India extends own flight ban disrupting travel plans for those in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published July 31, 2021 at 12:34 am

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While Canada has imposed a ban on direct flights from India arriving at Mississauga’s Pearson Airport, that country has also placed restrictions on the comings and goings of air travelers.

The government of India today (July 30) extended a flight ban until August 31. The ban on international flights to and from the country was set to end tomorrow (July 31).

Generally, under the ban, travelers cannot fly from Canada to India. However, there are three exceptions

  1. Stranded Indian nationals
  2. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Canadian passports
  3. Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per guidelines from India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

India’s ban goes back as far as March, 2020 that was put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 there.

While there had been some expectation that India would lift the ban, the current extension stems from rising cases of the Delta variant around the world and the threat of a third wave of the virus in the country.

Canada currently has a ban on direct flights from India arriving here over similar concerns about the spread of the Delta variant.

The Canadian ban is scheduled to expire on August 21 but it has been extended several times since it was first imposed in April.

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