Arrival and Quarantine in Canada

New Nova Scotia Self Isolation Requirements - January 8, 2021

The Nova Scotia provincial government has just announced a change in public health directives relating to self-isolation requirements. Effective January 9th at 8 a.m., any traveller from New Brunswick must now complete a 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival in Nova Scotia.

Learn more.

Arriving in Nova Scotia

Students arriving from outside of Canada or the Atlantic provinces must quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine requirement is the law of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia.

On December 18, 2020, the Nova Scotia Government announced that all students arriving in Nova Scotia from outside of Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador) on or after January 1, 2021, are being asked to get one COVID-19 test on day six, seven or eight of their quarantine. Appointments can be booked up to three days in advance through the COVID-19 self-assessment website.

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Wear your non-medical face mask.

  • Go directly to your accommodation. View transportation options
  • Do not use public transit
  • Respond to daily check-in emails from NS Public Health. This process is initiated when you complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form.
  • Note: If you have roommates you must isolate separately. Isolate in your own room and use a separate bathroom and kitchen. If you cannot isolate separately hotel accommodations are available.

Students living on-campus

  • You will be temporarily assigned a single occupancy quarantine residence room for 14 days. After your 14-day quarantine has ended you may move into your permanent room.
  • Meals will be provided through the university food service provider and charged to the student's residence meal plan (or student account).
  • If you will quarantine on-campus before the start of term, please review the additional on-campus quarantine costs.
  • Residence Assistants and International Student Centre staff will engage with students virtually and provide opportunities for students to connect with floormates and other students.

Students living off-campus

International students- International students living off-campus will be required to quarantine in one of the university recommended quarantine accommodations (hotel or on-campus) before moving into their permanent off-campus accommodation.

Domestic students from outside the Atlantic provinces- Students arriving in Halifax from outside of Atlantic Canada and are living off-campus must quarantine in their off-campus accommodations. Students must choose one location to remain at for the entire 14-day period. General guidelines are as follows:

  • limit contact with people you live with as much as possible
  • use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if you can
  • take and record your temperature daily and avoid fever-reducing medications (like acetaminophen and ibuprofen)
  • have groceries and other supplies delivered
  • avoid anyone with chronic conditions or a compromised immune system, and older adults
  • don't have visitors to your home
  • avoid taking public transportation (like a taxi, bus or shuttle) if possible; if you do need to take public transportation, 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
  • stay home (you can go on your deck or balcony or in your yard, but you need to avoid contact with other people)

When you’re in your home:

  • keep shared spaces (like kitchens and bathrooms) clean and well ventilated
  • use soap and water to clean dishes and utensils after each use
  • clean door handles, light switches, railings, remotes and other high-touch areas daily
  • clean your home and household items with store bought disinfectant or diluted bleach solution—5 mL of bleach per 250 mL of water, or 20mL per litre
  • wash clothes and linens using your regular laundry soap and water (60-90°C)
  • don't share personal items, like toothbrushes, clothing, towels or drinks
  • use disposable gloves and protective clothing (like plastic aprons) when cleaning anything soiled with bodily fluids, if available

After Quarantine

After completing your 14-day quarantine period and if you do not show any COVID-19 symptoms you may leave your quarantine location.

Nova Scotia is enforcing required public health protocols such as wearing face masks and 6ft social distancing guidelines as part of the Health Protection Act Order by the Medical Officer of Health

Please familiarize yourself with these guidelines and the expectations outlined by Saint Mary’s University.

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