Earlier this week, the Nova Scotia government announced new border restrictions. Effective today, people will not be allowed to enter the province unless their trip is deemed essential or they are permanent residents of the province (except for essential travel or people from PEI & Newfoundland). This restriction is set for 4 weeks, but may be extended if necessary.

The Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® met virtually with Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Strang, and his team to help clarify what this means for out-of-province buyers.

They confirmed that buyers entering the province during this restriction period must be moving here permanently, and have an a signed Agreement of Purchase and Sale dated April 21, 2021 or earlier. Once they enter the province, they must continue straight to their new home without stopping, and follow the 14 day self-isolation rules.

They also indicated that buyers who sign an Agreement of Purchase and Sale dated April 22, 2021 onwards should set their closing date to after May 20, 2021.


Here is the full FAQ from this discussion:


Who is allowed to enter Nova Scotia?
Starting 8 a.m. on April 22, people can only enter Nova Scotia for the following essential reasons for the next 4 weeks.

  • permanent residents of Nova Scotia who are returning home
  • people who live in Nova Scotia but their primary employment is in another province
  • people who need to participate in-person in a legal proceeding in another province
  • post-secondary students coming to study in Nova Scotia
  • post-secondary students returning to their primary or family residence in Nova Scotia and parents who accompany them
  • parents picking up a student in Nova Scotia to take them home as quickly as possible
  • people who already have a new permanent address in Nova Scotia as of April 21 and are moving here permanently
  • people following the child custody protocol
  • people following the exempt traveler protocol
  • people following the NS NB travel protocol for work, school or other tasks that are necessary and cannot be done virtually
  • rotational, specialized and federal approved temporary foreign workers

People coming to Nova Scotia, unless in a special category, must follow self-isolation requirements.

If you are buying a property in Nova Scotia and the closing date is after April 21, can you enter the province?
Buyers entering the province must have a signed Purchase and Sale Agreement dated April 21, 2021 or earlier to enter the province. Once buyers have entered, they must continue straight to their new home to isolate for 14 days.

What do you need to provide as proof of permanent residency in Nova Scotia?

One of the following:

  • purchase and sale agreement signed on or before April 21, 2021
  • government-issued identification card
  • driver's licence
  • passport
  • utility bill or bank statement that shows your permanent home address
  • long-term lease signed on or before April 21, 2021

What do you need to provide as proof of permanent residency in Nova Scotia?
One of the following:

  • purchase and sale agreement signed on or before April 21, 2021
  • government-issued identification card
  • driver's licence
  • passport
  • utility bill or bank statement that shows your permanent home address
  • long-term lease signed on or before April 21, 2021

If I have buyers entering Purchase and Sale Agreements between April 22 and May 19, when can they close?
Buyers entering agreements during border restrictions should set close dates after May 20, 2021.

MOVING (all of these answers are based on a person permanently moving to Nova Scotia)
If I’m moving to Nova Scotia, do I have to self-isolate?

Yes. You must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in before you arrive at the border. You must isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Can I come to Nova Scotia to house hunt?
No. Until at least May 19, this is not considered essential travel.

If I am moving from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia, can I follow the NS-NB travel protocol?
No. This travel protocol is for frequent travel back and forth or for quick necessary trips. It is not for moving to Nova Scotia.

Can movers bring my belongings into my home?
Yes. You and your family should stay as far apart from the movers as you can, such as in a different room. If you need to be in the same room, everyone should wear masks and maintain as much distance as possible.

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