All flights between India and Canada might resume from September 27 but on one condition. The Canadian government wants to make sure that they are ready to ease the restrictions and allow air travel between the two countries. However, the ban was implemented a few months ago when COVID-19 cases in India were recklessly rising.
Direct Flights Between India and Canada to Resume from September 27
International direct flights between India and Canada are rumored to resume from September 27. However, the Canadian government has one condition. The airport authorities will first conduct COVID-19 tests of the Indian passengers upon their arrival. Three flights will take off from New Delhi to the Canadian land on Thursday.
All the passengers will have to through COVID-19 testing upon their arrival. Therefore, the government will only lift the COVID-19 restrictions after analyzing the test results. Moreover, they want to make sure that the new measures are working and they can move forward with it. This is the first of all steps that the government is likely to take before curbing the restrictions.
What are the Protocols?
According to reports, the ban has already expired on September 21. However, Transport Canada has extended the ban until the end of September 26. If the Canadian authorities report a high number of positive COVID-19 results at the airport, they will reimplement the ban on September 27 until further notice. On the other hand, if everything goes well and a smaller number of positive cases are found; they will take precautionary measures and curb the restrictions. Besides that, border and public health protocols also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation advances.
Other Protocols for Indian Passengers Before Flying to Canada
Canada banned all direct flights from India in April this year when the latter was witnessing a deadly second wave of the Delta-driven COVID-19 pandemic. However, the situation in India is currently under control now.
Passengers boarding the flights from New Delhi will also have to take a molecular COVID-19 test from the Canadian Genestrings lab at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Moreover, only those passengers will board the flight who test negative for the virus. Besides that, passengers will have to take that test 18 hours before boarding their flights. The Canadian authorities will not recognize COVID-19 tests from any other laboratory in India.