WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ARCTIC KINGDOM AND COVID-19

After many months, we are very pleased to invite and welcome you back to the Canadian Arctic. With permission granted to operate our wildlife safaris, we will be adhering to all public health guidelines and keeping northern communities, our guests and staff safe.

We aim to deliver a safe & seamless experience that meets the quality and high standards you expect from an Arctic Kingdom trip. You may have many questions about how to arrive and depart from Canada and how we will manage the spread of COVID-19 on our trips. This page is designed to walk you through the process and answer those questions. If you need additional assistance, please contact your Client Services Specialist.

Welcome back to the North!

 

Your Safety and Working Together Against COVID-19


Arctic Kingdom operates trips that are ideal for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Small groups
  • Remote, uncrowded locations
  • Lots and lots of open space outdoors

Here is how we will keep our guests, communities, and staff  safe:

  • Our guests and staff will be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot,  with a Health Canada approved vaccine
  • We have developed and implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 Prevention and Control plan in all our camps
  • We have partnered with Canadian company Sirius MedX who will provide us with 24/7 professional medical consultation and will manage all COVID related incidents to ensure our guests and staff remain safe and get the required medical care.
  • All guests and staff will present a negative antigen COVID test taken no earlier than 1 day before their scheduled flight to Canada.
  • Rapid antigen testing will be available in all our camps
  • Each day, we will conduct guest and staff health screenings to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Handwashing stations in all common areas
  • Increased cleaning of high-touch areas in common space
  • Masks may be required during flights, close contact transportation, indoor public spaces and camp common areas
  • Our partner hotels are following public health guidelines
  • We will get outside! We aim to be outside viewing wildlife, hiking, kayaking, snorkelling and enjoying all the Arctic has to offer

 

Vaccination Requirements


At this time, we require all guests and staff on our trips to be fully vaccinated including a booster shot, with a Health Canada approved vaccine at least two weeks prior to your travel date. This requirement allows individuals to enter Canada and the territory of Nunavut without quarantine and reduces the spread and likelihood of serious illness due to COVID-19. For complete details, please refer to the Government of Canada’s website.

 

COVID Testing


All guests and staff will be tested upon arrival and during the trip. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate and follow all local public health measures.

Entry into Canada


As of September 7, 2021, Canada is opening its borders to non-essential travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine at least two weeks prior to their arrival date. There are several requirements needed to present upon entry, including proof of vaccination, negative COVID test, etc. All documents must be uploaded to Canada’s ArriveCAN app. For a complete description of the steps to follow, please see the Travel Canada website.

It is important to note that entry requirements into Canada differ from entry requirements into the Territory of Nunavut. Nunavut requires that in addition to having 2 doses of an approved Health Canada vaccine, travellers also have had a booster no later than 14 days before entry.

Canada has removed mandatory COVID testing for vaccinated individuals. However, they will still be conducting random testing of vaccinated individuals, which may cause delays upon arrival. In addition, delays in Canada’s major airports have been frequent. Consider allowing extra time on arrival to ensure you do not miss your northern flight.

 

Travel within Canada


To board airlines travelling to Nunavut, proof of vaccination is required that shows the traveller has received their full vaccination PLUS booster of Health Canada approved vaccine. The booster must have been received no later than 14 days before arrival. If the language used is not English or French, an official translation is required.

Departing Canada


Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver offer pre-travel COVID testing at the airport.

Register with airport test providers

Ottawa does NOT provide any pre-travel COVID testing at the airport, so we have complied a list of private companies. Give yourself plenty of time to reserve an appointment.

For more information, visit www.ottawatestingupdate.ca.

 

Summary


We realize that all this information can be overwhelming. If you have any questions at all, please contact us and ensure you complete the following tasks before departure:

  • Get vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine and obtain proof. Proof (in English or French) will be required to board flights within Canada.
  • Determine where you will get your COVID test prior to departure.
  • Download the ArriveCAN app and follow the instructions.
  • Determine if a COVID test is required for your home country and book your appointment.

 

FAQs


Do I need to be vaccinated to participate on an Arctic Kingdom trip?

Yes. The current rules to enter Canada and the Territory of Nunavut (where our trips take place) require complete vaccination by a Health Canada approved vaccine plus a booster shot at least 14 days prior to travel.

What vaccines are Health Canada approved?

For the most complete list, please see the Travel Canada website.

Do I need special insurance?

Not all insurance covers costs related to COVID-19. It is important to confirm that your medical and evacuation insurance covers any costs due to COVID.

What are the possible COVID related costs?

Such costs could include but are not limited to, charter flight costs out of camp, extended accommodation in the Arctic Kingdom camp or a local hotel, COVID testing, and medical expenses.

How do I get a COVID test in Canada?

Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver offer pre-travel COVID testing at the airport.

Register with airport test providers

Ottawa does NOT provide any pre-travel COVID testing at the airport, so we have complied a list of private companies. Give yourself plenty of time to reserve an appointment.

For more information, visit www.ottawatestingupdate.ca.

Do I need a negative COVID test to participate on a trip?

Yes, all participants will be tested upon arrival and they must test negative in order to participate.

Do I need a negative COVID test to depart Canada?

Each country has their own rules. It is important to determine the re-entry requirements for your own country, including the type of test that is required.

What happens if I test positive before departure?

You will not be able to board any flight. Your results will be reported to the local public health unit, and you will be required to isolate.

What happens if I test positive in camp?

You will immediately be put in isolation, and we will contact our partner Sirius MedX. Depending on the local guidelines, you may be required to isolate in camp or in a local hotel. You will not be permitted to board any scheduled flights until you are able to complete your mandatory isolation. Arctic Kingdom will assist with all necessary arrangements.