Canada will resume flights from India on September 27
|Update: As of September 27, 2021, direct flights from India to Canada will resume.|
Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct flights to Canada from India until September 26, 2021, at 23:59 EDT. Once the restriction on direct flights expires, travellers from India can enter 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. The test must be taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada.
- Prior to boarding, air operators will be checking the travellers’ test results ensuring they are eligible to come to Canada. They will also check that fully vaccinated travellers have uploaded their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website.
According to the media release, travellers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.
Also, after the resumption of direct flights, travellers who depart India for Canada via an indirect route must obtain a valid negative COVID-19 molecular test from a third country – other than India. Of course they need to take the test before continuing their journey to Canada and within 72 hours of departure.
You can find more information on entry requirements here: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india
Air Canada Flights
On September 20th, Air Canada, change its testing requirements for flights from India. The Airline said that now, it only accepts RT-PCR tests or rapid PCR tests. Travellers need to take a COVID-19 test no more than 18 hours before their departure. Moreover, the test must be done from the COVID testing Centre & Lounge across from terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Air Canada will send its first flight from Toronto to Deli today. Also, Air Canada is offering ticket booking of direct flights from India to Toronto starting from September 22. We confirmed this information with an airline representative.
Canada’s First Step
As stated by Transport Canada, three direct flights from India will arrive in Canada today, September 22. In addition, all passengers on these flights will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to ensure that the new measures are working.
On the other hand, the ban on direct flights from Morocco is still in effect until September 29.
Also, Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada, also announced on Twitter that the current Canadian border restrictions and entry requirements will remain in effect until November 21, 2021.
Information about traveling to Canada
- Health Canada authorized brand name changes for COVID-19 vaccines
- Everything about Canada’s Borders Opening
- Guide for travellers entering Canada: what to do pre-border, at the border, and after entry.
- Who can travel to Canada as a tourist?
- International students and travel to Canada
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