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 Atlantic Canada 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 Atlantic Canada, 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 don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19 on day 1 or 2 of your self-isolation. If you’re still in Nova Scotia, you should get tested again on day 12, 13 or 14. You can leave self-isolation to get tested. You need to self-isolate for the full 14 days, even with negative test results.

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 measures 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 Atlantic Canada 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 Atlantic Canada needs to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before they travel to the province, including travellers who are exempt from self-isolation. You can complete your own form if you’re 16 or 17 (your parent or guardian can also complete the form for you). A parent or guardian needs to complete the form for someone 15 or younger.

Returning residents

Nova Scotia residents (18 or older) who have travelled outside Atlantic Canada need to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before they return to the province, including travellers who are exempt from self-isolation. You can complete your own form if you’re 16 or 17 (your parent or guardian can also complete the form for you). A parent or guardian needs to complete the form for someone 15 or younger.

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 measures 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 Atlantic Canada, needs to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration), including travellers who are exempt from self-isolation. You can complete your own form if you’re 16 or 17 (your parent or guardian can also complete the form for you). A parent or guardian needs to complete the form for someone 15 or younger.

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 Atlantic Canada, 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 Atlantic Canada you don’t need to self-isolate when you arrive in or return to Nova Scotia.

If you live in Atlantic Canada, 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 measures while you’re in Nova Scotia.

If you have already self-isolated in Atlantic Canada, 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 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.

Every adult (18 or older) travelling into Nova Scotia needs to complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (self-declaration) before they travel to the province, even if they’re exempt from self-isolation. You also need to follow public health measures while you're in Nova Scotia.