Immigration & COVID‑19 Updates

Page updated: July 29, 2021

The International Centre is committed to working with you to continue your studies and meet your goals. We encourage you to contact us if you have any issues about student life (immigration, personal circumstances, etc.) If you have questions about travelling to Nova Scotia or any COVID-19 updates, please contact icregistration@dal.ca.

Updates

  • As of July 5, the Government of Canada has implemented exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions, including pre-entry and arrival testing. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website and the Province of Nova Scotia website
  • The government has also recently announced that as of August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. Review this infographic for more information about Canada's border re-opening measures. 
  • Also effective August 9, 2021, international travellers who are required to quarantine can travel directly to Nova Scotia to complete their quarantine.

Note: The Government of Canada requires that all international travellers, regardless of vaccination status, prepare and submit a quarantine plan. Please review the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students information bulletin for detailed information.

Canadian border is open to international students

Dalhousie University is on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) list of approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) that are able to welcome international students currently residing outside Canada to their campuses.  

Review the government's COVID-19 travel site

Information on travelling to Canada is frequently changing. We encourage you to review the government's COVID-19 travel site often to make sure you're up-to-date. Students can also review this government guide for travelling to Canada.

Before making travel plans, please note:

Quarantine & Travel Information (Land or Air Travel)

NOTE: As of July 5, the Government of Canada has implemented exemptions for travellers who are fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada and meet specific conditions, including pre-entry and arrival testing. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website and the Province of Nova Scotia website.

Dalhousie international students are able to travel to Nova Scotia to study or to begin a co-op or work placement, and should arrive with enough time to quarantine before their studies or placement begins. A Canadian government official will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada and whether you will be required to quarantine. More details can be found on the IRCC website, and you are welcome to contact the Border Information Service before you travel if you have questions about travelling to Canada.

Note: The Government of Canada requires that all international travellers, regardless of vaccination status, prepare and submit a quarantine plan.

Travelling by land or air:
 

Students must review the following government checklists before planning to travel to Canada by land or air:

Register before travelling:

  • Regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated, international students must register with the International Centre to verify documentation needed for entry into Canada. 
  • Students must also follow the multi-step process in the “Important steps for registering to travel” section below to complete this registration.
  • Quarantine location information will be confirmed via the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form that is completed by all travellers entering to the province.
  • All Dalhousie international students returning to Nova Scotia from an international location must submit a quarantine plan. Also, Dalhousie international students returning to Nova Scotia may be required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a location approved by the university.

Quarantine periods:

  • Until August 9, 2021, international students travelling by air who are not fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Government of Canada must first complete their quarantine at an airport hotel, which will likely be at least 3 days while they await COVID-19 test results. After receiving a negative test result, students can then travel to Nova Scotia to complete a 11-day quarantine at a Dalhousie-approved hotel. 
  • Although students must spend a total of 14 days in quarantine after arriving in Canada, the amount of time spent in both the airport quarantine and Nova Scotia quarantine can vary. The breakdown is the following:
  • If a student receives a negative COVID-19 test result before the end of the 3-day period, they can travel to Nova Scotia to complete the remainder of their 14-day quarantine. 
  • If it takes longer than 3 days to receive a negative test result, students will still be required to quarantine for a full 11 days in Nova Scotia. 
  • If a student tests positive at the airport, they will be required to stay in a federal quarantine facility (this cost will be covered by the government). Students who fall under this category will not be required to complete another 14 day quarantine in Nova Scotia.
  • Note: The International Centre will advise students on their required quarantine period in Nova Scotia. If you have any issues while at your airport or Nova Scotia quarantine, please contact the International Centre at icregistration@dal.ca for assistance. 

Students who may be exempt from quarantine

As of July 5, the Government of Canada has implemented exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions, including pre-entry and arrival testing. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website and the Province of Nova Scotia website.

