International Flights From India Won’t Start From December 15; Govt Will Notify Date Later

International Flights From India Won't Start From December 15!
International Flights From India Won’t Start From December 15!

The world isn’t ready for the spread of the new ‘highly transmissible’ Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. Measures need to be taken and it’s high time for all the nation to be careful about overseas passengers from ‘at-risk’ countries.

International Flights From India Won’t Start From December 15!

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) decided on Wednesday, December 1, to postpone the resumption of scheduled international flights from December 15 citing the “evolving global scenario”.

“In view of the evolving global scenario with the emergence of new Variants of Concern, the situation is being watched closely in consultation with all stakeholders and an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course.”

In a circular, the DGCA

International Flights From India Won’t Start From December 15!

India Has Placed Countries Under The At-Risk Category

South Africa, China, the United Kingdom, European countries, Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Israel have all been designated as ‘at-risk’ by India.

Bangladesh has been removed from the list now!

Six overseas passengers from ‘at-risk’ countries tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra, according to the authorities.

India must be careful about this ‘highly transmissible’ Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 and thus authorities have sent the sample for genome sequencing to make sure the variant is not an omicron variant!

“Two cases have been found in Pimpri-Chinchwad and one each in Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira-Bhayandar and Pune,”

The officials said.

Revised Rules For At-Risk Countries

Travellers who are from the ‘at-risk’ countries need to be extra cautious and thus they have to submit details of travel history dating back 14 days before the date of arrival. Also, a negative RT-PCR report is mandatory. These details may get further uploaded on the Air Suvidha portal.

All the travellers who were tested negative are strictly advised to follow the home quarantine for a minimum of seven days. They are also supposed to do a Covid-19 test on the eighth day.

Travellers with positive reports will be taken to a separate isolation facility and the reports will be sent to genome sequencing.

Airlines will conduct random Covid-19 testing of 2 per cent of the travellers flying to India from ‘at risk’ countries according to the central government’s instructions

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