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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Last updated: September 8, 2021

What You Need To Know

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

Travel Restrictions

Travel from outside Canada (International):

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

As of September 7, 2021, foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel. 

Effective September 9, 2021, international travellers who are coming relatively directly to Nova Scotia do not need to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

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.

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):

People coming from provinces and territories outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, 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.
  • Effective September 9, people 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.

Children under the age of 19 need to be included on the form of the least vaccinated adult who they are traveling with and they follow the same isolation requirements as that adult.

Travel from within Atlantic Canada (regional):

People travelling from Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador can enter Nova Scotia for any reason and no longer have to self-isolate or complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. 

Effective 8 am on August 25, people traveling from New Brunswick can follow the NS NB 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.

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/