It seems Indians are still going to have to wait to get to Canada as Canada extends ban on flights from India by a month till September 21, 2021 in a latest move by the country.
Canada had suspended all passenger flights from India on April 23, 2021 as the second wave spread out across the country. Recently, Canada had announced that it would open up to fully-vaccinated American citizens on August 9, 2021 and the rest of the world on September 7, 2021.
Canada Extends Ban on Flights from India
The Travel page of the Government of Canada reads as follows:
The Government of Canada has suspended flights from India until September 21, 2021.
During that period, passengers who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.
Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test. This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada. You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.
Keep in mind:
- certain countries do not allow entry or transit from passengers arriving from India or from passengers who have previously tested positive to COVID-19
- COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries
- if you test positive during transit, you may be quarantined or sent back to your point of departure
Carefully consider your itinerary, transit options and entry requirements for third countries.
While Canada intends to open up to the rest of the world, with respect to India, things remain a bit twisted for now. In case you don’t need to, do ride it out for another month and a half before you decide to travel back to Canada.
What are your thoughts about the continued extension Canada places on the ban on flights for India?
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Canada Extends ban on flights from India