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India Restricts International Flights Till 31 December

Sanskriti Dalmia

Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since 23 March

"Only selected flights shall be allowed on case to case basis", the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.

According to the latest order by the government of India, international flights have been suspended further till 1st December.

A notification, titled 'Travel and Visa restrictions related to COVID-19' said, "In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31St December, 2020."

Earlier this month, the DGCA had extended the ban on scheduled international passenger flights till November 30. "This restriction shall not apply to international all cargo and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," the DGCA said in its circular.

How can one travel to other countries under these circumstances?

Anyone who wishes to travel abroad will have to depend on air bubble arrangements. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be arranged. As of now, India air has bubble pacts with around 22 countries. These are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, the UAE, the UK, Ukraine and the US. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had released guidelines on who can travel out, or travel to India, under the repatriation and travel bubble flights.

Special flights under the Vande Matre mission have also been operating since July.


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