Toronto: The government of Canada has once again stretched the ban on direct passenger carriers from India till September 21 due to risks posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The instruction to forbid passenger flights from India was issued on Monday.
“Canada has stretched its ban on direct passenger flights from India until September 21 amid the South Asian country`s encountering struggles to suppress the spread of COVID-19 within its boundaries,’’ Transport Canada said.
“Dependent on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is expanding the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that curbs all direct commercial and private passenger carriers to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT,” the department said in an official statement.
The ban on private and passenger flights was first levied on April 22 and has already been applied several times. It is the fifth time the ban has been continual. The ban was put to expire on August 21 but will now remain in place till September 21.
Amongst this, several countries have relaxed restrictions imposed on passenger carriers coming from India amid a significant decrease in daily COVID-19 cases.
Besides, the UK has recently put India from its ‘red’ to ‘amber’ list which means fully vaccinated passengers from Indians will no longer be subjected to compulsory 10-day hotel quarantine.
“The UAE, Qatar, India, and Bahrain will be placed from the red list to the amber list. All changes shall actuate from Sun 8th August at 4 am,” UK Transport Secretary had said in a tweet. The government in the US and UEA have also relaxed travel limitations for Indians amid a decrease in COVID-19 cases.