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Keeping You Safe While
Sailing with Northumberland Ferries

Northumberland Ferries Limited has taken measures to keep you safe while still enabling you to move about the ship, enjoy a snack or meal, get some fresh air – like you always could. We ask that you be conscientious of the safety of others by wearing a face mask at all times except when eating and drinking while seated.

Travelling with
Northumberland Ferries

Northumberland Ferries Limited has introduced safety measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Watch our video for a full breakdown of what’s changed so you can be prepared for your next ferry voyage.

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Know Before You Go

Safety Measures

Northumberland Ferries Limited has introduced safety measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and provide a safe ferry voyage between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia. We’ve taken a series of measures to help enforce safe social distancing and have implemented a contactless check-in process.

Travelling to PEI

Everyone travelling to PEI will be asked to wait for two hours for their result of their point of entry test, before joining their family or going to a public place. Individuals arriving in PEI are strongly recommended to test on day 4 and to follow modified isolation during those first four days. This means not attending large gatherings, larger personal gatherings, or visiting those in long term care, community care or other congregate settings. They should also avoid visiting with immune compromised or elderly individuals until their day four test if possible.

Increased testing until early January

  • Everyone 8 years and older will be tested at the points of entry (regardless of immunization status and time outside of province). People who don’t need to isolate and who cannot be tested at the points of entry will be given a self-test kit.
  • For travel with PEI Pass (and children under age 12 travelling with adults with a PEI Pass)
    • School age children returning to PEI
      • Require a negative test before returning to school after travel (the point of entry test or take home test meets this requirement)
      • School age children under 12 years of age are also asked to be tested twice after arrival on days 4 and 8, and if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, be tested immediately
      • School age children 12 years and older are also asked to be tested once after arrival between days 4-8 and if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, be tested immediately
    • All other fully immunized people are recommended to be tested once after arrival between days 4-8 after travel within Canada and if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, be tested immediately
    • Anyone arriving in PEI from an international destination (including the United States)
      • Is required to be tested again after arrival on day 4 at a PEI testing clinic and if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, be tested immediately. Individuals are also responsible for following any other post travel testing that may apply.
      • Is unable to enter a long term care or community care facility in PEI until they have had three negative COVID-19 tests on arrival and on days 4 and 8. This applies to all staff, volunteers and visitors.
      • International travelers must also follow applicable federal measures

PEI Passes and Travel Isolation

People must be fully vaccinated (+14 days) to be eligible for a PEI Pass.

  • All people arriving in PEI who are not fully vaccinated, including those who are partially vaccinated, will need to self-isolate for 8 days (subject to a test on day 8) and complete a self-isolation declaration. This does not apply to:
    • PEI residents travelling off-Island for eligible same day travel activities following the same-day travel guidance
    • Truck drivers following the guidance for truck drivers
    • Registered PEI resident rotational workers following the guidance for rotational workers
    • People working in PEI during their isolation who follow the requirements for work-isolation
    • Children and parents travelling for the purposes of parenting time and following associated measures
    • Children younger than 12 years old and travelling with at minimum one fully vaccinated adult who is exempt from isolation with a PEI Pass

Other Information for International Travel

  • Before making plans to travel outside of Canada, you should review the federal COVID-19 travel, testing and border measures(link is external) to ensure your eligibility to re-enter Canada, federal quarantine requirements and exemptions, and how to plan and prepare.
  • Please note that following international travel, the federal government does not allow unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who have travelled with vaccinated adults to attend school, childcare or sporting events for 14 days; visit the federal government webpage for the most up to date federal measures following travel outside of the country
  • Please be aware that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 before re-entering Canada may not be permitted to enter Canada and will be responsible for costs accrued until such time they are permitted to enter Canada.

For more information about traveling to and from PEI, including travel advice for Island residents please visit

Travelling to Nova Scotia

Travel from Canada

Everyone (12 or older) who travels from another Canadian province or territory (outside Nova Scotia) needs to complete the Safe Check-in Form before they travel to Nova Scotia. This also includes most travellers who are exempt from self-isolation and if you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another destination. You may need to self-isolate when you arrive in Nova Scotia for at least 7 days. You don’t need to self-isolate if you’re exempt from self-isolation.

Travel from outside Canada (International):

Travellers entering Canada must follow Government of Canada rules set out by the emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, including testing and quarantine requirements. Learn more: entering Canada by air and entering Canada by land.

