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COVID‑19 testing during self‑isolation

Posted by Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost Student Affairs (Acting) on January 8, 2021 in News


To:              Dalhousie students

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

Date:          Friday, January 8, 2021

Re:              COVID-19 testing during self-isolation

Dear students,

The Nova Scotia provincial government is strongly recommending that all post-secondary students who arrive in Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada on or after Jan. 4 get one COVID-19 test on either day 6, 7 or 8 of their 14-day self-isolation period.

You must book an appointment in advance. Please do not visit any pop-up rapid-testing sites during your self-isolation. Instructions on how to get tested are outlined below.

Off-campus students

  • Students are strongly recommended to get one COVID-19 test on either day 6, 7 or 8 of your self-isolation even if you don’t have symptoms. Please book your appointment up to 3 days in advance by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment or calling 811. 
  • The closest testing site to Dalhousie’s Halifax campuses is on Tower Road at the Homburg Centre, Saint Mary’s University, open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A full list of testing sites in Nova Scotia can be found here.
  • If you need help with transportation to/from your testing appointment, please call 1-844-996-0694. 
  • A negative COVID-19 test does NOT mean you may end your self-isolation early. You must complete the full 14-day self-isolation period.
  • Although testing is voluntary, we expect students to help protect their households and communities by getting tested.

Residence students

  • Residence students self-isolating in residence or off campus before moving into residence will receive an email from the Residence Office providing more details about booking a COVID-19 test.   

International students

  • International students who have recently arrived in Nova Scotia, and are quarantining at The Westin Hotel, will receive a separate email with information about booking a COVID-19 test.
  • All information regarding quarantine requirements will be communicated to you directly by our international advising team. If you have questions, please contact the International Centre at international.centre@dal.ca or 902-494-1566.
  • International students have particular self-isolation requirements and must register with the International Centre before making travel plans. International students must also use the federal government’s ArriveCAN app to provide your information to the Public Health Agency of Canada. You must also complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form. Visit the Immigration and COVID-19 Updates page for more information about travelling and quarantine.

All students

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or discover you have been in a potential exposure site such as your airplane to Halifax, please book an appointment by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment or calling 811. An updated list of potential exposures can be found at ns.health.ca/covid-exposures.

New requirements for all travellers entering Canada by air

  • As of 11:59 p.m., January 6, 2021, anyone flying into Canada from another country is required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. You can find updated information about entry requirements on the federal government website.
  • Even if you have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arriving in Canada by air, you must still self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in Nova Scotia, and you are strongly encouraged to get a test on day 6, 7, or 8 of your self-isolation.

Important reminder

  • 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.

More information  

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

Attending university or college during COVID-19 (PDF)

International post-secondary students during COVID-19 (PDF)

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.

Thank you all for your continued cooperation and commitment to following the public health rules and advice. You are playing an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  


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 acknowledge the histories, contributions, and legacies of the African Nova Scotian people and communities who have been here for over 400 years.