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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Last updated: June 20, 2022

What You Need To Know

See COVID-19 Tourism Business Supports

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
 

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.

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):

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 do not need to complete an additional form to come to Nova Scotia.

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.

Effective April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children 5 years of age or older are not required to provide a valid pre-entry test result if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status.

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):

As of February 14, all border restrictions for domestic travellers entering Nova Scotia will be 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. 

Masking and other public health protection measures continue to be in place and enforced on planes, trains, and ships.

Visit Boarding flights to and within Canada for more information.

 

Public Health Guidelines for Businesses

The Province of Nova Scotia has a phased reopening plan. As of March 21, the province is in Phase 3. Gathering limits, social distancing and mask restrictions are lifted. Some restrictions may remain in high-risk settings like healthcare and continuing care and masks are still required in schools. 

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.