NEW: Effective May 14th, permanent Nova Scotia residents and people travelling for essential reasons must apply to enter the province.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 14, permanent Nova Scotia residents and people travelling for essential reasons must apply to enter the province.
“This application process means travellers will be certain before they leave that they are able to enter the province, as we limit who enters Nova Scotia to protect our citizens and health-care system from COVID-19,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “People who meet our criteria to enter Nova Scotia will have no problem getting through the approval process.”
People will apply through the established Nova Scotia Safe Check-in. They should apply about a week before they intend to travel. Applications will only be considered for permanent residents of Nova Scotia and people travelling for essential reasons.
Applications for child-custody visits and exempt travellers (such as military, first responders, airline crew and people accessing essential health services) will be approved automatically. All others will be reviewed within three business days. People cannot enter the province until they receive approval.
People who have already completed the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in do not have to re-apply if they are traveling up to and including May 19. Starting May 20, only approvals through the new process will be accepted.
“This approval does not change our 14-day self-isolation requirement. This remains the most important public health measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We also strongly encourage people to get tested at the beginning and end of their isolation, and then make a regular habit of testing, just like washing hands and wearing masks.”
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Travel Within Nova Scotia
Avoid non-essential travel outside your community (municipality where you live). Don’t travel outside your community unless it’s for essential travel like work, childcare, child custody, medical and legal appointments and necessary services like food, gas, healthcare and medication.
All counties in Nova Scotia need to follow province-wide restrictions and protective measures.
People from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will not be allowed to enter Nova Scotia unless their travel is essential or they are permanent residents of Nova Scotia. Read More.
Effective 8am Friday, May 14th, Nova Scotia requires all travellers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, and to complete a self-declaration. Read More.
New Brunswick requires pre-registration for all travellers entering the province, and for all travellers to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Read More.
PEI requires pre-registration for all travellers entering the province, and for all travellers to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival. If you are traveling through New Brunswick to access PEI, you must also register for New Brunswick. Read More