International flights to and from India will continue to remain suspended till 15 July

International flights to and from India will continue to remain suspended till 15 July 2020 | DGCA

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that, International commercial passenger flights schedules to and from India shall remain suspended till 15th of July 2020. Also, added that this restriction does not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, on selected routes international scheduled flights may be allowed on case to case basis by the competent authority. Circular from DGCA specified that this restriction will not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the aviation regulator.

India earlier suspended all passenger flights on 25th of March and since then all International flights has been suspended. From 6th of May 2020, India began the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back the stranded Indians through scheduled repatriation flights.

It was on March 25 when India suspended all commercial passenger International flights as a nationwide lockdown came into force amid the coronavirus crisis. There has been no decision on the reopening of the international flight services since. However, domestic flights were allowed from May 25. India began the Vande Bharat Mission May 6 onwards to help stranded people reach their destinations through international repatriation flights.

As of today (26 June) 47 flights has been take off from Doha under Vande Bharat Mission with 8175 passenger plus 223 infants.

“The competent authority has decided that scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India shall remain suspended till 2359 hours IST of 15th July 2020. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis,” the official note read.



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Indian passengers coming through or from Oman, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait | 14-day mandatory quarantine in India

Indian passengers coming through or from Oman, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait | 14-day mandatory quarantine in India

  • A compulsory quarantine period of 14 days to those Indian passengers coming through or from Gulf countries including Qatar, Oman, UAE and Kuwait upon arrival from 18th to 31st March.
  • India prohibits the entry of passengers from EU, UK, Turkey from 18-31 March 2020
  • The new circular will make it difficult for Indians to return from the EU, UK, and Turkey.

Since the 13th of March 2020, all inbound passengers including Indian citizens, arriving from China, Italy, Iran, the Republic of Korea, France, Spain, and Germany are being quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. Now, it has extended the minimum quarantine period of 14 days to those Indian passengers coming through or from Qatar, Oman, UAE, and Kuwait from 18th March until 31st March.

As a part of preventive measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in India, the Indian government on Monday announced that entry of passengers from European Union (EU) countries, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and the United Kingdom into India is prohibited.

The aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular “No airlines shall board passengers from these nations with effect from 1200 GMT on 18 March 2020,” adding that this measure is expected to be enforced till 31 March following which the situation will be reviewed again.

Some of the other measures by the Indian government includes,

  • Barred the entry of all foreigners
  • Visa-free facility granted to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders on hold till 15 April
  • All visas except those issued to Diplomats, Officials from United Nations or International organizations, Employment Protect visas are suspended till April 15

With robust screening facilities, International land borders have also been restricted to designated check posts. Several Airline across the world have canceled their flights following the travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.

Stay Safe. It is advisable to travel only if it is essential and avoid any non-essential travel abroad.

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