OTTAWA – The federal government plans to lift a one-month ban on direct flights from India early next week, with enhanced COVID-19 screening protocols.

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a Statement A release Tuesday from Transport Canada said the current restrictions, which were set to expire on the same day, would be extended until 11:59 a.m. EDT on Sept. 26.

At that time, passengers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from an approved genstring laboratory at Delhi airport within 18 hours of their departure. They will also have to upload their vaccination details on the ArriveCAN app or website.

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“Passengers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding,” the statement said.

Those departing from India via an indirect route to Canada will still be required to obtain a negative molecular test from a third country within 72 hours of their departure.

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Transport Canada says that as a first step, before restrictions are lifted, three direct flights from India will arrive in Canada on Wednesday and all passengers will be tested for the virus upon arrival “to ensure the new measures are working.” Huh.”

Canada on 22 April banned direct flights from India due to a rise in Delta variant cases in the country.

On Tuesday, India reported 26,964 cases and 383 deaths. In comparison, on April 22, 332,921 cases were reported in the country. More than 200 million people there have now been fully vaccinated.

On September 7, Canada began allowing the entry of fully vaccinated foreign nationals for non-essential travel purposes.