Pearson Airport in Mississauga will once again accept direct flights from India

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Published September 23, 2021 at 10:14 am

Pearson Airport in Mississauga will begin accepting direct flights from India once again after Ottawa lifts ban. (Photo: Unsplash)

A months-long ban on direct flights from India to Pearson Airport in Mississauga and other Canadian airports will be lifted by the federal government starting Monday now that enhanced COVID-19 screening protocols are in place. 

A statement from Transport Canada this week says current restrictions, which were set to expire two days ago, will be extended until Sunday (Sept. 26) at 11:59 p.m. (EST). 

At that point, travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the approved Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of their departure. They must also upload their vaccination details to the ArriveCAN app or on the website. 

“Travellers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding,” the statement reads. 

People departing from India to Canada via an indirect route will still be required to obtain a negative molecular test from a third country within 72 hours of their departure. 

Canada imposed the restrictions on direct flights from India on April 22 due to the country’s surge of Delta variant cases. 

On Tuesday, India reported 26,964 cases and 383 deaths. On April 22, by comparison, the country reported 332,921 cases.  

More than 200 million people there have now been fully vaccinated. 

On Sept. 7, Canada began allowing the entry of fully-vaccinated foreign nationals for non-essential travel purposes. 

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