COVID-19 Update

The Canadian government has temporarily closed the border for non-essential travel. Please check for the most up to date information.

All travellers to Canada are required to have adequate self-isolation plans. This is mandatory at all Canadian border crossings and airports. Those with inadequate self-isolation plans will be required to self-isolate for two weeks in a quarantine location, like a hotel.

All air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine. See the Government of Canada guidelines.

Required information can be submitted through ArriveCAN by using the mobile app or by signing in online.

Due to the uncertainty and quick moving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that international travel bans published by the government may change as the situation requires.

The Province of Nova Scotia has declared a state of emergency. For the latest information regarding the COVID-19 situation and public health restrictions in Nova Scotia, please visit:

  • Effective November 23, the Council of Atlantic Premiers have recommended caution regarding non-essential travel within the Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador). New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador have also adopted additional measures. Please visit the below websites for the latest information
  • People entering Nova Scotia from New Brunswick must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form before arriving and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Nova Scotians returning from New Brunswick must also self-isolate for 14 days, unless they are exempt from the order.
    • For example, people who regularly cross the provincial border for work do not have to isolate and can get a pass from border officials to display in their vehicle.
    • Permanent residents of Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador do not have to isolate if they drive straight through New Brunswick to Nova Scotia with no or minimal stops.
  • Residents of Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland & Labrador are permitted to travel to and within Nova Scotia without the requirement to isolate.
    • Every adult will need to show either a drivers’ licence, government identification card, health card, or a utility bill or bank statement with a valid PEI or Newfoundland & Labrador address to provincial officials at airports, ferries or the land border when they arrive in the province. No self-declaration form is required to enter Nova Scotia.
    • PEI and Newfoundland & Labrador residents also need to follow public health directives while they’re in Nova Scotia.
  • People travelling from outside Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland & Labrador for non-essential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in Nova Scotia. Everyone in the home where they are self-isolating will have to self-isolate as well. Nobody in that home can leave the property for 14 days and they cannot have visitors.  If they have already self-isolated in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador, they may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.
    • Every adult (age 18 or older) arriving from outside Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland & Labrador needs to complete a Safe Check-in Form before they travel to the province. You can complete and submit the Safe Check-in Form online here:
    • When you arrive in Nova Scotia you need show that you submitted the form by providing the confirmation email you receive after submitting the form online. You also need to provide government-issued identification (like a Drivers Licence or Health Card) or a utility bill or bank statement that shows your permanent home address.
    • People travelling from outside Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland & Labrador also need to follow public health directives while they’re in Nova Scotia.

Tourism Nova Scotia will relay any change in travel restrictions as soon as the information becomes available. Please read below for more information.