As Canada counts down to its Sept. 20 election, the country’s Indian diaspora is also looking anxiously at Sept. 21 – the date the travel ban on direct flights to and from India is set to be reviewed.…
Many Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Indian origin have had to take long and circuitous journeys home since late April, when Transport Canada restricted all commercial and private flights between the two countries.…
Those who wanted to return to Canada would have to travel via a third country. They would also need a negative RT-PCR test report from that third country.…
Five months later, the ban still stands. India is one of two countries, the other being Morocco, which currently has no direct flights to Canada.…
Meenu Kanda travelled to India after her father passed away. When she wanted to get back to her home in Caledon, Ont., she found the travel ban kept getting extended.

“I was getting desperate, I knew there had to be a way."…
Ms. Kanda flew from New Delhi to Doha and from there to Athens. On Aug. 12, she finally arrived in Montreal.

A one-way ticket from India would cost around $1,000 in pre-pandemic times. Ms. Kanda paid $2,700.…
“I understand the need for travel restrictions, but they should have at least thought of citizens and permanent residents. Canada is our home, we should be able to get back easily," says Ms. Kanda.…

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