The Canadian government has extended the ban on direct flights from India till August 21, 2021. Earlier this ban was to end on July 21. This is the fourth time Canada has extended the ban since the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also the cases of the delta variant of the corona virus are rising in Canada since 22 April.
Simultaneously, Canada has also increased the requirement related to third country pre-departure COVID-19 test for passengers traveling from India to Canada through the indirect route. This announcement comes after Canada announced measures to ease travel restrictions in the country.
Ban on international flights to continue till July 31
Due to the corona virus pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the ban on the movement of scheduled international commercial flights in India till 31 July 2021. This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and specifically to flights approved by the aviation regulator. Flights operated under bilateral air bubble agreements with select countries will continue.
All countries suspended International commercial passenger flights since the lockdown came into force from 23 March 2020 across the country. But from May 2020 onwards special international flights are flying under Vande Bharat Mission. Government of India started the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back the stranded passengers. The Indian Government signed air bubble agreement with many countries. At present, India has bilateral air bubble agreements with 24 countries.
Those who violate the rules of Corona will be fined
Recently, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had said that all airport operators must ensure that people are wearing masks properly at the airport and during travel. Along with this, safe physical distance will also have to be maintained in the airport premises.
The DGCA also directed the airlines to conduct a surprise check. If airlines are unable to ensure compliance with the rules inside the aircraft, they can also be fined. Also, if a person does not obey despite repeated warnings, he will be treated as an ‘unruly traveler’.