Your safety and well-being mean everything to us
Access answers to your questions about the safety of air travel and learn about the many steps we are taking to protect you within our Canadian North Care program.
Due to additional health and document verification requirements implemented by the Federal, Territorial and/or Provincial governments, we recommend you arrive at the check-in counter 120 minutes before flights departing Edmonton (YEG), Yellowknife (YZF), Iqaluit (YFB), Montreal (YUL), Winnipeg (YWG), and Ottawa (YOW); and 90 minutes before flights from all other airports. Read more about passenger responsibilities at check-in here.
Web and kiosk check-in options are temporarily unavailable.
The Federal Government has implemented legislation effective October 30th, 2021 requiring that air passengers departing from certain “specified airports” in Canada must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be able to provide a valid test result from a molecular COVID-19 test. These requirements are in addition to existing travel restrictions associated with entering Nunavik, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and passengers must fully comply with all applicable restrictions in order to travel successfully.
The mandate is applicable to passengers whose travel involves a departure, either as their point of origin or as a connection:
- Montreal Airport, CYUL
- Edmonton Airport, CYEG
- Winnipeg Airport, CYWG
- Yellowknife Airport, CYZF
- Iqaluit Airport, CYFB
- Ottawa Airport, CYOW
As a reminder, fully vaccinated means 14 days after the final dose of a Health Canada COVID-19 vaccination regimen, which can include a combination of currently approved COVID-19 vaccinations:
- Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty – 2 doses
- Moderna Spikevax – 2 doses
- AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD – 2 doses
- Jansen/Johnson & Johnson – 1 dose
Effective October 30th, 2021, all passengers must provide a written attestation that they meet one of the following criteria and can provide proof if required:
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to the above definition;
- Have tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 72 hours using a Molecular test – note Antigen tests are not valid;
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 between 14 and 180 days from departure using a Molecular test;
Downloading and completing the attestation form here will provide a smoother experience at the airport. A competent adult can provide the confirmation on behalf of someone that is not deemed a competent adult.
As noted above, those travelling into Nunavik, Nunavut or NWT require additional documentation and should refer to relevant sections below.
Any passenger may be required to prove their status either to Canadian North or to Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) Agents and both Canadian North and CATSA will be obligated to randomly screen a certain number of passengers to provide proof of their status.
- Your vaccination or valid test result evidence needs to be in English or French (or a certified translation to English or French) and must show:
- Name of the person that received the vaccine / test
- Name of the government or non-governmental agency which administered the vaccine / test
- Brand / type of the vaccine / test that was administered
- Dates of administration of the vaccine / test
- In the case of vaccination, the number of doses administered
- In the case of molecular test, the result of the test
A failure to provide proof of status will be reported to Transport Canada and may result in fines to passengers and will result in a minimum 72Hr delay before the passenger is able to resume their journey. Passengers are responsible for any costs associated with such delays.
Unvaccinated passengers travelling into remote communities will have the opportunity to utilize a rapid Molecular test available at certain airports including Edmonton, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Ottawa Winnipeg, and Montreal. These tests require 30 minutes to return a result and can be presented as an alternative to the proof required above. The availability of such tests cannot be guaranteed by Canadian North and should not be relied on if alternative testing options are available. Passengers will be responsible for any costs associated with trip interruption if tests are unavailable.
The following exceptions apply to this mandate:
- General exception for anyone that is less than 12 years and four months of age.
- Those under the age of 16 who are traveling alone.
- The mandate applies only to passengers departing from “specified airports” as defined above and will not apply to passengers whose travel does not include a departure from one of those airports. For example, a passenger travelling from Pangnirtung to Iqaluit will not be subject to this mandate, but they will be subject to it for their return travel from Iqaluit to Pangnirtung.
- Unvaccinated individuals have the option to provide a valid test result as described above; this is expected to change in the future and Canadian North will provide updated information when available.
- Most travelers entering Nunavut must present a Letter of Authorization from the Chief of Public Health Officer of Nunavut. Importantly, an authorized letter does not qualify as valid proof of vaccination, so vaccinated travelers must carry valid proof in addition to an authorized letter.
