Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel

Travel guidance and restrictions, including the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) and process for entering Nova Scotia.

Travel into Nova Scotia

Everyone who travels from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador into Nova Scotia (including post-secondary students and if you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another destination) must self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in Nova Scotia, or for the duration of their stay if it’s less than 14 days. If they have already self-isolated in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, they may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again. You don’t need to self-isolate if you’re exempt from self-isolation.

Self-isolation means you go directly to your destination and stay there for 14 days, or for the duration of your stay if it’s less than 14 days. The day you arrive in Nova Scotia counts as your first day of self-isolation. You need to stay in the same location while you’re self-isolating (you can’t change locations). Avoid taking public transportation (like a taxi, bus or shuttle) if possible. If you do need to take public transportation, wear a mask and keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others, as much as you can. Only take public transportation if you don't have COVID-19 symptoms. Make plans to have groceries and other supplies delivered.

If you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another province you should make as few stops in Nova Scotia as possible. You should self-isolate as much as you can and follow social distancing guidelines with people who are not travelling with you.

If you’re dropping off a student on campus, make sure to follow the school’s drop-off process. Individuals dropping off students must self-isolate for the period of time they’re in the province other than when they’re doing the drop off.

You also need to follow public health directives while you're in Nova Scotia. Learn more: how to self-isolate.

Self-isolating and your household

Everyone in the household needs to self-isolate for 14 days if you travel from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador for non-essential travel, unless there’s a completely separate space where you can self-isolate alone. The day you arrive counts as the first day of their 14-day self-isolation.

Self-declaration

Every adult (18 or older) and post-secondary student travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador needs to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before they travel to the province, unless they’re exempt from self-isolation. This includes Nova Scotia residents (18 or older) who have travelled outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador and are returning to the province.

Returning residents

Nova Scotia residents (18 or older) who have travelled outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador need to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before they return to the province, unless they’re exempt from self-isolation.

Travel outside Nova Scotia

If you travel outside Nova Scotia, the destination you travel to may have different rules and public health measures in place to protect residents from COVID-19. You need to follow the rules in place at your destination and the public health directives when you return to Nova Scotia. Do your research before you travel so you’re prepared for when you arrive at your destination.

Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) to enter Nova Scotia

Every adult (18 or older) and post-secondary student travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador needs to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration), unless they’re exempt from self-isolation.

When you arrive in Nova Scotia you need show that you submitted the form by providing the confirmation email you receive after submitting the form to border officials. You also need to provide a government-issued identification card, driver's licence, passport or a utility bill or bank statement that shows your permanent home address.

Online form

Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) online if you’re travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, unless you’re exempt from self-isolation.

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Compliance checks and enforcement

Once you’re self-isolating in Nova Scotia, you need to complete a digital check in each day of your isolation period. If you don’t check in daily, police will visit the address you provided for self-isolation in Nova Scotia to confirm. If you’re a post-secondary student, the university or college will be notified and they’ll try to help you comply with the check in.

You could be fined $1,000 for a first offence. If you’re found guilty of a second or subsequent offence, you could be fined up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year.

Exceptions

If you’ve been granted an exception in advance of travelling to Nova Scotia, when you arrive in Nova Scotia you need show the email you received from the Government of Nova Scotia granting you an exception to border officials. If you have been granted an exception you don’t need to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration).

Travel within Atlantic Canada (Atlantic travel bubble)

If you travel within Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador you don’t need to self-isolate when you arrive in or return to Nova Scotia. If you live in an Atlantic Canadian province, you need to show proof of residency when you enter Nova Scotia. You don’t need to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before you travel to the province.

If you’re travelling into Nova Scotia from Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador through Quebec or New Brunswick you should make as few stops in Quebec and New Brunswick as possible. You should self-isolate as much as you can and follow social distancing guidelines with people who are not travelling with you.

If you live in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, you need to show proof of residency when you enter Nova Scotia. You don’t need to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before you travel to the province. When you arrive in Nova Scotia, every adult needs to provide a government-issued identification card, driver's licence, passport or a utility bill or bank statement that shows their permanent home address. You also need to follow public health directives while you’re in Nova Scotia.

If you have already self-isolated in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, you may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again. You also don’t need to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before you travel to the province.

International travel

Departing Canada

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory asking Canadian citizens and permanent residents to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

Entering Canada

Travellers entering Canada must follow the rules set out by the Emergency Orders under the Quarantine Act to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Learn more: entering Canada during COVID-19.