Information for international and interprovincial travellers
- Travel restrictions
Travel into New Brunswick is now further restricted and will be permitted only for work; medical reasons; obtaining essential supplies for the communities of Pointe-à-la-Croix and Listuguj First Nation, in Quebec; and child custody or compassionate reasons if approved by Public Health. Under the new restrictions, Canadian residents who own property in the province or who have family members (parents, children, siblings, grandchildren, grandparents, significant other) residing in New Brunswick will no longer be permitted to enter the province.
- Self-isolation and work-isolation
Self-isolation means staying isolated and avoiding all contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and community. New guidelines for isolation requirements for New Brunswickers in various categories, including residents returning from working outside the province.
Work-isolation involves travelling directly to and from a workplace without making any additional stops. People in work-isolation must wear a mask at all times in public and stay in their household bubble. Information for people following work-isolation protocols is available online.
Everyone who tests positive, plus their contacts, plus everyone required to self-isolate, is required to answer questions from Public Health on their symptoms, their travel and their contacts. Complete and truthful answers are absolutely critical to limiting the spread of COVID-19. Anyone who refuses to answer or whose answers are false or incomplete is now subject to charges for violating provisions of the mandatory order.
- Some international destinations require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter the country. If you require official test results in order to travel, please keep in mind that it can take a minimum of 48-72 hours after the test is administered before you can access your results. Results make take longer to access if there is a situation (like an outbreak or alert-level change) that increases the volume of high-priority testing. For after-hours information, please contact the records management office for your testing assessment centre with Horizon or with Vitalité.
- Calls to travellers ordered to self-isolate
Travellers into New Brunswick who are ordered to self-isolate will receive calls over the duration of their isolation period. Calls will be made by both an automated calling service and by provincial government employees to verify that the individual is isolating and to check on their health and wellness. Adult travellers will receive a call for themselves and for any minors listed on their travel registration.
This automated calling service will not ask for any personal information. Individuals with call display will see the call show as COVID-19 NB (506) 867-7596. It is important that travellers who have been directed to self-isolate answer these calls, take the time to listen to the message and respond accordingly. In cases where travellers do not answer the follow-up calls, their case will be directed to law enforcement for follow-up to ensure compliance.
- Travel Registration Program
Travellers entering New Brunswick from outside the province must have a confirmation from the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. Most traveller registrations are rapidly confirmed. Travellers should register at least five days before their travel into New Brunswick. Travellers entering New Brunswick from another country, including the United States, and whose travel has been approved by Canada Border Services Agency must also register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
- Travellers looking for more information can call 1-844-462-8387 on Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Compassionate Travel for End-of-Life Visits
The Canadian Red Cross has been authorized to approve travel into New Brunswick for end-of-life visits with an immediate family member, such as a parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or significant other. This includes in-home end-of-life visitation as well as end-of-life visitation in a hospital, hospice or nursing home.
If you are visiting a hospital, hospice or nursing home you must have written permission to enter the facility. You will also be directed by the facility on the requirements for entry and self-isolation.
You can begin 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 “1 – Affected by COVID-19”.
We cannot grant requests to cross into New Brunswick from another country for end-of-life visits. The Government of Canada regulates the international border and travellers entering Canada.
- Extended grace period for testing
The roll out of the testing requirements for travellers who cross provincial and federal borders will happen gradually over the coming weeks beginning with education and awareness efforts.
Travellers will be provided advance notice before the new testing requirements are enforced.
Avoid all unnecessary travel outside of New Brunswick.
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.
Screening of travellers from outside New Brunswick
All travellers will continue to be screened at airports and at points of entry along the Quebec border, and will be asked for proof of province of residence. Providing this information will support Public Health’s tracing efforts in the event of a case or an outbreak of COVID-19. If you are planning to enter the province, please come prepared with the required documents for travel into New Brunswick.
You must register your travel ahead of entering New Brunswick as part of your travel preparation plans. Find out more at www.gnb.ca/TravelRegistration.
Returning from travel outside of New Brunswick
Travellers entering New Brunswick from outside of New Brunswick must have a confirmation from the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
Unless you are exempt, New Brunswickers returning from travel outside of New Brunswick need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Travellers entering New Brunswick from the United States or other international locations outside of North America, and whose travel has been approved by Canada Border Services Agency must also receive approval to enter New Brunswick. If approved, international travellers can enter New Brunswick to work, to visit immediate family, for medical treatments, to facilitate child care/custody arrangements, attend school, and to visit someone in palliative care.
International travellers approved by the Canadian Border Services Agency are required to register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program and receive approval from New Brunswick before travelling. Approval by CBSA does not guarantee entry into New Brunswick. The valid reason for entry into New Brunswick must be found in the Provincial Mandatory Order.
Anyone who enters Canada but does not travel directly to New Brunswick (e.g. they undertake their isolation period in another province or territory), will only be permitted entry into New Brunswick if they qualify under New Brunswick’s admission criteria. You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days under the federal Quarantine Act unless exempt, and upon entering New Brunswick, must follow the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.