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What you need to know about Canada’s travel ban from India

Last week, the federal government announced the phase 1 of easing border measures. However, at this stage, flights from India are not yet allowed to enter Canada.

The Notice to Airmen restricting all direct commercial and private flights to Canada from India was extended until July 21, 2021. Travellers from Pakistan, however, are allowed to come to Canada. They are not subject to a flight ban.

“Given the number of COVID-19 cases continue to be very high in India, we have extended our flight restrictions for this country. We will continue to assess the evolving situation and determine appropriate action going forward.” The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport Canada.

Travel from India via an indirect route

According to the government, people who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test result from a third country. This means that they will need to have a long layover in a third country before continuing to Canada.

Travellers might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.

On the other hand, travellers who have previously tested positive must provide proof of a positive test conducted 14 or 90 days prior to departure. This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada.


– Certain countries do not allow entry or transit from passengers arriving from India or from passengers who have previously tested positive to COVID-19.

– The Government of Canada cannot intervene on traveller’s behalf if they do not meet their destination’s entry or exit requirements.

– COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries.

– If you test positive during transit, you may be quarantined or sent back to your point of departure.

<<Read: Guide for travellers entering Canada during COVID-19>>

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