Students who are fully vaccinated with Canadian government-approved vaccines:
 

  • All international travellers, including Dalhousie international students, are required to submit a quarantine plan via ArriveCAN and register with Nova Scotia Safe Check-in, regardless of vaccination status
  • Quarantine exemptions may be implemented for international travellers who are fully vaccinated (2 doses of a Canadian government-approved vaccine) at least 14 days before travelling to Canada
  • If a Canadian border official grants an exemption, these travellers do not need to quarantine once they enter Canada and Nova Scotia
  • Students must get tested upon arriving in Canada
  • COVID testing is still recommended for all students entering Nova Scotia
  • Students must still complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form and upload their proof of vaccination documentation
  • Proof of full vaccination status must be submitted via ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada (This can only be done 72 hours prior to your travel). Quarantine plans must also be submitted via ArriveCAN
  • Students can take a taxi from the Halifax airport to their destination in Halifax. The International Centre will reimburse students for the cost of the taxi, but you will need to provide us a receipt that shows your name, the date of the pick-up, the drop-off location, and cost (receipts can be requested from your driver). Taxi receipts can be sent to international.centre@dal.ca (please type "Taxi reimbursement" into the subject line of the email) 

Until August 9, 2021, students who are partially vaccinated or who are not vaccinated with Canadian government-approved vaccines:
 

  • If an international traveller is not vaccinated or partially vaccinated (one dose or less than 14 days since the second dose), they are not exempt from quarantine upon arriving in Canada
  • Students must get tested upon arriving in Canada
  • Students must quarantine for at least 3 days in a government-authorized hotel at their port of entry, and receive negative test results before travelling to Nova Scotia
  • Students must quarantine for an additional 11 days in Nova Scotia at a DLI-approved location (as outlined by students' quarantine plans)
  • Students require a negative Switch Health test on day 8 of their quarantine before they are allowed to leave quarantine
  • Vaccination status must be submitted via ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada (This can only be done 72 hours prior to your travel). Quarantine plans must also be submitted via ArriveCAN

After 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 9, 2021: Students who are partially vaccinated or who are not vaccinated with Canadian government-approved vaccines:
 

  • If an international traveller is not vaccinated or partially vaccinated (one dose or less than 14 days since the second dose), they are not exempt from quarantine upon arriving in Canada
  • Students must get tested upon arriving in Canada
  • Students must quarantine for at least 14 days in Nova Scotia at a DLI-approved location (as outlined by students' quarantine plans)
  • Students require a negative Switch Health test on day 8 of their quarantine before they are allowed to leave quarantine
  • Vaccination status must be submitted via ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada (This can only be done 72 hours prior to your travel). Quarantine plans must also be submitted via ArriveCAN

All international students travelling to Nova Scotia must review the "Important steps for registering to travel" section below.

If you have any questions, please contact the International Centre at icregistration@dal.ca.

Nova Scotia Safe Check-In Form

Any person (including international students) travelling to Nova Scotia must now complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form, and be granted approval, BEFORE travelling into the province. Students are advised to complete this form one week before travelling. 

Testing Information

NOTE: As of July 5, the Government of Canada has implemented exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions, including pre-entry and arrival testing. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website and the Province of Nova Scotia website.
 
  • Students are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada. Students must also take additional tests when they arrive in Canada, and on day 8 of their quarantine. Full information about quarantine, testing, and travelling to Canada by air or land can be found on the government’s COVID-19: Travel, Quarantine and Borders site.
  • Students will be provided with test kits when they arrive in Canada, which are to be taken on day 8 of their quarantine. If you have any issues receiving your test kit, please inform the airport staff at your point of entry into Canada.
  • Students can review this Global Affairs Canada advisory for a list of facilities that provide testing for international students and Canadian students within each country (to find testing facilities in your country, scroll down to view the list of destinations, click on the country's link, and then select the "Health" tab)."

Costs

The cost to quarantine:

  • The cost for the Nova Scotia period of quarantine is dependent on the number of days spent in quarantine. 
  • The following is a daily breakdown of costs:
  • Room: $54 + 2% City Tax +15% HST = 63.34
  • Food/Bev: $42 +$4 Admin Fee 15% HST = $52.90
  • Total cost per day $116.24
  • Dalhousie will cover 50% of this expense for students who are new to Dalhousie or returning to study for the first time since the pandemic started. The 50% discount will be in place until the end of October 31, 2021. At this time, we cannot confirm if the discount will apply beyond that date. 
  • There is an additional cost for accompanying family members (see below).
  • Support may be available for those experiencing hardship associated with the cost of quarantine and who demonstrate ongoing financial need (see below).
  • Funding will not be provided to cover quarantine costs associated with non-essential travel (including travelling home for study breaks and holidays).
  • Students must cover hotel and all associated costs at their entry airport quarantine.
  • Please note: Exchange Students to Dalhousie are not eligible for Dalhousie's financial assistance for accommodation costs associated with quarantine. Please check with your home university for financial assistance options available to you.

