Information for international and interprovincial travellers

  

 

Important Notices
   

Notice on travel into New Brunswick (poster)
  

Compassionate Travel
The Chief Medical Officer of Health or her designate may authorize travel into New Brunswick to provide care for a palliative patient or for similar exceptional humanitarian or compassionate purposes, with or without an exemption from the requirement of self-isolation.

This includes in-home end of life visitation; end of life visitation in a hospital, nursing home or hospice (with written confirmation from the facility that you will be allowed entry); to provide care for a person in need of in-home support; to receive in-home care; or to provide or receive child care services that are not available by other means. 

You can start the application process by calling the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 and selecting your language of choice. Once in the menu, select “1 – Affected by Disaster” then “5 – New Brunswick” and then “3 – Compassionate Travel to NB.”
   

Travellers looking for more information can call 1-844-462-8387 on Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 


 

Travelling outside of New Brunswick

Avoid all non-essential travel outside of New Brunswick and Canada. 

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.

  


 

Travelling into New Brunswick

All unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is prohibited.

Everyone entering New Brunswick at any point of entry, including airports, must stop when instructed to do so by a peace officer and answer any questions as required to support the intent of the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

     


 

COVID-19 and border management

People crossing inter-provincial borders can bring significant health risks to New Brunswick.  Government intends to minimize travel across New Brunswick’s borders, and will pre-approve all entry into the province by policy.

In every case, entry is conditional on each individual providing identity documents, including contact phone number, agree that they have been provided written information documenting the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and acknowledging that failure to comply with isolation and follow-up compliance checks by enforcement officials may result in consequences.
   

Returning residents

New Brunswick residents returning from away are permitted to enter New Brunswick by land, sea, or air after screening, but are required to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolation within New Brunswick for 14 days.
  

Relocating to NB permanently

People entering to relocate to New Brunswick permanently must follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolation within New Brunswick for 14 days.
  

People not required to self-isolate

Certain persons are permitted to enter New Brunswick and are not required to self-isolate:

1)  Those who demonstrate they are travelling through to another jurisdiction and who agree to limit stops to food, fuel and personal needs and agree to follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

2)  Workers who are healthy and:

a)  provide or support things essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of New Brunswickers, including;

i)   Commercial transportation of goods by truck, train and plane

ii)  Maintenance of critical infrastructure telecommunications, transportation, data, fuel, electricity, manufacturing, water and wastewater, health and financial systems that is urgent and unplanned and where New Brunswick services are not available

b)  live in or near an interprovincial border community and commute to and from work locally, where the person lives in one province and works or operates a business in another.

3)  Individuals who:

a)  are healthy residents of Campobello Island who must cross the border to access required goods and services

b)  are patients who must travel to access healthcare services in another province because the service is unavailable within NB

c)  are patients from another province who must continue to access medical care in New Brunswick

d)  are a family unit of parents and children, to facilitate shared custody of children as per a court order or formal custody agreement

All such workers and individuals who are exempt from self-isolation must travel directly to and from work and/or their accommodations, self-monitor and avoid contact with vulnerable individuals, and follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  

Businesses, work and workplaces

People entering New Brunswick for work for a fixed period

Unless the worker is a person entering New Brunswick under an arrangement with an employer previously approved by WorkSafe NB, persons entering for a specific period of work from another jurisdiction, with proof of their employment may enter, but must also follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolation within New Brunswick for 14 days prior to commencing work.  
   

Businesses and employers

Any business or employer must either:

1)  ensure that any workers contracted or employed who must travel from outside New Brunswick self-isolate within New Brunswick for 14 days, not leave their isolation site, and follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and WorkSafeNB before and after entering any workplace. 

OR

2)  submit to WorkSafeNB a minimum of 15 business days in advance of expected employee arrival in the province and receive prior approval from WorkSafe NB of the isolation elements of an Operational Plan for inter-provincial workers which addresses that the employer will ensure that non-New Brunswick workers are, for 14 days after they enter the New Brunswick from another province:

i.  isolated from any New Brunswicker while they travel to and from their accommodations and worksite

ii.  required to remain at their accommodations and isolated from contact with any New Brunswicker during work hours and while off duty

iii.  effectively supervised to ensure these isolation measures are met

iv.  compliant with any requirements set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafeNB

For purposes of clarity, any workers contracted or employed by an employer and who live in or near an interprovincial border community and commute to work daily, are not require to self-isolate as outlined above. Alternatively, any worker contracted or employed by an employer and who live in or near an interprovincial border community, but are unable to commute and return home daily, is subject to the self-isolation requirements as outlined above.

