PEI Point of Entry – What to expect Summer 2021
Every person arriving on PEI at any and all points of entry shall:
- stop when instructed to do so
- answer any questions posed and provide all information requested by a peace officer, public health official, or health practitioner, including but not limited to:
- place of ordinary residence,
- license plate number,
- contact information
- travel details
- reason for entering PEI,
- if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have had close contact with an active case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, etc.
- be tested as directed by the border screener
When you arrive at the point of entry
Have the following ready to present to the border screener:
- your declaration/pass/pre-travel approval
- government issued photo ID (driver’s license if driving) – should match declaration/pass/pre-travel approval
- health card (if available) or other document to support proof of residency for PEI residents and residents of NS, NB, NL and the Magdalen Islands
- If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 60 days, proof of a positive molecular COVID-19 test (e.g., PCR test, LAMP test) in the past 60 days
Testing at the points of entry – starting June 27, 2021
- Two people per household over the age of 15 will need to be tested with a rapid point of care test. Screeners will determine who will be tested based on vaccination status and age. Individuals between the ages of 12 to 15 years may be required to be tested if they are unvaccinated and if needed to meet the target of testing two individuals per household. Individuals between the ages of 12 to 15 years who require testing cannot be tested at the point of entry and will be directed to the nearest COVID-19 clinic.
- If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 with a molecular test (e.g., PCR test or LAMP test) in the past 60 days and have the documentation, you will not be tested at the point of entry.
- If you are a PEI resident who has been out of province for eligible same-day travel activities, you do not need to be tested at the point of entry. Proof of time out of the province, such as a bridge receipt, is required.
- If you are only traveling through PEI to get to the ferry to the Magdalen Islands, you do not need to be tested at the point of entry.
- If you are a truck driver returning from work, you will continue to be tested as per the established practice (e.g., 20 Dickie Road in Borden will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
- The strategy for testing at a point of entry may be adjusted based on volume.
- The test uses a lower nasal swab, meaning that the swab goes no deeper than 1 cm into the nose.
For the results of the rapid point of care test:
- The rapid point of care testing result will be either “preliminary positive” or “negative” for the COVID-19 virus.
- If the test result is a preliminary positive: you will receive a call within 2 hours. Preliminary positive means that you will require further testing.
- If you are contacted by phone (at the number you provided us) you will receive further direction on next steps.
If the test is negative, you will NOT receive a call.
- If you are negative, you still have to follow public health guidelines while in PEI.
After screening and testing
You will be provided with handouts summarizing the public health measures relevant to you (e.g. regarding isolation, or general public health measures if exempt from isolation). Welcome to PEI!