Following the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the world, a new order passed by the Government of India has banned scheduled international flights till December 31.
A Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) order stated that, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, only selected flights shall be allowed on a case-to-case basis.
The notification, titled 'Travel and Visa restrictions related to COVID-19' said, "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 of December 31, 2020."
"This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA," the order stated.
"However, International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis," the statement added.
Earlier this month, the DGCA had extended the ban on scheduled international passenger flights till November 30. "However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," the DGCA said in its circular.
Anyone who wants to travel to foreign countries will have to depend on air bubble arrangements. Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories. As of now, India air bubble pacts with around 22 countries. These are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, the UAE, the UK, Ukraine and the US.