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Canada extends commercial flight ban from India to Sept. 26

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 2:42 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Transport Canada has briefly extended the prohibition on direct commercial and private passenger flights from India as Ottawa prepares to reopen to direct flights from India Sept. 27.

On Sept. 21, the department announced it was extending the Notice to Airmen that restricts all such direct flights to Canada from India until Sept. 26 at 23:59 EDT.

The government’s announcement says that once the restriction on direct flights expires, travellers eligible to enter Canada will be able to board direct flights from India to Canada with the following additional measures:

  • 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;
  • Prior to boarding, air operators will have to check the travellers’ test results to ensure the passengers are eligible to come to Canada, and that fully vaccinated travelers have uploaded their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website. Travellers unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.

Ottawa said that as a first step, on Sept. 22, three direct flights from India will arrive in Canada, and all passengers on these flights will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to ensure that the new measures are working.

After the resumption of direct flights Sept. 27, 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.

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