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Canada Extends India Flight Ban by Another Month due to Delta Covid Variant Fear

Canada announced that it is extending the ban on incoming passenger flights from India for another month due to the Delta Variant of Covid-19. The restrictions will roll over for one more month until August 21.

On April 22, 2021, Canada introduced a travel ban on both India and Pakistan due to concerns about rising cases of Covid-19 variants. All passenger and business flights from the two countries were suspended.

The Canadian government has announced it is easing travel restrictions on fully vaccinated tourists beginning in August. Canada has also lifted other travel restrictions over the past month. As of late June, all Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) Holders (i.e., newly approved immigrants) is now allowed to travel to Canada and complete their landings. In addition, Canada now exempts fully vaccinated travelers from needing to quarantine.

The country now enjoys one of the highest vaccination rates in the world with some 80 percent having received one shot and over 40 percent being fully vaccinated.

India is by far Canada’s leading source country of new immigrants and international students. In recent years Indians have accounted for 20 percent of new permanent residents and 30 percent of new students. A growing share of Canada’s new immigrants is former international students.

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