The residents of a region or territory now designated as a red zone (Maximum Alert) must most especially avoid travelling to a green, yellow or orange zone and outside Québec, except for essential travel (workers, shared child custody and freight transportation).
Moreover, the rules applying to zones under red alert continue to apply to every person residing there while travelling outside his or her zone. However, persons living in a territory that is in a red zone who travel to another territory to study, work or exercise their profession there are not required to apply the restrictions of the territory where they live.
Travel between regions is not recommended in the case of regions under orange alert or higher. Although interregional travel is allowed in the case of green and yellow regions, caution is advised for persons travelling temporarily in a region with a higher alert level.
To find out about the levels of alert in force, please consult the Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.
If you wish to travel to another Canadian province you must consult its COVID-19 information website , since the other provinces may have specific rules. There are no isolation measures for people arriving from other Canadian provinces.
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.
New registration procedures implemented by the New Brunswick government
On July 9th, the New Brunswick government have announced new online registration procedures, in addition to the procedures already in force, for Québec travellers wishing to visit the Îles-de-la-Madeleine or to travel back to Québec from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. It should, therefore, be noted that the Québec government form is still required.
The travellers concerned must from now on register online with the New Brunswick government.
Day trips allowed for residents of some neighboring regions
On July 30th, New Brunswick Government announced that new measures for Residents in Avignon Municipal Regional County, Listuguj First Nation and the Témiscouata Municipal Regional County along the New Brunswick border will be allowed to enter the province for day trips starting August 1st if they pre-register.
Residents of these communities who travel into New Brunswick for same-day travel only with no overnight stays will not need to self-isolate when they enter the province. Pre-registration for these trips is mandatory. Registration cannot be done at the border and travellers who have not pre-registered will be turned away. More information on the regulations and required documentation on the province’s Travel Information page .
Last update: May 21, 2020