Travel and quarantine information

Saint Mary’s University Student Travel and Quarantine Information in Response to COVID-19

The information on this page is considered to be true and accurate at the date of publication (August 14, 2020) and is subject to change based on the requirements of government and public health authorities. It is the student’s responsibility to consult reliable sources of information.

Quick links to reliable sources of information

Government of Canada

Government of Nova Scotia

World Health Organization

Health Resources

Information for international and domestic students coming to Halifax from outside Atlantic Canada

This information is for all current and incoming Saint Mary’s University international students who are outside Canada and planning to travel to Canada for the fall term. It also pertains to domestic students traveling from international locations, as well as those coming from Canadian provinces outside Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions that limit travel to Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia are in place. Additionally, all travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada and must present a quarantine plan to Canada Border Services Agency. Failure to provide this quarantine plan at the border will result in being denied entry into the country or the province. And in certain situations, government authorities may also fine travelers for non-compliance. In addition to self-isolation, students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must be tested for COVID-19 three times during their isolation. Learn more here. Failure to comply with these requirements may compromise the ability to attend and participate in SMU programs and activities and could affect the student’s ability to stay and study in Canada.

All international students planning to travel to Canada must clearly understand Government of Canada and Government of Nova Scotia laws and regulations, which are subject to change, before making travel plans. Please consult government websites for the most up-to-date information.


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