The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India on Friday in a circular, has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights to/from India till Aug 31, 2021.
The DGCA in the circular further mentioned that the restrictions will not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA (Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubbles)
According to DGCA India :
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of the circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st Aug 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.”
International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis, as needed, the circular further added.
Vande Bharat Mission
All scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat mission since May 2021.
Air Bubble Arrangements
Along with the Vande Bharat Mission, India has bilateral air bubble agreements with around 28 countries across the world, which include — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK, Uzbekistan, and the United States.
Due to the huge surge in Covid-19 cases in India, many countries have announced a Travel Ban/Flight Suspension/Travel Restrictions for those who are traveling from India.