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Canada Further Extends the Flight Ban from India

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The Canadian government recently extended the flight ban to and from India for another month. To control the spread of the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus, the flight ban has been extended until September 21, 2021.
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Published on:  Aug 27, 2021
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The Canadian government recently extended the flight ban to and from India for another month. To control the spread of the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus, the flight ban has been extended until September 21, 2021. Initially, the ban was introduced in April as a high proportion of Indian travelers were testing positive for the Covid-19 virus. However, as Canada prepares for the oncoming third wave, the government determined it is in the best interest for the ban to continue. 

This includes suspension of all direct commercial and private passenger flights. Currently, only direct cargo flights, medical transfers, and military flights are allowed. 

How Can Indian Travelers Come to Canada?

Since the ban is only on direct flights, Indian travelers can take an indirect route to come to Canada. Regardless of your purpose of visit, all travelers from India are required to take a pre-arrival Covid-19 test from a third country, taken no more than 72 hours of their arrival in Canada. The third country can be any other than India. 

How Will the Ban Affect Travelers from India?

India is the top source country for international students to Canada. Almost 30% of the international student population in Canada comes from India. This ban comes at a time when schools and universities in Canada are planning to restart in-person classrooms in the fall. This will create a hurdle for international students coming from India. Even if their universities have a Covid-19 readiness plan, this ban will mean extra travel planning and budgeting for both parents and students. 

What Are the Current Travel and Border Restrictions in Canada?

Canada is planning to allow fully vaccinated travelers from the rest of the world beginning September 7, 2021. Canada will only accept travelers vaccinated with one of the 4 vaccines approved in Canada, including AstraZeneca/Covishield, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Currently, one of the two vaccines approved in India is not accepted in Canada, that is, Covaxin. This means if you are vaccinated with Covaxin, you will still be considered unvaccinated and not be allowed to travel to Canada for non-essential reasons.

Travelers with non-approved vaccinations will still be allowed, provided they are exempted, self-isolate at home, and take the 8th-day Covid-19 test after they arrive in Canada.

Fully vaccinated travelers will also have to abide by the flight ban on direct flights from India and provide a pre-arrival Covid-19 test result. However, they will be exempt from post-arrival Covid-19 testing and mandatory quarantine requirements.

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