Covid-related travel information for the December Break

Covid-related travel information for the December Break

Dear King’s students,

Today Dalhousie circulated the memo below with guidelines on travelling during the December break. It contains important information about the steps required for leaving and entering Nova Scotia. This information is relevant to the King’s community, and especially for international students. We ask you to review it carefully.

As Dr. Strang mentioned in his briefing on Tuesday, it’s important to continue to follow public health guidelines and to monitor the COVID-19 situation, as there is increased virus activity in other regions like New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. Border measures are subject to change with limited warning. Take this into consideration when they are making plans to travel, especially outside of Canada during the holiday period.

Have a safe and restful holiday season!

Katie Merwin (she/her)
Dean of Students


Dear students,

As many of you make plans to travel for the December break, we wanted to provide you with important reminders—whether you are travelling locally or internationally—to help keep you safe and make your travel as stress-free as possible.

As of November 30, full vaccination is required to travel by air or train within and out of Canada (view news release) and temporary border restrictions are in place to reduce the risk of the importation and transmission of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada. Please make sure you stay up to date with evolving travel restrictions and regulations, as they can change quickly:

Government of Canada travel information
Nova Scotia travel information

Before leaving Nova Scotia

Review the regulations governing travel to your destination, as travel restrictions may change. If you are travelling within Canada, please review information specific to your province or territory.

If you are traveling internationally:

Before returning to Nova Scotia/Canada

If you are returning from another Canadian province or territory:

  • Please review the updated requirements for arriving/returning to Nova Scotia.

Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form prior to travel and show your confirmation email upon entry to the province.

If you are returning from another country:

  • Make sure you know the current restrictions and regulations for returning to Canada—including proof of vaccination, pre-departure, and post-arrival testing requirements.
  • Submit your information through the ArriveCAN mobile app or website within 72 hours of travelling to Canada.

International students: Please review the December 2, 2021 memo for more details on international travel and vaccination requirements. If you have any questions about travelling over the holidays, please contact the International Centre at international.centre@dal.ca or 902-494-1566.

The easiest way to keep yourself and others safe, and to travel within and outside Canada, is to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Remember that all students, staff, and faculty are required to follow Dalhousie’s new vaccination requirements to take part in on-campus activities (including living in residence) starting in January.

Thank you for continuing to do your part in keeping our community safe, and enjoy your holiday!


Verity Turpin
Vice Provost, Student Affairs (Acting)

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