International travel rules: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today deferred the resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger flights to or from India.
This comes in the wake of a growing scare over the Omicron variant. India says that it will notify its decision on the same in near future.
Earlier, the Centre had announced that commercial international flights shall resume from December 15. It aimed to resume the same after a long hiatus of more than 20 months in between due to pandemics.
This decision now came under review as India eyes to tighten flight rules for international passengers.
Currently, a notice has been issued by the DGCA civil which confirms that the central government is indeed hitting the brakes on the resumption of commercial international flights. Also, the relevant authorities are monitoring the global Covid-19 situation, especially in the wake of the emergence of the Omicron variant.
As it (Omicron) is said to be highly contagious and capable of undergoing rapid mutations.
The decision on the same will likely be taken only after the government finds it relatively safer to do so.
As the prevailing pandemic situation seems to be overwhelming with the more transmissible variant.
It is worth mentioning here that the international ‘air bubble’ agreements with different countries shall continue to prevail as they are now.
These are especially aimed at the ‘risk countries’. Under these new norms, there are separate protocols for travellers arriving from countries enlisted as ‘at risk’, while for others there will be different protocols followed.