Canada Resumes Direct Passenger Flights From India, Read New Guidelines

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Canada has finally lifted a month-long ban on direct passenger flights from India, which was put in place owing to risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. All flights are set to resume from September 27.

Last week, the Justin Trudeau-led federal government tightened the restriction on all direct commercial and private passenger flights from India until September 26. As now the ban will be finished, passengers from India can now travel to Canada directly. But they have to keep a few precautionary measures, which include having a negative Covid-19 test report from an approved laboratory at Delhi airport.

The Government of Canada said in a release, “As of September 27, 2021, direct flights from India to Canada will resume.”

The news release issued by Transport Canada earlier this week given the Covid-19 situation reads that the passengers travelling from India to Canada will be required to hold to the following measures:

  1. Obtained a pre-departure negative Covid-19 molecular test result from the Genestrings Laboratory, located above the metro station in the Airport Connect Building (ACB) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
  2. The report should be taken not more than 18 hours before the scheduled departure.
  3. Present the test report with a QR code issued by this laboratory to the air operators before boarding.
  4. Passengers travelling to Canada from India via an indirect route must obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.

Moreover, Airlines will refuse boarding to any traveller who’s unable to meet these requirements.Also, if you test positive during transit, you may face local quarantine regulations or be returned to your point of departure.

According to officials familiar with the development, Air Canada is expected to resume its flights from India on September 27 i.e., on Monday while Air India will be resuming its flights to Canada from September 30.

Source: Hindustan Times

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