Arriving or returning to Nova Scotia


Planning your arrival or return: What you need to know

Whether you are living on- or off-campus this fall or winter, if you are coming to Nova Scotia (either for the first time since the start of the pandemic or returning after travel), please see below for important information on planning your arrival. This information may change, so please check your Dal email frequently for updates from the university and the Dal Residence Office.

Please note: All International students are required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a local hotel approved by Dalhousie. This includes international students who choose to leave Canada for the December and February breaks. All travel and mandatory quarantine arrangements must be completed in consultation with a Dalhousie international advisor. Please visit our Immigration and COVID-19 page for more information.  

If you are arriving in or returning to Nova Scotia from within Canada but outside the Atlantic provinces:
 

Required self-isolation

All students arriving in or returning to the Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador) from elsewhere in Canada – whether an international or domestic student — must ensure they have a plan to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving/returning to Nova Scotia. For international students, this refers to an extended stay in Canada outside the Atlantic Provinces — if you enter Canada and your final destination is Nova Scotia, you must quarantine under guidelines outlined on the Immigration and COVID-19 page.

Students 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 like a self-contained apartment or basement (no shared living spaces including bathroom). If you plan to self-isolate in residence, and have not already registered, contact residence@dal.ca as soon as possible.

Required travel form and daily check-ins

Students must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form prior to travel and show their confirmation email upon entry to the province.

Students must complete a daily Nova Scotia Safe Check-In via email. The Nova Scotia government email will be sent to the email address you provide on you Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. Please check your junk mail for this email if you do not see it daily.

If you are a Canadian student returning to Nova Scotia from international travel:
 

Required self-isolation

All Canadian students returning to Canada from another country are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Students 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 like a self-contained apartment or basement (no shared living spaces including bathroom).

Canadian students do not need to contact the International Centre when making travel plans; however, please connect with an international advisor with any inquiries: call 902-494-1566 or email international.centre@dal.ca

Before arriving in Canada

Students must submit travel dates, contact information, self-isolation plan, and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment to the Canada Border Services Agency via the ArriveCAN mobile app or website.

Self-isolation plans must include:

•    dates of self-isolation
•    self-isolation address
•    form of transportation to self-isolation location
•    plan for receiving food and supplies during self-isolation

Students must complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form prior to travel and show their confirmation email upon entry to the province.

Upon arrival in Nova Scotia

Students are required to confirm within 48 hours through the ArriveCAN app/website or by calling 1-833-641-0343 that they have arrived at their self-isolation location in Nova Scotia.

While in self-isolation, students must complete:

A daily Nova Scotia Safe Check-In via email. The Nova Scotia government email will be sent to the email address you provide on your Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. Please check your junk mail for this email if you do not see it daily.

A daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment through the ArriveCAN app/website or by calling 1-833-641-0343.

Other information:

The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel. Many students want to spend the December break with family, so if they do choose to travel, we ask that they please be mindful that an increase in cases of COVID-19 could impose sudden travel restrictions, potentially impacting re-entry to Canada. We encourage students to visit COVID-19: your safety and security outside of Canada.

Every Dalhousie student must have health insurance coverage. “Coverage" refers to everything that your health plan includes/covers (for example, health services, treatments, and appointments, including anything related to COVID-19). For information, visit Student Health Plans.

Please note that government restrictions (both Canada and Nova Scotia) are subject to change at any time. Refer to the following websites for the latest international and domestic travel information:

•    Government of Canada
•    Government of Nova Scotia

 

What does it mean to have to self-isolate/quarantine for 14 days?

Students 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 like a self-contained apartment or basement (no shared living spaces including bathroom).

If you plan to self-isolate in residence, and have not already registered, contact residence@dal.ca as soon as possible. International students must quarantine under specific guidelines outlined on the Immigration and COVID-19 page.

International students entering Canada

International students should visit our Immigration and COVID-19 page for information about travel and arrival requirements specific to them.

Where can you quarantine/self-isolate?

Students arriving/returning from within Canada

Students arriving or returning from within Canada, but outside of the Atlantic provinces may be able to self-isolate in residence. Please see information on self-isolating in residence on our Residence website. If you plan to self-isolate in residence, and have not already registered, contact residence@dal.ca as soon as possible.

Other options for self-isolating off campus (students arriving from within Canada only)

Students who live off-campus and have their own apartments/accomodations are encouraged to self-isolate where it is most comfortable.*

Below are some other options for self-isolating off campus.

