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Updated self‑isolation/quarantine requirements

Posted by Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Acting); Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs (Acting) on November 18, 2020 in News

To:             Dalhousie students

From:        Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Acting)
                   Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs (Acting)

Date:         Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Re:            Updated self-isolation/quarantine requirements

Dear students,

With the December break approaching, we want to ensure all students are aware of the updated self-isolation/quarantine requirements recently announced by the Government of Canada. These updates impact all students who are arriving in Canada from another country. Other recent changes announced to provincial self-isolation requirements impact students who are arriving in Nova Scotia from Canadian provinces outside the Atlantic Provinces.

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International students arriving in Canada

All international students travelling to Canada—whether a new or returning international student—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.

The cost of quarantine, including 14 days accommodations and three meals per day, is $1,528. Dalhousie will cover 50% of this expense for international students who are new to Dalhousie or returning to study.

  • Funding will not be provided to international students currently in Nova Scotia who choose to leave the country for any period of time, including the December and February breaks.
  • Additional support may be available through financial aid.

Before travelling to Canada

  • All travel and mandatory quarantine arrangements must be completed in consultation with a Dalhousie international advisor. Students can reach the International Centre at 902-494-1566 or email international.centre@dal.ca for an appointment.
  • Students must submit travel dates, contact information, mandatory quarantine plan, and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment to the Canada Border Services Agency via the ArriveCAN mobile app or website.
  • Students must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form and show their confirmation email when entering the province.

Upon arrival in Canada

  • 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 Dalhousie-approved mandatory quarantine hotel.

While in quarantine, international 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.

For more information, please visit the Immigration and COVID-19 Updates page on the International Centre website.

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Canadian students returning from international travel

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 Canada

  • 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.
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All students arriving from within Canada, but outside the Atlantic Provinces

All students arriving in the Atlantic Provinces from elsewhere in Canada – whether an international or domestic student—do not need to contact the International Centre; however, students must ensure they have a plan to self-isolate for 14 days upon 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 as described earlier in this document.

  • 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. 
  • 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).

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The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel. We know many of you want to spend the December break with family so if you choose to travel, please be mindful that an increase in cases of COVID-19 could impose sudden travel restrictions, potentially impacting your re-entry to Canada. We encourage you 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:

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,

Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Acting)

Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs (Acting)

Dalhousie University is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. We are all Treaty people. We also acknowledge the histories, contributions, and legacies of the African Nova Scotian people and communities who have been here for over 400 years.