Atlantic Canada is reopening domestic tourism and starts allowing vaccinated visitors

Atlantic Canada is reopening domestic tourism and starts allowing vaccinated visitors

Although no specific plans have been put into place to reopen the Canadian border to international tourists, many domestic travelers have started taking advantage of the reopening of Atlantic Canada, the region that consists of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, to domestic travelers.

Although all vaccinated Canadians can visit all four of those provinces without restrictions once Prince Edward Island jumps on board on Sunday, officials here do not expect their tourism numbers to significantly pick up until the number of Canadians who are fully vaccinated increases further. Currently, 46% of Canadians are fully vaccinated with an addition 24% partially vaccinated.

Nova Scotia

On July 14, Nova Scotia advanced to Phase 3 of its five-step reopening process, a phase that allowed domestic travelers to enter this province; Nova Scotia is currently at Phase 4 and expects to move to Phase 5 in September.

Travelers to Nova Scotia should use the Safe Check-in Form and note that those who have not been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior will need to self-isolate and possibly take a COVID-19 test.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island opened its borders to others in Atlantic Canada on June 27, when it advanced to Step 2 of its Moving Forward plan; it is planning to move to Step 3 on Sunday, which will allow other Canadians who have a PEI Pass to come here as well.

Steps 4 and 5 are expected to be completed by Sept. 12.

New Brunswick

Meanwhile, New Brunswick advanced to Phrase 2 of its Path to Green on June 16, which allowed all Canadians to visit the province. However, travelers should note that being at least partially vaccinated is necessary for non-Atlantic Canadians to avoid a self-isolation period and testing. Those from within Atlantic Canada do not need to meet this vaccination requirement.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Together Again plan is at Step 1 of its three-step process, which allows for the entry of Canadians from throughout the country. However, those who are only partially vaccinated will need to provide a negative test result while unvaccinated Canadians must self-isolate for two weeks.