May 26: Aiming to avoid Covid-19 arrival in the country, Canada has now gone ahead in extending the ban on direct flights from India until June 21, 2021. Other than this, the country has restricted its non-essential travel from the USA.
Canada’s decision over extending the flight ban with India came after the country witnessed the continuing spread of coronavirus cases. Other than India, direct flights from Pakistan have also been suspended. Initially, the country has put a ban of flights from India on April 22, however, it was for a 30-day period only. The ban which was supposed to be lifted on Saturday has now been extended for another set of 30-days.
Meanwhile it is also being reported that passengers can still fly to Canada via third country for which, they would require to produce a negative Covid-19 report taken at their last point of departure.
As per the information given by Canadian Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra, these restrictions have been put to place aiming to contain the spread of Covid-19 and its variants.
The increasing cases of the new variant in India are also a big concern of other countries including Canada. Since the Canadian border has been closed for more than a year now, the non-essential travel has still been on hold. In fact, Air Canada had extended the ban over the direct flights from India last week even before this announcement was made.