Halifax

Truro

International students
 
International students should visit our Immigration and COVID-19 page for information about travel and arrival requirements specific to them.

Masks are mandatory indoors and on public transportation

As of July 31, it is mandatory to wear non-medical face masks in any indoor public spaces in Nova Scotia, as well as on public transportation. At Dal, this applies to all staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus who are travelling through or working/studying in any indoor common areas and public spaces including buildings, libraries, food establishments, residences, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and common study areas.

Physical distancing (2 metres/6 feet) must still be observed while wearing non-medical masks.

You are free to remove your non-medical mask in personal, private workspaces where a distance of two metres can be observed, or within students’ private residence rooms. You may also remove your mask briefly while eating and drinking, providing you are stationary and observing a safe physical distance from others.

Masks will also be mandatory inside Dalplex, but patrons/members are not required to wear masks during their workout activity.

Exceptions to these requirements can include individuals with valid medical reasons or other personal circumstances.

For more information, see Requirements for wearing a mask.

Items to add to your packing list

Students are strongly encouraged to bring a supply of hand soap, sanitizer, non-medical masks, a thermometer, and prescriptions/medications for the semester. Students may also want to bring cleaning products that are Health Canada compliant in order to keep their apartments or rooms clean and disinfected.

If you’re staying in residence, visit our Residence website for a list of items you may wish to bring.

Getting to your self-isolation destination

Please remember that once you arrive at your destination, you must begin self-isolation immediately. You must not make any stops on the way to your destination. Try to order groceries, medication, or other essential items online, over the phone, or have them delivered by a friend or neighbour who is not in self-isolation. Be sure to have items left at the door to minimize contact.

International students

Your hotel and transportation from the Halifax airport must be pre-booked by an advisor at Dalhousie’s International Centre.

Students arriving from provinces outside the Atlantic region

Dalhousie will be not be providing a shuttle service for airport pickups. The ground transportation desk at the airport will have access to many taxis who are all following public health requirements. Students can request a taxi there and will be required to wear a mask while in the taxi. If you are self-isolating at a hotel, your hotel may also offer transportation services.

Can families/supporters help students move?

All travellers entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must adhere to public health directives surrounding self-isolation.

If you are moving into residence and have a family member or support person travelling with you from outside the Atlantic bubble, they may help you move in to your self-isolation accommodations, but will be required to leave the residence immediately after helping you move in and will not be permitted to return. They may leave Nova Scotia immediately to return home, stopping only for food, gas, and hotel. No sight-seeing, shopping, or visiting relatives or friends is permitted. If they choose to stay, they will need to self-isolate immediately in a hotel or another location for a 14-day period. During this time, no restaurants, shopping, sight-seeing, or visiting with other contacts is permitted. They must follow the self-isolation requirements (see above question "What does it mean to have to self-isolate?").

If you are moving into housing off campus and have a family member or support person travelling with you from outside the Atlantic bubble, they may help you move in and if they choose to stay, they must self-isolate with you (or in a hotel/other accommodations). During this time, no restaurants, shopping, sight-seeing, or visiting with other contacts is permitted. They must follow the self-isolation requirements as set out by the province (see above question "What does it mean to have to self-isolate?"). If family/supporters choose to stay, they are not required to stay for the full 14 days; however, if they choose to leave before the end of the 14-day isolation period, they must go directly home, stopping only for food, gas, and hotel.  

We also recommend you check with your landlord in advance to ensure you follow appropriate health and safety protocols during move in.


Your responsibilities on and off campus

Students are expected to comply with the university and government policies, plans, and directives related to COVID-19. Basic expectations of students include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring and adhering to travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements as issued by the Province of Nova Scotia
  • Maintaining physical distancing requirements (2 metres/6 feet)
  • Wearing non-medical face masks, as expected, directed, or required
  • Limiting the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings (view gathering restrctions for Nova Scotia)

Simple, individual actions can directly reduce the risk of community spread.

Residence students

Information on move-in details, dining halls, and frequently asked questions about residence can be found on the Residence website.

Students living off campus

If you are living off-campus, the two big considerations are:

  1. Do you need to self-isolate?
  2. Do any of your roommates/housemates need to self-isolate?

If you need to self-isolate:

You will need to make arrangements for 14 days of food and provisions before you arrive.