The cost to quarantine with family members:

  • Funding will not be provided to cover quarantine costs associated with non-essential travel (including travelling home for study breaks and holidays).
  • If you are accompanied by immediate family members who you are already part of your household and will continue to be a part of your household, you can share a room.
  • There is no added cost for sharing a room.
  • There is a cost for your accompanying family member’s food and beverages.
  • The extra costs will be as follows:
  • Per day for three meals: $42 +$4 Admin Fee 15% HST = $52.90

Financial aid:

  • Additional support may be available for those experiencing hardship associated with the cost of quarantine and who demonstrate ongoing financial need.
  • There are also other forms of financial aid open to all students.
  • Only students with exceptional circumstances who need to travel internationally again after arriving in NS (i.e. family death, immigration purposes, etc.) may apply for additional financial aid with provincial quarantine expenses.

Other Information

  • Hotel and transportation from the Halifax airport are booked when students register and submit their quarantine plan to the International Centre.
  • Obtain your DSU Health Insurance Plan by visiting the Student VIP International website.

 

Important steps for registering to travel (for partially vaccinated or non-vaccinated students)

Step 1: Ensure you have the correct immigration documents

New students require:

  • A study permit approval letter (also known as a letter of introduction)
  • A valid travel entry document (i.e. Temporary Resident Visa or eTA as applicable)
  • A passport valid for more than 6 months at the time of entry 
  • A valid immigration medical exam the day you enter Canada (if you needed one). Your exam is valid for 12 months from the day you get it. If your exam will expire before you enter Canada, you need to get another medical exam. This applies even if your study approval letter is still valid.

Returning students require:

  • A valid study permit
  • A valid travel entry document (i.e. Temporary Resident Visa or eTA as applicable)
  • A passport valid for more than 6 months at the time of entry 
  • Valid medical exam (if applicable). If you have resided or stayed temporarily for 6 or more consecutive months in a designated country or territory in the one year immediately preceding the date you sought entry into Canada, you require a medical exam. This applies even if you are a citizen of a country where you do not require a visa to enter Canada.

Step 2: Ensure you have the correct supporting documents

New students require:

  • Admission letter
  • Financial documents used in your application as proof that you will be able to support yourself (as well as your family if you will be entering the country together)
  • Quarantine plan

Returning students require:

  • Proof of enrollment (which can be printed from Dal Online). Note: EAP students need to email esl@dal.ca for proof of enrollment.
  • Unofficial transcript (which can be printed from Dal Online)
  • Lease/rent agreement (if available)
  • Quarantine plan

Step 3: Book your flight

  • Until August 9, 2021: When booking your flight, please ensure that you allocate three days for the mandatory hotel stopover at your first port of entry (airport). For example, if Toronto is your port of entry, ensure that there are three days between your arrival to Toronto and your flight from Toronto to Halifax.
  • Please note, there may be delays in receiving test results during the 3-day mandatory hotel stopover, which may result in an extended stay.
  • If you can, purchase travel insurance to protect yourself in case of flight changes and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • The International Centre Team will need to process your flight information.
  • It may take up to 5 business days (Monday-Friday) to process your flight details, so please ensure you book a flight at least 1 week away from your intended arrival date.
  • If you are entering Canada by driving across the United State-Canada land border, you do not need to complete this step. For information about travelling to Canada by land, visit the government’s COVID-19: Travel, Quarantine and Borders site. Students entering Canada by driving are also required to submit travel plans to the International Centre and quarantine plans via the ArriveCAN app.

