As per some media reports, the govt of Canada is planning to extend the suspension of direct flights from India by another month, an official confirmed.
According to the officials, the decision has been intimated in advance to the Indian Government whereas the suspension was originally announced on April 22 and was scheduled to last for 30 days.
But later the same was extended by another 30 days on May 21 and now another extension will be imposed for 30 days.
The move was originally accelerated by the immense pressure upon the government of Justin Trudeau to act on this matter after several cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus originating in India were reported in Canada.
There had also been mounting demands from provincial governments to ban these flights at the earliest because of the risk of transmission of cases into Canada.
Meanwhile, the Canadian government announced a loosening of Covid-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people amid warnings that a return to a completely open border will take a while longer.
Fully vaccinated Canadians and residents will exempt from the mandatory three-day hotel stay as well as a 14-day quarantine requirement on arrival to the country, Justin Trudeau’s government said in a statement on Monday. Travelers will still need to have tested negative for Covid-19 before their trip, and take a second test at the border.
It may be noted that both Air Canada and Air India were operating almost daily flights between the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver and New Delhi in India in an air corridor arrangement that came into place last summer.
Passengers from India who arrive via an indirect route, through a third country, will have to provide a pre-departure negative coronavirus test result from the last port before continuing their journey.
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