The Ministry of Tourism Additional Director General Rupinder Brar, on Thursday, announced that if everything goes well, and the third wave of Covid-19 does not strike India, then the country may resume scheduled international flight operations from January 2022.
Speaking to a newspaper, Rupinder Brar said that the Home Ministry has already allowed foreign tourists to visit India in chartered flights.
However, she added that the exact date of opening of international flights will be issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and it will be announced soon.
It is expected that from January 2022, the international flights will be started from India.Advertisement
It may be noted that many media reports claimed that the government of India may announce the date for resuming international flights much before as more than half of the Indian population have received the first vaccine dose and the second phase of vaccination is in full swing.
Also, the Covid-19 cases in the whole country are drastically going down. In such a situation, there is no reason why schedule international flights should be suspended, media reports stated.
India Allowed International Tourists
last week the Indian Govt has announced that it will resume issuing fresh visas for foreign tourists starting from Oct 15th. However, this is only applicable to those who enter into India on e-Tourist Visa/Tourist Visa through Charted flights (for group tourism only) from October 15, 2021;
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.
Govt. Repairing Guidelines For International Flights
According to a report published in Amar Ujala, the Govt of India is preparing the guidelines for resume scheduled international flights. Along with this, the cases of corona are also being monitored continuously by the government.
Govt Removes Restrictions On Domestic Flight Capacity
In the meantime, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced that restrictions on domestic flight capacity will be removed from 18th October 2021. This means domestic carriers will be allowed to operate their flights at full capacity.
The announcement comes after the daily domestic passenger traffic crossed the 3-lakh mark over the weekend.