Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel

International travel guidance, including how to request a recovery letter and requirements for Temporary Foreign Workers and employers.

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 Government of Canada rules set out by the emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, including testing and quarantine requirements. Learn more: entering Canada by air and entering Canada by land.

There are some exemptions for people eligible to enter Canada, who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers. Learn more: COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

All travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival. If required to quarantine, they need to take another test on Day 8 of their quarantine. After starting quarantine at your point of entry into Canada, you can complete the rest of your quarantine in Nova Scotia once you receive your first negative test result. You need to quarantine for 14 days in Canada, even with negative test results. Your quarantine period ends after 14 days if you receive your Day-8 negative test result.

International travellers who are exempt from federal quarantine for a reason other than being fully vaccinated or who complete their quarantine outside Nova Scotia before coming to Nova Scotia may need to self-isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia based on their vaccination status.

You also need to follow public health measures and guidance while you're in Nova Scotia.

Temporary Foreign Workers and employers

Temporary Foreign Workers employed in agriculture and seafood sectors who come to Nova Scotia need to follow self-isolation, testing and other requirements in the federal Quarantine Act. They also need to follow public health measures and guidance while they're in Nova Scotia and follow the COVID-19 Temporary Foreign Workers Protocol (PDF 175 kB).

There are some exemptions for Temporary Foreign Workers who meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers. Learn more: Quarantine, testing and other COVID-19 measures for temporary foreign workers and employers.

Recovery letter

If you travel outside Nova Scotia, the destination you travel to may require proof of recovery in place of a negative test result. Do your research before you travel so you're prepared when travelling to your destination and when returning to the province. Many jurisdictions have different requirements for entry. Some places accept a recovery letter. Some places, including Canada, require proof of a positive PCR test result instead of a recovery letter. Learn more: recovery letter requests and proof of a positive test.