 

Step 4: Reserve a government-authorized hotel for the airport stopover (until August 9, 2021)

  • All travellers, unless exempted, are required to reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to continuing travel to Nova Scotia.
  • Follow the booking instructions on the government of Canada website.
  • If you are entering Canada by driving across the United States/Canada land border, you do not need to complete this step.

Step 5: Complete the Dalhousie Quarantine Plan form

  • Complete the Dalhousie Quarantine Plan form (38 kb) and be sure to keep a copy for yourself. 
  • If travelling by air, you will need your flight details to complete the form.
  • Don’t forget to sign and date the form.
  • Please note, your accompanying family members will need to complete the form as well. Each family member should have their own form.
  • Note: A government representative makes a final determination at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada.

Step 6: Submit your Dalhousie Quarantine Plan, travel itinerary, and your Dalhousie confirmation of enrolment letter to icregistration@dal.ca

  • Your Quarantine Plan form, travel itinerary, and Dalhousie confirmation of enrolment must be emailed to icregistration@dal.ca.
  • Use the title “Quarantine Plan” as the subject line of your email.
  • Your travel itinerary/e-ticket must display your flight path, flight numbers, departure dates, departure times, arrival dates, and arrival times to verify your travel information.
  • This information will help us ensure that a taxi will be available at the time you arrive in Halifax. If you are driving to the United States/Canada land border you do not need to provide a flight itinerary.
  • If you are travelling with family members, please submit quarantine plans for them as well.
  • You can access your Dalhousie Confirmation of Enrollment letter on DalOnline after you have registered for courses for the upcoming semester. If you are a graduate student and you are not able to register for your courses, please submit a letter that lists your name, program, and reason you are unable to register for courses.

Step 7: Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form

  • Any person (including international students) travelling to Nova Scotia must now complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form, and be granted approval, BEFORE travelling into the province. Students are advised to complete this form one week before travelling. 
  • This information will be shared with Dalhousie. 
  • If a student enters a quarantine location that is not approved by Dalhousie, they will be contacted and expected to immediately move to a Dal-approved location. 

Step 8: Enter your information in ArriveCAN

  • To complete the mandatory ArriveCAN registration, download the ArriveCAN mobile app or go to the ArriveCAN website.
  • In the app or on the website, submit the following:
  • Your travel and contact information
  • Your quarantine plan (this is required regardless of quarantine status)
  • Your COVID-19 symptom self-assessments
  • You will need to be ready to show your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada. A border services officer will verify that you have submitted their information digitally.

Step 9: Complete the Registration Survey

  • All international students travelling to Nova Scotia must complete this Registration Survey. This survey will help us strategize and assist us with planning events, as well as identify supports that can be available for your arrival and throughout your time at Dalhousie.
  • Please note that you are still required to complete the registration process with the International Centre even if you are exempt from quarantine. This is as a preventative measure in the event that you are denied the exemption upon your entry.

Step 10: Get a COVID-19 laboratory test result 72 hours prior to boarding your flight and/or driving to the United States/Canada border

  • The COVID-19 laboratory test result is a requirement for all air travelers AND land border crossings.
  • The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
  • Save the documentation showing a negative test result.
  • Present the negative test result to your airline/land border crossing agent prior to boarding/crossing the border.

 

Important steps for registering to travel (for fully vaccinated students)

Step 1: Ensure you have the correct immigration documents

New students require:

  • A study permit approval letter (also known as a letter of introduction)
  • A valid travel entry document (i.e. Temporary Resident Visa or eTA as applicable)
  • A passport valid for more than 6 months at the time of entry 
  • A valid immigration medical exam the day you enter Canada (if you needed one). Your exam is valid for 12 months from the day you get it. If your exam will expire before you enter Canada, you need to get another medical exam. This applies even if your study approval letter is still valid.

Returning students require:

  • A valid study permit
  • A valid travel entry document (i.e. Temporary Resident Visa or eTA as applicable)
  • A passport valid for more than 6 months at the time of entry 
  • Valid medical exam (if applicable). If you have resided or stayed temporarily for 6 or more consecutive months in a designated country or territory in the one year immediately preceding the date you sought entry into Canada, you require a medical exam. This applies even if you are a citizen of a country where you do not require a visa to enter Canada.

