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The Canadian government, on Monday, extended the ban on direct flights from India, which firstly was imposed on 22 April, in the wake of COVID-19 global pandemic.
Initially, this decision was taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus from India, which could potentially reach Canada through travelling passengers amid the second wave of COVID-19.
As per reports, the ban was set to end on 21 July. But amid speculation of third wave and delta variant of COVID-19 in India, the order was extended by a period of 30 days.
According to the latest guidelines, direct flight from India to Canada would resume on 21 August.
This is the fourth time that the ban was extended since it was first imposed.
An official statement from Health Canada (a government agency), stated that the decision was “based on public health advice.”
In addition to this, Canada had also extended the requirement related to third-world-country pre-departure COVID-19 tests for travellers to Canada from India via an indirect route.
Passengers from India connecting at another point of departure for Canada would require a mandatory pre-departure negative RT-PCR test before continuing their journey to the Canadian destination.