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COVID-19

View all changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory vaccination, current flight restrictions and requirements for travelers entering the Nunavik territory.

Visit the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services website for more information.
For questions or requests regarding travel to or from Red Alert communities, please contact covid-lockdown.nrbhss@ssss.gouv.qc.ca or leave a voice message at our toll-free number: 1-855-797-6592.

We remind all passengers that it is strongly recommended to avoid non-essential travel within Nunavik at this time. 

Current flight restrictions - updated on November 19, 2021

1 daily flight connecting the Hudson and Ungava coasts will be operated as of today, November 19, 2021.

Flights between any Ungava communities and Salluit have also been reinstated.  

  • NRBHSS ordinances are available here.
  • Travel is restricted to residents returning home, transport for medical reasons, essential work and humanitarian reasons.
  • For a travel request, please complete the form Travel out of a community in lockdown available on NRHBSS website.
  • When essential travels are permitted, precautions will apply to all travelers: screening test before boarding, quarantine for 10 days for people who are not fully vaccinated and screening test at day 5 after arrival to another community.

Frequently Asked Questions

As of November 30, 2021, all passengers aged 12 years and 4 months old and over must present proof of double vaccination in order to board all Air Inuit flights, including charters.
This applies to all flights from South to Nunavik and Nunavik to South, as well as all flights between Nunavik communities. 

  • Proof of vaccination accepted by Transport Canada are limited to the following vaccines or an acceptable combination of the following vaccines: 
    • Pfizer-BioNTech - 2 doses
    • Moderna - 2 doses
    • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD - 2 doses
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson - 1 dose
    • A combination of a positive COVID-19 result and 1 dose of the first 3 vaccines listed above is not sufficient to travel
  • The second dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 full days before travel. Meaning that someone who has received their last dose on November 1 is only allowed to travel as of November 16. (November 2 to 15 = 14 full days.)
  • This rule also applies to all charter flights departing from all the airports and FBO terminals of the cities listed above, as well as from all Transport Canada Specified Airports.
  • In addition, passengers departing from Schefferville going to Quebec or Montreal stopping over in Sept-Iles will have to present a proof of vaccination at the start of their journey. 
  • Passengers in transit southbound passing through La Grande airport are exempt from this requirement for the purpose of security screening only, provided they are in possession of their boarding pass from the previous flight.
  • During the transition period, passengers who would fail to present a double proof of vaccination or a Negative COVID-19 test result will be denied boarding and must wait 72 hours before being allowed to travel.
  • Please note that you could be liable to a monetary penalty if you provide false or misleading documentation or information pertaining to the vaccination requirements.

The current requirements, listed below, remain mandatory for travels from the South to Nunavik, even with the vaccination proof.

  • Presentation of a negative COVID-19 test, done 48 to 72 hours before the flight for all passengers aged 1 year and over.
  • Passengers must have completed and qualified for a Nunavik Territory Authorization Access (NTAA), which can be obtained via the following link: https://ntaa.nrbhss.ca/ntaa or by contacting the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services at 1-888-662-7482. The request for NTAA must be done at least 48 hours before departure and must absolutely be presented at check-in, otherwise access on board will be refused.
  • You are required to wear a mask to enter the various airports, at security checkpoints, during the boarding process, during the flight and upon landing and disembarking, even if fully vaccinated. You must comply with any instructions given by gate agents, airport security personnel or crew members with respect to wearing the face mask.

For travels outside of Nunavik the vaccination proof is sufficient to travel, the NTAA and negative COVID-19 test results are not required.

The vaccination requirements also applies to all passengers travelling on charter flights departing from all Transport Canada specified airports. These include, but are not limited to, Montreal, Quebec and the respective FBOs used by Air Inuit. For all charters to Nunavik, the NTAA and the Negative COVID-19 test result are also mandatory. If you are not sure what applies to you as a charter flight passenger, please contact the charterer directly.

Online check-in at Montreal and Quebec City airports is suspended.  You will absolutely have to go through the check-in counter and through a verification station where a nurse will ensure the validity of your NTAA and will ask you a series of questions about your health status.

You could therefore be refused access to our flights if:

  • you have symptoms of fever and cough, breathing difficulties, without presenting a medical certificate proving that these symptoms are not related to COVID-19;
  • we have reasons to believe that you could have COVID-19;
  • you have been denied access to an aircraft within 14 days for medical reasons related to COVID-19; or
  • you have been ordered to quarantine yourself after travel or by a local or provincial
    medical authority.

During check-in, you will be required to answer specific questions issued by Transport Canada which will determine whether you are authorized to travel. Air Inuit will deny access to any passenger who refuses to answer questions and you should know that providing false or misleading answers could result in a fine of up to $ 5,000.

  • You will need to confirm that you do not have or suspect to have COVID-19; that you
    have not been denied boarding in the previous 14 days by an air operator due to medical
    reasons related to COVID-19 and that you are not subject to a mandatory quarantine
    order as a result of recent travel or from a local or provincial health order that does not
    permit you to travel.
  • You will need to confirm that you are in possession of a facemask (or that you have a medical certificate stating a reason why you cannot wear a mask).
  • You will need to confirm that you understand that you may be subject to restriction measures taken by the federal, provincial or territorial government at the destination airport of your flight in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, when travelling within Canada.

We are now accepting reservations for Ilaujuq travel on our entire network. However, for travel between Nunavik and the South, or vice versa, passengers aged 12 years and over need to provide proof of double vaccination against COVID-19 before making a reservation.

For more information please consult our Ilaujuq page.

Please consult the following links from CATSA describing measures related to COVID-19 at security screening points at designated airports.

Essential information for essential travel

COVID-19 Measures to go through security screening points

 

BOARDING PROCESS

All passengers boarding a flight are required to wear a procedure mask, with the exclusion of the following: an infant 2 years or less, a person with difficulty breathing (not related to COVID-19), a person who is unconscious, or a person who is unable to remove their face mask without assistance.

Procedure masks will be given to each passenger by the counter agents upon check-in at departure station.

IN-FLIGHT

All passengers are required to wear a procedure mask for the entire duration of the flight. An exception applies when the person could be endangered by wearing a mask, when a crew member authorizes the removal of a face mask in cases of special needs or unforeseen circumstances or when they are eating, drinking or taking oral medications. In addition, the following exclusions apply: an infant 2 years or less, a person with difficulty breathing (not related to COVID-19), a person who is unconscious, and a person who is unable to remove their face mask without assistance.

DEPLANING

All passengers are required to wear a face mask during the deplaning process, from the moment the aircraft doors are open until the passengers are in an area allowing to removal of the face mask and when social distancing measures can be enforced.

In compliance with NRHBSSS recommendations, beverages, meals and snacks remain discontinued until further notice.

Consequently, newspapers, magazines, pillows and blankets are presently not distributed onboard.
We remind you that Inflight Entertainment is available on all 30 minutes or more Dash8 and 737 flights.
Do not forget to bring your own device and headphones!

Yes! Please contact our support team
Make sure to indicate your contact information clearly as well as your ticket number.

In accordance with the recommendations of the competent authorities, we have implemented numerous preventive measures to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.

For more details, please visit the travel information section on our website.