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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Last updated: January 3, 2023

What You Need To Know

See COVID-19 Tourism Business Supports

Nova Scotia has now lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the community. For the latest information regarding the COIVD-19 situation and public health information in Nova Scotia, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ 

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

Tourism Nova Scotia is also sharing the latest COVID-19 recovery research.

Click the tabs below for more information. Please note, as the situation may evolve, this information may change.

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

Travel Restrictions

Travel from outside Canada (International):

The Government of Canada announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022. Travellers are no longer required to enter their public health information via ArriveCan.

*Note: As of January 5, all air travellers who are two years of age and older, arriving on flights originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than two days before their departure, to the airline prior to boarding. These measures will apply to air travellers, regardless of nationality and vaccination status. They are temporary measures, in place for 30 days, that will be reassessed as more data and evidence becomes available. 

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 based on the situation with COVID-19.

While masks will no longer be required on airplanes and trains as of October 1, travellers are still strongly encouraged to wear masks during their journey. People should not travel if they are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19.

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/ 

COVID tests required for travel can be booked through PRAXES (PCR) or Switch Health (PCR + Antigen). Please visit these sites for further details on pricing and scheduling.

Travellers are responsible for the costs for tests required for travel. 

Travel from within Canada (domestic):

All border restrictions for domestic travellers entering Nova Scotia have been lifted. People travelling from other Canadian provinces and territories no longer need to isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia and do not need to complete a form. International travellers follow federal rules. 

As of June 20, 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required to board a plane or a train in Canada (outbound and domestic travel). Vaccination is still required for passengers and crew of cruise ships. 

Public Health Guidelines for Businesses

The Province of Nova Scotia has lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the community.  

For the latest public health guidelines for businesses operating in Nova Scotia, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ 

Please note that businesses can set their own policies and guidelines related to distancing, masks, etc. 

Proof of Full Vaccination Policy

Starting February 28, 2022, proof of full vaccination is no longer required to participate in discretionary, non-essential events and activities that gather people together (like going to restaurants, movies, sports events, theatre performances, social events and the gym).

Businesses and organizations can set their own vaccination policies. Any policies should take legal and ethical implications into consideration. You can also ask questions about employer and employee rights by contacting contact Labour Standards at hrcinquiries@novascotia.ca.