India’s Civil Aviation Regulator on Sunday extended the ban on international passenger flights until September 30, 2021. The ban, however, does not apply to cargo flights or those approved by the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of September 30, 2021,” the DGCA circular said. Also Read: Full vaccination required for domestic travel from Sep. 1: Saudia
On March 23, 2020, India suspended scheduled international flights due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country at the start of the pandemic. However, since May 2020, India has been operating special international flights as part of its Vande Bharat Mission. Since July 2020, India has also agreed to bilateral ‘air bubble’ arrangements with several countries, allowing flight services to resume with these countries. Also Read: Saudi Arabia extends the validity of Iqamas and Visas of stranded expats till Sep. 30
India has air bubble agreements with 25 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Kenya. Under the arrangement, airlines can operate special international flights between the two countries.