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Updated process for travel into Nova Scotia

Posted by Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic (Acting) on May 14, 2021 in News


To:             Dalhousie students, faculty & staff  

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

Date:         Friday, May 14, 2021  

Re:            Updated process for travel into Nova Scotia  

As of today, the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In process has changed for entry into the province. Most travellers (including students) now need to wait for their Safe Check-In application to be reviewed and approved before being allowed to enter Nova Scotia. 

    Anyone planning to enter Nova Scotia from another province or country must first submit an application to travel through the Safe Check-In website

    Your request will then be reviewed and you will be contacted for more details before you can enter Nova Scotia. This process may take up to three working days

    If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation letter that needs to be shown at the border in order to enter the province. 

This process applies to all travellers allowed to enter Nova Scotia under current restrictions, including students entering the province to attend a post-secondary institution and Nova Scotia residents returning to the province. Exempt travellers and child custody travellers will receive their approval-for-travel email immediately after completing the Self Check-In process.  

Required documentation at the border 

    Anyone entering between May 14 and May 20 can either show proof of the current registration-style NS Safe Check-In confirmation or the new approval letter, whichever you have completed.

    Anyone entering the province on or after May 20, 2021 will be required to show your approval letter and a valid form of ID at the border.  

If you are unable to produce the required documentation, you will be turned away or will have to isolate at an approved accommodation, at your own expense, until you can make arrangements to return to your home province or point of entry into Canada.  

Please also note that, for faculty and staff, university travel is restricted until the end of June.  

For more information on travelling into the province, visit the Government of Nova Scotia website.  


Frank Harvey 

Provost and Vice President Academic (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.