Amidst the rise of corona virus in the country, several countries has ban flights from India. India is already witnessing second wave of infection along with shortage of facilities.
While India did undertake the world’s largest repatriation drive under Mission Vande Bharat our government also announced bilateral pacts with various countries to ease international travelling, but now it again seems to be disrupted.
Now Canada, UK and Dubai has ban flights from India. As per data shared by Health Ministry of Canada, half the people testing positive for the coronavirus are from India. Flights from India account for about one fifth of the country’s air traffic. Canada has decided to ban flights to and from India for the next 30 days due to rising Covid-19 cases from April 23.
Due to an increasing number of travellers from both countries have been arriving in Canada with Covid-19, all commercial and private passenger flights have been barred. Connecting flights have been permitted but it would be compulsory for passengers to produce negative RT PCR test reports on arrival. However cargo flight will continue.
While earlier India announced a ban on flights from the UK due to a mutant COVID-19 strain, now UK has announced a ban on flights from India due to the rising cases and also the fact that 7 Indians have been found with the mutant COVID-19 strain. UK has put India on the red list. Following the same, Air India has suspended all flights to/from the UK till April 30, 2021.
Dubai has also ban flights from India. As per the new rules, passengers, both Indians and International who have visited India will not be allowed to enter the UAE unless they have spent 14 days in other countries. On the same lines, Emirates announced to stop all flights from India to Dubai. However, departure flights will continue to operate and the ban will not extend to UAE citizens, diplomatic passport holders and official delegations.
Other countries where flights are ban are Hong Kong, which has suspended all flights connecting it with India till May 3 after 50 passengers of two Vistara flights this month were found positive for COVID-19. New Zealand was announce a temporary ban on travellers coming from India, including its citizens, from 11 to 28 April. The travel ban came after 17 of the 23 newly detected coronavirus cases came from India. Singapore also announced new safety measures including fewer approvals for people coming from India. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has formulated a new guidelines and recommendations for people travelling to India from the United States.