Three flights from India have arrived at Pearson Airport in Mississauga today after ban lifted

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Published September 27, 2021 at 10:05 am

The first Air India flight direct from New Delhi arrived at Pearson Airport in Mississauga this morning after a months-long ban was lifted by the federal government.

Three direct flights from India have landed so far today at Pearson Airport in Mississauga after a months-long ban was lifted only hours earlier by the federal government now that enhanced COVID-19 screening protocols are in place. 

The restrictions, which banned direct flights from the world’s second-most populated nation into Canada, expired last night at 11:59 p.m., according to a statement issued by Transport Canada last week. 

Just before 5 a.m. this morning, an Air Canada flight arrived carrying passengers from New Delhi. That was followed by another Air Canada flight and an Air India flight later in the morning, also arriving from New Delhi. 

As of today, travellers from India 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. 

Yesterday (Sun. Sept. 26), India reported 26,041 cases and 276 deaths. Last Tuesday, the numbers were 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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