The Government of Nova Scotia has declared a State of Emergency, and recommends limiting all non-essential travel. All travellers who enter Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Provincial inspectors are onsite at Halifax Stanfield to remind people of the travel measures and how to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Signage to this effect is in the domestic and international arrivals areas, as well as other strategic locations in the terminal building.
The Government of Canada has implemented mandatory domestic and international travel measures to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, including:
- Airlines must conduct a health check of travellers before they board an aircraft with 10 or more seats travelling within Canada. Airlines must refuse boarding to a passenger who has COVID-19 symptoms.
- Passengers must have a removable non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. Passengers will be required to present their mask or face covering at check-in otherwise they will not be allowed to continue on their journey. At a minimum, passengers will be asked to wear the non-medical mask or face covering:
- at airport screening checkpoints;
- during the flight when they cannot physically distance from others, including at all times when they are 2 metres or less from another person, except another occupant of the person’s private home; or
- as directed by an official of the air operator, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, a Canada Border Services Agency officer, or a Canadian public health official
The Government of Canada is also requiring all travellers entering Canada to:
- isolate if you have symptoms, or quarantine if asymptomatic, for 14 days.
- wear a non-medical mask or face covering to go to their destination and avoid contact with vulnerable people.
Travellers who do not have an adequate place to isolate or quarantine for 14 days will be required to stay in a place designated by the Chief Public Health Officer.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) continue to use additional screening measures at major Canadian airports, including Halifax Stanfield, to ensure travellers are aware of these measures and identify any travellers who may be ill. Full details on what the Government is doing at Canadian borders and airports to prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the PHAC website.
What about travel to/from the U.S.? Canada and the United States agreed to close the border to non-essential travel, effective March 21. Reduced flight operations may continue by select airlines to repatriate citizens to their home country.
Travellers are asked to consult www.travel.gc.ca for the latest travel advice.