Amid a decline in COVID-19 cases worldwide, the Government of India (GoI,) issued new guidelines for those travelling to India from abroad. As per the new rules, signing 'Air Suvidha' form and mandate of pre-departure COVID-19 test is not required for those travelling from six countries. However, the random 2% testing of international passengers and arrivals from foreign countries will be same, in effect from February 13, 11 AM.
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Indian government implemented bilateral Air Service Agreements (ASA) with 116 countries to increase and extend connectivity between India and nations across the world and is enabling foreign carriers to service India to add additional flights to the country's urban centers. According to travel industry analysts, this action will benefit travelers and may lower airfares. India has entered into bilateral ASAs with countries across Asia, Europe… read-more
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Following a two-year prohibition due to the COVID-19 outbreak, China has resumed foreign flights. Even though Beijing relaxed a visa restriction on Indian professionals and their families last month, there has been no indication of the return of flight services to India. China is expediting processes for people entering the nation by decreasing quarantine time to 7 days in selected hotels, followed by a 3-day isolation period at home.
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Passengers traveling to several European Union destinations no longer need to wear face masks. The mask rule is still in effect in Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain. Face masks are no longer required on public transport in France. However, until June 15, Italy mandates travelers to use the protective FFP2 masks. As per European Union Aviation Safety Agency, susceptible passengers should continue to use FFP2 masks and maintain social… read-more
To combat the spread of the new Omicron COVID variant, the European Union stated that it intends to ban air travel from southern Africa. Scientists in South Africa have discovered a Coronavirus strain that is causing alarm due to its high number of mutations and quick transmission. A fourth Coronavirus outbreak is wreaking havoc with Europe's policymakers scrambling to tighten restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread.
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To ease tight pandemic-related restrictions that began in 2020, White House said on September 20 that US will reopen in November to air travelers. Travelers from 33 countries including China, India, and majority of Europe, who are properly vaccinated against COVID-19 are allowed. When Joe Biden's administration declared last week that it was not the proper time to relax any limitations, this decision by White House came as a surprise.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced on August 12 that it has increased the passengers’ capacity from 65% to 72.5% to fly in domestic airlines. The order came after the MoCA Jyotiraditya Scindia held a meeting on August 6 and said ''will remain in place until further order.'' Besides, people have to invest more in tickets as a separate order by the government has increased the airfare bands to 12%.
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The Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to increase the lower and upper limits on domestic airfares by 10-30% until March 31, 2021 or further orders. The increment will hike airfares along seven bands of flights based on different time durations. Earlier, in May 2020, the DGCA had ordered airliners to float 40% tickets of a flight between the lower and upper limits. Meanwhile, the flights are currently operating at 80% capacity than the pre-… read-more
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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced that it will continue the previous orders and extend the ban on international air travel till November 30. However, no restrictions are imposed on special air travels like Vande Bharat Mission, repatriation flights, and charter flights. Reportedly, India has agreed for a bilateral air bubble with 19 countries including the US and UK, and talks are underway with others to implement… read-more
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