your self-isolation plan with Protect NWT early to avoid any delays when you return

Traveling outside of Canada

Although not advised, if you are still considering travel outside of Canada:

  • Avoid travel on cruise ships
  • Check your destination before travelling
  • Know the health risks for your destination
  • Understand the risks of your safety and security abroad
  • Ensure that you have enough finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted
  • Be prepared if airlines revise scheduled flights to and from your destination
  • Understand your obligations under the federal Quarantine Act to prepare for your return

If you travel abroad, you could be subject to the measures of other countries. Your scheduled trip may become much longer. You may also have reduced access to quality health care and your travel health insurance will likely not provide coverage in a pandemic.