The Indian Civil Aviation regulator has further extended the ban on international passenger flights until 31st October 2021. However, the ban is not applicable to cargo flights and those approved by the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
India has entered into air bubble pacts with about 25 nations, including the UK, the US, the UAE, Bhutan, Kenya and France.
The rules stipulate that those special international flights can be operated by their airlines with an air bubble pact signed between the two nations, irrespective of the travel ban, which got effective on 22nd March 2020.
Direct connectivity has now resumed between India and Canada on 27th September, after almost five months.
The United States will also re-open to covid-19 vaccinated air passengers who have received Covid-19 vaccines from India, China and UK among other countries from early November.
Earlier, following the considerable improvement in the Covid19 situation in South Asia, the US eased its travel advisory for India on 16th August 2021, lowering it to level 2, which is considered as safe.
The UK moved India from its “red” to “amber” travel list from 8th August.
The validity of Indian visa for foreign nationals who have been stranded in India due to the pandemic, has been extended until 31st October.
Travellers from India have been allowed to fly to 49 cities across 18 countries since September through air bubble arrangements.
Travellers from the UK, South Africa, Bangladesh, the EU, Botswana, China, New Zealand, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and the Middle Eastern countries are required to submit PCR negative reports and should undergo PCR test upon arrival.