Covid Updates

COVID-19 Take-Home Self-Swab Testing Kits to be Available to Arriving Passengers at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport Starting July 8

The Sydney Airport Authority (SAA), is pleased to announce that in cooperation with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), beginning July 8, COVID-19 take-home self-swab PCR testing kits will be available to passengers arriving at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. 

This airport testing initiative is being conducted in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Government and NSHA as an added layer of safety for our communities. 

“We are happy to support Nova Scotia's testing strategy and to help the fight against COVID-19,” said Mike MacKinnon, CEO, SAA. “By helping to facilitate early detection of the virus in travellers flying to Sydney by air, we will be helping to minimize the spread of the virus in our communities, and we will be supporting the safe re-opening of our province.” 

Arriving travellers will be provided with a take-home self-swab PCR testing kit, which can be dropped off within 48 hours of arriving at any COVID-19 provincial assessment centre. A list of the primary assessment centre locations and hours can be found online at: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting.  

We’re confident most passengers will opt to take the kit home and this program will make it easier for travellers arriving by air to participate in the Government of Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 testing programs. It should be noted this new testing option does not replace the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days even if passengers receive a negative test result.  

Provision of the take home test kits will also help to instill consumer confidence in travel as border restrictions are eased as part of the Nova Scotia Reopening Plan. Throughout the pandemic, SAA has implemented a variety of health and safety measures designed to keep those who needed to travel and work at the airport safe and comfortable. This includes limiting the terminal building to travellers and workers only, physical distancing, reminders to frequently wash or sanitize your hands, installation of dozens of hand sanitizing stations, an enhanced cleaning program, and always wearing a mask.  

For more information on COVID-19 health and safety measures in place at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, visit https://sydneyairport.ca/covid-updates

July 14, 2021 - Province of Nova Scotia Enters Phase 4 of Re-Opening Plan: 

https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/phase-four/

There are no changes to the Travel section of the re-opening plan from the Phase 3 update.

Phase 3 Re-Opening Plan Travel Update:

Travel to Nova Scotia

  • Starting 30 June 2021, if you're travelling from outside Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador (but within Canada) you can enter Nova Scotia. You need to complete the Safe Check-in Form and may need to self-isolate when you arrive in or return to the province. Self-isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing. Self-isolation requirements include:
    • people who are fully vaccinated (2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia don't need to self-isolate; testing is recommended
    • people who are partially vaccinated (first dose of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 7 days and receive 2 negative tests results in order to leave self-isolation after 7 days
    • people who are not vaccinated (0 doses of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days; testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation
  • Starting 30 June 2021, if you travelled from outside Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador (but within Canada) before 30 June 2021 and are self-isolating in Nova Scotia, you can follow the self-isolation requirements based on vaccination status and testing.
  • Starting 30 June 2021, rotational workersspecialized workersfish harvesters and people travelling for child custody reasons from outside Atlantic Canada will have modified forms of isolation based on vaccination status and testing.

Travel within Atlantic Canada

  • Starting 30 June 2021, if you’re travelling from New Brunswick, you don’t need to complete the Safe Check-in Form or self-isolate when you arrive in or return to Nova Scotia if you haven’t travelled outside Atlantic Canada in the 14 days before arriving in the province. If you’ve already self-isolated in New Brunswick, you can enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again. If you travelled from New Brunswick before 30 June 2021 and are self-isolating in Nova Scotia, you can stop self-isolating. Self-isolation requirements may change based on the border strategy and epidemiology of each province.

Travel within Nova Scotia

  • No restriction on travel within Nova Scotia. Travel is permitted within Nova Scotia (you can travel outside your community.

Coming to JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport? Here’s What You Need To Know:

If you’re flying in/out of JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, you are required to wear a face mask in the terminal at all times. Please abide by social distancing recommendations to maintain a 2 meter (6 feet) distance between yourself and others in all areas of the terminal building.

  • If you are a departing passenger:
  • You must wear a mask or face covering at all times inside the terminal.
  • Only ticketed passengers travelling on a flight that day are permitted inside the terminal. Friends and family are not permitted inside the terminal.
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  • If you’re picking up a passenger who is arriving at the airport:
  • You must wait in your vehicle, do not come inside the terminal building.
  • If you’re picking up a passenger, again, please stay in your vehicle and make arrangements for the arriving passenger to meet you outside the terminal. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended.
  • If you must assist a passenger upon arrival, please speak with the Commissionaire and advise the details and we will allow one person into the terminal building to help - any person entering the terminal even to assist an arriving passenger MUST wear a face mask at all times in the terminal.

What We’re Doing About COVID-19 at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport? 

The Sydney Airport Authority has updated and implemented our Airport Emergency Plan to reflect what we know about COVID-19 and how we can help manage the impact of this virus in our facility and community if needed. Other steps we’re taking include the following:

  • We’re asking all passengers and employees to practice social distancing and to maintain a distance 2 meters (6 feet) from others and avoid non-essential gatherings.
  • Terminal access is restricted to ticketed airline passengers only who are travelling that day - if you are dropping off departing passengers, or picking up arriving passengers stay in your vehicle, DO NOT ENTER the terminal.
  • We’re posting and sharing public health information with a focus on social distancing, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, and other steps employees and passengers can take to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Our cleaners have enhanced surface cleaning and disinfecting in high traffic areas. Electrostatic disinfecting is carried out after every flight.
  • Floor distancing stickers are placed to allow proper distancing in queues and glass shields are in place at counters.
  • We have tripled the number of hand sanitizer stations in the terminal.
  • We continue to stay in close contact with public health officials federally and provincially to ensure we have the latest Covid-19 updates.
  • Additional precautions are being taken for employees involved in the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the airport terminal building and airfield, including social distancing, workplace cleaning and disinfecting.

Before You Fly

  • Review Nova Scotia's public health travel guidelines and any documentation that may be required at transit points and your final destination. 
  • Before arriving at the airport, consider using contactless check-in on your smartphone.
  • Frequent disinfecting of all common areas at the airport is in place.

Public Health Travel Guidelines 

Departures

  • Travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering throughout the airport and during flights.
  • Physical distancing of a minimum of 6-feet is required where possible.
  • Follow floor markings and signs to guide your path through the airport.
  • At the security check point, listen for instructions from security screening staff.
  • Remember physical distancing when seated in the departures lounge.
  • If you have not had your temperature taken during check-in, an airline agent will do so prior to boarding. Once cleared, you may proceed to your aircraft.

Arrivals

  • Travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering throughout the airport.
  • Physical distancing of a minimum of 6-feet is required where possible.
  • Follow floor markings and signs to guide your path through the airport.
  • All arriving passengers will be processed by onsite public health officials before leaving the luggage claim area.