Coronavirus – Canada to ban passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days

Canada bans the passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days.  The ban is set to begin this evening CAD time, Thursday 22 April 2021.

The decision comes after Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Mayors from Peel region wrote a letter to PM Justin Trudeau to ban the flights citing surging coronavirus cases in India.

In a joint letter they wrote,

“There is an urgent need to address issues with testing and quarantining at the borders, including falsified COVID-19 testing documentation, travellers opting [for] fines over complying [with] quarantine requirements, or travelling via private vehicle/plane to avoid quarantine, among several other areas of concern,”

“While it is crucial that the transport of essential goods is not hindered by border measures, it is likewise crucial that all non-essential travel be curtailed. The introduction of stricter measures for travellers crossing at land borders is a significant step to achieve that goal and ensure that collectively we are doing all we can to protect our citizens.”

Earlier today, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said in news conference today.”We need to move quickly to stop the new variants from entering Canada and spreading further. We must secure our borders.  It is long past time for Justin Trudeau to take action. The federal government must temporarily suspend flights from hotspot countries immediately.”

UAE has also banned all incoming flights from India.