University travel

Updated June 9, 2021

All university-funded travel is suspended until July 31, 2021 allowing time for public health concerns regarding growing numbers of cases of COVID-19 variants to be addressed.

In addition, the Province of Nova Scotia is restricting all non-essential travel into Nova Scotia at this time. Post-secondary students coming to study in Nova Scotia are considered essential. More information can be found here.

The notes below regarding travel are expected to continue to apply once the above restrictions are lifted:

    Those who wish to travel using their research funds or the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) Travel Fund are permitted to do so.  

    Any faculty and staff who plan to travel outside of Canada should consult with Human Resources, below, as there continues to be significant risk associated with international travel.  The federal government advises against all non-essential travel outside of Canada.  Canadian and foreign governments have implemented strict travel restrictions, there are few international travel options available, and movement restrictions often occur without warning. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s travel health notices outline current Canadian border restrictions.  See:

    International travel must occur in accordance with Dalhousie’s International Travel Policy:  In particular, travelers are required to register their travel with International SOS and with ROCA (Registration of Canadians Abroad) and should prepare a robust risk assessment and safety plan in advance of their travel. Faculty and staff are also required to notify their Dean of all international travel and provide confirmation that they hold appropriate travel health insurance with coverage for COVID-19 expenses.

    Dalhousie will not cover any COVID-19 expenses related to international travel.  Proof of travel health insurance (which also covers COVID-19 expenses) is required under the International Travel Policy. Dalhousie’s travel health insurers, SSQ and Medavie Blue Cross, do cover COVID-19 expenses.

All travelers returning to Nova Scotia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, except for those travelling from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland/Labrador.