Government of Canada suspends flights from India and Pakistan

Date Announced:

April 22, 2021

Active Period:

Effective 23:30 EDT April 22, 2021 for 30 days.


The Public Health Agency of Canada has been monitoring case data, and through mandatory testing upon entry into Canada, has detected a disproportionately higher number of cases among individuals travelling on flights originating from India and Pakistan. Given the high number of cases, the Government of Canada has taken additional measures: 1) Transport Canada has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to suspend all commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days, effective 23:30 EDT April 22, 2021; 2) The Minister of Transport will amend the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, which means for passengers who depart India or Pakistan to Canada after 23:30 EDT April 22, 2021, via an indirect route, they will need to obtain a COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.

Departments and Agencies:

Transport Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



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