Coronavirus (COVID-19): compassionate exceptions

What to do if you need to request a compassionate exception to enter Nova Scotia and the self-isolation requirement. You can request a compassionate exception for an end-of-life visit.

People from outside Nova Scotia can request a compassionate exception to enter Nova Scotia and the self-isolation requirement for visiting an immediate family member who is nearing end of life. Exceptions will be limited.

If you’re fully vaccinated

People who are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia don’t need a compassionate exception for an end-of-life visit.

If you're granted an exception

If you're granted an exception, you're allowed to do that specific activity, but you must self-isolate for the period of time you're in the province (at least 7 days) other than when you're visiting the immediate family member. Even if you have an exception, you still need to follow public health measures and guidance. You need to watch for COVID-19 symptoms closely, and self-isolate if you start to feel sick.

If you’re granted an exception, you don't need a complete the Safe Check-in Form.

How to request an exception

Send your compassionate exception request to and include the following travel details:

  • name of travellers
  • purpose of travel
  • confirmation that the need to travel is urgent
  • where you're travelling from and how you'll get to Nova Scotia
  • where you plan to stay in Nova Scotia
  • any travel within the 2-week period before you visit Nova Scotia
  • any known exposure to COVID-19 for all travellers
  • your plan for self-isolation during your stay, including details about how food and supplies will be delivered, how you'll maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others where you're staying (if applicable) and how you'll follow public health measures and guidelines
  • written confirmation (or email) from your immediate family member's care team that your family member is near end-of-life and that you have been given permission to visit, if applicable
  • name of the facility where you'll be visiting your immediate family member, if applicable
  • confirmation that your relative's home care provider is aware that you'll be visiting your family member from outside of Nova Scotia, if applicable