Travel and quarantine information

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.

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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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Saint Mary’s University Student Travel and Quarantine Information in Response to COVID-19

The information on this page is considered to be true and accurate at the date of publication (November 5, 2020) and is subject to change based on the requirements of government and public health authorities. It is the student’s responsibility to consult reliable sources of information. As of November 3, 2020, Saint Mary's University is included on the Government of Canada's list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLI).

Quick links to reliable sources of information

Government of Canada

Government of Nova Scotia

World Health Organization

Health Resources

Information for international and domestic students coming to Halifax from outside Atlantic Canada

Key Terms
Mandatory quarantine- applies to people travelling internationally to Canada or from outside the ‘Atlantic Bubble’ and is required for 14 days upon arrival.

Self-isolation- refers to people who are awaiting a COVID-19 test result or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Isolation- is required if a person receives a positive COVID-19 test.


This information is for all current and incoming Saint Mary’s University international students who are outside Canada and planning to travel to Canada for the winter term. It also pertains to domestic students traveling from international locations, as well as those coming from Canadian provinces outside Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions that limit travel to Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia are in place. Additionally, all travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada and must present a quarantine plan to Canada Border Services Agency. Failure to provide this quarantine plan at the border will result in being denied entry into the country or the province. And in certain situations, government authorities may also fine travelers for non-compliance. 

All international students planning to travel to Canada must clearly understand Government of Canada and Government of Nova Scotia laws and regulations, which are subject to change, before making travel plans. Please consult government websites for the most up-to-date information.

Information Webinars

Information webinars will be offered before the start of the winter term, to answer questions students, parents and supporters may have about travelling to Halifax. Check out the events and activities page at to sign-up for a travel information webinar.   

Webinar dates and times:

  • Monday, November 9, 4:00 PM AST
  • Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 PM AST
  • Wednesday, November 25, 8:00 AM AST

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