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Public Health reminders for those leaving Nova Scotia for the holidays

Dec. 18, 2020 – Anna Burke

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to forward some reminders from the Provincial Government for anyone leaving Nova Scotia for the holidays and the measures to take on your return:

As you know, the Nova Scotia provincial government has established rules for post-secondary students arriving in the province from outside Atlantic Canada to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These rules are the law in Nova Scotia as part of the Public Health Order under the Health Protection Act (PDF 221KB).

As students return to Nova Scotia after the holidays, all students arriving from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. We also are asking students to get 1 test for COVID-19 on day 6, 7 or 8 of your self-isolation. We expect you to help protect your household and your community by getting tested.

Please read the following carefully:

1. Required travel form

All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in. This includes students coming from all other Canadian provinces/territories and from other countries.
International students must also use the federal government’s ArriveCAN app to provide their information to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Students can download the ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343.

2. Required self-isolation

All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You must complete a daily digital check-in. There are also special requirements for international students. Learn more about the specific self-isolation requirements for international students. (PDF 65KB)

3. Testing

All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada in January 2021 should get tested.

  • Students should get 1 COVID-19 test on day 6, 7 or 8 of your self-isolation. Please book your appointment up to 3 days in advance by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • If you need help with transportation to/from you testing appointment, please call 1-844-996-0694.
  • While testing is voluntary, we expect students to help protect their households and communities by getting tested.

Anyone in Nova Scotia who thinks they have symptoms of COVID-19 should do the COVID-19 self-assessment. You can call 811 if you cannot complete the self-assessment online.

4. More information

Please see the fact sheets for post-secondary students:

If you have questions, please contact   or .

There are many other mandatory public health measures in place in Nova Scotia. Please familiarize yourself with the rules in Nova Scotia. We also encourage you to follow @nsgov and for the latest information.

We want to thank the post-secondary students who have arrived in Nova Scotia to date and have been complying with these rules. Your continued cooperation and commitment to following the public health rules and advice plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

I want to wish you all a safe, happy, relaxing and peaceful holiday. See you in January!


Anna Burke

Last updated on: Mar. 19, 2021 10:37 AM

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