DGCA India Extends Ban On Scheduled International Flights Till Nov 30


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India on Friday in a circular extends the suspension of scheduled international flights to/from India till Nov 30, 2021.

The DGCA in a circular said;


In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of the circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 30th Nov 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.”

However, International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis, the circular further added.


It is worth mentioning that India has signed air bubble arrangements with more than 25 countries, including the US, UK, Germany, and Japan for operating international flights.

Under an air bubble arrangement between two countries, international passenger flights can be operated by their respective carriers into each other’s territories subject to certain conditions.

India Allows Entry of Foreign Tourists

Earlier this month the Govt. of India has issued guidelines for relaxation in Tourists Visa and announced that it will start issuing fresh visas for foreign tourists starting from today, 15th Oct 2021.

In the new guidelines, the govt said that it will be granting tourist visas to foreign tourists entering India via land routes will not be issued visas.


This means that tourists from India’s neighboring countries like China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Myanmar, which share land borders with India will not be able to able to visit the country on a tourist visa if they travel via land.

Relaxation On Visa and Travel For Foreign Tourists

  • All foreign nationals intending to visit India for tourism purposes will be allowed to enter into India on e-Tourist Visa/Tourist Visa through Charted flights (for group tourism only) from October 15, 2021; and
  • All individual foreign nationals intending to visit India for tourism purposes will be allowed to enter into India on an e-Tourist visa/Tourist Visa W.E.F. 15.11.2021.

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