TORONTO – Canada has again extended its ban on arriving passenger flights directly from India till September 21 due to the risks posed by the Covid pandemic, the federal transport ministry has said.
In April, Canada banned all direct flights to and from India when the second Covid wave hit India. The date of reopening has been postponed many times.
“Protecting the health and safety of Canadians continues to be our top priority. After reviewing public health data, we have decided to extend the direct flight ban between Canada and India until September 21,” Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport of Canada, tweeted on Tuesday.
“The Government of Canada has suspended flights from India until September 21. During that period, passengers who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative Covid molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada,” Transport Canada said in a statement on Monday.
“Travellers who have previously tested positive for Covid must provide proof of a positive Covid molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days before departure, instead of a negative Covid 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,” it said.
Also, the Canadian government continues to closely monitor the epidemiological situation and will be working closely with the Government of India and aviation operators to ensure appropriate procedures are put in place to enable a safe return of direct flights as soon as conditions permit, the release said.