Update on international travel: Recently, the Canadian government relaxed travel restrictions for international passengers. However, the ease of travel restrictions does not apply to travelers from India, as direct flights from India are banned until July 21 until further notice.Also Read – Goa Travel Update: Fully Vaccinated Tourists Must Carry COVID Negative Certificate
With this in mind, the High Commissioner of India to Canada, Ajay Bisaria, recently met with the Air India representative in Toronto to restart flights between India and Canada. Bisaria said it was of the utmost importance to resume flights between the two countries, especially for the sake of the students. Read also – International flights: Go First announces flight services to the Maldives from July 15, to operate daily from September
Speaking to Twitter, Bisaria mentioned in her tweet that it is important to quickly normalize mobility for economic recovery, to achieve normalcy in business and in education. He further mentioned that he had discussed this with Rachel Lawrence, Air India representative in Toronto, and that a substantial plan is being developed to restart flights as there is a pressing need for travelers, especially of students. Read also – Thousands of tourists prevented from entering the Nainital of Uttarakhand, Mussoorie amid Covid-19
Check out his tweet here
Imp to quickly normalize mobility for economic recovery, to achieve normalcy in economic education. Converse with @airindiain Toronto Representative #RachelLawrence plans to resume flights in the ð®ð³ ð¨ð¦ corridor taking into account the pressing needs of travelers, especially students.@IndiainToronto pic.twitter.com/bpXJrL8pNV
– Ajay Bisaria (@Ajaybis) July 13, 2021
Meanwhile, Bisaria also met with Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Nina Tangri to discuss the need for resumption of flights, and visited the site of micro -blogging to thank her for the meeting, and added that India looks forward to normalizing mobility and strengthening ties with Ontario.
To the uninitiated, Canada banned all direct flights from India on April 22, after COVID cases in India rose sharply. The ban is currently in effect until July 21 until further notice.
However, there were many travel relaxations starting July 5 as the Public Health Agency of Canada eased travel restrictions in the first phase. However, this decision by the Canadian government should benefit Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their families, international students and some temporary workers with valid work permits.
Travel relax in Canada
- From now on, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents are not required to adhere to the mandatory quarantine period. The same rule also applies to workers with a valid work permit, international students and relatives of permanent residents.
- Quarantine is not required for people fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved by Canada. The country has so far approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca / Covishield and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
- During this time, those traveling to Canada via connecting flights will be required to produce negative RT-PCR test results, which must be performed at the final point of departure before entering Canada.
- Those traveling without being vaccinated or who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that has not yet been approved in the country will need to quarantine in a hotel for three days, take a second test on the eighth day of arrival and complete 14 – days of self-isolation, according to reports.
- Travelers must upload their proof of vaccination on the ArriveCAN portal.