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Canada will extend its ban on arriving passenger flights from India to Sept. 21 because of the risks posed by COVID-19. The ban was first imposed on April 22 and has already been rolled over several times. The measure does not apply to cargo flights or medical transfers

“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” says Transport Canada.

Canada has also extended the requirement associated with third-country pre-departure COVID-19 molecular tests for travelers to Canada from India via an indirect route.

What does this mean?

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.

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