Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced Monday that the ban on incoming passenger flights from India extended for another 30 days.
However, the federal resources confirmed that the travel ban from Pakistan is not under review.
“Today we will also be renewing the flight ban between Canada to India for 30 days to July 21, 2021,” Alghabra said at a press conference. “This means direct commercial and private passenger flights from India will continue to be denied permission to land in Canada.”
Passengers who depart from India bound to Canada, via an indirect route, must still get a valid COVID-19 test result from a third country before boarding a flight to Canada, he said.
Minister said travelers from Pakistan will be required to get a COVID-19 tested in the country to board a flight to Canada.
The delta variant has been identified in Canada and other countries, and the Canadian government cited concern over the spread of the variant as a reason when the first travel ban was announced on April 22.
Flights halt from India has been renewed a number of times and the move comes amid growing concerns over a highly transmissible delta COVID-19 variant first discovered in India, and a significant surge in COVID-19 cases in India.
It is to be noted that only 3.6 percent of the Indian population vaccinated where as 18.8 percent of the Canadian population fully vaccinated and 66.8 percent public vaccinated with one dose.