On September 21, Canada extending suspension on all direct commercial and private passenger flights from the India to Canada until September 26, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (EDT). However, there is a good news that official news indicated that once the restriction on direct flights expires, travelers will be able to take direct flights from India with following measures:
- Negative molecular test for COVID from the approved Genestrings laboratory at Delhi Airport within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of the direct flight.
- Prior to boarding, air operators will verify the results of tests and ensure that travelers ARE eligible to enter Canada.
- They will also ensure that fully immunized travelers have uploaded their information to ArriveCAN.
- Travelers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.
This news from Transport Canada affirmed our estimate based on new testing requirement announced by Air Canada on September 19. We mentioned in our post on Sep 20 that there is no official announcement, but Air Canada’s change in testing requirements for direct flight from India indicates that flights will reopen. Subscribe our website below, so that you never miss our news!
Continuing the news release, Transport Canada also acknowledged that as a first step, three direct flights from India will arrive in Canada on September 22, 2021. All passengers on these flights will be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival to ensure that they met effectiveness of the new measures.
Providing further clarity, Transport Canada said that eligible travelers from India coming via an indirect route will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 molecular testing within 72 hours before their departure from a third country (other than India).
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