Update: Self-isolation/quarantine and testing after January 4, 2021

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Update: Self‑isolation/quarantine and testing after January 4, 2021

Posted by Verity Turpin, Vice Provost, Student Affairs (Acting) on December 21, 2020 in News


To:         Dalhousie Students

From:    Verity Turpin, Vice Provost, Student Affairs (Acting)

Date:     Monday, December 21, 2020

Re:        Update: Self-isolation/quarantine and testing after January 4, 2021

Dear Students,

The Nova Scotia provincial government has announced an update to the rules for post-secondary students arriving in Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These rules are the law in Nova Scotia as part of the public health order under the Health Protection Act.

All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival and starting Jan. 4, post-secondary students should get one COVID-19 test on either day 6, 7 or 8 of their self-isolation.

There are specific instructions below for students in residence, international students, and off-campus students.

Students in residence

  • Students will receive an email from the Residence Office after they check into their self-isolation rooms that will explain the options for testing in more detail. 

International students

  • Students will receive more information about testing from one of our International Centre advisors after arriving in Nova Scotia.

Off-campus students

  • Students should get one COVID-19 test on either day 6, 7 or 8 of their self-isolation. Please book your appointment up to 3 days in advance by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment
  • If you need help with transportation to/from your testing appointment, please call 1-844-996-0694.
  • Although testing is voluntary, we expect students to help protect their households and communities by getting tested.

Important reminders

All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. This includes students coming from all other Canadian provinces/territories and from other countries.

International students have particular self-isolation requirements (PDF)  and must register with the International Centre before making travel plans. International students must also use the federal government’s ArriveCAN app (or call 1-833-641-0343) to provide their information to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Visit the Immigration and COVID-19 Updates page for more information about travelling and quarantine. 

If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment. You can call 811 if you cannot complete the self-assessment online.

More information

Please review the following fact sheets for post-secondary students:

If you have questions, please contact covid19@dal.ca

There are many other mandatory public health measures in place in Nova Scotia. Please familiarize yourself with the rules in Nova Scotia. We also encourage you to follow @nsgov on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/ for the latest information.

We want to thank all of our students. Your continued cooperation and commitment to following the public health rules and advice plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.


Verity Turpin
Vice-Provost Student Affairs (Acting)