Indians looking to fly directly to Canada will have to wait some more. The ban on incoming passenger flights from India has now been extended by a month, from July 21 to August 21. The emergence and spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is the reason behind this restriction.
The ban, which was imposed on April 22 when India was witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, was set to expire on July 21, but will now remain in place until August 21, Global News Ca reported. It is for the fourth time that the ban has been extended. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra told reporters during a news conference that the reason for the extension was due to the Delta variant, which is considered the dominant strain of COVID-19 worldwide.
"While progress is being made, the situation in India is still very serious," he said. "The decision is based on the advice received from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and will best protect Canadians from an increased introduction of the Delta variant, which is prevalent in India." The Canadian government on Monday (July 19) announced that fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents who want to come to Canada for non-essential reasons can do so starting on August 9.
Earlier, it was reported that Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has said that the country might permit fully vaccinated travellers from all countries by early September, if the current trend in vaccination rate and public health conditions continue.