Information for international and interprovincial travellers
- Travel restrictions
Travel into New Brunswick is now further restricted and will be permitted only for work; medical reasons; obtaining essential supplies for the communities of Pointe-à-la-Croix and Listuguj First Nation, in Quebec; and child custody or compassionate reasons if approved by Public Health. Under the new restrictions, Canadian residents who own property in the province or who have family members (parents, children, siblings, grandchildren, grandparents, significant other) residing in New Brunswick will no longer be permitted to enter the province.
- Self-isolation and work-isolation
Self-isolation means staying isolated and avoiding all contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and community. New guidelines for isolation requirements for New Brunswickers in various categories, including residents returning from working outside the province, are now in effect and are available online.
Work-isolation involves travelling directly to and from a workplace without making any additional stops. People in work-isolation must wear a mask at all times in public and stay in their household bubble. Information for people following work-isolation protocols is available online.
Everyone who tests positive, plus their contacts, plus everyone required to self-isolate, is required to answer questions from Public Health on their symptoms, their travel and their contacts. Complete and truthful answers are absolutely critical to limiting the spread of COVID-19. Anyone who refuses to answer or whose answers are false or incomplete is now subject to charges for violating provisions of the mandatory order.
- Some international destinations require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter the country. If you require official test results in order to travel, please keep in mind that it can take a minimum of 48-72 hours after the test is administered before you can access your results. Results make take longer to access if there is a situation (like an outbreak or alert-level change) that increases the volume of high-priority testing. For after-hours information, please contact the records management office for your testing assessment centre with Horizon or with Vitalité.
- Calls to travellers ordered to self-isolate
Travellers into New Brunswick who are ordered to self-isolate will receive calls over the duration of their isolation period. Calls will be made by both an automated calling service and by provincial government employees to verify that the individual is isolating and to check on their health and wellness. Adult travellers will receive a call for themselves and for any minors listed on their travel registration.
This automated calling service will not ask for any personal information. Individuals with call display will see the call show as COVID-19 NB (506) 867-7596. It is important that travellers who have been directed to self-isolate answer these calls, take the time to listen to the message and respond accordingly. In cases where travellers do not answer the follow-up calls, their case will be directed to law enforcement for follow-up to ensure compliance.
- Travel Registration Program
Travellers entering New Brunswick from outside the province must have a confirmation from the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. Most traveller registrations are rapidly confirmed. Travellers should register at least five days before their travel into New Brunswick. Travellers entering New Brunswick from another country, including the United States, and whose travel has been approved by Canada Border Services Agency must also register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
- When and How to Self-isolate
- Travellers looking for more information can call 1-844-462-8387 on Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Travel at Campbellton by residents of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec for the purpose of accessing essential goods and services is now restricted to between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and is limited to twice within a seven-day period. “Essential goods and services” means: necessities of life (including groceries and clothing) and supporting services (including butchery for hunted game), health care (including physician and hospital care, prescriptions, and medical equipment and supplies), goods and services requires for their work, banking and financial services, transportation (including automotive repair), animal care, and funeral or visitation services for members of the immediate family of the traveler. Travellers for heath care may be accompanied by one support person. Travel for essential goods and services is limited to two crossings into New Brunswick per week and is conditional on pre-registration, except for travel in a medical emergency.
Persons entering New Brunswick are required to:
- pre-register through www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration;
- prove residency in an Atlantic Province, Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Que.;
- attest that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms;
- attest they have not travelled outside their communities, except into an Atlantic Province, in the previous 14 days;
- For those applying to travel into New Brunswick from Listuguj or Pointe-à-la-Croix for essential supplies, use the travel category “Other”. If you have been using the Quebec Twinning travel for commuting for work, medical or custody, please apply using those categories of travel.
To ensure the health and safety of all New Brunswickers, it is important to maintain good public health measures such as:
- avoid travel / vacationing and stay home if sick
- maintain physical distancing (2m / 6ft)
- wear a community face mask when physical distancing not possible to maintain
- limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
- clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
- frequently wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
- use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- when coughing or sneezing:
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Multi-use registration for visitors from border areas of Quebec
- All previously approved registrations to and from Avignon MRC (including Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Que.) for non-essential single trips and multi-day registrations were no longer valid as of noon, September 25, 2020, with the exception of multi-day registrations approved for the transportation of elementary and secondary students from Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Que. and those issued for work, medical care and childcare/child custody.
