Last updated: December 21, 2021
What You Need To Know
The Province of Nova Scotia continues to be under a state of emergency. For the latest information regarding the COIVD-19 situation and public health restrictions in Nova Scotia, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
It can be challenging to make decisions for your business with so much uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism Nova Scotia is making every effort to ensure tourism operators have up-to-date information and access to resources that can help you with your business during this time.
Tourism Nova Scotia is also sharing the latest COVID-19 recovery research.
Click the tabs below for more information. Please check these links frequently as the situation is evolving and information can change quickly.
See the latest COVID-19 programs, resources and supports for tourism businesses. Any changes or additions to programs or resources will be added to this page as necessary. However, we encourage you to visit program pages directly for eligibility and application details.
As of October 30, 2021: if you are 12 years of age or older, you will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board:
- domestic or international flights departing from airports in Canada
- VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
- non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more departing from ports in Canada, once voyages resume
Visit Boarding flights to and within Canada for more information.
Travel from outside Canada (International):
At this time, both the federal and provincial governments have public health measures in place related to international travel.
International travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel. They must follow federal requirements and register through ArriveCan.
International travellers who are coming relatively directly to Nova Scotia do not need to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form in addition to ArriveCan.
For more information please visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders - Travel.gc.ca. Be sure to check the site frequently, as conditions may change quickly.
The Government of Canada has announced additional measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern, including restricting travel by foreign nationals who have visited certain countries, and testing and quarantine requirements for Canadians and other travellers. See details.
Effective December 21, all international travellers are required to obtain a negative pre-arrival test within 72hrs before entering Canada, regardless of the duration of the trip.
Note for international travellers departing from Nova Scotia:
Travellers are responsible for learning the rules and travel restrictions of the airline and the country they are travelling to. Travellers can check on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website for more information. You can input the source and destination Country to view any restrictions and requirements: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/
Travellers are responsible for the costs for tests required for travel.
Travel from within Canada (domestic):
People age 12 and over coming from provinces and territories outside Nova Scotia (including Atlantic provinces) must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form and upload your proof of vaccination if you have it. Your isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing:
- People who are fully vaccinated do not have to self-isolate but testing is still recommended.
- People age 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for at least 7 days and cannot leave isolation until they get 2 negative tests results.
Fully vaccinated means you had two doses of a World Health Organization approved vaccine (or 1 dose of Janssen) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia. The tests must be standard PCR lab tests. They cannot be rapid tests. They must be done in Nova Scotia, not in advance of arrival. Tests should be on day 1 or 2 and on day 6 or 7.
For people arriving in Halifax or Sydney by air, they can get their first test at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport or JA Douglas McCurdy Airport. All travellers can book tests online at testing sites around the province.
Travel from within Atlantic Canada (regional):
People traveling from New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador can follow the Atlantic Canada Travel Protocol if their reason for travel is covered by it. If not, they must follow the same rules as all provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada. They must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in and upload proof of vaccination if applicable. Their isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing.
Travel from within Nova Scotia (local):
Nova Scotians can travel within the province while adhering to public health guidelines.
Please note that effective December 1, children age 11 and younger from outside Nova Scotia cannot participate in sports or arts and culture events like games, competitions, tournaments and performances in this province. Also, Nova Scotia children in this age group cannot participate in these types of events outside the province. Individuals, businesses and organizations cannot bring these children into or out of Nova Scotia for these types of events. Measures like isolation or testing cannot be used in order to participate in these events. Children can still attend as spectators and they can still attend practices, lessons and rehearsals. This is a temporary measure that will be re-evaluated in January.
The Province of Nova Scotia has guidelines in place related to business operations, festivals and events, and gathering limits. Masking is required in indoor public spaces, and proof of vaccination is required in most places where people gather (such as restaurants, theatres, events, etc.).
Effective December 17, gathering limits and social distancing requirements are in place. For more information see the announcement.
For the latest public health guidelines for businesses operating in Nova Scotia, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/
Nova Scotia’s Proof of Full Vaccination Policy requires people age 12 and older to show proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. The proof of full vaccination protocol and resources for businesses and organizations where it applies are available at: http://novascotia.ca/POV.
To help support your organization and staff in implementing the proof of full vaccination protocol, the following resources are available:
- Proof of full vaccination required signage
- How to access your Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination
- Guide for participants at events and activities requiring proof of full vaccination
- Guide for businesses and organizations to check proof of full vaccination
- Nova Scotia coronavirus website
- Nova Scotia Health Protection Act Order