HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Canadian government has extended the ban on direct flights from India till August 21.
  • The statement released by the Health Ministry of Canada cited that the restrictions have been extended and were based on ‘public health advice’.
  • Fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential travel on August 9.
  • Tourists not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, or vaccinated with jabs not recognized by Canadian health authorities, will continue to be tested.

On Monday, the Canadian government extended the ban on direct flights from India by another 30 days. The prohibition which was about to end on July 21, will now remain in place until August 21. For the fourth time, the ban has been extended.

Back on April 22, the prohibition was first imposed by the Canadian government amid fear over the devastating second wave of COVID-19, and concerns over the transmission of the Delta variant.

The statement released by the Health Ministry of Canada cited that the restrictions have been extended and were based on ‘public health advice’. In addition, the country has also extended the requirement related to third-country pre-departure COVID-19 tests for travellers to Canada from India via an indirect route.

Reportedly, passengers from India connecting at another point of departure for Canada will require a mandatory pre-departure negative RT-PCR test, before continuing their journey to the Canadian destination. The announcement came despite Canada announced a slew of measures relaxing travel restrictions to the country.

“On September 7, if the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, Canada will open its borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements,” a statement read.

As a first step in the direction, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter the country for non-essential travel on August 9, as long as they have completed their inoculations at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.

Moreover, fully vaccinated travellers will also not require a post-arrival test whereas, those not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, or vaccinated with jabs not recognised by Canadian health authorities, will continue to be tested.

Adding to the relaxations, the Canadian government will be eliminating its mandatory three-day quarantine requirement at a designated hotel while awaiting the results of the test. The vaccines authorised for emergency use in Canada are those made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Covishield), and Johnson & Johnson.

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