DGCA Issue New Circular on Travel Restrictions


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday issues a new circular and extended the suspension of domestic and international flight operations until 11.59 pm on May 17.

This new circular comes a day after the Centre announced that the lockdown would be extended till May 17 in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

However, this restriction will not apply to international cargo flights and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.

Under the new lockdown guidelines, all domestic and international air travel of passengers barring for medical, security, and other purposes permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs has been prohibited in the Red zones, Orange zones, and Green zones.


Meanwhile, the DGCA reiterated that all airlines shall be informed about the opening of operations in due course of time.

The circular was issued for all Foreign and Domestic Scheduled Airlines /Non-scheduled / Private Operators; Airport Authority of India; and All Airport Operators in India.

CIRCULAR: Travel and Visa restrictions related to COVID-19

  • In view of the decision taken by the Government to continue the lockdown up to 17th May, 2020, as contained in MHA’s order No. 40-3/2020-DM-A(A) dated 01.05.2020, the validity of the MoCA Order No. AV.11011/1/2020- US(AG)Office-MOCA dated 23rd March, 2020, prohibiting domestic passenger flight operations, has been further extended upto 2359 hrs IST on 17th May, 2020.
  • It has also been decided to extend the validity of the CIRCULAR dated 14.04.2020 issued on the subject cited-above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services till 2359 hrs IST of May 17th, 2020. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
  • However, it is reiterated that foreign and domestic airlines shall be suitably informed about the opening of their operations whether international to/from India or domestic respectively in due course.
  • Please acknowledge the receipt and ensure strict compliance.

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