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Study In Australia For Indian Students: Latest Travel Update

Study In Australia For Indian Students: Latest Travel Update

Study In Australia For Indian Students

Study in Australia for Indian students is now finally possible with the arrival of some good news. 

Australia continues to take further steps to safely reopen its borders, with additional changes coming into effect on 1 December. 

As per the official media statement, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. He further added that eligible visa holders include skilled and graduates, international students, as well as humanitarian, working holidaymaker and provisional family visa holders.

Under these arrangements, travellers must:

  • Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognized by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
  • Hold a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses.
    Here is the subclass for international students.
  • Provide proof of their vaccination status.
  • Present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within three days of departure.

Travellers to Australia must comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel.

The PM also emphasized that with study in Australia opening up and the return of skilled workers will further cement the economic recovery and support the education sector.

You can read the full official media statement here.

After more than a year and a half, this comes as great news for our Indian students, especially if you’re planning to study in Australia and pursue your higher education. 

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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. 

Do you wish to study in Canada?

Canada reopening more of its airports comes in as great news for students. 

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No quarantine in the uk for fully vaccinated Indian travelers

No Quarantine In The UK For Fully Vaccinated Indian Travellers

No Quarantine in the UK for Fully-Vaccinated Indian Travellers

No quarantine in the uk for fully vaccinated Indian travelers

The UK, on October 7, announced that Indian travellers fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK-approved Covid-19 vaccine will no longer have to undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in the UK from October 11. Having no quarantine in the UK comes as a major relief to all students.

Earlier, the UK had not even added Covishield to its list of approved vaccines. This drew sharp criticism from India, as many believed the decision to be “discriminatory”. Following this, the UK, on September 22, revised its travel advisory and included Covishield as an accepted vaccine. However, it still required Indians to quarantine and get tested on arrival. This meant the country still required fully-vaccinated travellers from India to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Britain. The UK had also said it didn’t accept the Cowin certificate which led to a major row between the two countries. 

However, recently, a British High Commission spokesperson said the decision to remove quarantine rules for fully-vaccinated Indian passengers was made after close technical cooperation between both countries’ ministries taking public health factors into account. 

The spokesperson added that the extension of vaccine certification is a further step to let people travel more freely again in a safe and sustainable way while also protecting public health.

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted about the news and also thanked the Indian government for close cooperation during that time period.

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India To Canada Direct Flights Have Resumed

India To Canada Direct Flights Have Resumed; Here’s What You Need To Know

India To Canada Direct Flights Have Resumed

India To Canada Direct Flights Have Resumed

Direct flights from India to Canada have resumed after almost 5 months. Canada first announced its ban on direct flights from India in April 2021 during the second wave of Covid-19. After multiple postponements, the latest being in August 2021, direct flights from India are officially back in business!

Air Canada, the flag carrier and the largest airline of Canada, has restarted nonstop flights from India to Toronto with the Delhi Airport being the first port of call for them effective September 21, 2021, onwards with a new Covid testing protocol.

Air Canada’s Covid Test Requirements For Flights From India

Air Canada’s testing requirements for flights from India

As per Air Canada’s website, these are the new requirements from all the passengers travelling to Canada:

  • WHO-approved vaccinated passengers must undergo an RT-PCR or a rapid PCR test within 18 hours of boarding their flights from the Covid-19 Testing Centre and Lounge at Delhi Airport’s Terminal 3.
  • The requirement of a negative RT-PCR report from a third country (transit country) has been dropped.

In addition to the new requirements, the following conditions still remain:

  • All travellers must be double vaccinated.
  • Only the following vaccines are recognised by Canada:
    1. Johnson
    2. Moderna
    3. Pfizer
    4. Covishield
  • All documents must be uploaded before departure on https://www.arrivecan-online.com

With the ban on direct flights from India to Canada lifted, it comes as a sigh of relief (albeit new stringent testing requirements) as it now doesn’t require travellers to opt for indirect flight routes.

Flight tickets’ prices can be very expensive and to help students get a cheaper rate, we have additional services called GradOns.
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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.

Flight tickets’ prices can be very expensive on some of these routes. To help students get a cheaper rate, we have additional services called GradOns.

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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. 

Click on GradOns below to get started and hop on an indirect flight from India to Canada.

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