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New Brunswick travel restrictions: Where you can go in July 2021

Enjoy newfound freedom as restrictions ease in the Picture Province.

Following a recent outbreak, travel into New Brunswick from other provinces is restricted to essential journeys only, including work, medical and compassionate reasons. However, within the province, all regions have now moved into the yellow alert level, allowing residents to move freely around the province and all businesses, parks and attractions to reopen with social distancing measures in place.

For more information about what is and isn’t open in New Brunswick, check out our up-to-date guide below.

Accommodation in New Brunswick

All types of accommodation are now open in New Brunswick. Due to recent changes in restrictions, you are allowed to travel with members of your own household, plus 15 other contacts from outside of your household. These are known as your Steady15.

Staying with family or friends

You may stay with friends and family who are part of your Steady15, which are those fifteen people that your household has collectively agreed are now part of your social bubble.

Staying at hotels

Hotels are now open across the province and can accept bookings for you, your household and your Steady15. All hotels must have a COVID-19 action plan in place that outlines the measures they are taking to reduce the spread of the virus. Within hotels, you may find one-way systems and capacity limits in gyms, swimming pools and restaurants.

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Staying in a holiday home

You may stay in your own holiday home, or a rental from a website like VRBO, with members of your own household or Steady15.

Staying at hostels

Hostels remain closed throughout New Brunswick.

Camping and caravanning

Camping and caravan holidays are now permitted in New Brunswick. While the campsites in the province’s national parks remain closed until the start of the summer season, private campgrounds across New Brunswick are open.

You may travel and camp with anyone from your household or Steady15. If other parties are joining you, there must be no more than 50 people gathered outdoors at one time and two metres should be maintained between different social bubbles.

Boats and yachts

You can stay on a boat or yacht with members of your own household or with people from your Steady15.

Tourist attractions in New Brunswick

All tourist attractions and eateries are now allowed to open in New Brunswick. You may visit these venues with members of your own household or your Steady15. Most establishments will be operating at 50% of their usual capacity to ensure social distancing is possible, so booking your tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Popular attractions that are currently open include:

  • New Brunswick Museum
  • Ross Memorial Museum
  • The Chocolate Museum
  • New Brunswick Railway Museum

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National parks

New Brunswick is home to two national parks: Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park. Both parks operate differently during the winter and summer seasons.

Both national parks are currently in winter operation mode with limited facilities open. During the summer season, which runs from May until October, both parks will open at full service.

While in the parks, visitors are asked to only mingle with members of the same household or their Steady15, and to keep two metres apart from other visitors. Masks must also be worn in all indoor public facilities, such as visitor centres and toilets.

Beaches and local parks

Beaches and parks are in full swing across the province. Currently, informal gatherings of up to fifty people are permitted outdoors, as long as social distancing is maintained between different bubbles.

  • Saint John River
  • Hopewell Rocks Park
  • Mactaquac Provincial Park
  • Parlee Beach
  • Aboiteau Beach
  • Mount Carleton Provincial Park
  • Murray Beach Provincial Park
  • New River Beach Provincial Park
  • Sugarloaf Provincial Park
  • Bouctouche Beach
  • Herring Cove Provincial Park

Getting to and from your holiday

Driving within New Brunswick

Residents are free to move around New Brunswick as they wish. You should only travel in a car with members of your household or your Steady15.

Carpooling is allowed with members outside of your social bubble in emergency situations. However, it’s important to take necessary precautions such as wearing masks and increasing ventilation in the car.

Flights within New Brunswick

Flights within New Brunswick are still operating at a reduced schedule. Residents are free to move around the province for recreation or essential purposes. Masks must be worn while in the airport and on the flight, and a distance of at least two metres maintained between different parties.

Flights to New Brunswick

The Canadian border is currently closed to all non-residents. Any international travellers must follow federal requirements on arrival. This includes a mandatory three-night stay at a government-approved hotel, two COVID-19 tests and a 14-day self-isolation period.

Interprovincial flights into New Brunswick are still running at a limited schedule. However, these are for essential journeys only. Travellers returning to New Brunswick must receive permission to travel from the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. On arrival to New Brunswick, all travellers must then complete 14 days of self-isolation.

Coach and bus services

Coach and bus services across New Brunswick are now allowed to operate at 100% capacity, as long as all passengers on board wear a mask. Some companies are still running on a reduced schedule and at a slightly reduced capacity.

  • Maritime Bus. Operating at 80% capacity with bus services running on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Masks must be worn on all routes and can be provided by the driver on request.
  • Saint John Transit. Local buses are running at 100% capacity with no service interruptions.
  • Fredericton Transit. Local buses are running at 100% capacity with no service interruptions.
  • Codiac Transit. Running at full-seated capacity, with no service interruptions.

Ferry services

Almost all of the ferry services in New Brunswick are operating as normal. When on vehicle ferries, passengers are asked to stay inside their own vehicle. Otherwise, you should wear a mask while on board.

  • The Department of Transportation. All government-owned vehicle ferries along St John and Kennebecasis River continue to run at full capacity.
  • Coastal Transport. Ferries continue to run to Grand Manan Island at a slightly reduced schedule. All passengers must pre-book tickets and wear a mask on board.
  • East Coast Ferries. Ferries from Campobello to Deer Island continue to run for four days a week. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance and are organized on a first-come-first-served basis.

Which territories and provinces can I travel to?

All territories and provinces in Canada are responding differently to the global pandemic. While all borders remain open for essential travel, many local governments are enforcing a strict 14-day quarantine on arrival.

  • Alberta. Border is open for essential travel only.
  • Manitoba. Border is open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • British Columbia. Border is open for essential travel only.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador. Border is open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Northwest Territories. Border is open for essential travel only – all arrivals to Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Nova Scotia. Border is open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation unless you arrive from Prince Edward Island.
  • Nunavut. Border is open for essential travel only – all travellers must self-isolate for 14 days in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife before boarding the plane.
  • Ontario. Border is open for essential travel only – on arrival, a 14-day self-isolation period is strongly advised.
  • Prince Edward Island. Unless a resident, travellers must apply in advance to travel to PEI and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
  • Quebec. Border is open for essential travel only.
  • Saskatchewan. Border is open for essential travel only – on arrival, a 14-day self-isolation period is strongly advised.
  • Yukon. Border is open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.

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Frequently asked questions about travelling in New Brunswick during COVID-19

How far can I travel from home?

With all regions in New Brunswick firmly in the yellow zone, residents can travel around the province freely. While COVID-19 rates remain high in other parts of the country, interprovincial travel is not permitted. All travellers wishing to travel outside of the province, and return at a later date, must acquire permission.

Are there any regional travel restrictions?

No. You can travel throughout New Brunswick without restriction.

Can I travel to New Brunswick if I live in another territory or province?

No. You can only travel to New Brunswick for essential purposes, including work and medical reasons. All arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Do I need to limit the number of people I travel with?

You are currently allowed to travel with members of your own household or those who make up your Steady15. Indoor gatherings are limited to this group of people only, while outdoor gatherings allow a maximum of 50 people.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

You don’t have to pre-book your visit to dining venues and attractions, but it is highly recommended. Currently, establishments are operating at 50% of their usual capacity and will have strict social distancing measures in place. To ensure there is a space for you when you arrive, it’s worth booking your table or tickets in advance.

Will I need to self-isolate or go into quarantine when I return from my trip?

This depends on your home province or territory. Most regions, apart from Alberta and Quebec, are asking travellers to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. In Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island and Yukon, it is mandatory for all new arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days.

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