New federal COVID-19 travel rules in place Saturday
Passengers departing from Iqaluit will need proof of vaccination or valid test results
Starting Saturday, passengers taking off from Iqaluit’s airport will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative test result as part of new nationwide rules aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.
The federal government rule that comes into effect Oct. 30 requires people boarding planes, trains or ships in Canada to be at least 14 days removed from receiving their second dose of a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine. That includes people boarding planes at Iqaluit’s airport.
Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must provide proof they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 72 hours, or they have tested positive for COVID-19 between 14 to 180 days before their departure, according to a Canadian North statement on the new rules.
Canadian North says the new rules apply to departing passengers in Iqaluit and in the southern Canadian cities it flies to. Other Nunavut communities are exempt.
The rules will be applied to departing passengers but not arriving ones.
“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,” Canadian North’s website states.
Passengers travelling to other Nunavut communities from Iqaluit will have the opportunity to do a test if they are not fully vaccinated and the tests take 30 minutes to return a result, Canadian North stated.
But the molecular testing is not guaranteed to be available, the airline added in the statement, and passengers should not rely on them. “Passengers will be responsible for any costs associated with trip interruption if tests are unavailable,” it said.
Other exceptions to the federal rules includes passengers who are under 12 years old, as well any passenger under the age of 16 who is travelling alone, Canadian North stated.
The Government of Nunavut made proof-of-vaccination cards available on Oct. 12.