An airplane arrives at an airport at sunset. Photo courtesy Ken Yam on Unsplash.


Travelling Safely

You are expected to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days once you arrive in Nova Scotia. You should complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-In Form before you travel to the province.

If you are travelling internationally, please consult the Government of Canada's latest travel guidance. You must test negative for COVID-19 before travelling to Canada.

Please be aware that Nova Scotia remains in a State of Emergency and several federal advisories and orders are in place.

Key Safety Measures

  • Non-essential travel is prohibited.

    Faculty and staff should leave Nova Scotia only for essential purposes. Travel outside these provinces requires the approval of the President or a Vice-President, submitted via a Director or Dean.

  • Anyone arriving in Nova Scotia must quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days. Students returning from out-of-province travel should get a COVID-19 test.

    The Nova Scotia government recommends that students returning to Nova Scotia from out-of-province travel schedule a COVID-19 test on day 6, 7, or 8 of their mandatory 14-day self-isolation period. Your COVID-19 test will be done at Acadia, and transport is available if needed. You can learn more by reading the government's fact sheet for post-secondary students (PDF), and book an appointment online.

    Acadia is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) for international students. International students should review required documents and procedures for travel in Canada, including the use of the ArriveCAN app/service.

  • Quarantine (self-isolate) effectively.

    Students are considered essential travellers.
    Everyone sharing a residence with a student traveller does not have to (quarantine) self-isolate if precautions are followed. However, those sharing a residence with a non-essential traveller who is quarantining (self-isolating) must also self-isolate for 14 days, and everyone must stay on the property: do not go for a walk, to school, to stores, or to work.

    If you are an international student quarantining off-campus, please complete a Quarantine (Self Isolate) Off-campus Request Form. We are also planning services and resources for students who are quarantining (self-isolating) both on-campus and off-campus.

    All students, faculty, and staff are asked to perform a daily self-assessment based on provincial guidelines.
A student puts on his headphones as he travels across the University Hall's front lawn.

Travel Update

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced further restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measures include extended school closures, tighter border restrictions and isolation requirements for rotational workers, and limits on shoppers.

Members of the Acadia community should familiarize themselves with these new precautions and restrictions.

Travel FAQ

Can my parents enter the province to pick me up ?

Effective May 2021, parents from outside Nova Scotia cannot drop off or pick up students.

I already had COVID-19 in my home province. Do I still have to quarantine (self-isolate) in Nova Scotia?

The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) will exempt Canadian students who have recovered from COVID-19 from mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Nova Scotia if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must send a request seeking an exemption from the 14-day self-isolation to
  • Your email needs to include a copy of the letter from your local Public Health Office, identifying your exact date of recovery

Once the letter is validated, you will receive an exception letter by email from the 14-day self-isolation for 12 weeks from the exact date of recovery.

I already had COVID-19 in my home country. Do I still need to quarantine (self-isolate) in Canada?

If you have proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in your home country, you will still need to quarantine (self-isolate) for two weeks upon arrival in Nova Scotia.

However, you will be exempt from the test on entry to Canada and exempt from the 3-day quarantine in federal facilities.

I’m worried about obtaining my study permit. Do I need to apply for a deferral?

To study on campus at Acadia in Fall 2021, you must have a valid study permit or letter of introduction. You should submit your complete study permit application by May 15, 2021 to make certain that you receive a decision in time to attend Fall semester. Learn more about your options to study virtually or defer your studies.

I'm an international student trying to make travel arrangements. Who can I contact?

Please visit the Wong International Centre's Arrival and Orientation page to learn about travelling to Canada. Staff are available online to provide assistance with immigration documents, taxes, and other questions.

I am an international student arriving to Nova Scotia from outside of Canada – is this the only form I need to present at the border?

No, you are required to provide additional documentation. Please review the Travel Document Checklist outlined on the International Students – Arrival and Orientation page.

You will need to use the ArriveCAN app to provide travel and contact information, a quarantine plan, and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment, and you'll need to show your ArriveCAN receipt when you arrive. You will also need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken before your flight.

Within 48 hours of arriving in Canada, you need to confirm that you have arrived at your place of quarantine or isolation.

You will also need to complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period using the ArriveCAN app or calling 1-833-641-0343 (toll free).

I'm having difficulties finding a test before my flight to Canada.

Effective January 7, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. There are time-limited flexibilities for travellers departing from some countries in recognition of the need for testing systems to adjust.

I am arriving from the United States – is this the only form I need to present at the border?

No, you are required to provide additional documentation. Please review the Travel Document Checklist outlined on the International Students – Arrival and Orientation page.

Effective February 22, you will need to need to use ArriveCAN (app, website, or phone) to submit your contact, travel, and quarantine information prior to crossing the Canadian border by land or air.

I'm a returning student in a student exchange program. Who should I contact?

Students on exchange programs must notify Michael Holmes at when they arrive in Canada.

What about Acadia's faculty/staff travel health insurance?

Our travel health insurer, SSQ, will be covering all emergency medical expenses resulting from COVID-19 for those travelling outside of Canada effective October 1, 2020.

Remember that in all countries affected by the coronavirus, any directives issued by the local government and public safety authorities will supersede those of SSQ's assistance service. As a result, access to health care may be limited.

For more information, please contact your SSQ Insurance account manager or Human Resources.