Resumption of international commercial flights delayed in India


Considering the threat of infection looming with the new strain of coronavirus Omicron, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) decided on December 1 to delay the resumption of international flights, which was to open on December 15, until further notice. Delayed resumption of commercial flights

The circular published by the director of regulation and information of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC), Neeraj Kumar, quotes: “Given the evolution of the global scenario with the emergence of new worrying variants , the situation is being closely monitored in consultation with all stakeholders and an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled international commercial passenger services will be notified in due course.

New stump of the coronavirus has raised concerns as a growing number of countries report cases of Omicron. The new variant, according to health experts, may be able to evade vaccine immunity. Given the number of vaccinated people infected, the question of whether Omicron is resistant to the vaccine is still open. It was first identified by scientists in South Africa and the case has been reported in Botswana.

Last week on Thursday, the health ministry put in place a strict screening process for international travelers from infected countries and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meetings with chief state ministers on the way that the country must follow in terms of protection against the new strain of coronavirus.

DGCI on November 29 amended guidelines for international arrivals. International passengers will be required to complete a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal, which will keep track of the travel history of the last 14 days of all passengers arriving in India.

Separate waiting areas will be demarcated at airports for people arriving from “at risk” countries at each airport and mandatory tests for the coronavirus will be carried out.


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