Canada to lift ban on direct flights from India next week

Canada to lift ban on direct flights from India next week
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An Air India Boeing 777-300 seen at Vancouver International Airport.

Canada has once again extended its ban on inbound non-stop passenger flights from India.

The ban, which has been in place since April as a result of the rapid spread of the Delta variant in India and applies to all commercial and private passenger flights, will expire on Sept. 26. Cargo-only and medical transfer flights, as well as military flights, are exempt from the ban.

However, the federal government says once the ban expires on Sept. 26, flights from India will be allowed entry into the country.

“Travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the approved Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada,” the federal government said in a press release, adding. “Prior to boarding, air operators will be checking the travellers’ test results ensuring they are eligible to come to Canada, and that fully vaccinated travellers have uploaded their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website. Travellers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.”

Additionally, the federal government says three direct flights from India will arrive in Canada on Sept. 22 and that all passengers will be tested for COVID-19 as part of a trial run to ensure new measures work once the restrictions lift on Sept. 26.

Foreign travellers who have been vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines have been allowed to enter Canada for non-essential purposes without having to quarantine for 14 days since Sept. 7.

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