Any person who arrives from outside Canada is subject to the federal Quarantine Act and the provisions of that Act apply. Information regarding Canadians remaining in New Brunswick is shared with public health and public safety officials to monitor and ensure compliance.
  

Exceptions

Individuals may apply for approval to enter New Brunswick to provide care or companionship to a palliative care patient, to access child care services not available by other means or to provide care for similar humanitarian needs. The Chief Medical Officer of Health may require self-isolation for 14 days in certain of these cases.
  

Other purposes

Travelling into New Brunswick for other purposes is not essential and not permitted. 

     


Frequently asked questions

 

All unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is prohibited, and peace officers are authorized to turn visitors away when they attempt to enter. Unnecessary travel includes non-residents entering New Brunswick to make or receive purchases or to visit or for other social purposes.

It is recognized that some travel is necessary, including: residents of other provinces who must enter New Brunswick to work or to receive medical treatment, commercial vehicle drivers delivering goods, residents of Campobello Island entering to access essential goods or services. Necessary travel also includes travel required to facilitate children sharing their time between parents. New Brunswick residents who have been out of province temporarily continue to be permitted to return home.

At the entry point at Campbellton, non-residents are also permitted entry to obtain groceries or prescription medications not available to them in their own community and necessities of life.

All travellers are asked to explain the purpose of their travels, if travel is deemed essential in nature, those residents are permitted to enter New Brunswick for that purpose only and are expected to return to the province of Quebec immediately upon completing that essential task.

Under the emergency order, Peace Officers are empowered to turn travelers away. Peace Officers are also empowered to return travelers to a point of entry.

With few exceptions, anyone who comes to New Brunswick from outside the province and remains here is required to self-isolate for 14 days and conduct themselves in accordance with the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. There are some exceptions, like those exempted under an order of the Chief Medical Officer of Health or under a section of the Mandatory Order.

Information on self-isolation, including how to self-isolate if there are others in the home, is available here.  

Certain persons are permitted to enter New Brunswick and are not required to self-isolate:

1)  Those who demonstrate they are travelling through to another jurisdiction and who agree to limit stops to food, fuel and personal needs and agree to follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

2)  Workers who are healthy and:

a)  provide or support things essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of New Brunswickers, including;

i)  Commercial transportation of goods by truck, train and plane

ii)  Maintenance of critical infrastructure telecommunications, transportation, data, fuel, electricity, manufacturing, water and wastewater, health and financial systems that is urgent and unplanned and where New Brunswick services are not available

b)  live in or near an interprovincial border community and commute to and from work locally, where the person lives in one province and works or operates a business in another.

3)  Individuals who:

a)  are healthy residents of Campobello Island who must cross the border to access required goods and services

b)  are patients who must travel to access healthcare services in another province because the service is unavailable within NB.

c) are patients from another province who must continue to access medical care in New Brunswick

d)  are a family unit of parents and children, to facilitate shared custody of children as per a court order or formal custody agreement

All such workers and individuals who are exempt from self-isolation must travel directly to and from work and/or their accommodations, self-monitor and avoid contact with vulnerable individuals, and follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Unless the worker is a person entering New Brunswick under an arrangement with an employer previously approved by WorkSafe NB, persons entering for a specific period of work from another jurisdiction, with proof of their employment may enter, but must also follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including self-isolation within New Brunswick for 14 days prior to commencing work.  

Any business or employer must either:

1)  ensure that any workers contracted or employed who must travel from outside New Brunswick self-isolate within New Brunswick for 14 days, not leave their isolation site, and follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and WorkSafeNB before and after entering any workplace. 

OR

2)  submit to WorkSafeNB a minimum of 15 business days in advance of expected employee arrival in the province and receive prior approval from WorkSafe NB of the isolation elements of an Operational Plan for inter-provincial workers which addresses that the employer will ensure that non-New Brunswick workers are, for 14 days after they enter the New Brunswick from another province:

i.  isolated from any New Brunswicker while they travel to and from their accommodations and worksite

ii.  required to remain at their accommodations and isolated from contact with any New Brunswicker during work hours and while off duty

iii.  effectively supervised to ensure these isolation measures are met

iv.  compliant with any requirements set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafeNB

For purposes of clarity, any workers contracted or employed by an employer and who live in or near an interprovincial border community and commute to work daily, are not require to self-isolate as outlined above. Alternatively, any worker contracted or employed by an employer and who live in or near an interprovincial border community, but are unable to commute and return home daily, is subject to the self-isolation requirements as outlined above.

