Self Isolation Requirements (February Break)

The Nova Scotia provincial government has established rules for post-secondary students arriving in the province from outside Nova Scotia 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

Cape Breton University encourages all students to stay in the province during the February break week. However, any student that leaves Nova Scotia and travels anywhere, with the exception of Prince Edward Island, must self-isolate for 14 days when they return. All post-secondary students are also strongly encouraged to get one test for COVID-19 on day 6, 7 or 8 of their self-isolation, as asymptomatic testing continues to play an important part in containing the virus.

To book your appointment, please click here. Appointments must be booked up to three days in advance. Should you require transportation to and from your testing 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 also call 811 if you cannot complete the self-assessment online.

Please read the following carefully: 


All students entering Nova Scotia 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 another Canadian province (with the exception of Prince Edward Island) or from outside of the country, 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.


Please see the fact sheets for post-secondary students:

Attending university or college during COVID-19

International post-secondary students during COVID-19

Nova Scotia Public Health Requirements for International Students

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