In partial modification of the circular dated November 26, 2021, the DGCA announced that the competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till January 31, 2022. As per the statement, this restriction would not apply to international all-cargo operations or flights that have been explicitly approved by the DGCA.
International scheduled flights may be approved on specific routes on a case-by-case basis. A surge in newly discovered COVID-19 strain Omicron cases throughout the world, as well as India’s tougher international passenger controls, prompted the announcement.
The issue of the resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services to and from India has been examined in consultation with the Ministries of Home Affairs, External Affairs, and Health and Family Welfare, and it has been decided that scheduled commercial international passenger services to and from India may be resumed from December 15, 2021, stated the Ministry of Civil Aviation.