Step 2: Ensure you have the correct supporting documents

New students require:

  • Admission letter
  • Financial documents used in your application as proof that you will be able to support yourself (as well as your family if you will be entering the country together)

Returning students require:

  • Proof of enrollment (which can be printed from Dal Online). Note: EAP students need to email esl@dal.ca for proof of enrollment.
  • Unofficial transcript (which can be printed from Dal Online)
  • Lease/rent agreement (if available)

Step 3: Book your flight

  • If you can, purchase travel insurance to protect yourself in case of flight changes and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • If you are entering Canada by driving across the United State-Canada land border, you do not need to complete this step. For information about travelling to Canada by land, visit the government’s COVID-19: Travel, Quarantine and Borders site. Students entering Canada by driving are also required to submit travel plans to the International Centre.

 

Step 4: Complete the Dalhousie Quarantine Plan form

  • Complete the Dalhousie Quarantine Plan form (38 kb) and be sure to keep a copy for yourself. 
  • If travelling by air, you will need your flight details to complete the form.
  • Don’t forget to sign and date the form.
  • Please note, your accompanying family members will need to complete the form as well. Each family member should have their own form.
  • Note: A government representative makes a final determination at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada.

Step 5: Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form

  • Any person (including international students) travelling to Nova Scotia must now complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form, and be granted approval, BEFORE travelling into the province. Students are advised to complete this form one week before travelling. 
  • This information will be shared with Dalhousie. 
  • If a student enters a quarantine location that is not approved by Dalhousie, they will be contacted and expected to immediately move to a Dal-approved location. 

Step 6: Enter your information in ArriveCAN

  • To complete the mandatory ArriveCAN registration, download the ArriveCAN mobile app or go to the ArriveCAN website.
  • In the app or on the website, submit the following:
  • Your travel and contact information
  • Your quarantine plan (this must be submitted, regardless of vaccination status)
  • Your COVID-19 symptom self-assessments
  • You will need to be ready to show your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada. A border services officer will verify that you have submitted their information digitally.

Step 7: Complete the Registration Survey

  • All international students travelling to Nova Scotia must complete this Registration Survey. This survey will help us strategize and assist us with planning events, as well as identify supports that can be available for your arrival and throughout your time at Dalhousie.
  • Please note that you are still required to complete the registration process with the International Centre even if you are exempt from quarantine. This is as a preventative measure in the event that you are denied the exemption upon your entry.

Step 8: Get a COVID-19 laboratory test result 72 hours prior to boarding your flight and/or driving to the United States/Canada border

 
  • The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
  • Save the documentation showing a negative test result.
  • Present the negative test result to your airline/land border crossing agent prior to boarding/crossing the border.

 

Frequently asked questions and other important information

What will happen when I arrive in my first Canadian port of entry?

  • A Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer or other Canadian government official will make the final decision on whether you are eligible to enter Canada when you arrive.
  • You will need to be ready to show your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada. A border services officer will verify that you have submitted information digitally.
  • Students who receive a request from the Visa Office and/or airline for additional documentation from the institution in support of their study permit application and/or travel booking should contact the International Centre at icregistration@dal.ca or 902-494-1566.

I am trying to call the mandatory hotel stopover booking call line but I cannot get through. What should I do?

  • The phone line is receiving a high volume of calls at the moment. Please be patient. Note: some of the hotels offer direct online booking for government-authorized accommodation.
  • NOTE: Beginning August 9, 2021, stopover hotel stays will no longer be required. 

Do I need to quarantine for 14 days in Nova Scotia, if I have already quarantined for three days at the mandatory hotel stopover?

