The previous 30-day ban, first imposed on April 22, was due to expire on Saturday.
“The Minister of Transport is of the opinion that it is necessary for aviation safety and the protection of the public,” said an Airmen Advisory, or NOTAM, to stop direct air traffic of passengers from these countries.
The ban applies to direct flights from both countries. Passengers can still fly to Canada from India or Pakistan, but arrive in Canada via a third country. They will be required to produce a negative result on a COVID-19 test taken at their last point of departure before being allowed to enter Canada.
All travelers arriving to Canada by land or air from any country must test negative for COVID-19 and be quarantined for two weeks; some exceptions are made for essential workers. Air passengers must quarantine for up to three days at an approved hotel pending COVID-19 test results, and must retest 10 days after arrival.
Last week, Air Canada proactively extended the ban on flights from India in anticipation of the government’s announcement.
Cargo flights will still be permitted in order to maintain shipments of essential supplies, such as vaccines and personal protective equipment.