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Coronavirus Travel Update For International Flights Across The Globe

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2021 by Heena Ganotra, Last updated Jan 26th, 2022, Leave a Comment

With the second strain of coronavirus taking root in almost every country, international flights to India from different countries are facing their share of travel restrictions. In an attempt to keep the audience updated, MyTicketsToIndia thought of getting down to the nitty-gritty of the current impact on India International flights due to this outbreak. 

This blog was updated on 5th May 2021 and its accuracy has duly been verified as per our best knowledge. However, because the information can change at any instant, we’d recommend you keep a tab on the advice given by the local governments and authorities. Information from the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare can help you stay on top of the India international travel game. 

Are International Flights Canceled From India By USA?

No. 

USA has only issued an advisory to its citizens for traveling to India and has asked its citizens to return from India. Earlier, the country had suspended United Airlines flights, quoting administrative reasons. However, the flights from Delhi to Chicago and Delhi to San Francisco were resumed on April 25/26.   

Country-Wise Travel Restrictions

The countries that have banned or restricted international flights from India are –

  • Canada: Canada has banned flights for 30 days, starting April 23. However, there’s no such ban on cargo flights.
  • Australia: Australia has reduced direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne by 30%.
  • Iran: It has banned travelers from April 26.
  • Kuwait: It has banned travelers from April 24.
  • UAE: Except for Cargo flights, all flights have been banned. Exceptions include business travelers flying on chartered flights, UAE citizens, official delegations, and diplomatic missions.
  • Hong Kong: All flights are suspended by the country from 20 April to 2 May.
  • Bangladesh: While the entry of Indians has been restricted by Dhaka since April 14, the country has extended the restriction till May 9 (effective April 26). Cargo movement is allowed.
  • Oman: Entry of Indians is banned in Oman (effective April 24) till further notice. The only travelers who are allowed are Oman citizens, diplomats, and health care workers. They will have to carry the negative RT-PCR report on departure and will have to undergo quarantine on arrival.
  • Italy: Indians aren’t allowed to travel unless they are residents of Italy. Even in that case, they will have to carry a negative RT-PCR test.
  • Germany: Effective from April 26, entry into Germany is restricted with certain exceptions that include citizens and PRs of Germany, cargo flights, people traveling for humanitarian causes, and transiting people staying at the airport.
  • New Zealand: It has barred all flights till further notice.
  • Bahrain: Effective from April 27, flights will only carry passengers with a negative RT-PCR test conducted 48 hours prior to the flight’s departure.
  • Qatar: Effective from April 25, passengers traveling to Qatar will need to carry a negative RT-PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to the flight’s departure.
  • Singapore: The country has barred all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors who have traveled to India in the past 14 days from entry or transit via Singapore from April 24.
  • UK: While all the flights have been suspended till April 30, all UK and Irish people coming back from different countries will have to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine of 10 days.
  • Indonesia: The country has passed orders wherein they won’t issue VISAs to foreigners who have been to India in the past 14 days.
  • France: Apart from carrying the negative RT-PCR test, travelers from India will have to undergo the mandatory antigen test on arrival.
  • Maldives: Maldives Ministry of Tourism has suspended tourists traveling from India to uninhabited islands. However, the islands which are far from the local population are still open for Indians.

International Flights To India From USA Latest Information

Before booking international flights to India, we’d recommend you check your eligibility for USA to India flights. And to know the latest news regarding VISAs, you can go through the guidelines given by The Bureau of Immigration. As of now, international flight operations shall remain suspended till 30 April 2021.

If you’re wondering whether the RT-PCR test is important, we have that answered for you. In case you are fully vaccinated, here are the details you must know if you need an RT-PCR test if you’re fully vaccinated.

FAQs

Q: Are international flights to India being canceled because of COVID-19 spread?

Ans: Yes, India international flights are being canceled due to the COVID-19 spread. 

Q: Are airlines refunding tickets because of cancelations of international flights to India?

Ans: Yes, airlines are refunding tickets and, as discussed, have rolled out refund policies for passengers affected by COVID-19 cancelations. 

We hope this blog helps you with your queries. If it did, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. And in case you have international flights to India to book, do get in touch with us and we’ll help you out. 

P.S. – The response shared by the passengers on Trustpilot regarding our expertise during these tough times has been heart-warming and we hope to help you out with the same dedication. Be it about travel restrictions, requirements, or quarantine guidelines, we know it all and are waiting to offer a helping hand. 

See you on the other side of the conversation. 

About Heena Ganotra | View Posts

A writer by both passion and profession, Heena Ganotra is "half agony, half hope" but all heart. And oh, she has been a book lover from the start! Her love for books is what convinced her to make a career in the wonderful world of words. She loves what she does and is out-and-out a satisfied soul with a wish to spread happiness like herpes. Insight- Some say she is living the best life anyone could because she reads, writes, travels, and makes merry. They’re right because what else does one really need! :)

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