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.
Entry to the North Shore
An entry management protocol has been put in place to reduce the risk of introducing COVID-19. All visitors, residents and some workers (excluding mine and construction workers) coming from an orange zone, a red zone or from outside Québec who enter one of the targeted territories must have two COVID-19 tests.
The first test is done when the visitor arrives and the second test is done on the 7th day of their stay. Preventive isolation is requested between the two tests. In addition, it is strongly suggested that the visitor avoid social interactions during the 14 days following their arrival. For more information, consult the public health measures for entry to the North Shore .
- Caniapiscau RCM
- Minganie RCM
- Gulf of St. Lawrence RCM
- Indigenous communities
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 now fill out a form to be allowed to cross New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Affected travellers must also register online with the Government of New Brunswick.
They must print this form and have it on hand when they travel, along with their reservation on board the CTMA ferry and all documents confirming the valid reason for their trip (proof of principal residence, secondary residence [tax account], medical paper, document provided by an employer, booking of tourist or family accommodation, etc.). They must also have received authorization from the Government of New Brunswick for their visit.
If the travellers complete the form in French, it is recommended that they also print the English version of the form without completing it in order to facilitate verification by New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island authorities.
This self-declaration does not guarantee the right to travel through New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Authorities in these provinces make the decision when travellers arrive at checkpoints.
Last update: May 21, 2020