There are some exemptions for people eligible to enter Canada, who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers. Learn more: COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

All travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. If required to quarantine, they need to take another test on Day 8 of their quarantine. After starting quarantine at your point of entry into Canada, you can complete the rest of your quarantine in Nova Scotia once you receive your first negative test result. You need to quarantine for 14 days in Canada, even with negative test results. Your quarantine period ends after 14 days if you receive your Day-8 negative test result.

International travellers who are exempt from federal quarantine for a reason other than being fully vaccinated or who complete their quarantine outside Nova Scotia before coming to Nova Scotia may need to self-isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia based on their vaccination status.

International travellers don’t need to complete the Safe Check-in Form to travel to Nova Scotia, unless they’re staying in another Canadian province or territory before arriving in Nova Scotia. You also need to follow public health measures and guidance while you’re in Nova Scotia.

For more information about traveling to and from Nova Scotia, including travel advice for residents please visit

Can I travel with Northumberland Ferries Ltd. if I am medically exempt for the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Individuals claiming a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination will be required to have a Medical Exemption Letter from the Chief Public Health Office to travel with Northumberland Ferries Ltd.. Substitute letters or health care provider notes claiming medical exemption will not be accepted.

Make a Reservation

All customers — including walk-on— are encouraged to make a reservation by calling our toll free number (1-877-762-7245) or book via our online reservation system.

Walk-on passengers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Reservations may be modified or cancelled at any time at no cost.

Bring a Face Mask

Please be advised that face masks are mandatory at all times during travel except when eating and drinking while seated on board. These enhanced precautions are consistent with provincial Public Health recommendations.

Exemptions to wearing a mask include:

  • children under the age of 2
  • children 2 to 4 when their caregiver can’t get them to wear a mask
  • anyone with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask. Certification or valid medical documentation is required.
  • anyone who is reasonably accommodated under the Human Rights Act
  • anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • while you’re eating or drinking
  • crew while physically distancing and directing traffic on vehicle decks (must have mask visible and ready)
  • crew while physically distancing and working in non-public areas

Practice Good Personal Hygiene

During the voyage, please follow proper hand washing procedures and use the supplied hand sanitizer when needed.

Ferry Terminals

Food service is not available in the Terminal buildings, however they remain open for washroom access. Passengers must wear a face mask before entering and while inside the Terminal building.

Travelling with Pets

Pets may remain in vehicles for the duration of the voyage. Owners may also kennel or leash their pets and remain on the exterior passenger decks. Pets are not permitted in interior passenger areas with the exception of service dogs.


No unattended luggage, bags or freight will be permitted.

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Don’t Miss the Boat

Passengers are advised to check-in at least 40 minutes before departure to allow time for the additional screening procedures implemented for everyone’s safety. Walk-on passengers should check-in 30 minutes before departure.

Additional Screening

Passengers will undergo a mandatory screening for health and travel history by our check-in staff. Please allow additional time for these new check-in procedures. Passengers responding yes to any of the following four screening questions, may not be permitted to board.

  1. Have you travelled outside of the Atlantic Provinces in the last 14 days?
  2. Do you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing)
  3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19?
  4. Are you the subject of a provincial/territorial or local public health order?

Passengers responding NO or refusing to answer the question below, will not be permitted to board.
Are you in possession of a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, and do you agree wear the face mask/covering at all times except when eating and drinking while seated.

Experiencing Symptoms
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, we recommend contacting 811 before travelling.

Waiting Area

Once cleared for travel, vehicles will line up in the parking lot. Passengers choosing to leave their vehicle are required to wear a face mask.

Walk-on Passengers

Walk-on passengers arriving by vehicle can be dropped off at the Terminal building and may then proceed to the outdoor waiting area. Please be advised that the Caribou and Wood Islands Terminal buildings are available for washroom service only (no waiting inside permitted). Both locations have covered shelters for walk-on passengers to wait in. Walk-on passengers must make their reservation by calling our toll free number (1-877-762-7245) or book via our online reservation system.

Walk-on passengers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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On Board

Our Crew Cares

We have placed arrows on the floors of the passenger decks to direct traffic flow to enable safe distancing. Our staff has diligently increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitization practices during and between voyages, as dictated by public health guidelines.

Keep Your Distance

Once on board, please maintain a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from staff and passengers not in your immediate party. There is additional directional signage on board to facilitate safe distancing.

Amenities and Services

For the health and safety of our passengers and crew, limited food service is available on board.

Gift shops and arcade games are closed. All entertainment and discretionary amenities (Music on Deck, Seaside Experiences, and Visitor Information Services) will resume in 2022.

WiFi is available for guest use on personal devices.

Additional Travel Information

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