- Unvaccinated travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine period prior to entering the territory, regardless of whether they have a valid test result as required by Federal guidelines. Thus, unvaccinated individuals will be required to quarantine for 14 days and provide a valid test result in order to travel into Nunavut
- Visit the Government of the Northwest Territories to confirm first that you are able to travel
- You may need to isolate upon entering the Northwest Territories. Travelers must submit a self-isolation plan in advance.
- Confirm that you are eligible to travel to Nunavik by visiting the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services website
- You must complete a questionnaire and obtain a Nunavik Territory Access Authorization letter at least 72 hours before your departure.
- Only procedural masks are permitted for use to board and throughout a flight no other mask will be permitted and will be supplied at the boarding gate.
Regional Requirements to Fly
Select the choice that describes your trip:
Territorial Travel Restriction Status
Disclaimer: Canadian North cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information, Regional and Territorial Health Authorities have the most accurate and up-to-date information.
From outside the Common Travel Area1
Isolation Exemption Available
Isolation Exemption Available
From outside Nunavik
Isolation Exemption Available
Isolation Exemption Available
From outside the NWT
1: The Common Travel Area includes Nunavut, NWT and Churchill Manitoba. Note that the CTA applies only for travel into Nunavut and not into NWT.
2: Certain additional restrictions apply with respect to travel into
3: All jurisdictions will consider exemptions for Critical Workers & Compassionate Travel.
Mask Requirements for Your Travel Journey
You must bring a mandatory non-medical mask or face-covering and wear it throughout your entire travel journey
- The Government of Canada requires all travellers 6 years of age or older to confirm that they have a mandatory non-medical face mask or face-covering in their possession during check-in and wear it throughout the entire travel journey. Masks are not to be placed or required on children less than 2 years old, anyone who is unconscious, anyone unable to remove them without assistance, or anyone with a medical certificate indicating they should not wear a mask. – more information and exceptions here.
- Although an adult responsible for a child who is at least 2 years of age but less than six years of age must ensure that a non-medical mask or face-covering is readily available to the child prior to boarding an aircraft for a flight, the child is not required to wear the mask for the entire journey if they cannot tolerate it.
- Non-medical masks or face-coverings with transparent windows must be tightly sealed where the transparent material meets the rest of the face mask, as well as meet other general face mask requirements.
- Please note that as shown in the above link, face coverings with an exhalation valve or vent, non-medical masks/face coverings made with mesh or lace fabric, neck gaiters, bandanas and face shields will not be accepted as they don’t protect others from COVID-19 and don’t limit the spread of the virus.
- Travellers who do not have a suitable face covering in their possession will not be allowed to fly.
Health Screenings and Onboard Experience
You will check-in at our airport counter
- Web and kiosk check-in options are temporarily unavailable.
Mandatory Transport Canada health screening questions
- All passengers are required to respond to a heath questionnaire before boarding, confirming that they are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or that there are other related factors that would prevent them from boarding a flight.
- We urge passengers to respond truthfully as providing false or misleading information could result in a $5,000 fine under the Aeronautics Act.
Changes to our onboard experience
- Flights departing from Montreal to Kujjuaq will continue to serve water only, due to regional restrictions.
- We have also temporarily removed non-essential items such as pillows, blankets and our inflight magazine.
Update to our Goodwill Policy
Potential exposure to COVID-19 during air travel
Transmission of COVID-19 while traveling by air is rare. Get more information on flights where passengers may have been exposed to COVID-19 here.
Request for customers to wear face coverings when visiting any of our cargo facilities and airport counters
In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the communities we serve, we are asking our customers to wear a face covering whenever they visit any of our Canadian North Cargo facilities. This supports current public health directives in Ottawa and Québec, and will ensure we are providing the same precautions in all of our locations.
We also encourage our customers to wear face coverings at our airport ticketing and check-in counters.
Where Can I Find More Information?
The following websites are reliable sources of updated information:
- Government of Nunavut
- Government of the Northwest Territories
- Kativik Regional Government
- Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories
- Government of Canada Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
- The World Health Organization
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Questions? We’re Always Here to Listen and to Help.
We will continue to follow the direction of public health authorities and will provide additional updates here and on our Facebook and Twitter channels if further developments occur. In the meantime, we are always here to listen and to help. If you have any questions about your upcoming travel or shipping, please contact us at 1-800-267-1247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you as always for booking, flying and shipping with us.