With the deadly second wave, many countries have banned travelllers from India. But despite the ban on flights from India to Canada, Indian passengers are still landing in Toronto and other airports in Canada. People travelling to Canada are using international airports like Muscat, Mexico City, Addis Ababa, and Belgrade as transit points. But international students are having to shell out up to $4,000 or ₹2 lakhs for land in Canada via Doha and Addis Ababa.
Students From India Are Using Transit Airports To Land In India
Students from India are mainly using these airports to land in Canada as they can do a quick Covid-19 test at these airports and move ahead for their onward journey. Some Indians are also landing in Mexico City via Europe to get to Toronto. After a two-day stay in Mexico and after they receive their negative COVID-19 test certificate, they get to board a flight to Canada.
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In view of the restrictions announced by Regulatory Authority of Canada,flts to Vancouver & Toronto are cancelled:
25th Apr-21st May’21
24th Apr-22nd May’21
Further information on waivers & refund will be updated shortly.
— Air India (@airindiain) April 23, 2021
Indians Travelling Via Muscat Or Belgrade Must Take COVID-19 Tests
Indians travelling via Muscat need to take their Covid test and then board onward flights to Canada after 14 hours. In Addis Ababa and Belgrade, passengers are asked to stay for three days in a hotel before they get their COVID-19 test and board onward flights. US Colleges Order Students Who Took India’s Covaxin & Russia’s Sputnik V To Get Re-Vaccinated.
⚠️#Canadians in #India: Due to current lockdown in New Delhi, the Consular Section is processing urgent passport applications only. Please mail your application if you have urgent travel plans only. If you haven’t already done so, pls register with us at: https://t.co/CQzuGlIez8 pic.twitter.com/8fptADB95K
— Canada in India (@CanadainIndia) May 7, 2021
Many Indians Are Also Carrying Infections To Canada
But the issue with using these airports as transit points is that if a passenger gets infected just before boarding a flight from India and lands in Muscat or Belgrade and takes a test, they will still test negative as symptoms take 4 to 5 days to show. That is how many international passengers are transmitting the infections to other countries.
The people of Ontario, British Columbia & Saskatchewan stand with India in its fight against #COVID19, sending in recent weeks:
➡️ 5000 ventilators and 500 oxygen concentrators from Ontario
➡️ $500,000 from BC via the Red Cross
➡️ 100 ventilators from Saskatchewan
— Canada in India (@CanadainIndia) May 27, 2021
For all the updated information on international travel rules, watch out this space.