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Updated 4 October 2021

India has witnessed an evident decline in newly reported COVID-19 cases; unrestricted international travel hasn’t been resumed across all other nations from India. Canada is one of the 40 countries globally that had previously implemented a travel ban on India but has now lifted the ban after a gap of five months.

Are you allowed to travel to Canada? Will you need to get tested? Do you need to quarantine? Read along to find out.

Can I travel from India to Canada?

Yes, you now can.

Canada has lifted the travel ban on India starting from 27 September, thereby permitting direct flights from India with additional public health measures in place.

 

What are Canada’s entry requirements?

Entry to Canada for non-essential purposes is limited to fully vaccinated travellers. Foreign travellers may travel to Canada but must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be fully vaccinated. a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada
  • All travellers must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test issued by the Genestrings Laboratory, located at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. The test should have been conducted within 18 hours before departure.
  • Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test issued by a certified laboratory in India. The test should have been conducted between 14 and 180 days before departure.
  • Be asymptomatic;
  • Submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan in case it is determined at the border that you do not meet the necessary requirements;
  • Be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • Take a test on arrival, if selected.

Vaccination requirements

As mentioned, only fully vaccinated foreign nationals may enter Canada at the moment if travelling for non-essential purposes. The vaccines recognized by the Canadian government are as follows:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty (tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna Spikevax (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received their last dose at least 14 full days prior to the day of arriving in Canada.

Testing requirements

Travellers from India must obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from the Genestrings Laboratory, located above the metro station in the Airport Connect Building (ACB) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. They must perform this test within 18 hours before their scheduled departure and present the test report with a QR code issued by this laboratory to the air operator before boarding. Antigen tests often called “rapid tests” are not accepted.

Those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 will be needed to provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test issued by a certified laboratory in India. The test should have been conducted between 14 and 180 days before departure.

Additionally, fully vaccinated travellers may be randomly selected for the border testing surveillance programme upon arrival in Canada. If selected, they must take the test or be subjected to quarantine and penalties/fines.

Quarantine requirements

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air are no longer required to book and stay in a government-authorized hotel. However, they will still be required to produce a valid pre-departure test, take a test on arrival if selected to do so, and produce a quarantine plan, as well as be prepared to quarantine in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.

For those who are partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, or vaccinated with a jab not authorized in Canada, the 14-day federal quarantine measure applies.

 

Things to keep in mind for Indian travellers

  • Certain countries do not allow entry or transit from passengers arriving from India or from passengers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries.
  • If you test positive during transit, you may be quarantined or sent back to your point of departure.

Regardless of citizenship, all travellers must meet and follow all of the same requirements. Travellers can also refer to the COVID-19 travel checklists for requirements and exemptions.

Flight schedules

With the removal of the travel ban in place, you can now enter Canada from India.

As of now, Air Canada flies from Delhi only to Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton. All these flights have begun starting 27 September 2021. 

  • From Delhi: non-stop flights to 2 cities
  • From Mumbai: 1-stop flights to 4 cities
  • From Hyderabad: 1-stop flights to 3 cities
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