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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

A letter from the chief public health officer is no longer required to enter Nunavut

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Key Takeaways:

  • The federal proof of vaccination certificate is now the only document required.
  • People who have accepted their vaccinations can now enter Nunavut without a letter from the territory’s chief public health officer.

Only the federal proof of vaccination certificate, a QR code, is required. On Wednesday, the Nunavut government announced the change, which is already in result. According to Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory’s chief public health officer, the change was made to reduce the burden on travelers.

Before Wednesday, visitors to Nunavut had to show proof of vaccination as well as a letter from the chief public health officer. Two weeks before entering the territory, the letter had to be requested.

Unvaccinated dependents under 12 traveling with a vaccinated parent or guardian no longer require the letter, but they must still isolate for 14 days when returning to Nunavut. Nunavummiut who have been fully vaccinated can obtain a proof of vaccination certificate and a printed QR code from their local health center.

It is possible to scan the paper version or a cell phone photo. In provinces and territories that require it, the certificate is the same document that will grant access to non-essential services such as restaurants or concerts.

According to the release, the proof of vaccination certificate is currently only available in French and English because it is a Canada-wide document, but Inuktitut options are being considered. Nunatsiaq News has compiled territorial and federal regulations and created a travel checklist for the holiday season.

Source: Nunatsiaq News

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