Covid Updates

Covid-19 Travel And Terminal Access Restrictions Are in Place at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport:

Terminal access is restricted to airline passengers only who are travelling that day, or passengers with COVID-19 testing appointments pre-booked at the Praxes Medical Group Testing unit, or fully vaccinated patrons of McCurdy's Landing Restaurant - if you are dropping off departing passengers, or picking up arriving passengers, please remain outside and do not enter the terminal. 

Proof of vaccination is not required to enter the terminal building, however as of November 30, 2021, all air travellers are required to be fully vaccinated.  

Proof of vaccination is also be required to dine at McCurdy's Landing restaurant. 

Departures

  • Face Masks: Travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask, or face covering throughout the airport and during flights.
  • Physical Distancing: Maintain a minimum of 2 meters, or 6-feet distance from others where possible. Remember to continue to practice physical distancing when seated in the departures lounge.
  • Travellers Only: Terminal access is restricted to passengers who are travelling on the day, or employees. Meeters and greeters, or those dropping friends and loved ones off at the airport are not permitted to enter the terminal.
  • Security: At the security check point, listen for instructions from security screening staff.
  • Limited Amenities: Due to our reduced flight schedule only vending machine food and beverage options are available in the terminal at this time. 

Arrivals

  • Face Masks: Travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering throughout the airport.
  • Physical Distancing: Maintain a minimum of 2 meters, or 6-feet distance from others where possible.
  • Arrival checks: All arriving passengers will be processed by onsite public health officials before leaving the luggage claim area.
  • Grab and Go: After arrival checks, please exit the terminal building immediately upon collecting your bags.
 

Proof of Vaccination Requirements - October 22, 2021 Update

Today, the Government of Canada announced it would be implementing a national proof of vaccination record for use outside, or within Canada. This standardized record is already being used in Nova Scotia and will be coming to other provinces and territories soon.

Effective October 30, 2021, the federal government will also require proof of vaccination to be shown to board a flight in Canada, including domestic flights. As of November 30, 2021, all air travellers are required to be fully vaccinated.

The Government is also requiring employers in the federally regulated air transportation sector to establish vaccination policies for their employees by October 30. We are proud to support efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through vaccination and we are requiring everyone who works at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport to be fully vaccinated.

When you are at the airport, proof of vaccination will also be required to sit down to eat at McCurdy's Landing restaurant. 

 

Province of Nova Scotia Coronavirus Links:

Travel: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/

 

Travel into Nova Scotia

Everyone (12 or older) who travels from another Canadian province or territory (outside Nova Scotia) needs to complete the Safe Check-in Form before they travel to Nova Scotia. This also includes most travellers who are exempt from self-isolation and if you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another destination. You may need to self-isolate when you arrive in Nova Scotia for at least 7 days. You don’t need to self-isolate if you’re exempt from self-isolation.

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September 15, 2021:

PRAXES Medical Group, now offering COVID Testing Services including Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR Testing at the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport.

PRAXES Medical Group, in partnership with the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, is pleased to announce that we are offering COVID Testing Services including Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR Testing starting September 15 at the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport.

COVID test appointments will be available 7 days per week and can be booked online at https://praxes.ca/covidtest/

PRAXES has been providing telemedicine and remote medical services for over 20 years, and has been providing COVID testing services in Nova Scotia since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Update July 8, 2021

COVID-19 Take-Home Self-Swab Testing Kits are Available to Arriving Passengers at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport:

Voluntary airport testing for travellers

Travellers flying into Nova Scotia can get a COVID-19 test kit at the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. The kit includes instructions on how to complete the self-swab and what to do after the swab.

If you arrive at the Sydney airport and are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia, the test kit is a take-home rapid antigen test. You need to take the test kit to your self-isolation location and complete the test within 48 hours of arriving in the province. Once you complete your self-swab, the test provides a result within 15 minutes (you don’t need to drop off the swab at a primary assessment centre).

If you arrive at the Sydney airport and are partially vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia or not vaccinated, the test kit is a self-swab that uses a PCR COVID-19 test. You need to take the test kit to your self-isolation location and complete the test within 48 hours of arriving in the province. Once you complete your self-swab, you then need to drop off the swab at a primary assessment centre.

Rotational workers and specialized workers can complete their first testing requirement with a self-swab test kit that uses a PCR COVID-19 test.

International travellers can also get a COVID-19 test kit at the Halifax or Sydney airport. The voluntary airport testing doesn’t count towards one of their testing requirements under the federal Quarantine Act.

Travellers will receive their PCR COVID-19 test result by phone or email within 72 hours of dropping it off at one of the primary assessment centres. Voluntary testing at the airport doesn’t replace self-isolation requirements when you arrive in Nova Scotia.