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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Last updated: June 15, 2021

What You Need To Know

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Tourism Business Supports & Resources

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.

See Frequently Asked Questions   See Nova Scotia's Provincial COVID-19 Reopening Plan

Click the tabs below for more information. Please check these links frequently as the situation is evolving and information can change quickly.

COVID-19 Tourism Business Supports and Resources

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 document as necessary. However, we encourage you to visit program pages directly for eligibility and application details.

Travel Restrictions

At this time, both the federal and provincial governments have public health measures in place related to travel. 

Travel from outside Canada (International):

The Government of Canada has temporarily restricted non-essential travel to the country to Canadians and permanent residents, with some exceptions.

All international passenger flight arrivals have been redirected to four airports:

  • Calgary International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Toronto’s Pearson International Airport
  • Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

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.

Travel from within Canada (domestic):

Permanent Nova Scotia residents and people travelling for essential reasons must apply to enter the province. Reasons for essential travel are listed at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/

People will apply through the established Nova Scotia Safe Check-in. They should apply about a week before they intend to travel. Applications will only be considered for permanent or seasonal residents of Nova Scotia and people travelling for essential reasons.

As of June 16, people can apply through the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in to move to Nova Scotia or to enter as seasonal residents. They will receive automatic approval and then be able to enter the province if they show border officials proof that they own a seasonal residence or that they are leaving another jurisdiction and moving permanently to Nova Scotia. Self-isolation for 14 days is required.

People can apply for an exception to write exams that cannot be deferred or done virtually, or to attend a funeral or be with an immediate family member at end of life. Instructions for applying are available at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/#compassionate-exceptions.

Nova Scotians can travel within the province while adhering to public health guidelines. 

Beginning June 23, residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will be able to travel to Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate. Once a person from outside the Atlantic region has completed 14 days of self-isolation in one Atlantic province, they will be free to travel to Nova Scotia without further isolation requirements.

Public Health Guidelines for Businesses

The Province of Nova Scotia has guidelines in place related to business operations, festivals and events, and gathering limits. For the latest public health guidelines for businesses operating in Nova Scotia, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ 

For guidelines specific to your county, see https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/