Canada has extended its travel ban to India until August 21, 2021. This will unfortunately prevent Indian students from leaving the country for another month – the current ban was originally scheduled to end on July 27 – even though they received a study permit for the new semester at the end of August.
This India travel ban – which has been in effect since April 22 – has been extended several times in line with Canada’s observation of the COVID-19 situation in India. According to CIC News, Indian students made up 30% of new students to Canada in recent years, making them one of the main sources of international talent in the White North. Here’s what you need to know about India‘s travel ban to Canada.
Travel ban to India will last for another month
Due to the lack of direct flights to Canada, Indian students can only enter the country via a trip to a third country. You can do this as long as you provide a negative COVID-19 test result from your point of departure and have sufficient resources to fund expensive tickets and possible quarantine.
In addition to the lack of flights, a backlog in processing study permits is also making it difficult for Indian students to return to Canada. Just this week, India’s foreign ministry said delays in study permits were preventing 33,000 students from hoping to return to campus for the new semester.
And this despite the fact that the Canadian missions give priority to the nominations of Indian students. His Indian counterpart in Ottawa has raised the issue with Global Affairs Canada, especially as universities are starting to encourage postponements instead of extending deadlines.
International commercial flights are banned in India until July 31. Although it has concluded bilateral air bubble deals with 28 countries, several of those countries have introduced travel bans to India as its COVID-19 health crisis escalates.
Quarantine plan still needed
Meanwhile, vaccinated students no longer need to be quarantined in Canada – or even a three-night stay in a hotel upon arrival – starting August 9. However, you should still have a 14 day quarantine plan in case you need it. You must submit your quarantine plan in the ArriveCAN app before you are allowed to travel.
“An international student must have a 14-day quarantine plan in case it is determined at the border that he does not meet all the requirements to be exempt from quarantine,” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said. July 19. “This is still the case even if they think they meet the criteria to be considered a fully vaccinated traveler.”
Canada has also announced that it will welcome all vaccinated tourists – not just international students – without quarantine or triple testing starting September 7. Instead, it will introduce random testing and surveillance for fully vaccinated travelers.
Those who have not been vaccinated will still be tested upon arrival and on day 8. These relaxed travel rules are attributed to the high vaccination rate in Canada and the low number of COVID-19 cases, which have allowed provinces to reopen and rebuild after the pandemic.