What do I need to know about COVID-19 self-isolation?

Directions for self-isolation may vary slightly for each person, based on their personal situation. Please find specific information for different situations below.

I have COVID-19 symptoms

What do I do? Visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment. If your symptoms get worse, call 811 for health advice from a registered nurse or call 911 for for access to emergency care.

Do I need to self-isolate? Yes. You must self-isolate immediately and continue to self-isolate until you receive your results and directions for next steps. Learn more about how to self-isolate 

If you have or develop any symptoms, you are required to isolate pending your test result

Find information about rapid testing at www.nshealth.ca/rapid-testing-101

I have some mild symptoms, other than a new or worsening cough.

  • If you are experiencing: 
  • cough (new or worsening)


  • 2 or more of the following symptoms:
  • fever (chills, sweats)
  • headache
  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

What do I do? Book an appointment for a COVID-19 test, visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca 

Do I need to self-isolate?  Yes. You must self-isolate until you receive a negative result and direction on next steps. Please monitor for symptoms and follow public health guidelines.

I was recently informed that I am a close contact of a confirmed case and I need to get tested.

What do I do? 

Visit this page for specific directions.

I have travelled outside of Nova Scotia in the last 14 days. 


As of February 14, 2022, the provincial government is no longer requiring anyone coming from other parts of Canada to quarantine or get tested. These travellers also no longer have to complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in form.

People travelling to Nova Scotia from outside of Canada must follow the Federal Government’s travel requirements. For more details visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

I believe I am a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that is currently under investigation by Public Health

What do I do? 

Visit this page for specific directions.

I am a rotational worker with no symptoms coming home from my worksite outside of Nova Scotia.

You may need to self-isolate based on your vaccination status. Please follow the guidance for rotational works.