Any person who arrives from outside Canada is subject to the federal Quarantine Act and the provisions of that Act apply.

Workers who are healthy and who commute locally to and from work, where the person lives close to the border in one province and works at or operates a business in another are permitted to enter.

All such workers and individuals who are exempt from self-isolation must travel directly to and from work and/or their accommodations, self-monitor and avoid contact with vulnerable individuals, and follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Like all travelers entering New Brunswick, those driving through will be screened upon entry and asked to answer questions required to support the intent of the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Travelers who pass screening at a point of entry and can demonstrate that they are authorized to travel through to their province of destination can travel through New Brunswick to go directly to their destination. Peace officers are authorized to deny entry into New Brunswick.

Entry into Canada falls under federal jurisdiction and any inquiries should be made to the Government of Canada. Please note that the Canada Border Services Agency has instituted a COVID-19 hotline regarding border crossing concerns/questions at 1-800-461-9999.

Additional information related to travel can be found here. As the situation is currently evolving, please visit www.gnb.ca/coronavirus regularly for the most up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19.

While screening is being done by airlines at the point of departure, New Brunswick enforcement officers are meeting scheduled, chartered and private flights arriving in the province. In the same way as their colleagues posted at the overland points of entry, they are screening arriving travelers to ensure compliance with the mandatory order.  

The Mandatory Order COVID-19 prohibits all unnecessary travel which includes non-residents of New Brunswick entering the province to visit or for other social purposes. The Order does not prohibit taking up residence in New Brunswick.

Persons entering the province will be asked to stop at the border and answer questions as required. If you intend to take up residence in the province, you may be asked to show proof of future residence, such as a signed lease, a purchase and sale agreement or communications from a landlord. 

Every person who will be remaining in the province must then self-isolate for 14 days and conduct themselves in accordance with the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

For more resources to help keep your community safe, please visit www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.

Individuals may enter New Brunswick to clean out their apartment for a period of not more than 24 hours and they are expected to self-isolate while in the province. Staying longer than 24 hours is considered remaining in the province and the 14-day self isolation period would apply. Keep in mind that further restrictions could be applied upon return to their home province.  

If a person leaves New Brunswick for any length of time to clean out an apartment in another province, they will be ordered, upon their return to New Brunswick, to self-isolate for 14 days and follow the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Any person moving to New Brunswick is required to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless to whether they were commuters to the province immediately preceding their move to the province.  

Paragraphs from the Mandatory Order COVID-19 relating to entering New Brunswick:  

  • Every person entering New Brunswick at any point of entry shall stop when instructed to do so by a peace officer and answer any such questions as required to support the intent of the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.   Every such person who will be remaining in the province must then self-isolate for 14 days and conduct themselves in accordance with the requirements of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
        
  • All unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is prohibited, and peace officers are hereby authorized to turn visitors away when they attempt to enter. It is recognized that some travel is necessary, including: residents of other provinces who must enter New Brunswick to work or to receive medical treatment, commercial vehicle drivers delivering goods, residents of Campobello Island entering to access essential goods or services. Necessary travel also includes travel required to facilitate children sharing their time between parents. New Brunswick residents who have been out of province temporarily continue to be permitted to return home. Unnecessary travel includes non-residents of New Brunswick entering New Brunswick to make or receive purchases or to visit or for other social purposes. At the entry point at Campbellton, non-residents will be permitted entry to obtain necessities of life.

 Visit www.gnb.ca/coronavirus regularly for the most up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19. 

To lower the risk to New Brunswickers, we will be opening the province in stages. The restrictions at borders to other provinces and states are not being lifted at this time.

New Brunswickers must continue to respect physical distancing measures for all those outside their household or “bubble”. It is not recommended that New Brunswickers share indoor living spaces with those who are outside their household unit. 

While we would not recommend inviting new contacts into your home; we encourage New Brunswickers to group outside or refer to virtual options.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health or her designate may authorize travel into New Brunswick, to provide care for a palliative patient or for similar exceptional humanitarian or compassionate purposes, with or without an exemption from the requirement of self-isolation. This includes in-home end of life visitation; end of life visitation in a hospital, nursing home or hospice (with written confirmation from the facility that you will be allowed entry); to provide care for a person in need of in-home support; to receive in-home care; or to provide or receive child care services that are not available by other means. 

You can start the application process by calling the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582. Once in the menu, select “1 – Affected by Disaster” then “5 – New Brunswick” and then “3 – Compassionate Travel to NB.”

No. Travel into New Brunswick for these reasons is prohibited at this time. A definition of necessary travel is listed in the mandatory order.