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 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 COVID test taken no earlier than 72 hours before their date of travel
  • 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 will 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 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 required to provide a negative COVID PCR test that has been administered within 72 hours of departure from their home. Rapid antigen testing will also be available in camp.

PCR tests are used to directly screen for the presence of viral RNA, which be detectable in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present. These results must be processed in a lab to diagnose the disease.

Antigen tests detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. These tests do not require a lab to obtain results. Positive antigen tests should be followed up by a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis.

 

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.

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 northern Canada, proof of complete vaccination of a Health Canada approved vaccine is required. If the language used is not English or French, an official translation is required.

Currently, travel to Nunavut requires the completion of a Nunavut Vaccine Exemption Form completed no earlier than one month prior to your travel date. We will walk you through the process when the time comes.

Departing Canada


Many countries require a negative COVID test to re-enter. We can assist you in obtaining the correct test prior to your return home, depending on what your home country requires. Some tests can be processed on-site and you can receive results within one hour, while some tests require processing in a lab and results are received the following day. Additional charges will apply.

It is important that you allow enough time between your trip and your departing flight from Canada for testing. Keep in mind that check-in times for international flights are 3 hours before departure.

 

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 what type of test is required for your home country and complete your COVID Information Form so we can make arrangements.

 

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 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?


Arctic Kingdom can arrange for private testing in either Winnipeg or Ottawa.

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

Yes, all participants must obtain a negative PCR COVID test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure from your home.

I am Canadian. Do I still need a negative COVID test to participate on this trip?

Yes. We will require a negative PCR COVID test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure from your home.

Do I need a negative COVID test to depart Canada?

Most likely. 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.