You may be required to quarantine upon entry to Nova Scotia. If you are not exempted from quarantine, you are required to have a quarantine plan which includes transportation and accommodation details. The following resources will help you create your quarantine plan.

The university recognizes that in addition to physical health your mental health and wellness are important. On this webpage you will find helpful information about:


Transportation from Halifax Airport to your Quarantine Location

All students arriving by air are required to arrange transportation from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to your quarantine location. These arrangements need to be made before you depart for Canada or Nova Scotia. View a list of transportation options. Once you pre-book your airport pick-up service, it is important that you save a copy of your booking and include it in your travel plan. You will be asked to show proof that you will safely reach your quarantine destination.

International students: The Saint Mary’s International Student Centre offers a free airport pick-up service for international students. 

To apply for this free service:

You will receive an email requesting confirmation of details before your pickup is booked, please look for this email. You must submit your form no less than 5 business days before you travel.

Domestic students: Canadian students may arrange transportation from the airport using one of the following car services:


Quarantine Accommodations

Students who are required to complete the 14-day quarantine period can stay at any location to quarantine, provided it meets the following requirements:

  • You can stay for 14 days or possibly longer
  • You have access to the necessities of life, including water, food, medication, and heat without leaving quarantine
  • You can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
  • You have no visits from family or guests

Hotels are a suitable quarantine location, though you should follow the hotel’s COVID-19 regulations. While staying at a hotel, you must:

  • Stay in your room to avoid contact with others
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Use a delivery service and ask that the meal be left outside your hotel room door

Below is a list of university-approved quarantine accommodations options. You must make your reservation before traveling to Canada.

Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn- 1960 Brunswick St (Downtown Halifax)

$110.64 per night (taxes included) including 3 hot meals, premium wifi, fridge, security safe, outdoor space, gaming access, discount bakery options, fitness access.

Homewood Suites- 1960 Brunswick St (Downtown Halifax)

$132.87 per night (taxes included) including 3 hot meals, all suites with full kitchen, wifi, security safe, outdoor space, gaming access, discount bakery options, fitness access. Both hotels are connected with dual pad property.


Physical and Mental Health


If you need to seek testing or medical treatment during quarantine or isolation, you must:

  • Call 811 if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • fever (i.e. chills, sweats)
    • cough or worsening of a previous cough
    • sore throat
    • headache
    • shortness of breath
    • muscle aches
    • sneezing
    • nasal congestion/runny nose
    • hoarse voice
    • diarrhea
    • unusual fatigue
    • loss of sense of smell or taste
    • red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause
  • immediately return to your place of quarantine or isolation location afterwards
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering while in transit
  • Be prepared to provide information about your travel to Nova Scotia, including things such as flight numbers, travel dates, how you traveled from the airport to your place of self-isolation, etc.

Information on COVID-19 testing sites is provided by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. 

Saint Mary’s Student Health Services is open for regular services.  Please note that it is not a testing site and you should not visit Student Health Services if you have COVID-19 symptoms.  Emergency medical services can be contacted by calling 911 or visiting a hospital in Halifax.  If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call 811. 

All international students studying at Saint Mary’s University are required to have health insurance. 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. Email for more information.

If you remain in Canada for 12 months, you may be eligible for MSI, the Nova Scotia Provincial Health Care Program.

Many Halifax pharmacies offer delivery services for prescriptions if required.  Contact the pharmacy directly to see if this service is available:


Mental Health Resources

The Saint Mary’s University Counselling Centre is open virtually to all current Saint Mary's students living in Canada. To arrange an appointment please email International students living outside of Canada can contact the Centre for information about other counselling supports.

Healthy Minds NS

Offers a suite of online mental health resources to complement counselling services available on campus, including the following:

Free, Confidential, 24/7 Phone counselling service

Crisis Text Line Powered by Kid’s Help Phone
Free, Confidential, 24/7 Phone counselling service
Just text "Good2TalkNS" to 686868 to be connected to a volunteer-supporter from the privacy of your phone.

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (24 hours Crisis Support via Phone)
902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167(toll free)

We encourage you to maintain close virtual contact with friends and family during your self-isolation period.  Video/phone calls, esports, or other social events are recommended to stay in touch and maintain social connection while you self-isolate.


Grocery and Food Delivery

Quarantining students can use food and grocery delivery services. Grocery delivery can also deliver personal hygiene items you may need such as toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.

Grocery Delivery Services

Food Delivery Services


On-campus Supports

Students quarantining have access to supports through various university departments and services.

For Students Living in Residence:

For All Students:

Anti-Racism support

Saint Mary’s University is committed to ensuring our students have a positive experience. If students encounter racism, they should contact Student Affairs and Services at They will work with students to provide the necessary support, connecting them if needed, to our African Nova Scotia and Black Student Advisor, our Indigenous Student Advisor, as well as community-based resources.

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