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.

Border between Québec and Ontario

On April 19, 2021, the border between Québec and Ontario will be closed to prevent the spread of variants. Sporadic checks will be conducted to limit travel between the two provinces.

It is prohibited for anyone from Ontario to enter or be in Québec.

Allowable exceptions:

  • A person who owns his or her principal residence or a secondary residence in Québec and, in the latter case, is responsible for its maintenance.

  • A person who is required to travel to Québec for humanitarian reasons.

  • A person who is required to travel to Québec in order to obtain care or services required by his or her health condition or to provide such care or services to a person who so requires them.

  • A person who is required to work, exercise a profession, or attend an educational institution in Québec.

  • A person who is required to travel to Québec in order to comply with a court order, to respond to a court subpoena, or to enable the exercise of parental custody or access rights.

  • A person who is employed in the federal public service and whose workplace is located in Québec and whose presence is required by the employer at that workplace.

  • A person who transports goods in Québec or in transit through Québec.

  • A person who has to cross this border in order to reach his or her principal residence located outside of Québec.

  • A person who is required to enter Québec or cross the border as part of an international trip or a trip to another province by bus, train, ferry, or plane.

All persons entering Québec from Ontario to return to their principal residence must quarantine for 14 days upon their return.

Allowable exceptions:

  • A person who has had to travel for humanitarian reasons.

  • A person who has traveled to obtain care or services required by his or her medical condition or to provide such care or services to a person who so requires them.

  • A person who has moved to Québec to work, exercise his or her profession, or attend an educational institution.

  • A person who is required to travel to Québec in order to comply with a court order, to respond to a court subpoena, or to enable the exercise of parental custody or access rights.

People from Ontario who

  • transport goods in Québec or in transit through Québec;
  • travel through Québec to their principal residence located outside of Québec; or
  • enter or pass through Québec as part of an international trip or to another province, by bus, train, ferry, or plane

may not make unnecessary stops or be admitted to or remain in a restaurant for purposes of consumption on the premises. For long journeys of a person from Ontario who crosses Québec to New Brunswick, it is permissible to stop to sleep in Québec. This is not considered an unnecessary stop.

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 This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Targeted territories:

  • 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.

Nunavik

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.

Please complete the self-declaration form to travel to and from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. (PDF 66 Kb)

Online registration with the Government of New Brunswick This hyperlink will open in a new window.