For students who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated:

  • Dalhousie international students returning to Nova Scotia from an international location must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a location approved by the university. Until August 9, 2021, students travelling by air must first complete their quarantine at the airport hotel, which will likely be at least 3 days while they await COVID-19 test results. After receiving a negative test result, students can then travel to Nova Scotia to complete a 11-day quarantine at a Dalhousie-approved hotel. 
  • Although students must spend a total of 14 days in quarantine after arriving in Canada, the amount of time spent in both the airport quarantine and Nova Scotia quarantine can vary. The breakdown is the following:
  • If a student receives a negative COVID-19 test result before the end of the 3-day period, they can travel to Nova Scotia to complete the remainder of their 14-day quarantine. 
  • If it takes longer than 3 days to receive a negative test result, students will still be required to quarantine for a full 11 days in Nova Scotia. 
  • If a student tests positive at the airport, they will be required to stay in a federal quarantine facility (this cost will be covered by the government). Students who fall under this category will not be required to complete another 14 day quarantine in Nova Scotia.
  • Note: The International Centre will advise students on their required quarantine period in Nova Scotia. If you have any issues while at your airport or Nova Scotia quarantine, please contact the International Centre at icregistration@dal.ca for assistance. 
  • NOTE: Beginning August 9, 2021, stopover hotel stays will no longer be required. 

What should I do if my flight to Halifax is delayed?

What if my on-arrival test result is positive?

  • To ensure the safety of you, your fellow travellers and hotel personnel, if you receive a positive test result from your test on arrival or become symptomatic while at your Government Approved Accommodation, you must stay in your room.
  • You will receive a phone call from a Public Health Agency of Canada official who will provide further instructions.
  • Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 or who display symptoms will be transferred to a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) designated quarantine facility (DQF).
  • You will be required to isolate for 14 days from when the sample was collected.
  • More information is available on the Government of Canada website.
  • Send an email icregistration@dal.ca to let us know about the delay of your entry into Halifax
  • If you are not able to send an email call 902-494-1566.

What should I pack?

  • Clothing for 14 days, including lounge wear, undergarments, socks, sweater, pants, t-shirts and slippers. (Note: students will NOT have access to laundry services)
  • Personal hygiene products, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, feminine hygiene products, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss.
  • Health products, including hand sanitizer, non-medical masks, thermometer (optional), and enough personal medication to last for your quarantine.
  • Snacks, tea or instant coffee, and your own reusable water bottle.
  • Laptop, phone, and chargers.
  • Textbooks, course materials, notebooks, and pens.
  • Books, favourite hobbies, and fitness supplies.

What should I do when I arrive at the Halifax airport?

For students who are required to quarantine:

  • If you successfully registered for the quarantine location and taxi, a taxi was already arranged for you.
  • When you arrive at the Halifax airport, please go to the Ground Transportation Desk.
  • Let the attendant know you are a Dalhousie student who will quarantine at the Westin Hotel.
  • The attendant will show you where to meet the taxi that Dalhousie booked for you.
  • Please only take the taxi that Dalhousie has arranged for you.
  • If you take a different taxi, you are responsible for paying the cost of that taxi.

What will happen when I arrive at the quarantine location?

For students who are required to quarantine:

  • You must check-in at the hotel front desk.
  • Identify yourself as a Dalhousie student and let the hotel front desk know the International Centre has booked you a room and meal plan for your quarantine. 
  • You will make the hotel payment when you check-in.
  • The hotel room number will be assigned to you upon check-in. 
  • Your quarantine location hotel will provide you with information about how to safely quarantine, including ordering meals.
  • You will be required to confirm within 48 hours that you have arrived at your place of quarantine or isolation, and while in quarantine you must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period. You will be able to submit information through the ArriveCAN app or by calling a toll-free number (1-833-641-0343).

How do I pay for the Nova Scotia quarantine location?

For students who are required to quarantine:
 

The Hotel Payment Options are as follows:

  • Credit card (preferred option)
  • Debit card (for Canadian bank account holders). If you have an alternative debit card, check with your card’s organization to find out if the card can be used in Canada.
  • Cash payments must be paid in full plus damage deposit ($250). If you have an international debit card, check with your card’s organization to find out if the card can be used in Canadian ATM machines.

What happens during your Nova Scotia quarantine?

