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Safe at Sea with Fundy Rose

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/covering at all times except when eating and drinking while seated.

Travelling with
Northumberland Ferries

Northumberland Ferries Limited has introduced new 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

New Safety Measures

Northumberland Ferries Limited has introduced new 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

Travel restrictions are currently in place for those entering PEI. For more information visit the Government of Prince Edward Island Travel page.

Effective June 23, 2021, residents of Atlantic Canada who apply and are approved under PEI’s current travel streams will be admitted between June 23-27, without self-isolation, as long as they have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Effective June 27, 2021 travel within Atlantic Canada is permitted to Prince Edward Island for permanent residents of Atlantic Canada without the requirement of pre-travel approval or self-isolation for 14 days. A PEI Pass is required to enter the province for both residents of Prince Edward Island and visitors.

The PEI Pass is a document that verifies the traveler is fully or partially vaccinated and is not required to self-isolate in PEI.  From June 27 – July 28, the PEI Pass applies only to PEI residents travelling home from within Atlantic Canada and visitors from within Atlantic Canada travelling to PEI.

Passengers travelling from other Canadian provinces and territories must adhere to entry requirements in place in each of the four Atlantic provinces which include PEI, NS, NB and NFLD.

Travelling to Nova Scotia

People travelling between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island need to self-isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia. They also need to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form before they travel to the province, including most travellers who are exempt from self-isolation.

If you travel between Nova Scotia Scotia and New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island for work, school, childcare or essential veterinary services, you need to follow the the COVID-19 Nova Scotia-New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island Travel Protocol (PDF 249 kB).

Some people are exempt from the self-isolation requirement when travelling between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Even if you’re exempt, you still need to follow the COVID-19 Exempt traveller Protocol (PDF 175 kB).

Starting 23 June 2021, if you live in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador) you can enter Nova Scotia and don’t need to self-isolate when you travel to or return to Nova Scotia. If you live outside Atlantic Canada and have already self-isolated in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, you can enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

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.

Bring a Face Mask/Covering

Please be advised that face masks/coverings 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/covering 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/covering.

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.

Remaining in Vehicle

In order to comply with Transport Canada’s regulations, passengers are required to leave their vehicles during the sailing. Stroll the decks or grab a seat and relax.

Keep Your Distance

We have provided adequate room for physical distancing with clearly identified, designated passenger zones on board. Please follow the directional arrows on board, stay with your group or family and limit movement by remaining in these designated seating and standing areas.

Please follow the instructions of crew regarding seating assignment and movement aboard the vessel. Our crew is always available to render additional assistance if required.

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

96% of Travellers Felt Our Communication was Effective Regarding new Procedures about Travel During the Pandemic

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