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COVID-19 Leave Requirements for Travel Outside the NWT

Choosing not to travel outside the Northwest Territories (NWT) is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the territory. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) strongly urges all employees to avoid all non-essential, out-of-territory travel.

Those employees who choose to travel outside the NWT during the pandemic are subject to all Public Health Orders issued by the Chief Public Health Officer, including the mandatory requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry in the NWT in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson or Norman Wells. Like all residents, any employee who leaves the territories will also need to have a Self-Isolation Plan approved by ProtectNWT.

The following information is provided so employees can make informed decisions about their leave during the pandemic. All employees are encouraged to discuss their travel plans with their supervisors in advance. For further assistance, contact the HR HelpDesk.

Depending on the vaccination status of the people in your household or the people you are self-isolating with, you may be eligible to leave your mandatory self-isolation period early.   For more information, contact ProtectNWT at 811 or 1-833-378-8297.

Self-isolation

  • Employees will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return if they travel outside the NWT.
  • Employees will need to have a Self-Isolation Plan approved by ProtectNWT.
  • Employees will also need to consider where they will self-isolate. Residents who have travelled outside of the territories may only self-isolate in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson or Norman Wells.
  • Employees who are unable to safely self-isolate in their home may stay at a Self-Isolation Centre; however, this may be at their own expense. 

Leave requirements

  • Employees must request leave for their vacation and any required self-isolation before they travel if they cannot work remotely. Employees should speak with their supervisor before they travel to confirm whether they will be able to work remotely during self-isolation.
  • If you left the NWT on non-essential travel, you will be required to use annual, lieu or leave without pay for the 14-day self-isolation period.
  • If your trip was essential (i.e. medical travel), you may be able to use sick leave or special leave.

Depending on the vaccination status of the people in your household or the people you are self-isolating with, you may be eligible to leave your mandatory self-isolation period early.   For more information, contact ProtectNWT at 811 or 1-833-378-8297.