Canada announces 30-day ban for flights arriving from India and Pakistan – April 22, 2021
At a virtual news conference, federal transport minister Omar Alghabra announces that due to the continued spread of COVID-19 variants, Canada is suspending commercial and passenger flights arriving from India and Pakistan for 30 days, effective 11:30 p.m. Cargo flights will still be permitted. Passengers who arrive from those two countries via an indirect route will need a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken at their last point of departure. The minister is joined by his cabinet colleagues Patty Hajdu (health), Bill Blair (public safety and emergency preparedness), Dominic LeBlanc (intergovernmental affairs), and Marco Mendicino (immigration, refugees and citizenship).