Self Isolation Requirements (Holiday Travel)

The Nova Scotia provincial government has established rules for post-secondary students arriving in the province from outside Atlantic Canada to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These rules are the law in Nova Scotia as part of the public health order under the Health Protection Act

As students return to Nova Scotia after the holidays, all students arriving from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. This is not new, however, we’re also asking students to voluntarily get one test for COVID-19 on day 6, 7 or 8 of their self-isolation – this will only help to protect your household and your community. 

Please read the following carefully: 


All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in. This includes students coming from all other Canadian provinces/territories and from other countries.

International students must also use the federal government’s ArriveCAN app to provide their information to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Students can download the ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343. For more information in International Student Travel, please click here


All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You must complete a daily digital check-in. International students have also have particular self-isolation requirements, which you can find here.


As mentioned above, all students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada in January 2021 should get tested on day 6, 7, or 8 of their self-isolation. Please book your appointment up to 3 days in advance by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment.

If you require transportation to or from your appointment, please call 1-844-996-0694. 

Anyone in Nova Scotia who thinks they have symptoms of COVID-19 should do the COVID-19 self-assessment. You can call 811 if you cannot complete the self-assessment online.


Please see the fact sheets for post-secondary students:

Attending university or college during COVID-19

International post-secondary students during COVID-19

There are many other mandatory public health measures in place in Nova Scotia that all students should familiarize themselves with. Those rules can be found here. We also encourage you to follow @nsgov and for the latest information.

We want to thank the post-secondary students who have arrived in Nova Scotia to date and have been complying with these rules. Your continued cooperation and commitment to following the public health rules and advice plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

If you have further questions, please contact