For students who are required to quarantine:
  • Please note, no smoking is allowed in your hotel room.
  • You are not to leave your room, except during daily supervised walks when you must always wear a mask.  
  • You may not leave your place of quarantine unless it is to seek medical assistance.
  • On day 8 of your mandatory quarantine, you must take another COVID-19 test. You must stay in your place of quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
  • You are not required to book an additional test in Halifax. 
  • You may not have any guests, even if you are outside and stay 2 metres apart from them.
  • International student staff members will check in with you daily. (Remember to check your email regularly and answer your phone)
  • You should complete a COVID-19 self-assessment and submit through the Nova Scotia Save Check-in Form when you arrive in Halifax. You should also complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period and submit this information through ArriveCAN.
  • Please review these quarantine guidelines carefully for more information.
  • Be sure to check out the Quarantine Connect channel on the Dal Mobile app to stay connected with your advisors and fellow students while in quarantine. 
  • Advice on what do during quarantine is available on the Student Life Hub.

Which vaccines are approved by the Government of Canada?

The Government of Canada (not Dalhousie) determines if you are fully vaccinated and exempt from quarantine. The government-accepted vaccines are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

If your vaccine is listed above, please ensure you have proof of vaccination that is in English or French (or a certified translation).

 

If I am fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine and may be exempt from quarantine, do I still need to notify and register with the International Centre?

Yes. Please read the Vaccinations tab in the "Before making travel plans, please note:" section above, and then complete all steps under the “Important steps for registering to travel (for fully vaccinated students)" section. 

Regardless of vaccination status, all international travellers are required to submit a quarantine plan via ArriveCAN.

My vaccine is not one of the 4 federally approved vaccines, but it is still listed in the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form. Does this mean I am exempt from quarantine?

No, you are still required to quarantine in Halifax. The vaccines listed in the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form (that are not one of the four federally approved vaccines) only apply to domestic travellers.

Why do I still need to register if I am exempt from quarantine requirements?

Every traveller must have a quarantine plan in case they're required to quarantine.

Final determination of whether you qualify for the exemption is made by a Canadian government representative at the border. More information is available on the government's website.

How do students take another COVID-19 test on day 8?

For students who are required to quarantine:
  • Until August 9, 2021: During your first hotel stopover, you will be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use for your test on day 8 of your mandatory quarantine. If you have any issues receiving your test kit, please inform the airport staff at your point of entry into Canada.
  • Your kit will contain everything you need to know about how to collect, store, and ship your sample.
  • If you don’t receive the results from your day 8 test, please contact your test provider at switchhealth.ca (or On Arrival – LifeLabs if you're coming from Vancouver). You should also send an email to icregistration@dal.ca to inform the International Centre that your test results are delayed. If your results are still missing on day 14 of your mandatory quarantine, a PHAC official will call you to provide instructions and discuss next steps. You must remain in quarantine until you receive a negative result.
  • You are not required to book an additional test in Halifax.

Stay healthy and safe

Health care information

  • If you think you have COVID-19 signs or symptoms while in quarantine, complete this online self-assessment. If you are unable to access the online tool, call 811 for assistance (translation services are available). Follow the directions you receive at the end of the self-assessment and then contact the International Centre.
  • If you need other medical attention while in quarantine, call 811 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.
  • Other information and health resources (including mental health resources) are available by contacting Dalhousie’s Student Health & Wellness Centre.

Travelling outside of Nova Scotia

  • Contact the International Centre if you intend to travel outside of Nova Scotia.
  • The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory asking everyone to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. Please keep this in mind as you make your travel plans.
  • Remember that travel restrictions are changing constantly.
  • Review the regulations governing travel to your destination, as travel restrictions may change. If you are travelling within Canada, please review information specific to your province or territory. If travelling outside of Canada, please check for any travel advisories for your destination. 
  • Please keep in mind that some countries require specific COVID-19 testing prior to entry.
  • If you are traveling internationally, visit International SOS, an online portal that provides information on safety and medical risks across 220 countries. Please use the Dal membership # 27ASCA824913. We also encourage you to visit the COVID-19: your safety and security outside of Canada site.
  • International students are also reminded that they must submit travel dates, contact information, COVID-19 test results, mandatory quarantine plan, and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment to the Canada Border Services Agency via the ArriveCAN mobile app or website.
  • During the weeks leading up to your departure, take extra precautions when socializing, follow public health rules about gathering limits, and avoid known areas of potential COVID-19 exposure to minimize your risk of infection.
  • Continue to be diligent regarding wearing a non-medical mask and follow the social distancing directives from Public Health.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before and after entering a public place.