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Discussions 'currently underway' on what Canada's border reopening plan will mean for Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's reopening plan allows for travellers from international destinations to start arriving in Phase 4, which isn't expected to kick in until July 14
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Halifax Stanfield International Airport (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

UPDATE: Premier Iain Rankin said Nova Scotia may be able to welcome visitors from the rest of Canada in early July.

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With files from Canadian Press

Nova Scotia's Department of Health and Wellness says "discussions are currently underway" on what impact the federal government's plan to reopen the border will have on our province.

As of 12:59 a.m. Halifax time on July 5, Canada's first stage of eased border restrictions kicks in.

Fully vaccinated travellers already eligible to enter Canada -- including citizens, permanent residents, and people registered under the Indian Act -- can forego the 14-day federally mandated quarantine, including the government-authorized hotel stay.

They'll need to have had their second dose at least two weeks before arriving and will need to test negative before getting on the plane, then again when getting off. They'll also need to have a quarantine plan ready just in case that second test comes back positive.

However, in addition to the federal government's 14-day quarantine, Nova Scotia also currently requires most people coming into the province to self-isolate for two weeks.

Nova Scotia is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening plan, and as of Wednesday, Atlantic Canadians will be exempt from the quarantine. 

If all goes well, we are expected to enter Phase 3 next Wednesday, June 30. According to the current outline, at that point travellers coming from provinces and territories outside Atlantic Canada will be allowed to enter, but will still need to self-isolate when they get here.

It's currently hoped we can reach Phase 4 on July 14, when travellers from international destinations will be allowed to arrive. The reopening plan cautions those coming from any destination outside of Atlantic Canada still "may need to self-isolate for 14-days" at that stage.

"The period of time you need to self-isolate may be based on your vaccination status and testing," says Nova Scotia's reopening plan.

The province has not yet released specific details.

When asked by HalifaxToday.ca how Canada's lifting of federal quarantine restrictions in early July might affect Nova Scotia's reopening timeline, the Department of Health and Wellness responded, "We have just been made aware of the announcement today by the Federal government," adding, "We expect to have more to share on the topic soon."

Canada's Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the government is still urging people not to travel internationally right now, but noted the border restrictions that began more than 15 months ago "were never intended to be permanent."



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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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