The Canadian government, led by Justin Trudeau lifted a month-long ban on Indian passenger flights on 26th September. The ban was put under the restriction protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic. On 21st, Canada extended the ban on all direct commercial and private passenger flights from India until September 26 earlier this week.
As per the statement, passengers from India can now fly to Canada with a few precautions which include negative Covid-19 test results from an authorized laboratory at Delhi airport. The report should be taken not more than 18 hours before departure.
Air Canada’s flights from India are expected to resume on September 27, and Air India’s flights will resume on September 30.
According to a news release released by “Transport Canada” this week in view of the Covid-19 protocols, passengers flying from India to Canada will be required to follow the following measures.
- Passengers 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 flight to Canada.
- Prior to boarding, air operators will be checking the traveller’s test results ensuring they are eligible to come to Canada.
- Fully vaccinated passengers will also have to upload the relevant information into the “ArriveCAN” mobile app or website. Officials will be ensuring that the passengers have done so and those who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.
- Passengers from India who are travelling to Canada via an indirect route must have a negative Covid-19 molecular test report from any other third country, except India; the test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure.