Provincial Travel Requirements

    The Government of Nova Scotia has declared a State of Emergency, and recommends limiting all non-essential travel outside the province. 

    People travelling to Nova Scotia from within the Atlantic provinces are permitted to enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating for 14 days. If you live in an Atlantic Canadian province, you need to show proof of residency when you enter Nova Scotia. 

    Nova Scotians travelling to the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador must still self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Nova Scotians travelling to New Brunswick are not required to self-isolate.

    People travelling to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in Nova Scotia. If they have already self-isolated in another Atlantic Canadian province, they may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.

    Starting 9 November 2020, if you travel for non-essential reasons, you must self-isolate alone, or with others who are self-isolating for the same period of time. If there are other people in the home, they must also self-isolate for 14 days, unless you have your own separate living space for self-isolation (no shared living spaces including bathroom). The day you arrive counts as the first day of their 14-day self-isolation.

    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.

    Federal Travel Requirements

    The Government of Canada has implemented mandatory domestic and international travel measures to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, including health checks of travellers before they board an aircraft and requiring travellers to wear a mask during their travels.

    Travellers with a medical reason for not wearing a mask are required to present proof from a physician while flying in Canada, or they will be denied boarding. Halifax International Airport Authority also requires everyone at the airport, including travellers and airport workers, to wear a mask in the terminal building and parkade at all times.

    Effective January 7, all passengers five years of age or older, be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to Canada.

    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 for the latest travel advice.