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Travelling from one region to another or from one city to another during the COVID-19 pandemic

Instructions respecting travel between regions and cities vary according to the alert level in force in each region. To find out about the alert level for your territory, please consult the Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.

Reopening of the territories of Nunavik and the Cree Territory of James Bay

Access is not allowed at this time to Nunavik and the Cree Territory of James Bay. A reopening plan will be announced at a later date.

In the meantime, checkpoints are being maintained in order to limit the number of people entering and leaving these territories. Only essential travel is authorized to these regions, for humanitarian reasons, to work or to practice a profession in workplaces where activities have not been suspended, or to obtain the care or services that individuals’ health status requires.

The police may be present at entry and exit points in these regions and territories. In order to validate the appropriateness of a person's travel, the police may ask them to provide certain supporting documents, such as proof of residence, a driver's licence, or a document provided by an employer. Of course, police officers may always use their discretion in making a decision.


Because of the high vulnerability of Nunavik communities, measures are in place to reduce the risk of introducing the virus into the region. All travellers entering Nunavik must complete a 14-day quarantine prior to or following their arrival. They must also complete a questionnaire before boarding their plane at the airport. In addition, COVID-19 screening for all travellers is being introduced gradually. A screening test will be performed at the airport prior to boarding, and 7 days after arrival in Nunavik.

Cree Territory of James Bay

Eeyou Istchee (region 18) is currently free of COVID-19. Forceful action is needed to maintain protection for the region’s population because of the current successful outcome, the high vulnerability of the region and its population, and the capacity of its health services.

All individuals entering one of the 9 communities in Eeyou Istchee must remain in isolation for at least 14 days following their arrival before they begin to move around the community. They are also strongly urged to take a COVID-19 screening test during the 72 hours preceding their departure from their home region in order to obtain a negative result before travelling.

Regional air transport for Québec workers

Where a business must resort to fly-in/fly-out regional air transport within Québec for its workeres, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) recommends applying the following mitigation measures to limit the risk of spreading COVID‑19:

  • reduce the number of workers per aircraft;
  • segregate workers displaying symptoms or who have had contact with a case prior to boarding;
  • exclude workers who display comorbidity factors;
  • apply strict social distancing measures;
  • limit the number of people in common areas;
  • disinfect more frequently;
  • provide for isolation measures for workers who appear to be developing symptoms in the workplace;
  • monitor symptoms;
  • implement adapted, adequate health services;
  • provide for emergency transportation if need be.

Procedure for travel to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Travellers who have to use the road and ferry to travel to and from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine must have their CTMA ferry reservation on hand.

Due to the current rapidly evolving situation, and changes that can occur without notice, travellers are encouraged to check this page regularly to be informed of any changes that may occur in travel conditions for driving through New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

For more information about the restrictions in effect, please visit the following pages:

New Brunswick
Travel information This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Prince Edward Island
Magdalen Islands entry and departure through PEI This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Last update: November 22, 2021


Information on the website in no way replaces the opinion of a health professional. If you have questions concerning your health status, consult a professional.


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