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Below are the International Travel Guidelines for your safe travels
- According to India’s Civil Aviation Ministry, India has finalized an air bubble arrangement with Sri Lanka, and all qualifying passengers will be able to fly between the two countries “in the immediate future.” This is the 28th air bubble agreement signed by India.
- The restriction on planned commercial passenger flights to India has been extended until the end of April.
- India is collaborating with priority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, China, and Singapore to expand air bubbles.
- On March 13, 2021, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) released a circular stating that non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols, such as not wearing a mask in the plane, would result in classification as an “unruly passenger,” and they will be asked to de-board / face legal repercussions.
- The Indian government has agreed to special air bubble agreements with Seychelles (in February) and Uzbekistan (in March) (March).
- The cessation of routine foreign flights in India has been extended until the end of March 2021. This was predicted due to concerns that new COVID-19 strains would invade India and thwart attempts to suppress the pandemic outbreak.
- The Delhi International Airport (DIAL) has introduced new protocols that will bar international travelers from entering India unless they have a negative COVID-19 test report. Domestic travelers from five Indian states must also apply negative PCR test results before entering Delhi: Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Kerala.
- As new mutated strains of coronavirus appear from various countries, India has released new recommendations for foreign travelers. It will take effect at 11:59 p.m. on February 22, 2021. The guidelines place a special emphasis on visitors from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
- The air bubble agreement between India and Russia goes into force on February 12, 2021.
- Flight communication between India and the United Kingdom will remain limited until February 14.
- Singapore and India are currently in discussions about eventually resuming regular commercial passenger flights between the two nations, but an air bubble is not on the table.
- The prohibition on foreign flight operations has been extended by India’s civil aviation regulator until February 28; freight and specially planned flights will begin.
- The Indian government is developing a new series of basic operating procedures for foreign visitors.
- Russia has removed its travel ban on India, which was imposed in March last year as part of the pandemic’s travel restrictions.
- Weekly flights between India and the United Kingdom will resume on January 8, 2021. Flights were canceled beginning December 23, 2020, owing to concerns about a new strain of coronavirus that is extremely transmissible in the United Kingdom.
- Air India has confirmed that it would begin new services to the United States in January 2021.
- So far, India has concluded air bubble treaties with the following countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United Arab Emirates, the Maldives, Canada, Japan, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Bhutan, Kenya, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Nepal, the Netherlands, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
- India and South Korea will meet to negotiate the establishment of an air bubble.
- India will enable foreign travelers to link to some countries through air bubble routes. More detail is given below.
- Foreign nationals who wish to fly to India for medical treatment can apply for a new visa under this category and select one attendant to accompany them according to the visa category provisions (that is, if the original applicant has their medical visa approved).
- As of October 22, 2020, all international and Indian citizens (including OCI and PIO card holders) are permitted to fly to India (except tourists), and all current visas (except visitor and electronic visas) are reinstated.
- According to civil aviation officials, India is in talks with Italy, Kazakhstan, and others over related travel air bubble arrangements.
- Air India has confirmed that it will fly additional flights between India and Canada from October 25 to March 27, 2021, and that bookings have begun. India and Canada share an atmospheric bubble.
- On October 8, 2020, India’s civil aviation authority stated that the future of foreign flights will be dependent on the availability of a vaccine, implying that air travel bubble plans will be extended into March-April of the following year.
- SpiceJet, a low-cost airline, has announced that it will begin new flights between Delhi and Mumbai, and London on December 4, as part of the India-UK air bubble deal.
- Foreign nationals carrying J-1 and J-1X visas will now access India.
- A new basic operating procedure for non-scheduled commercial flights under the repatriation program, Vande Bharat Mission, and Air Transport Bubble Agreements was declared on August 22, 2020.
- Due to the coronavirus epidemic, commercial foreign flights have been grounded in India since March 25 of this year. About the fact that travel restrictions to India have been lifted, the country’s borders remain closed to visitors.
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