The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued a new Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment, and Caution of COVID-19. The guidelines will be effective from the 1st of February and will remain in force up to the 28th of February.
On international flight operation the ministry in the latest guideline said, for further opening up of international air travel of passengers, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) may take a decision with its consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) based on the assessment of the situation.
The Ministry further said that there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighboring countries.
As per the last order of MHA, DGCA has suspended the scheduled international flights to/from India till 23:59 hrs IST of 31st January 2021.
Unlike the previous guidelines issued by MHA this time there is no mention of extending the suspension of international flights which clearly indicated that now the govt is planning to resume regular scheduled international flight operations.
However, the Aviation Ministry and DGCA have not yet posted any update resumption of regular international flights but it seems that now the regular flight operation will start gradually.
It is worth mentioning that all scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat mission since May and under air bubble arrangements since July.
Under the Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubbles, Indians can travel to more than 100 countries by taking connecting flights.
(DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article are based on author’s opinion only.)