All International Flights Banned Till April 30 Due To Coronavirus; Only These Flights Allowed
Due to rising cases of coronavirus, Govt of India has now extended the ban on normal International flights till April end.
However, scheduled and approve international flights will be allowed, as part of the air bubble arrangement.
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Ban On International Flights Extended Till April End
The ban on normal international flights, that was imposed since March 23, 2020, has now been extended till April 30, 2021.
This means that normal international flights like pre-Covid era won’t be allowed, atleast till April 30th, 2021.
Speculations were rife that normal international flights would be resumed from April onwards, since coronavirus cases had come down since last few months.
But the re-emergence of new cases, as part of the 2nd wave has forced the Govt to extend the ban till April 30th, 2021.
This is a huge setback for the travel industry, which was looking forward to resuming their business in the post pandemic world.
Scheduled International Flights That Are Allowed
As part of the air bubble arrangement, Govt of India has allowed international flights for some sectors, based on the mutual understanding and imposition of regulations.
As of now, flights to 27 nations are allowed, as part of the air bubble arrangement. These countries include:
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Uzbekistan.
Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has informed the nation that ever since the pandemic hit the world, Air India has successfully brought in more than 67 lakh Indians from various nations.
He said, “Even before we began Vande Bharat Mission we brought back our people from Wuhan, Tehran & Rome. Then we launched VBM on 6 May 2020 & have so far facilitated repatriation & International travel of more than 67.9 lakh people from around the world,”
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.