The Canadian government recently announced that direct flights from India have resumed.

Key Points:

  • Individuals who are traveling directly to Canada from India must:
    • Obtain a negative COVID-19 molecular test conducted by the Genestrings Laboratory located at the Indira Gandhi International Airport within 18 hours of scheduled departure.
    • Present the negative test result with a QR code to the airline operator before departure.
  • Travelers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from the above requirements; however, they must present a positive molecular test conducted by a certified Indian laboratory between 14 and 180 days of scheduled departure.

Additional Information: Individuals can travel from India to Canada via an indirect route but must provide a negative molecular test result from a third country before continuing travel to Canada. Individuals traveling indirectly to Canada from India should make sure their third country destination will provide a COVID-19 test.

BAL Analysis: Travelers from India who do not meet the above requirements will not be able to enter Canada. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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