Posted on Jun 10th, 2021 by Heena Ganotra, Last updated on Jun 27th, 2022
Earlier this year in April when the deadly second wave of Covid-19 hit India, Canada banned all direct flights to and from the country. The date of lifting the Canada India flight ban was postponed many times. On September 24, after postponing the flight travel ban till September 26, the Justice Trudeau-led Canadian government decided to resume international flights from India to Canada on September 27.
The Canadian news stated that Canada has lifted a five-month-long flight ban from India to Canada. The ban was put in place owing to risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, Canada extended the India travel ban and restricted direct commercial and private passenger flights until September 26. The Canadian government announced, “As of September 27, 2021, direct flights from India to Canada will resume.” Welcoming the decision of lifting the India travel ban, Ajay Bisaria, the High Commissioner of India to Canada, believes that this is a decisive step towards ‘normalizing air mobility,’ between India and Canada.
*Please follow the Latest Travel Restrictions stated below
With the expiration of the India travel ban, here are some guidelines passengers from India should follow.
The accepted Covid-19 vaccines in Canada are:
The vaccines that are not approved by Canada:
With the significant decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases amid the first wave Canadian airlines were allowed to resume flight services. Post first wave, the Indian government had also relaxed Visa and other travel restrictions for international passengers, including OCI and PIO cardholders, in order to facilitate their travel to India from Canada on Air Bubble and VBM flights. Citizens and passport holders of India, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders, and foreign citizens with eligible Indian visas were only allowed to fly to Canada, according to the Canada guidelines.
However, the sudden advent of the second wave of Covid and the devastating increase in the Covid-19 cases led to the halting of flights from India, following the international travel restrictions announced by Canada. The Canada flight restrictions were first imposed on April 22.
The second wave in India led to the number of Covid-19 cases rise. Different countries across the globe including the United Kingdom and the United States issue travel advisories for India. Even the Indian government imposed certain India to Canada Travel Restrictions to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
Although the domestic flights started operating post first wave, the international travel was kept on a pause for the time being. The restriction did not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights as these were specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Currently, many countries across the world are allowing Indian passengers and also accepting Indian vaccine candidates. Here is a list of countries one can travel to from India:
USA: The US government has planned to ease Covid-related travel restrictions on 33 countries, including India. Travelers need to carry a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test while boarding the flight to the USA.
Thailand: The government has announced to resume issuing visas to non-Thai nationals like international students, those with a work permit, or those with a residency permit.
United Kingdom: The government of the UK has divided the countries into three lists: the red that signifies strict restrictions on air travel, the amber color signifies mandatory testing and the quarantine requirement for all passengers traveling from the specified country. India is under the amber list now.
UAE: The United Arab Emirates has relaxed the India travel restrictions and Covid protocols. All Indian tourists can now enter the UAE with eased safety measures.
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