Passengers at an airport in India. Canada had suspended all flights from India on April 23 when the second Covid-19 wave hit India. (Representative image)
NEW DELHI: Canada has extended its ban on flights from India by a month till September 21, 2021.
Travellers headed from India to Canada via some other country will need a Covid negative test report from that transit country before taking off for their destination.
However, cargo-only operations, medical transfers and military flights from India will continue to operate.
Canada had suspended all commercial and private passenger flights from India on April 23 when the second Covid-19 wave hit India. Since then the date of reopening has been postponed several times.
In a statement, the Canadian government said on Monday (August 9): “Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT. All direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India are subject to the NOTAM. Cargo-only operations, medical transfers or military flights are not included.”
“Transport Canada is also extending the requirement related to third-country pre-departure Covid-19 molecular tests for travellers to Canada from India via an indirect route. This means that passengers who depart India to Canada via an indirect route will continue to be required to obtain a valid Covid-19 pre-departure test from a third country – other than India – before continuing their journey to Canada,” the statement added.
Canada says it “continues to closely monitor the epidemiological situation, and will be working closely with the government of India and aviation operators to ensure appropriate procedures are put in place to enable a safe return of direct flights as soon as conditions permit.”