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Canada Lifts Ban On Passengers From India


On Sunday, the Canadian government removed the ban on passenger flights from India, imposed a month ago due to enhanced protocols for Covid-19.

The ban was placed as a risk-based and measured approach, according to the Canadian government. With the ban expired now, Air Canada might resume its operations on September 27 itself, while Air India is expected to resume from September 30. Before the ban was imposed, these two airlines were operating to and fro within an air bubble, as agreed between the two governments.

Earlier this week, Transport Canada issued a statement saying that travellers from India to Canada should get their Covid-19 molecular tests done in Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport within 18 hours of the scheduled departure time.

These test results will be checked by air operators before boarding to make sure they are negative.

The passengers will need to upload the results and other information in the ArriveCAN mobile app or their website. This is mandatory for boarding.

Those travellers who will be going someplace else before travelling to Canada need to have the molecular test done from any third country other than India, within 72 hours of departure. The results need to be negative for anyone travelling to Canada.

The travel restrictions were lifted since all passengers on three direct flights from India to Canada on Wednesday tested negative upon arrival.

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