Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities Travel Testing

Data has shown that First Nations people experience severe outcomes from COVID-19 at higher rates and at younger ages compared to other Manitobans. To lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, public health officials have developed a number of targeted testing recommendations.

Non-essential travel to and from First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities continues to be discouraged. However, public health officials recognize that some essential travel continues to take place.

Effective Friday, March 19th, 2021, public health officials strongly recommend that COVID-19 testing occur before travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities, and before someone returns to a community if a resident has been away for more than 48 hours.

Testing is not routinely recommended for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 AND two weeks have passed since their last dose*.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca vaccines, or
  • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • two weeks after being immunized outside Canada with COVID-19 vaccines that are not approved in Canada, but are on the World Health Organizations’

(WHO) Emergency Use Listing (

Testing should not be done in individuals with a previous lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past three months.

Note: Individual First Nation communities may have further testing guidance in place that should be followed for all people traveling into those communities, including those who are fully immunized.

Individuals without symptoms of COVID-19, including those fully immunized, travelling to, or returning to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern Relations community can seek testing within three days of travel at no cost at the following locations. For hours and appointment information, visit the COVID-19 testing site.

  • Winnipeg:
    • Garry Centre - 330 Garry St.
    • MPI Drive-Thru Testing site - 125 King Edward St
  • Thompson:
    • Thompson Clinic Testing Centre - Plaza Mall
  • The Pas:
    • The Pas Testing Centre - 328 Fischer Ave

While public health is only recommending testing at this time, individuals should be familiar with testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements that may be in place in their destination community.

Individuals are encouraged to continue self-monitoring for symptoms, using the online screening tool, for 14 days after arriving in community.