All International Flights From India Banned Till February 28; Only These Flights Allowed
As the number of Omicron infected cases increases, India has announced its decision of suspending international flights till the end of February 2022.
Flights that come under the air bubble arrangement will not be included in this; they will continue to operate as planned.
Read on to find out all the details!
Ban On International Flights Continues
A circular has been issued by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) states that the competent authority has announced an extension in the suspension of Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 23.59 hrs IST of February 28, 2022.
This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
Also, flights under the air bubble arrangement will not be affected.
An air bubble pact has been formed by India with 28 countries, which include the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France. This air bubble pact allows special international flights to be operated by the countries’ airlines between their territories with some restrictions.
Earlier there was an update that International Flights From India won’t Start From December 15.
But due to the Omicron threat, officials are planning to continue the ban on scheduled international passenger flights in place until January 31.
The United Kingdom, other countries in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Hong Kong and Israel have all been designated as ‘at-risk’ by India.
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