Avoid all unnecessary travel outside of New Brunswick.
If you must travel, please visit the Government of Canada's travel advice and advisories page for your destination(s) regularly to verify travel health recommendations and safety and security information.
The destination(s) you are travelling to may have different rules and public health measures in place to protect residents from COVID-19. Do your research before leaving so you are not caught unaware when you arrive.
It’s important to remember that if you leave the province, not only are you subject to rules in place at your destination(s), but the rules in New Brunswick upon your return as well. For example, unless you’re exempt, you must self-isolate for 14 days after you get back to the province.
Screening of travellers from outside New Brunswick
All travellers will continue to be screened at airports and at points of entry along the Quebec border, and will be asked for proof of province of residence. Providing this information will support Public Health’s tracing efforts in the event of a case or an outbreak of COVID-19. If you are planning to enter the province, please come prepared with the required documents for travel into New Brunswick.
You must register your travel ahead of entering New Brunswick as part of your travel preparation plans. Find out more at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration.
Returning from travel outside of New Brunswick
Travellers entering New Brunswick from outside of New Brunswick must have a confirmation from the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
Unless you are exempt, New Brunswickers returning from travel outside of New Brunswick need to self-isolate for 14 days.
If your travel is related to work, information on testing and self-isolation can be found here.
Travellers entering New Brunswick from the United States or other international locations outside of North America, and whose travel has been approved by Canada Border Services Agency must also receive approval to enter New Brunswick. If approved, international travellers can enter New Brunswick to work, to visit immediate family, for medical treatments, to facilitate child care/custody arrangements, attend school, attend a funeral of an immediate family member and to visit someone in palliative care.
International travellers approved by the Canadian Border Services Agency are required to register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program and receive approval from New Brunswick before travelling. Approval by CBSA does not guarantee entry into New Brunswick. The valid reason for entry into New Brunswick must be found in the Provincial Mandatory Order.
Anyone who enters Canada but does not travel directly to New Brunswick (e.g. they undertake their isolation period in another province or territory), will only be permitted entry into New Brunswick if they qualify under New Brunswick’s admission criteria. You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days under the federal Quarantine Act unless exempt, and upon entering New Brunswick, must follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Canadian students moving to New Brunswick
Students moving to New Brunswick from Canadian provinces or territories outside of New Brunswick must follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolating for 14 days. These students should select “Moving to NB (Non-NB Resident)” as their Reason for Entry when registering their travel at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration
Students coming to New Brunswick from outside Canada must follow any directives from the Government of Canada including orders under the federal Quarantine Act and, upon entering New Brunswick, follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Students coming to New Brunswick from outside Canada who must make a connection or layover in another province may undertake their federal self-isolation once in New Brunswick. International students spending time in another province for any other reason must complete their 14 days of isolation in that province before entering New Brunswick and will be directed to self-isolate for a further 14 days if arriving from outside of New Brunswick.
Entering New Brunswick to pick up or drop off a student
One person may accompany a student who is moving to New Brunswick. A person accompanying a student may enter New Brunswick for a period of not more than 24 hours and must self-isolate, limit stops to essential needs (e.g. fuel, food) and follow public health guidelines on masking and distancing while in the province. These travellers should select “Other” as their Reason for Entry when registering their travel at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration;and indicate in the Detailed Reasons for Entry that they are “Accompanying a student to New Brunswick.”
Leaving New Brunswick to pick up or drop off a student
One person may accompany a New Brunswick resident student who is leaving to attend an educational institution in another province or territory of Canada. A person accompanying a student will not be required to self-isolate if they return to New Brunswick within 24 hours, limit stops to essential needs (e.g. fuel, food) and follow public health guidelines on masking and distancing, including continuous masking and physical distancing when travelling with the student in a vehicle. Students returning to New Brunswick must self-isolate for 14 days.
Entry into Canada falls under federal jurisdiction and any inquiries should be made to the Government of Canada. Anyone coming to New Brunswick from outside Canada must follow any directives from the Government of Canada including orders under the federal Quarantine Act and, upon entering New Brunswick, follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolating for 14 days.
These travellers should select “Other” as their Reason for Entry when registering their travel at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration and indicate in the Detailed Reasons for Entry that they are “Accompanying a student moving out of New Brunswick.”