Canada Extends Ban on Commercial and Private Passenger Flights from India

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Canada Extends Ban on Commercial and Private Passenger Flights from India


Transport Canada announced a ban on flights from India on Wednesday. In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to reopening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in the country.

“As Canada prepares for the return of direct flights from India to Canada, Transport Canada announces an extension of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) which restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from of India until September 26, 2021, 11 p.m. : 59 EDT, ”said the Transport Canada press release.

Once the restriction on direct flights expires, travelers eligible to enter Canada will be able to board direct flights from India, he added.

However, it listed some guidelines to follow before taking a direct flight to Canada:

• Travelers must have proof of a negative Covid-19 molecular test from the Genestrings approved laboratory at Delhi Airport, performed within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada.

• Prior to boarding, air operators will check the test results of travelers to ensure they are eligible to come to Canada and that fully immunized travelers have uploaded their information to the ArriveCAN mobile app or website. Travelers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.

This comes on a day when three flights from India are scheduled to land in Canada. Transport Canada said all passengers on those flights will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival to make sure the new measures work.

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