Can I fly from India to Canada via Paris in Air France?
February 8, 2022
Can I fly from India to Canada via Paris in Air France? One of the positive news since in the recent past is that now Indians can fly from India to Canada without the need for an RTPCR test in a 3rd country. In other words, if we want to understand it, the RTPCR test report from an ICMR approved lab in India is now accepted by the Canadian govt.
India has created an air travel arrangement with Canada. Indian carriers and Air Canada are now permitted to operate services between India and Canada and carry the following categories of persons on such flights:
From India to Canada
i. Stranded Canadian nationals/residents and foreigners with valid Canadian visas eligible to enter Canada;
ii. Indian nationals with valid visas are eligible to enter Canada. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Canada before the issue of ticket/ boarding passes to the Indian passenger; and
iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.
Air Bubble Agreement between India and France
i. Stranded nationals/residents of France, foreign nationals destined for EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only and transiting through France or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise;
ii. Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan destined for any country in EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only and holding a valid visa of the destination country. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese nationals to enter the destination country before the issue of ticket/boarding pass to the Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese passenger; and
iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities and Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping. Seamen should be destined for countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only.
Can I fly from India to Canada via Paris in Air France
Well, After the restrictions on the Indian RTPCR test report was lifted, another confusion was born. The Air Bubble agreement between India and Canada/ India and France. People started asking on different platforms if the route is valid or not. We also did our research and contacted many sources regarding the same.
The route is absolutely Valid and one can travel from India to Canada via Paris if –
Layover is less than 12 hours
Traveller is fully vaccinated
having Valid RTPCR report within 72 hours of travel from a govt approved ICMR lab
Valid Canadian Visa
Do I need a transit Visa of France to travel from India to Canada via Paris ?
if one is having valid Canadian Visa
and Layover is less than 12 hours in Paris
Ticket is done under 1 PNR
Then it is not required for the traveller to get a transit visa to Paris.
One of our executives had a discussion with Air France airlines which we have recorded