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Canada extends ban on direct commercial flights from India

Even those who take indirect flights will need to take an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure, and produce a negative report.

September 23, 2021 / 11:24 AM IST
After direct flights from India resume, passengers will need to a take an RT-PCR for COVID-19 at the Delhi airport within 18 hours of departure.

After direct flights from India resume, passengers will need to a take an RT-PCR for COVID-19 at the Delhi airport within 18 hours of departure.

The Canada government has extended suspension of direct commercial flights from India until September 26.

The current restrictions were in force till September 21. After direct flights from India resume, passengers will need to take an RT-PCR for COVID-19 at the Delhi airport within 18 hours of departure.

"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," transport Canada said.

It will be mandatory for fully-vaccinated travellers to upload their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website.

Even those who take indirect flights will need to take an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure, and produce a negative report.

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"After the resumption of direct flights, travellers who are eligible to enter Canada who depart India for Canada via an indirect route will continue to be required to obtain, within 72 hours of departure, a valid negative COVID-19 molecular test from a third country – other than India – before continuing their journey to Canada," Transport Canada said, in the statement dated September 21.

Transport Canada said that, on September 22, three direct flights from India would arrive in Canada and all passengers on these flights would be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.

Canada suspended direct commercial flights from India from April 22 during the fierce COVID-19 second wave and subsequently extended the restrictions.
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first published: Sep 23, 2021 11:24 am

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