Before You Travel

Timing of your travel to Halifax

Travel information for international students

Travel information for domestic students arriving from outside Atlantic Canada

Safe travel recommendations and requirements


International students- before travelling to Canada

Before travelling to Canada, you must take the following actions to prepare your quarantine plan:

  1. Complete the Saint Mary's Arrival Form 
  2. Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms before you travel. Do not travel if you have symptoms. 
  3. Download the ArriveCan App and submit your quarantine plan. 
  4. Get a COVID-19 test and receive documentation of negative test results within 72 hours before travel.
  5. Review the Flying to Canada Checklist or Driving to Canada checklist 
  6. If you are required to quarantine, you must determine and make arrangements for your quarantine accommodations before you arrive in Nova Scotia.  Do not travel to Nova Scotia if you have not arranged quarantine accommodations.
    • Students living in on-campus residence for the 2021-2022 academic year must contact Residence and Housing to book quarantine arrangements.  
    • Students living off campus can quarantine at their accommodation provided it meets the following requirements: (1) you can stay for 14 days or possibly longer; (2) you have access to the necessities of life, including water, food, medication and heat without leaving quarantine; (3) you can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you; and (4) you have no visits from family or guests.
    • Alternately, students can book quarantine accommodation.

  7. Have a non-medical facemask to be worn during travel and once in Nova Scotia.
  8. Have an approved Study Permit
  9. Ensure you have health insurance before you travel. Current students who have not opted out of the Saint Mary's University Students' Association (SMUSA) Health Insurance plan are covered. If you are a new student or a student who opted out of health insurance for the term, you will current term, you will need to purchase private health insurance or purchase additional daily coverage through SMUSA to cover you from your arrival in Canada until the beginning of the new term (please see SMUSA for official dates). Email for more information.
  10. Review the quarantine and isolation requirements set by the Government of Canada AND the requirements set by the Province of Nova Scotia.
  11. Determine and make arrangements for your Nova Scotia quarantine accommodations. You must do this before you arrive in Nova Scotia.  
    • If you are living in Saint Mary’s residences for the 2021-2022 academic year, you must contact Residence and Housing to book your quarantine arrangements.  
    • If you are living off campus, you must complete your quarantine period in one of the approved locations.
  12. Apply for your complimentary airport pick-up. You must use the SMU Airport pickup service to travel to your approved quarantine location.

    Domestic students from outside of Nova Scotia before your travel to Halifax

    If you travel to Halifax from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, you must plan the following before you travel:

    • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before you travel. Do not travel if you have any symptoms.
    • Apply to come to Nova Scotia by completing the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form at least one week before travelling. If you are required to quarantine, you must have a quarantine plan before you travel to Nova Scotia. You should be able to confirm the details if asked.  A quarantine plan includes:
      • A plan to quarantine immediately once you arrive at your accommodation.
      • If arriving by plane, arrange transportation from the airport to your quarantine location. View your transportation options.
      • For domestic students, quarantine in Nova Scotia is dependent on your vaccination status.  If you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine (according to the World Health Organization) at least two weeks prior to travel, you can apply for an exemption to the quarantine period.  Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals will need to quarantine according to the requirements set out by the Government of Nova Scotia.  A quarantine plan includes a plan for grocery or food delivery during your quarantine or isolation. Learn about food delivery options and grocery delivery services here.
      • You will also need a plan for getting other necessities such as home goods (bedding, household items, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)

    Safe travel recommendations and requirements

    While in transit to the airport, in airports and during flights:

    • Pack the following in your carry-on luggage: at least 2 masks, a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer and some disinfecting wipes
    • Wear a mask at all times
    • Wash hands frequently
    • Use hand sanitizer when necessary
    • Practice physical distancing (minimum 2 metres or 6 feet from others)
    • Sanitize your personal space and high-touch areas
    • Touch as few surfaces as possible
    • Keep your cell phone charged
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