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Canada To Reopen Airports To International Flights​

Canada To Reopen Airports To International Flights​

Canada To Reopen More Airports To International Flights

Canada to reopen more airports to international flights starting November 30. November 30 is also the same day that passengers and crews would have to prove they’re fully vaccinated if they want to depart from a Canadian airport.

The announcement was made by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra at Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), one of the eight.

In the official statement, Omar Alghabra said, “Increased vaccination levels have allowed us to safely reopen these additional Canadian airports to international flights. This measure will help ensure travelers are able to access more regional airports for their international travels, while continuing to support the Government’s measured approach to reopening our border.”

Canada To Reopen Airports To International Flights​

Which Canadian Airports Are Currently Accepting International Flights?

The 10 Canadian airports currently accepting international flights include:

  • Halifax Stanfield International
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International
  • Montréal-Trudeau International
  • Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International
  • Toronto Pearson International
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre
  • Winnipeg James/Armstrong Richardson International
  • Edmonton International
  • Calgary International
  • Vancouver International

Canada To Reopen More Airports.

Starting November 30, 2021, the following additional Canadian airports will be reopened for international travel:

  • St. John’s International
  • John C. Munro Hamilton International
  • Region of Waterloo International
  • Regina International
  • Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International
  • Kelowna International
  • Abbotsford International
  • Victoria International

Omar Alghabra added that additional airports would be considered as conditions dictate. 

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Canada extends travel ban on direct Indian flights till September 21, 2021

Canada Extends Travel Ban On Indian Flights

Canada Extends Travel Ban On Indian Flights

Canada extends travel ban on direct Indian flights till September 21, 2021

The Canadian government, on Monday i.e. August 10th, 2021, has extended the Canada travel ban on Indian flights till September 21. The ban was earlier till August 21.

Here is the official statement:

“Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT.”

The Canada travel ban was first imposed on April 22. Recently, for the fifth time, the ban has been extended.

Due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus during the second wave as well as the increasing threat of the Delta variant, many countries have decided to impose a travel ban on flights from the subcontinent. This is adding more hurdles for Indian students who want to go to Canada for their higher education.

How does this affect the travel plans of students?

With direct flights from India banned till September, students would have to look at indirect flights via Qatar, Doha, Maldives, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Egypt. Each of the following countries has its own set of guidelines concerning Covid testing, quarantine duration and the requirement of return tickets.

We have covered the different indirect flight routes from India to Canada along with their pros, cons and things to keep in mind like supporting documentation and accommodation availabilities in this blog here.

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India To Canada Indirect Flight Routes For Students

India To Canada Indirect Flight Routes For Students

Indirect flights from India to Canada

Due to the high number of cases due to Covid-19 and the increase in the spread of the Delta variant, many countries have restricted direct flights from India. One such country, which is a very popular study abroad destination for Indian students, is Canada. Canada has imposed its travel ban on Indian flights, first, on April 22nd. Recently, for the fifth time, the ban has been extended from August 21 to September 21This has proved to be an obstacle for students who are Canada-bound. However, indirect flights from India to Canada are accepted with certain conditions.

In this article, we look at the different indirect flights from India to Canada along with their respective pros and cons so you can choose what’s best for you.

Here’s what the official statements say:

  • “…Passengers who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada,” says Transport Canada’s website.
  • If you’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19, you must show proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days before departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
    “This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada,” Transport Canada advised. “You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.”

India To Canada Via Qatar

Doha, the capital of Qatar is known for its exquisite and modern architecture and has become the first preference of travelers who wish to avail indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Availability of direct flights.
  • Less travel time.

The Bad

  • 10 days quarantine is compulsory.
  • Important to be vaccinated by the recognised vaccines by MOPH (2 doses of CoviShield and a gap of 14 days after the 2nd dose).

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Authorized travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against Covid 19, with the use of an approved vaccine, will undergo antibody testing on arrival. Those testing negative will be exempt from the 10-day quarantine requirement.
  • Those testing positive will be required to undergo PCR testing and are not exempt from the quarantine requirement.
  • Approval from the Ehteraz app is required to be taken within 72 – 12 hours of travel; if only 12 hours are left, then they approve only in special cases.
  • It usually takes about 12 – 24 to get the RTPCR report in Doha. 
  • Here is the official Quarantine Accommodation Reservation form.

India To Canada Via Albania

It’s pretty safe to travel around Albania. The country is very welcoming to travelers. Use it as a stopover to board indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Hotel availability is never an issue.
  • As of now, a vaccination certificate is not required to travel.
  • Good flight connections from Albania to Canada.
  • It does not come under Air Bubble and so, a return ticket is not required.

The Bad

  • An expensive travel option.
  • Flight availability can be a challenge.

India To Canada Via Maldives

The Maldives is an amazing exotic island, perfect for holiday destinations and ever since the Maldives has opened its doors for Indians, it has once again started to get popular among travelers seeking indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
  • India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links and enjoy close, cordial and multi-dimensional relations.
  • On-Arrival visa Processing.

The Bad

  • Limited resort options opened for South Asians in the Maldives.
  • Expensive flight connections from the Maldives to Canada.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • A return ticket to India is required as it comes under the Air Bubble agreement.
  • Imuga Form is to be filled before you enter the Maldives.
  • Check resorts that are approved for quarantine in the Maldives.
  • All travellers are required to present a negative result of the nucleic acid test (PCR) taken 72 hours before departure

India To Canada Via Mexico

Since May, Canada via Mexico has been the most tested route and has been a blessing in disguise to travellers wanting to go to Canada from India.

The Good

  • The route has been tested by 1000s of passengers to Canada.
  • Hotel availabilities is not an issue.
  • A vaccination certificate is not required.
  • It does not come under Air bubble so a return ticket is not required.
  • Travellers from India are not required to quarantine after entering Mexico.

The Bad

  • Flights are very expensive.
  • An increase in Covid cases is a concern.

Things To Keep In Mind

*This information is subject to change. Please check the relevant government websites.

How To Choose A Route That's Best For You?

You can have the following points in mind while choosing a particular route from India to Canada. Choose a country/route where:

  • Visa processing doesn’t take much time.
  • The results of RT-PCR are obtained quickly.
  • The number of Covid cases is less or in a gradual decline.
  • Number of travellers are less as a higher number of travellers results in an increase in ticket prices.

Flight tickets’ prices can be very expensive on some of these routes and to help students get a better rate, we have additional services called GradOns.
This includes services like accommodations, flight tickets at cheaper rates, US bank accounts, Canada GIC Account, Forex services, debit cards and credit cards. 

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