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Getting to Nova Scotia

By Land    By Sea    By Air

Nova Scotia Travellers Information - Entering Canada via Customs

Passport and visa requirements for visiting Canada will vary according to your citizenship, residency and purpose for visiting Canada. We recommend you obtain more information before you complete your travel plans by contacting the nearest:

  • Canadian Embassy 
  • High Commission
  • your country’s Customs/Immigration office 

Citizens of the United States (U.S.) travelling between the U.S. and Canada now require a valid U.S. passport, Air NEXUS card or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner document.

For up-to-date information for visitors from the Canadian Border Services Agency, go to or call 1-800-461-9999 (within Canada) or (506) 636-5064. Information on visas for temporary residents can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration website or by calling 1-888-242-2100. In the U.S. refer to

Flights to Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located approximately 33km/20mi from the capital city of Halifax.  It contains pre-clearance for US Customs and is the Atlantic Canadian hub for all domestic, regional and international services. Scheduled air service into Nova Scotia is also available. 

Read more about flying into Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Travel Information for Ferry and Cruise

Your options for arriving by sea include ferries - with your car, motorcycle, RV or as a walk-on passenger, and by cruise ship. Halifax and Sydney are the main ports of call for more than 20 major cruise ship lines. Halifax has received the "Best Port Welcome" award from Dreamworld Cruise Destination Magazine and "Most Receptive Port" award at the Canada-New England Cruise Symposium Marketing Awards. The port of Sydney is the cruise gateway to Cape Breton Island.

Read more about arriving in Nova Scotia by ferry and cruise.

Getting to Nova Scotia by Motorcycle

Nova Scotia is a world-renowned motorcycle touring destination and entry either by road or by ferry is breeze for motorcyclists. Motorcycle pricing structures make ferry travel particularly convenient and attractive.

The town of Digby is the location of the ferry terminal for the ferry that travels across the Bay of Fundy from Saint John, New Brunswick. 

Read more about driving to Nova Scotia.