  • Local grocery stores offer online order services (note: pick-up only; delivery is not provided), like Atlantic Superstore and Walmart
  • Local taxi companies also provide food delivery service. 
  • There are also many options in Halifax for take-out restaurant meals and delivery services.
  • Discover Halifax lists restaurants that are currently open. 
  • Food delivery, groceries and snack providers in Halifax include Room ServiceSkip the DishesDoor Dash.
  • The Dalhousie Student Union also runs a community food bank.

If your roommate/housemate needs to self-isolate:

Provincial regulations state that you must self-monitor but not self-isolate [PDF]. This means that you must maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from your roommate/housemate, use a separate bathroom (if possible), and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19

You may still leave your house/apartment to go to work, to pick up essential items and run essential errands, but you should not participate in any public gatherings or have visitors in your home. 

You have an important role in keeping our community safe

We ask for your understanding and cooperation in respecting the Nova Scotia Public Health directives (outlined above) that are in place around self-isolation and wearing masks. We all have a responsibility to follow the health-related measures that are instituted by the Province and those put in place by the university, the city, local businesses, and landlords.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Students living off campus who are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 exposure, or a positive test should self-isolate in their apartment or house. They should limit their interactions with others in the same apartment/house and ensure that proper cleaning of any shared washroom(s) occurs before and after use. 

Off-campus students are also strongly encouraged to contact Dalhousie’s Student Health and Wellness Centre for support in their symptom management. 


Support for students during self-isolation

During the self-isolation period, students will have access to a range of virtual programs.

Orientation

The Dalhousie Student Union and Student Affairs are organizing orientation activities, which will include both synchronous and asynchronous events. Many Faculties are also holding orientations. You will be receiving information about these orientation events by email.

Mental health support

Students are encouraged to think about their own mental health and wellness support plan, prior to their arrival on campus and there are a number of mental health supports available virtually.

Residence supports

Residence Life will conduct regular (virtual and/or by phone) check-ins with students who are self-isolating. Residence Life is available 24/7 to answer questions and provide support by calling the front desk or emailing reslife@dal.ca. Once students have completed isolation, we will begin running in-person events and activities to help students connect to each other and the residence community.


Guidance for online learning

Our Online Learning website helps students navigate online classes. The site provides information on technology and platforms, what to expect (course delivery, online tests, assignments, grades), resources, and tips for succeeding in an online learning environment.

Textbooks

Many classes are using e-textbooks and other electronic resources available from the Dal Libraries. If your class is using a physical textbook, you can order it through the Dal Bookstore, and they can be shipped to you in residence, or wherever you're studying from this fall. The Bookstore also offers curbside pick up. Information about textbooks will be included on the syllabus for each of your classes, available through Brightspace.

Winter term

The majority of courses this winter will be online, with a limited number of courses with accreditation requirements, experiential learning components, or tutorial or lab components being delivered safely in-person.

Most course listings in the Academic Timetable now indicate whether the course will be offered online or in-person.  

Please contact the Associate Dean Academic in your Faculty if you have questions or for more specific information about your courses or programs.

Connect with your classmates

Download the Dal Mobile app to bring campus to your fingertips and connect with classmates via our social feed.  

Remember to set up your Dal email

Your Dal email is where all official university information is sent, so be sure you have set up your Dal email account.


Keeping you safe on campus

If you’re spending time on campus this fall/winter, you’ll see some changes as we work to ensure the continued health and safety of everyone who studies and works at Dalhousie.

  • Everyone is expected to maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres (or 6 feet) at all times. 
  • You’ll find directional arrows and one-way signage in many hallways, stairwells and corridors, and some services will be delivered through a physical barrier (such as a plexiglass divider).
  • You’ll be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings (such as cloth or disposable masks) in indoor common spaces. This includes public spaces like buildings, libraries, dining areas, residences, hallways, stairwells, elevators and common study areas. 
  • You are free to remove your non-medical mask in personal, private workspaces and while you’re eating — provided a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) is maintained — and in private residence rooms. You don’t have to wear a mask in a classroom or lab but are encouraged to do so.
  • You’ll see our Custodial Services team ensuring frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in common building areas, including doorknobs, light switches, handrails, bathrooms and more.

Students taking courses on campus or living in residence can expect to receive more information about specific health and safety protocols in those spaces.    

Be kind to others

It is possible that a case of COVID-19 might come to campus as we re-open and welcome our students back. It will take a united effort to keep it at bay. Being kind and caring to one another during this stressful time will go a long way to helping everyone’s mental health. Check in virtually on friends and family and show compassion for those afflicted with COVID-19. Do your part to stay as healthy as possible. We are all in this together!