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Safe travel and arrival information

Student arrival information

Effective January 7, 2021 all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

As of February 22, 2021, air travellers are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport. Air travellers will also be required to reserve prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel, at their own cost while they await the results of their arrival test. View information to book your 3-night stay. 

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine in the country. As travelers are quarantining for 3 days at the Port of Entry, they are allowed to quarantine for 11 days in Nova Scotia, thus completing the balance of 14 days.

Quarantine plan for international students travelling from outside of Canada

Domestic students arriving from abroad

Requirements for students (international and domestic) travelling from all Canadian Provinces (except Prince Edward Island)

International students are not required to submit a plan to NSCC but are still required to quarantine and must fill out the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

Domestic students are not required to submit a plan to NSCC but are still required to quarantine and must fill out the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

Testing once in Nova Scotia

Any student travelling from an international destination will be given a day 10 testing kit at the Port of Entry. Taking this test is mandatory. If you require additional kits sent out, please email your contact name and address to  to request a new kit. When requesting a kit, please add the land or air border that you crossed and the date you crossed the border.

Any student coming to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada should get 1 COVID-19 test on day 6, 7, or 8 of self-isolation. Appointments can be booked up to 3 days in advance.