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Vaccination requirement for patients and escorts travelling on Cree Health Board medical charter flights operated by Air Creebec


Starting October 30, 2021, new Federal regulations for air travel come into effect. These regulations affect passengers on both commercial flights and private charter flights, including the Cree Health Board Medical Charter.  


Travellers on CBHSSJB medical charter: Effective October 30

What changes on October 30: All patients and escorts aged 12 and older who travel on the CBHSSJB medical charter must have: 

  • Proof of vaccination OR

  • Proof of a negative COVID test 72 hours, regardless of departure or arrival city/community. 

  • If you have a medical note exempting you from vaccination, you still  need a negative COVID test before you fly. 

If you are a Wiichiihituwin patient or escort, and have proof of vaccination, you will still need a negative COVID-19 for certain flights, including:

  • All Northbound Flights from Montreal, Val-d'Or and Chibougamau.

This test requirement for fully vaccinated patients and escorts is part of Wiichiihituwin's COVID-19 pre-departure protocol. It is separate from the new Transport Canada rules for air travel.

Patients and Escorts travelling on regular commercial flights

Starting October 30, 2021 at 3 pm, new Federal regulations come into effect: 

If you are 12 years of age plus four months, or older, you will need to be fully vaccinated (2 doses) in order to board flights departing from most airports in Canada, including: 

  • Chibougamau

  • Val-d’Or

  • Montreal 


Transition period

From October 30 through November 29, there will be a transition period when travellers who don't qualify as fully vaccinated (2 doses) will be able to travel if they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of travel. 

All airlines including Air Creebec are required to comply with Federal aviation regulations. The airline staff will deny boarding to any passenger who does not comply with the regulations. 

More information will be provided before the end of the transition period on November 29, 2021. 

CBHSSJB staff and contractors flying on the CBHSSJB medical charter or commercial flights

  • must comply with internal Cree Health Board requirements for business travel.
  • communicate with the HR COVID team when making travel arrangements. 

For personal travel on commercial airlines

  • please refer to Transport Canada regulations and contact the airline for more information.
  • before you travel, check with your local PSO to verify Mandatory Self-Isolation Requirements in place in your community. 
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Reminder: Check with your PSO before traveling outside of Eeyou Istchee.

The Cree Nation Government and the Cree Board of Health are closely monitoring our neighbouring areas to assess the risks associated with travel. We are looking for any increase in the number of cases, changes in the regions' ability to manage epidemics, and their ability to conduct contact tracing.

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