Arrival: Non-Atlantic Canadians

I am a student arriving from a province other than the existing Atlantic Canada bubble

Last updated: September 2021

  • Quarantine status depends on your vaccination status
  • You are subject to provincial travel restrictions
  • You may require to be tested upon arrival

Provincial Travel Restrictions

Anyone wishing to travel into Nova Scotia, including students, must plan to quarantine (in case you are symptomatic upon arrival). You must complete the Safe Check-in Form. If you are approved for travel to Nova Scotia, you may be required to quarantine (self-isolate) depending on your vaccination status.

Effective June 30, Nova Scotia will allow for shorter isolation periods based on your vaccination and testing status.

  • Use the safe check-in form and upload proof of approved vaccine status.
  • People who are fully vaccinated do not have to self-isolate, but testing is still recommended.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for at least 7 days and cannot leave isolation until they get 2 negative tests results. "Fully vaccinated" means you had two doses of a World Health Organization approved vaccine (or 1 dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia. The tests must be standard PCR lab tests; they cannot be rapid tests. They must be done in Nova Scotia, not in advance of arrival. Tests should be on day 1 or 2 and on day 6 or 7.
  • As of Aug 9, 2021, the government has implemented a surveillance program in the airports that allows for a randomized testing regime for fully vaccinated visitors upon arrival.

Your COVID-19 tests must be standard PCR lab tests.

COVID-19 Testing

Students arriving from a point of origin within Canada are not required to be tested; however, the Nova Scotia government is strongly recommending testing on day 1 or 2 of self-isolation and again on day 12, 13 or 14. 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 your testing appointment, please call 1-844-996-0694 to book your testing appointment.

Quarantine Regulations

You will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Nova Scotia based on your vaccination status.

To self-isolate, 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.
  • Book a COVID-19 test even if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms. You should get a test on day 1 or 2 of your self-isolation and again on day 12, 13 or 14.
  • follow guidelines for avoiding infection (handwashing, coughing and sneezing, cleaning and disinfecting).

Quarantine Options


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 residence students. Acadia’s approved quarantine plan meets provincial quarantine requirements for those students who are residing in Acadia’s residences. Meals, outdoor activity, virtual activities, and mental health support will be provided.


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. Without this plan, you will be unable to enter Nova Scotia.

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 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 for more information.

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


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