The federal government of Canada announced on Tuesday that the travel ban to India would be lifted next week after months of being in place. According to the announcement, flights to India will be resumed after September 26, given that the additional COVID-19 protocols will be observed.
The travel ban on India was imposed on April 22 this year after the number of their COVID-19 test-positive cases ballooned to extremely high levels. Since then, the ban has been subjected to multiple extensions, including the one announced on September 21.
Apart from prohibiting commercial and passenger flights coming from India, the ban also required travelers from the said country to obtain a negative PCR test conducted by a laboratory from a different nation. Moreover, the latter should be on the list of approved countries certified by the Canadian government to be accepted.
With the travel ban to be lifted next week, passengers coming from India must present a negative molecular test from Delhi airport’s Genestrings Laboratory. Travel Canada also stressed that test results will be thoroughly checked before boarding.
Moreover, individuals who already have two total doses of the vaccine are directed to upload their immunization records to the ArriveCAN app. As for travelers from India arriving in Canada through an indirect flight, they are still required to obtain a negative PCR test conducted by a laboratory from a different country other than India.