Haida Gwaii has taken a unique approach to the COVID-19 response and recovery plan for our isolated Islands’ communities. On July 30, 2020 BC issued an order to restrict non-essential travel to Haida Gwaii, which supports the Haida Nation State of Emergency. 

Residents should not travel off-Island unless essential. For example, “essential” includes medical travel, which is important and encouraged. It also includes urgent family matters and essential work off-Island. 

Returning Residents and Haida Citizens 

  1. Present proof of residency or Haida citizenship to the checkpoint staff at the Prince Rupert terminal.
  2. Checkpoint staff will issue a dated Returning Resident dash card to be placed on the dashboard during disembarking.

Acceptable Proof of Residency or Haida Citizenship 

  • Government issued identification with a Haida Gwaii address; 
  • Status card indicating membership with Old Massett or Skidegate; or 
  • A signed Declaration of Haida Gwaii Residency/Citizenship 

Travel Restrictions Q&A

What is the process for Haida Gwaii residents and Haida citizens traveling back to Haida Gwaii?
  BC Conservation Officers are screening all passengers to verify residency before travelers check in at the ferry terminal. Haida citizens and Island residents travelling by ferry will need to show proof of residency or Haida citizenship at a checkpoint at the Prince Rupert ferry terminal. There is also a process in place for residents and citizens who do not have valid ID. Speak with the checkpoint staff if this is the case.

Can residents travel off-Island for leisure?
 Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, residents should not travel off-Island unless essential. For example, “essential” includes medical travel, which is important and encouraged. It also includes urgent family matters and essential work off-Island.

Who needs to self-isolate when returning to Haida Gwaii?
Under the Haida Gwaii State of Emergency, everyone returning to Haida Gwaii must self-isolate for 14 days, unless otherwise approved in the Safe Work Plan and Safe Community Plan included in your Essential Work Permit.

I’m an off-Island essential worker and need to come to Haida Gwaii. What do I do?
Off-Island essential workers must complete an Essential Work Permit Application. An approved permit is required before departing for Haida Gwaii. Access the Essential Work Permit Application here.

I’m an essential worker and I need a rush permit. What do I do?
During the COVID-19 outbreak on Haida Gwaii, all essential workers should plan their trip in advance to ensure adequate time to prepare safety plans. If you require an urgent permit review, download the Essential Work Permit Application and call the local EOC where work is expected to take place to request that the process be expedited. 

What are “Essential Services” on Haida Gwaii?
The list of essential services for Haida Gwaii is different than BC’s.  Access CHN’s Haida Gwaii Essential Services here.