Arrival: International Students

I am an international student arriving from outside of Canada

Last updated: September 2021

  • You are subject to federal travel restrictions
  • Quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements depend upon your current vaccination status
  • If you are required to quarantine, you must contact Residence Life well in advance of your arrival in Canada

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.

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.



COVID-19 Testing

Students arriving from outside Nova Scotia may require mandatory COVID-19 testing depending on your vaccination status. Please visit the Government of Nova Scotia's travel page 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

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.


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 border.

There are a number of local quarantine options listed below. If you require assistance during your quarantine, 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

Languages Canada Study Safe Corridor — STUDY SAFE

Acadia University has also partnered with The Student Travels to offer pre-approved quarantine options for EAP students, with available accommodations in the Halifax area. Please visit for more information.

If you have specific questions related to travelling to Canada and Nova Scotia, please contact


International Students
Wong International Centre
27 Acadia Street
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6