Arrival: International Students

I am an international student arriving from outside of Canada


  • You are subject to federal travel restrictions
  • You are subject to provincial travel restrictions
  • Quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements depend upon your current vaccination status
  • If you are required to quarantine, you must arrive in Residence between August 18-20
  • You will join fall orientation when your quarantine ends

Federal Travel Restrictions

At this time, post-secondary students traveling from an international point of origin are considered essential travelers provided they are registered for in-person or online study at a Nova Scotia designated learning institution (DLI). Students entering Canada must follow Government of Canada rules set out by the emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, including COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements. Please review the regularly updated Government of Canada border entry measures. and use the ArriveCAN app/service.

As of July 5, 2021, the Nova Scotia Government has aligned their entry requirements to be similar to the Canadian Government. All international student travellers arriving from outside of Canada must have a 14-day quarantine plan in place, in case you are symptomatic upon arrival, or in case you do not meet the criteria upon arrival in Canada. The actual length of quarantine may be reduced or may not be necessary depending on your current vaccination status. Please see the Government of Canada website to determine if you are required to quarantine. Please visit the Nova Scotia Government’s webpage to determine if you are required to get tested upon arrival.

If you are required to quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 on Day 1 of arrival into Canada, testing will be available at your point of entry in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. On arrival in Canada, you may need to be tested and require a federal quarantine at that point, depending on your vaccination status. If you remain unvaccinated according to one of the approved vaccines in Canada, you will require both Covid-19 testing, and mandatory, federal quarantine (for 3 days). Once you receive a negative COVID-19 test, you will be able to continue to your final destination to continue your quarantine for the following 11 days in Nova Scotia (with a total of 14 days quarantine).

Beginning August 9, 2021, air travellers that are not completely vaccinated and arriving in Canada after 12:01 am, will not be required to book a 3-day federal quarantine hotel at the point of entry. You will be able to complete your full 14-day quarantine in Nova Scotia. International flights will be able to arrive directly to Halifax, so check your flights to see if you can book a direct flight to Halifax. If you are fully vaccinated traveller, you are not required to book a 3-day federal quarantine and the government will be implementing a surveillance program in the airports that allows for a randomized testing regime for fully vaccinated visitors upon arrival. Please visit the Government of Canada's website for fully vaccinated travellers for more information.

Provincial Travel Restrictions and COVID-19 Testing

Anyone wishing to travel into Nova Scotia, including students, must complete the Safe Check-in Form. You will be required to have a 14-day quarantine plan in place prior to coming to Nova Scotia in case you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or you do not meet the criteria to enter the province. You may not be required to quarantine depending on your vaccination status. Please visit the links above to determine if you require quarantine or mandatory testing

COVID-19 Testing

Students arriving from outside Nova Scotia may require mandatory COVID-19 testing depending on your vaccination status. Please visit the links above to determine if you require mandatory testing. Even if you do not require mandatory testing, we recommend you book a COVID-19 test, as it is free in Nova Scotia, and protects yourself and those around you.

Quarantine Regulations

If you are required to quarantine upon arrival in Nova Scotia, the duration depends on your vaccination status. To quarantine, you need to follow these guidelines:

  • Stay home: don't go to work, school, or other public places. Depending on your accommodations, you can use your deck, balcony or yard, but you need to avoid contact with other people.
  • Avoid elevators or stairwells if you live in an apartment building, condo or hotel (stay inside your unit).
  • Wear a mask in common areas if you’re self-isolating in an apartment building, condo or hotel and need to leave the property for outdoor exercise, necessary healthcare or getting tested for COVID-19,
  • Only leave your property, apartment building, condo or hotel for outdoor exercise if you don’t have symptoms and are self-isolating because you travelled from outside Nova Scotia (but within Canada).
  • Have groceries and other supplies delivered.
  • Avoid anyone with chronic conditions or a compromised immune system, as well as older adults.
  • Don't have visitors to your home or where you’re self-isolating.
  • Avoid taking public transportation (like a bus or shuttle) if possible, unless they are designated service for individuals that are self-isolating. If you do need to take a bus or a shuttle to get to your accommodations or for testing purposes, wear a mask and keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others, as much as you can.
  • Don’t take public transportation if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Book a COVID-19 test if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You can call 811 if you’re unable to book a test online or if you'd like to speak with a nurse.
  • International students should self-test upon arrival in Canada, and then again on day 8 of their quarantine period.
  • Follow guidelines for avoiding infection (handwashing, coughing and sneezing, cleaning and disinfecting).

 

Quarantine Options

On-campus
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n collaboration with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Department of Health and Wellness, we have developed a safe and effective quarantine plan for residence students. Acadia’s approved quarantine plan meets provincial quarantine requirements for those students who are residing in Acadia’s residences in the Fall 2021 semester. Students completing their mandatory quarantine on campus must arrive in Nova Scotia between August 18-20 to begin the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. There are no exceptions. Meals, outdoor activity, virtual activities and mental health support will be provided.

International students must arrive in Canada early enough to complete the mandatory hotel quarantine at their point of entry to Canada and the remainder of their 14-day quarantine in Nova Scotia. All students should plan to arrive no later than August 18-20 to begin their Nova Scotia quarantine.

Off-Campus

In collaboration with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Department of Health and Wellness, we have developed a safe and effective quarantine plan for off-campus quarantine accommodations. All students entering Nova Scotia must have an approved quarantine plan in place prior to traveling to ensure that you are not turned away at the Nova Scotia border. Please complete our form to notify us of your quarantine plan.

There are a number of local quarantine options listed below. If you require assistance during your quarantine, such as help acquiring food or other resources, please contact Student Life or the Wong International Centre, and Acadia University will provide assistance.

Local Options

Private Arrangements for Accommodations

There are numerous motels and Airbnb's in the area that allow for individuals to quarantine. Below are several options, but feel free to explore the area online to find other possibilities. You may need to contact individual places, as many are not advertising their quarantine accommodations.

Slumber Inn in New Minas: 902-681-5000

Greensboro Inn in New Minas: 902-681-3201

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Acadia University has also partnered with The Student Travels to offer pre-approved quarantine options for students, with available accommodations in the Halifax area. Please visit https://na.eventscloud.com/TSTstudysafe/ for more information.


If you have specific questions related to travelling to Canada and Nova Scotia, please contact traveltoacadia@acadiau.ca

Contact

International Students
Wong International Centre
27 Acadia Street
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6
international@acadiau.ca
902-585-1690

If you have specific questions related to travelling to Canada and Nova Scotia, please contact traveltoacadia@acadiau.ca