Before You Travel

New Screening Requirements for All Air Passengers Travelling into Canada

Effective January 7th, 2021, all air passengers five years of age or older travelling to Canada will be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure time. All air travellers, including students, will be required to provide proof of this negative test result prior to boarding their flights to Canada.  Under the new rule, air passengers must receive a negative result on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, more commonly referred to as the nose swab test, within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure to Canada.

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Timing of your travel to Halifax

Saint Mary’s winter term begins January 6, 2020.  Classes will be delivered in a blended format meaning courses will take place online and non-mandatory in-person experiences will be offered when possible for some courses. This means that you can complete your 14-day quarantine period at the same time that you are participating in your classes.

Travel information for international students

Travel information for domestic students arriving from outside Atlantic Canada

Safe travel recommendations and requirements


Arrival dates and move-in schedule

Note: The university's holiday break will take place from December 22 at 5 pm (AST) until January 3. Offices will reopen on January 4, 2021, at 9 am. During the holiday break services will continue for students living in residence.

International students:

International students living off-campus can arrive at a time of their choosing but should keep in mind that they must immediately quarantine for 14 days. Off-campus International students may choose to quarantine on-campus (before December 1, 2020) or in hotel accommodations. View a list of quarantine accommodations.

Residence opens for the Winter term on January 4, 2021, and students can arrive anytime after 9 am.  If you need to arrange an early arrival, contact residence.housing@smu.ca. Please see the residence move-in information you received by email from Housing and Residence staff related to residence costs and move-in details.

Domestic students from outside of Atlantic Canada:

Domestic students living off-campus can arrive at the time of their choosing and must immediately quarantine in their off-campus accommodation for the entire 14-day period.

Domestic students living on-campus should plan to arrive when Residence opens on January 4.

International students- before travelling to Canada

***IMPORTANT UPDATE***

Effective January 7th, 2021, all air passengers five years of age or older travelling to Canada will be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure time. All air travellers, including students, will be required to provide proof of this negative test result prior to boarding their flights to Canada.  Under the new rule, air passengers must receive a negative result on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, more commonly referred to as the nose swab test, within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure to Canada.

All passengers, including students, will have to either provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result, reschedule their flight to allow for time to get the test completed or provide acceptable proof that there was no testing facility available. In this case, you may be allowed to board your flight but you will be required to self-quarantine in a Canadian government- approved facility for 14 days upon your arrival. 

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

  1. Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms before you travel. Do not travel if you have symptoms. 
  2. Complete the Saint Mary's Arrival Form (required)
  3. Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In Form (required)
  4. Download the ArriveCan App and upload your quarantine plan (required). This app also speeds up your arrival process in Canada. Submit your information easily and securely using the App within 48 hours of your arrival in Canada. 
  5. Have a non-medical facemask to be worn during travel and once in Nova Scotia.
  6. Have an approved Study Permit
  7. 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 September-December term, you will need to purchase private health insurance or purchase coverage through SMUSA to cover you from your arrival in Canada until January 4. Email healthplan.smusa@smu.ca for more information.
  8. Review the quarantine and isolation requirements set by the Government of Canada AND the requirements set by the Province of Nova Scotia.
  9. Determine and make arrangements for your quarantine accommodations. You must do this before you arrive in Canada. Failure to do so will prevent you from entering the country. 
  10. Determine and make arrangements to travel to your quarantine location. You are required to go directly to your quarantine location, without making any stops. The Saint Mary’s International Student Centre offers a free airport pick-up service for arriving international students. Apply for Airport pickup. You must use the SMU Airport pickup service or one of the approved transportation options.

     

    Domestic students from outside of the Atlantic provinces- before your travel to Nova Scotia

    If you travel to Halifax from outside the Atlantic provinces you must plan the following before you travel:

    • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before you travel. Do not travel if you have any symptoms.
    • Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (required)
    • Have a quarantine plan. 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.
      • If living off-campus you need 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
    • Minimize trips to the washroom (flush the toilet with the seat cover down)
    • Touch as few surfaces as possible
    • Keep your cell phone charged
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