The Canadian government has extended its suspension of direct flights from India and announced plans to require vaccinations for certain travelers in the coming months.

Key Points:

  •   All direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India are suspended until at least Sept. 21.
    • Cargo-only operations, medical transfers and military flights are not included in the suspension.
    • Individuals traveling to Canada from India through an indirect route must obtain a COVID-19 test before leaving the third country.
  •   The Canadian government intends to require all federal employees in the air, rail and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October 2021 at the latest.
    • All commercial air travelers and passengers on interprovincial trains and large marine vessels, including cruise ships, would have to be vaccinated under the proposed requirement.
    • More information regarding the proposed vaccination requirement can be found here.

Additional Information: The Canadian government still encourages individuals to avoid nonessential travel outside of Canada. Border measures currently in effect remain subject to change as the virus situation changes.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact

Copyright © 2021 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries, please contact