On February 21, government officials said scheduled international flights should resume from March 15. They will follow standard operating procedures at Indian airports for foreign arrivals and departures.
Given the steady decline in Covid cases, a decision to resume scheduled international flights has almost been taken by the Ministry of Civil Aviation after consultation with the Ministry of Health, sources said.
However, no official announcement has been made by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation so far. “Scheduled international flights are expected to resume from March 15. The guidelines for international arrivals, which came into effect on February 14, will be followed at airports for passengers on these flights,” an official source said.
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The ban on scheduled international passenger flights in India is in effect until February 28. These flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Special passenger flights have been operating between India and around 40 countries since July 2020 under air bubble arrangements.
The Ministry of Health has issued revised guidelines for international arrivals, with effect from February 14, removing the mandatory seven-day home quarantine and the need for them to undertake an RT-PCR test on the eighth day.
In addition to uploading a negative RT-PCR report, taken 72 hours prior to travel, it is possible to upload certificates of completion of the full Covid primary vaccination schedule provided by countries on a reciprocal basis. In addition, the demarcation between “at risk” countries and other countries has been removed.
Thus, it is no longer necessary to deliver the samples to the port of arrival and wait for the result to be obtained from the “at risk” countries.
With PTI entries