Canada extends suspension on direct flights from India till August 21
Toronto, July 20: The Canadian government on Monday has extended the ban on incoming passenger flights from India for another month due to the Delta variant of COVID-19.
The ban was set to expire on July 21, but will now remain in place until August 21.
It is the fourth time the ban has been extended since it was first imposed on April 22 due to fears in Canada over the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and concerns over transmission of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
A release issued on Monday from Health Canada noted that the extension of the ban was "based on public health advice".
That announcement came even as Canada announced a slew of measures relaxing travel restrictions to the country. The government also announced that fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents who want to come to Canada for non-essential reasons can do so starting on August 9.
Canada began easing its restrictions earlier this month, allowing fully vaccinated Canadians or permanent legal residents to return Canada without quarantining. But among the requirements are a negative test for the virus before returning, and another once they get back.