FREDERICTON (GNB) – Travellers who wish to enter New Brunswick now have access to a pre-travel registration service to help speed up their trip.

The Travel Registration Program website will allow those who intend to travel to pre-register, verify that they meet the health screening criteria and see what documents are required to enter the province. Travellers who pre-register will be given a registration document and information about current health guidelines.

Travellers who reside in the Atlantic provinces will be approved if they meet the health screening criteria. Restrictions still apply to travellers from other provinces and territories.

“The health and the safety of New Brunswickers is our priority,” said Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart. “New Brunswickers have worked hard to flatten the curve and border screening helps protect our communities from COVID-19. Until today, travellers coming to our province have been providing their information at screening points. With this new service, we will address those requests clearly and consistently while also limiting delays.”

Everyone entering New Brunswick by land, air or sea must register. That includes residents of New Brunswick and the other Atlantic provinces.

Each adult entering the province, including a New Brunswicker returning after travel outside the province, needs to complete their own registration. Children may be listed on one registration along with the primary applicant who is their parent or guardian. Unaccompanied minors need their own registration.

People who travel regularly, such as daily commuters travelling for work, to fulfil a custody order or to receive medical treatment, can apply for a multiple-use registration.

“Implementing this program improves our ability to support Public Health in the event of an outbreak,” said Urquhart. “Information will be retained for six months and can only be shared for public health purposes.”

During the pandemic, New Brunswick has consistently permitted travel through the province to reach other destinations. Travellers from outside Atlantic Canada must register and are only permitted to stop for food, fuel and personal needs while travelling through the province to reach their destination.

Every person entering New Brunswick must follow the advice of the chief medical officer of health, including self-isolating within New Brunswick for 14 days if ordered. The latest guidance is available online.

People can register online or by calling toll free 1-833-948-2800 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Atlantic time). It is recommended that travellers register at least five days before their intended date of arrival in New Brunswick, though turnaround time on their registration may be faster. Travellers who arrive at the border without having pre-registered will still be able to apply at the border but may face delays.

Travellers who have obtained permits or authorizations to travel to other provinces, including Prince Edward Island and Quebec’s Magdalen Islands will still be required to pre-register to enter New Brunswick.

New Brunswickers should consult the websites of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador before travelling to these provinces to determine the current regulations and documentation required.