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Updated 8 April 2022
As a huge relief to frequent travellers flying to and from Canada, Canada has recently announced that fully vaccinated arrivals to the country will no longer be required to obtain a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 test report. While this would make travelling a lot easier and more convenient, you still need to vary certain restrictions and regulations while entering Canada.
Are you allowed to travel to Canada? Will you need to get tested? Do you need to quarantine? Read along to find out the latest flight schedules, airfares and entry requirements to take note of while travelling to Canada from India.
Flights from India to Canada
A simple search through Wego will show you the latest flight schedules, allowing you to choose the best flight deals from across several airlines.
Given below are the flight schedules and ticket prices for two of the most sought after airways covering India-Canada routes.
Air Canada, the flag carrier and the largest airline in Canada is one of the very few airlines that is operating direct flights from India to Canada.
Flight ticket price and schedule
- Delhi to Toronto: One daily flight and multiple connecting flights every day. Ticket prices starting from INR 79,552.
- Delhi to Vancouver: One direct flight five days a week and multiple connecting flights every day. Ticket prices starting from INR 83,885
- Mumbai to Toronto: Four to five connecting flights on all days of the week. Ticket prices starting from INR 83,959.
- Mumbai to Vancouver: Multiple connecting flights on all days of the week. Ticket prices starting from INR 86,873.
Please visit Wego for the full Air Canada flight schedule.
Please note that the Canadian flag carrier recently announced that Air Canada will NOT be operating flights between Delhi and Vancouver, starting from 3 June till 8 September 2022.
However, Arun Pandeya, Country Head and General Manager – Indian Subcontinent at Air Canada confirmed that the airline will be deploying more flights on other routes flying to the country. The flight suspension will not be affecting Indian travellers majorly, as they will be accommodating the passengers, with existing bookings, on other flights without any additional fee.
The authorities have also added that If passengers have purchased their tickets directly from a travel agency or an online travel website, they should contact them directly for their new itinerary information.
Direct flights operated by Air Canada between India and Canada can take upto 15 hours. Connecting flights may take more than 20 to 33 hours.
India’s fag carrier also flies regularly to several Canadian airports from India.
Flight ticket price and schedule
- Delhi to Toronto: One direct flight five days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 153,379.
- Delhi to Vancouver: One direct flight three days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 173,329.
- Mumbai to Toronto: One connecting flight four days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 153,748.
- Mumbai to Vancouver: One direct flight three days a week. Ticket prices starting from INR 173,698.
Direct flights are mostly scheduled to take15 hours 15 minutes to reach Canada from India. Connecting flights, which mostly have a stopover at Delhi may take upto 22 hours.
Please visit Wego for the full Air India flight schedule.
Can I travel from India to Canada?
Yes, you now can. At present only fully vaccinated foreign nationals are allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel.
Canada has lifted the travel ban on India starting from 27 September 2021, thereby permitting direct flights from India with additional public health measures in place. Moreover, effective 1 April 2022, the Canadian government has scrapped the pre-departure test requirements for fully vaccinated travellers coming to Canada on direct or indirect flights from India.
Indian travellers will be subjected to the following border control and entry measures as mandated by Canada.
Canada entry requirements
All travellers, whether entering Canada by air, land, rail or marine vessel must mandatorily use ArriveCAN (unless exempt) to provide mandatory travel information before and after their entry into Canada.
You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada. ArriveCAN is available for iOS, Android and web. Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN, a receipt will be displayed and emailed to you.
Travellers will be asked to show the following to a Canada border services officer upon entry:
- ArriveCAN receipt
- Negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival or or a previous positive molecular test result taken between 11 and 180 days before departure to Canada
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (if applicable)
Show your receipt by presenting any of the following:
- the email
- a printout
- a screenshot
- through ArriveCAN directly
The vaccines recognized by the Canadian government are as follows:
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
- Moderna (mRNA-1273)
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must:
- have received at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccine or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- have received your second dose at least 15 calendar days before entering Canada
Effective April 1 2022, the Government of Canada NO longer requires fully vaccinated travellers to provide a pre-entry Covid-19 test result (such as a PCR test or an antigen test) to enter Canada by air, land or water.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Canadians must still undergo a Covid test. They will be given a molecular test upon arrival and on the eighth day after they arrive in Canada. They must also quarantine for 14 days.
Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status.
The following are the accepted types of molecular tests in Canada:
- PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
- Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
- Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test when crossing the border, instead of a negative one. The test must have been taken at least 11 and no more than 180 days before.
The test result certificate must have:
- the traveller’s name and date of birth
- name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
- the date on which the test was taken
- the type of test taken
- the test result
Upon your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you have been randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.
Although fully vaccinated travellers are NOT required to present a pre-arrival Covid-19 test, travellers arriving in Canada, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may still be required to undergo a Covid-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing.
Fully vaccinated arrivals selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test results and can travel to your destination, including on connecting flights.
If you are randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test, you:
- must take the arrival test as directed on the day you enter Canada. The test may be administered at the airport or you may receive a self-swab kit at the airport or land border to complete within 24 hours after entering Canada
- can take connecting flights to your place of quarantine
- aren’t required to pay a fee for the arrival test
The following are the test requirements for children accompanying parents:
- children accompanying a parent selected for a test must follow the same rules as children of all vaccinated travellers
- children selected for a test must quarantine, whether or not their parent(s) are not required to do so if they weren’t selected
Only the following categories of travellers will be exempt from the on-arrival testing:
- Children under the age of 5
- Crew and essential service providers
- Recovered patients with a positive test result taken at least 11 and no more than 180 days before.
If you were randomly selected for testing at the airport, you must quarantine until your test results arrive. Furthermore, you may leave quarantine when you get a negative arrival test result. If the test result is positive you must isolate for a further 10 days
You are required to quarantine for a period of 14 days after travel if:
- You are not fully vaccinated
- You are not given the fully vaccinated traveller exemption at the border (eligibility will be determined at the border)
Travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated are exempt from quarantine. Fully vaccinated arrivals selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test results and can travel to your destination, including on connecting flights.