Canada Lifts Ban On Direct Flights From India: Check Travel Guidelines Here


The Govt of Canada on Saturday announced that it will be lifting the month-long ban on passenger flights from India at 00:01 EDT on September 27.

However, all passengers from India must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the approved laboratory at the New Delhi International Airport. The report should be taken not more than 18 hours before departure, it said.

“Beginning at 00:01 EDT on September 27, direct flights from India can land in Canada with additional public health measures in place,” said Transport Canada in a tweet.

“Travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the approved Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada.”

Travel Advisory For Indians

After the restriction on direct flights expires, fully vaccinated passengers, and exceptionally unvaccinated passengers eligible to enter Canada, traveling on those flights will need to:

  • Obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from the Genestrings Laboratory, located above the metro station in the Airport Connect Building (ACB) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
  • Perform this test within 18 hours before their scheduled departure.
  • Present the test report with a QR code issued by this laboratory to the air operator before boarding.

Alternatively, travelers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 can present a positive molecular test issued by a certified laboratory in India. The date of the collection must have been between 14 and 180 days before their scheduled departure to Canada.


Indirect Flights

Passengers who travel from India to Canada via an indirect route still need to provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.

Keep In Mind
  • Certain countries don’t allow entry or transit of passengers arriving from India or of passengers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries.
  • If you test positive during transit, you may face local quarantine regulations or be returned to your point of departure.

Carefully consider your itinerary, transit options, and entry requirements for third countries.

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India-Canada Flight Schedule

Air Canada will operate AC42 and AC43 on the Toronto-Delhi route which is scheduled to be operated all 7 days of the week with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Moreover, the airline will also resume flights between Vancouver and Delhi starting from 27th Sep 2021, Air Canada will be AC44 and AC45 all seven days of the week. (Detailed Flight Schedule Here)

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