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Covid Travel News: India Extends Ban On International Commercial Flights Till Feb 28

The Director-General of Civil Aviation extends the travel ban on international flights due to an increase in Covid cases in the country. The DGCA said in a statement that it had extended the ban on international commercial passenger flights scheduled until February 28, 2022.

The official circular also states that this restriction does not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA. This does not affect travel under the air bubble arrangement. From July 2020, special passenger flights between India and 40 other countries will operate under special air bubble arrangements.

The decision was made, a day later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Civil Aviation Ministry and the DGCA to review its decision in wake of the rising concerns of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

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On December 1, 2021, the DGCA revoked its November 26 decision without saying how long the suspension of scheduled international flights will continue.

India currently has air bubble agreements with 40 countries which include:

Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

Also, the International passenger flights scheduled in India from March 23, 2020, have been suspended.

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