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Self‑isolation/quarantine updates for vaccinated travellers to Nova Scotia
To: Dalhousie students
From: Verity Turpin, Vice-Provost Student Affairs (Acting)
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Re: Self-isolation/quarantine updates for vaccinated travellers to Nova Scotia
Travel and self-isolation requirements for people travelling to Nova Scotia from Canadian provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada, and from other countries, have changed based on your vaccination status.
Please note that these requirements may change further between now and September. Students are advised to base any travel planning at this time around the requirements listed below as they represent the best, most current information available. You can find up-to-date information about international travel requirements here and for Nova Scotia requirements here.
Domestic Canadian students who are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine will not have to self-isolate after arriving in Nova Scotia. International students who are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine may be exempted from quarantine after arriving. Full vaccination must be completed at least 14 days before arriving.
See below for more detailed information and for a list of vaccines approved and accepted by the Government of Canada.
We strongly encourage all students to get fully vaccinated prior to arriving in Nova Scotia if possible. If you do not want to self-isolate/quarantine in Nova Scotia, you need to ensure you are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving. Students who are not fully vaccinated prior to arriving will be able to get vaccinated in Nova Scotia, free of charge, but will still need to self-isolate.
All people travelling from outside Atlantic Canada need to apply to enter Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form including official proof of vaccination.
- People who are fully vaccinated (both doses of an approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia don’t need to self-isolate. Proof of vaccination is required. Testing is recommended.
- People who are partially vaccinated (first dose of an approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 7 days and receive 2 negative standard PCR lab test results (not rapid tests) in order to leave self-isolation after 7 days. Proof of vaccination is required.
- People who are not vaccinated (0 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days. Testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation.
If you are travelling to Canada from another country, you may qualify for certain quarantine and testing exemptions if you:
- Are eligible to enter Canada
- Are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine (see list below) at least 14 days before arriving in Canada
- Have no COVID-19 symptoms
- Meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers
- Meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information and proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN and the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form before arrival
The vaccines currently approved and accepted by the Canadian government are:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – 2 doses, at least 28 days apart
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine – 2 doses, at least 28 days apart
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine – 2 doses, at least 28 days apart
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine – single dose
Vaccines that are not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada are:
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
- Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
The list of approved and accepted vaccines may expand in the future, so please check the Government of Canada website for the most up-to-date information.
If you are not vaccinated or require a second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine, you will be able to receive one in Nova Scotia. Please find more information about arriving in Nova Scotia and receiving your vaccine here on the Government of Nova Scotia website.
We know many of you have questions about the fall at Dalhousie, including ones about these vaccination requirements for self-isolation exemption, so a live online Q&A is being planned to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have. Watch for an invitation in your email soon.
We look forward to welcoming you all to our campuses in September and encourage you to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible this summer.
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 recognize the histories, contributions and legacies of African Nova Scotian communities which have been here for over 400 years.
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