July 9, 2021 - July 23, 2021
- Removal of Highway 5 Border Checkpoint Between Alberta and NWT (July 21, 2021)
- Public Health Emergency Extended Through August 3 (July 20, 2021)
- Government of Canada announces easing of border measures for fully vaccinated travellers (July 19, 2021)
- Fort Smith Health Centre Service Reduction (July 16, 2021)
- Process to Request COVID-19 Vaccination (July 13, 2021)
- Yellowknife Driver and Motor Vehicle office to Accept Walk-ins (July 9, 2021)
July 9, 2021 - July 23, 2021
Residents of the NWT can register for a COVID-19 vaccination or request additional information about vaccination by submitting their information through the COVID-19 Vaccination Request Web form. By registering, residents will receive advance notice of when vaccination clinics are being offered in their communities. Residents needing more information about the vaccine can put in a request and a health care professional will reach out to them to provide more information so that they can make an informed choice on whether to be vaccinated. Residents can also find out about local vaccination clinics by calling their health centre.
- 69% of the eligible adult population has been fully vaccinated as of July 17.
- 74% of the eligible adult population has been partially vaccinated as of July 17.
- Clinics added for:
- Fort Simpson
- Sambaa K’e
- Fort Smith
- Hay River
- Nahanni Butte
- Fort Liard
- Fort Providence
- Fort McPherson
- Fort Smith
Reminders and notices
For travel outside Canada, please review the latest travel advice and advisories(link is external) for your destination, review the latest travel health notices(link is external), and understand your obligations(link is external) under the federal Quarantine Act to plan for your return.
The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to advise against non-essential travel outside of Canada and advises extra caution if you must travel. At this time the OCPHO is maintaining that those who have travelled internationally are still not eligible for automatic reduction or exemption from the self-isolation requirements when entering the NWT. International travellers can request a consideration for exemption from self-isolation. The OCPHO will review their specific individual circumstances on a case-by-case basis using criteria such as severity of COVID-19 in the country that travellers visit.
Weekly Case and Vaccination Update on Facebook
A COVID-19 vaccination rate and case count update will be posted to the GNWT Facebook page weekly on Tuesdays after vaccination rates have been updated. This update replaces the testing and case count update that was previously posted daily on Facebook. This change was made to align with the COVID-19 Banner, which now displays vaccination rates and case counts. Detailed vaccination, testing, case, and wastewater information is still available 24/7 on the NWT COVID-19 Dashboard.
Submit your Self-Isolation Plan
All travellers coming to the NWT are legally required to submit a Self-Isolation Plan – even fully vaccinated travellers!
The border is only open to residents or non-resident travellers with an exemption. SIPs are still required as they allow us to track who is coming into the NWT, and rapidly respond and contact trace if there is a case or outbreak.
To ensure a smooth arrival back for NWT residents, try to submit your self-isolation plan at least 2 week before arriving in the NWT to avoid getting held up at NWT airports or highway checkstops. Even if your SIP is not approved by the time residents leave, it will speed things up for when you get back! Non-residents should ensure they have an approved exemption before making any travel plans.
ProtectNWT is receiving a large volume of calls and wait times are longer than usual. It is actively working to fix this by streamlining internal processes, redeploying staff to the call centre, and hiring new staff. ProtectNWT takes calls daily from 8 am to 8 pm . If you need to reach the call centre, try calling during non peak hours in the early morning or evening, or email your questions to email@example.com instead of calling. Thank you for your patience and understanding.