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Newfoundland travel restrictions: Where you can go in 2021

Travel restrictions are currently in place for Newfoundland and Labrador. Here’s what you can see and do when restrictions ease.

The Port aux Basques and Codroy Valley regions are at Alert Level 4 restricting residents to essential services. The rest of the province is at Alert Level 2, allowing residents freedom of movement around the province as well as access to attractions, retailers and restaurants with physical distancing and limits on the number of people.

Travel from outside of the Atlantic Provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) is currently restricted for non-residents.

You may enter the province if your travel meets the exemption criteria. If you meet the requirements, you’ll need to complete the travel form within 30 days of your expected travel date.

All travellers entering NL (whether residents of the Atlantic Provinces or not) must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

We’re covering everything you need to know about travelling throughout Newfoundland and Labrador in this guide.

Accommodation in Newfoundland and Labrador

All types of accommodation are currently open in Newfoundland and Labrador. With current restrictions, you are allowed to travel with members of your own household, plus 20 other people from outside of your household. These 20 are known as your Steady 20.

Staying with family or friends

You may stay with friends and family who are part of your Steady 20. These are the 20 people that the members of your household have collectively agreed form part of your social bubble.

Staying at hotels

Hotels are open within the province and can accept bookings from your household and your Steady 20. All hotels must have a COVID-19 action plan that outlines the measures they are taking to reduce the spread of the virus.

Within hotels, you may find some facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, may be closed and restaurants and bars will be operating at 50% capacity.

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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 Steady 20.

Staying at hostels

Some hostels are open and may be willing to take booking for your household and Steady 20. Access to communal spaces and availability of dorms may vary depending on each hostels’ facilities. Call ahead to find out before you book.

Camping and caravanning

Camping and caravanning are currently permitted in Newfoundland and Labrador.

National parks are subject to rules and regulations by Parks Canada. Reservations for summer in national parks campgrounds in Newfoundland and Labrador are open.

Parks Canada will be increasing the frequency of cleaning activities and implementing other measures to ensure the safety of visitors and employees.

Provincial parks, as well as municipal and private campgrounds, are permitted to open for overnight camping. Occupants of a campsite must still be from the same bubble (household and Steady 20) and must stay at least six feet away from other groups.

All facilities, including toilets, laundries, showers, cookhouses, clubhouses, fire pits and firewood centres, can re-open. Food services must operate at reduced capacity in line with the same rules that apply to restaurants.

Boats and yachts

You can stay on your boat or yacht with members of your household bubble and your Steady 20.

Tourist attractions in Newfoundland and Labrador

Major tourist attractions and recreational experiences, including cinemas, zoos, museums, art galleries, historic sites, function centres and theatres, can reopen.

Gathering limits of 100 people per space and physical distancing must be maintained.

Due to restrictions, some venues and experiences are operating at reduced capacity and some activities may be limited.

Popular attractions that are currently open include the following:

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National parks

Some national parks in Newfoundland and Labrador have opened, but you must practice physical distancing from those who aren’t part of your bubble.

The following parks have reopened:

  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Terra Nova National Park

Beaches and local parks

Local beaches and parks are open for regular use. However, physical distancing rules apply.

Getting to and from your holiday

Driving within Newfoundland and Labrador

You may drive your vehicle anywhere throughout the province and you can rent a car for leisure travel. It’s recommended that when renting a car, you call the company ahead of time to organise contactless pick-up.

Flights within Newfoundland and Labrador

Some airlines have suspended or limited commercial flights. You should check directly with your airline and local airport. Masks are required within terminals and temperature screening is in place at some airports.

Some airlines operating within the province include the following:

  • PAL Airlines
  • WestJet

Flights to Newfoundland and Labrador

Air Canada and Sunwing are two airlines that are flying into Newfoundland and Labrador. However, leisure travel is not permitted for travellers flying from outside the Atlantic Provinces.

Some airlines flying to the province include the following:

  • Air Canada
  • Sunwing

Coach and bus services

Bus and coach services are operating between and within cities. If a route is greater than one hour in duration, the bus may have a 50% capacity limit.

Members of the same family bubble should sit together and practice physical distancing from other bubbles and individuals.

Passengers must wear face masks for the duration of their journey.

  • DRL: Services running normally
  • Metrobus: Services running normally

Ferry services

Ferry services within the province are running at their regular schedule but have reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing.

Passengers must wear face masks for the duration of their journey.

  • Newfoundland Labrador Marine Services: Government-owned ferry services running normally
  • Marine Atlantic: Inter-provincial ferry service, operates daily. Services running normally
  • Labrador Marine: Services running normally

Which provinces can I travel to?

  • Alberta. Border is open
  • Manitoba. Border is open for travel – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation
  • British Columbia. Travel to and from British Columbia is not advised
  • New Brunswick. 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. Travel to and from Ontario is not 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. Voluntary self-isolation for 14 days is recommended
  • 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 Newfoundland and Labrador during COVID-19

How far can I travel from home?

There are no limits on how far you can travel from your home, but if you venture outside of the province, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon your return.

Are there any regional travel restrictions?

No. However the Port aux Basques and Codroy Valley regions are at Alert Level 4, travel to these regions is not advised.

Can I travel to Newfoundland and Labrador if I live in another province?

Yes, under the current restrictions, residents of the Atlantic Provinces can travel to Newfoundland and Labrador, but they must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. People from other provinces are not permitted to enter Newfoundland and Labrador unless they meet the exemption requirements found here.

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

Yes, at Alert Level 2, you should restrict contact to your household bubble and your Steady 20.

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

You’re not required to pre-book to visit dining venues or attractions, but it’s certainly a good idea to ensure you don’t miss out as venues must comply with restrictions on the number of people allowed entry to the venue.

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

Each province has its own restrictions and these may change as the situation evolves. You should check your province’s advice before making any travel arrangements. It is likely that you will have to self-isolate.


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