The Gouvernement du Québec is gradually reopening the regions. At present, access is allowed to all regions of Québec, with the exception of the following territories:
- the Cree Territory of James Bay;
Despite the reopening of most of the regions, every person is requested, as much as possible, to limit travel from one region to another or from one city to another.
Persons wishing to depart on vacation to another region may do so, but are asked to comply with the instructions to ensure safe vacations in Québec.
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
A reopening plan will be announced at a later date for the territories of Nunavik and the Cree Territory of James Bay.
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.
Travellers who have to use the road and ferry to travel to and from Îles-de-la-Madeleine must now fill out a form to be allowed to cross New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
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.).
If the traveller completes the form in French, it is recommended that he or she 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.
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