Travel plans for Indians change until further notice
The ban on scheduled international flights to and from India was to be lifted on 30th July after a 16-month gap. However, based on current Covid-19 scenarios, Indian government has further extended the ban on international flights till 31st August.
Dedicated cargo flights, flights under the bilateral air bubble pacts with select countries will continue to operate, the civil aviation watchdog said.
India currently has bilateral air bubble agreements with about 28 countries, namely Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK, Uzbekistan and the US.
This agreement has seen thousands of Indians including students with admissions to American and other international universities heading abroad regularly.
“International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” said the DGCA circular.
Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since 23 March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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