Canada announces extension of flight ban from India

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The Transport Canada announced Tuesday the extension of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 26.

“As Canada prepares for the return of direct flights from India to Canada, Transport Canada is announcing an extension of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 26, 2021, at 23:59 EDT,” the Transport Canada said in a statement.

The statement further added that travellers eligible to enter Canada will be able to board direct flights from India to Canada once the restriction on direct flights expires.

However, the Transport Canada said 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.

The air operators will be checking the travellers’ test results ensuring they are eligible to come to Canada, and that fully vaccinated travellers have uploaded their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website, the Transport Canada said, adding that travellers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.

Meanwhile, the Transport Canada said three direct flights from India will arrive in Canada on September 22, 2021, and all passengers on these flights will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to ensure that the new measures are working.

The Transport Canada also added that 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.

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