What to Expect When Travelling

In these changing times, we understand travelling can be a bit stressful. We’re committed to ensuring the well-being of our passengers and crew on all of our sailings, and adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. Here are a few things you should know before you sail with us to make your journey safe and comfortable. 

For Your Safety:

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Enhanced cleaning measures

are in place in terminals and on board.

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Face masks/coverings must be worn

at all times in public areas in ports and on board, unless you have a medical exemption. 

* Face shields are not accepted as an alternative to masks.

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Please listen closely

to announcements, and follow the directions of staff and crew.

Before You Sail:

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Book in advance to avoid disappointment. We are operating with reduced passenger capacity.

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Be prepared for COVID-19 screening at the terminal to determine your suitability for travel.

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Terminals will be operating with limited occupancy.

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Physical distancing (2 metres/6 feet) must be practiced at all times.

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You are required to bring a non-medical facemask and wear it whenever you leave your vehicle.

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Passengers must check in two hours before departure.

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Provincial entrance paperwork will be provided to you at check in.

Provincial Travel Requirements

 

Travelling to Newfoundland and Labrador Travelling to Nova Scotia

Travellers entering Newfoundland and Labrador must:

  • Be a permanent resident of one of the Atlantic Provinces;
  • Be asymptomatic at the time of travel;
  • Have not travelled outside the Atlantic region within the last 14 days;
  • Have not been in close contact with a person with COVID-19;
  • Produce two pieces of government-issued ID (one including home address) to verify that they are a permanent resident in one of the Atlantic Provinces;
  • Complete the contact information section on the province’s travel declaration form.

For travellers outside of Atlantic Canada, please follow Newfoundland and Labrador’s guidance on travel restrictions.

Travellers entering Nova Scotia must:

  • Be a permanent resident of one of the Atlantic Provinces;
  • Show proof of residency in one of the Atlantic Provinces;
  • Follow Nova Scotia’s public health directives.

For Atlantic Canadian residents, a self-declaration form is not required.

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During Your Sailing:

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Loading and unloading the vessel will be staggered to avoid lines on stairs and vehicle decks. You may remove your non-medical facemask once seated in an assigned area or cabin.

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Once parked you must make your way to the passenger decks. You may not remain in your vehicle. Minimize what you need to bring with you and a crew member will be available to guide you to the nearest stairwell.

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Follow the signs on board and respect physical distancing guidelines (2 metres/6 feet) in all public areas.

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Remain in your cabin or the passenger lounge. We ask that you move around the vessel as little as possible.

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Do not sit in seats marked “unavailable”. We will make every effort to accommodate families and groups travelling together.

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Outside decks, smoking and kennel areas will not be accessible during the sailing. Please plan accordingly.

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Complimentary pre-packaged box lunches are provided to all passengers. Restaurant service, snack bars, bar service, and retail shops are currently suspended until further notice.

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Follow provincial guidelines and present completed forms upon your arrival in port.

From our President:

"Here at Marine Atlantic, our goal is to continue to adjust our operational procedures to protect the health and safety of our employees, customers, and the public and to maintain the vital ferry service linking the Island of Newfoundland to Nova Scotia." 

- Murray Hupman, President & CEO

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Have Questions?



Contact us directly at 1-800-341-7981 (toll free) or [email protected]

Call centre wait times may be higher than expected. 
We look forward to serving you as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding.

Marine Atlantic has made it easier for you to amend or cancel your reservation. We are currently waiving amendment and cancellation fees for all upcoming travel. 

For online bookings:

Log into your account

For telephone bookings:

Contact us at 1-800-341-7981