Health officials open common travel area between Nunavut, Nunavik
With no direct flights between the regions, new rule only applies to chartered flights and travel by boat
People travelling between Nunavut and Nunavik no longer have to quarantine, announced health officials in both jurisdictions on Thursday.
The travel bubble includes children and people who are not vaccinated.
“These decisions were made based on family ties between Nunavik and Nunavut, the low rate of COVID-19 cases in both regions, the end of the outbreak in Iqaluit, and the similarities of travel restrictions for travellers coming from elsewhere,” said Josée Levesque, a spokesperson for Nunavik’s health board, in a news release.
The new rule only applies to chartered flights and travel by boat, however, because there are no commercial flights that go directly between Nunavik and Nunavut.
Canadian North used to operate regular flights between Montreal, Kuujjuaq and Iqaluit, but hasn’t since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Travellers going to each destination must still fill out the appropriate entry forms.
Visitors coming into Nunavik are also required to be screened for COVID-19 on the seventh day after arriving in the region.
The Government of Nunavut does not test for travel purposes.