In March 2020, it became apparent that international flights in India will not operate anytime soon. Since then, Air India has been operating repatriation flights, and people were paying crazy money all the tickets they can for their emergency to fly back home, while an International flight India ban has been existing of sorts. In the meanwhile, other countries such as the USA started indicating their displeasure with Vande Bharat flights.
Now, a new order has been passed by the Government of India, as a part of their plan to open up the lockdown. The new order notifies that airlines operating commercial flights to/from India will not be able to perform any flights till further notice. In an earlier ruling, the international flights were limited until November 30, 2020. Here is the page that refers to these guidelines on this International Flight India Ban for the moment, from the guidelines issued by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs till December 2020.
If you notice right in the top, it says
All activities have been permitted outside containment zones, except for the following, which have been permitted with certain restrictions:
- International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA
This entire order has been extended for a month by the Government of India till January 2021.
At the moment, India has ‘Air Bubble’ Agreements with 23 nations and certain other Vande Bharat flights. I gather this would be targetted to clarify to the other airlines operating to India about the timing of how long they should not be planning operations to India. The really bad news is, the decision is postponed, and there is no final timeline of opening up Commercial international aviation, and it could go on longer.
The DGCA has now put up a notification further extending the ban till January 2021. The Air Bubble flights and Vande Bharat flights are excluded from this notification.
There has been a lot of leniencies that has been put in place with the air-bubbles that have been set up for months. However, this does not permit everyone in India to go wherever they want whenever they want subject to being approved by the other country to enter their country. The only liberties are in travelling to the USA, UK and some other countries for now.
What do you make of this International Flight India ban?
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