Canada eases COVID testing rules for Indian travellers

As per the latest guidelines, passengers from India are no longer required to show a negative RT-PCR test report from single Delhi airport laboratory before boarding the flight to Canada.

Keeping in mind the waning effects of the Omicron variant, the government of Canada has relaxed COVID testing rules for travellers arriving from India. The mandatory requirement for obtaining a negative RT-PCR test from the single laboratory located at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, prior to boarding a direct flight to Canada, has now been dismissed. However, a negative test result will still be needed prior to boarding, which can be obtained from any laboratories recognised by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).

The latest guidelines also state that Indian travellers, flying on a connecting flight, are no longer required to carry a negative test result from a third country prior to leaving for Canada. Post arrival, passengers may be subjected to random COVID-19 testing.

A view of Vancouver city in Canada, as seen from airplane window. Image: Shutterstock/i viewfinder.

“Effective January 28, 2022, we’re removing the modified pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements for travellers on direct flights to Canada from India and Morocco, and the requirement for third country testing for travellers on indirect routes to Canada from these countries,” Transport Canada tweeted on Friday.

“Moreover, as per the guidelines, the fully vaccinated passengers will have to upload the relevant information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website,” read the official statement from the Canadian government.

Earlier, the Canadian government had made it mandatory for flyers to carry negative COVID-19 test report not more than 18 hours before departure from the single laboratory of the company Genestrings at the Delhi airport.

In other news, the United Kingdom has also decided to lift all travel restrictions for eligible vaccinated individuals from February 11, following the success of vaccination and booster programmes.

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