The Canadian government has extended its travel ban on direct flights from India and Pakistan until June 21.

Key Points:

  • Effective until June 21, all direct commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan are suspended.
  • Travelers from India or Pakistan can still fly indirectly to Canada via a third country; however, each traveller must obtain a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test from the intermediate country before entering Canada.
  • Those wishing to enter Canada must adhere to previous travel requirements including: submitting contact, travel, and quarantine information via ArriveCAN; pre-departure (air) or pre-arrival (land) testing; on-arrival testing; and a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Analysis & Comments: The extended flight ban will continue to complicate travel from India and Pakistan to Canada. Those with urgent travel needs should work closely with their immigration provider to discuss the best available options. The response to COVID-19 continues to change and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

This alert was prepared by de Lint LLP, an independent immigration law firm, allied with Deloitte LLP in Canada.