Update: Flight ban extended till September 27, 2021, on flights between India and Canada.
With the second wave of CoVid-19 spreading like crazy around India in April 2021, Canada pulled out all sorts of air links with India to prevent the travel of the virus from India to their shores, just like they did with many other countries at the time. The good news is, Canada has finally opened up for India again. We wrote about the opening of their borders with India on September 21, 2021, and it has happened.
Over the past few months, Canada has applied a tough stance to India, not accepting India’s RT-PCR testing standards and insisting on a third-country test for those wanting to enter Canada from India. Hence, even after the Canadian borders opened earlier in September 2021, Indian travellers had to route themselves through a third country, mainly via Mexico, because they had to get tested and present an RT-PCR negative report on arrival into Canada.
Air Canada to fly to Delhi Airport again
From September 20, 2021, Air Canada has resumed flying to Delhi and will also resume flights from India to Canada on September 21, 2021, and onwards. As I write this, the first flight after April 22, 2021, is on its way to Delhi.
Toronto to Delhi, and return flights, AC42/AC43 are now scheduled to be operated all 7 days of the week with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft, non-stop in both directions.
Similarly, flights between Vancouver and Delhi will also resume one day after the flights between Toronto/Delhi. They will operate as AC44/AC45 all seven days of the week, with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
However, some stringent testing requirements are still being imposed for travel from India to Canada. As per an update on the Air Canada website, they ask for an RT-PCR report, not older than 18-hours before the flight, from a specific lab at Delhi Airport. Even connecting passengers will have to provide a report from this lab only, so keep that in mind before booking your flights to Delhi to connect on the flights to Canada.
Air Canada’s flights to India have resumed, with Delhi Airport being the first port of call for them effective September 21, 2021, onwards. However, a test done at a lab near Delhi Airport is required for travel within 18 hours before take-off.
What do you think of the new systems Air Canada have put in place for resumption of travel from India?
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