India is now all set to resume regular international flights from 27 March 2022, Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia announced on Tuesday. Even the most avid travellers may find themselves in a distressful situation. In such cases, insuring your trip is the best way. After a gap of two years, the government has decided to restart all its international flights, which were banned because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Citing the extensive vaccination coverage across the world, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to resume international flights from the beginning of summer schedule 2022. Although the fare prices will be lower than the current air bubble charges, it is unlikely to go back to pre-pandemic rates due to an exorbitant hike in fuel prices.
Moreover, travellers coming to India will have to follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The guideline requires the passengers to upload the negative RT-PCR report or primary vaccination certificates. They are also required to fill up the self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal before commencing their journey.
International flights were suspended from 23 March 2020 considering the outbreak of COVID-19. However, some special flights were still operating to bring back the stranded Indians under the bilateral “air bubble” agreement with countries like France, the UK, the US, UAE, Bhutan, etc. India had this agreement with a total of 37 countries.
Previously, 4700 flights were operating per week pre-COVID, including 2300 international and 2400 domestic flights. The figure has currently dropped to 2100 fights per week. The reopening of international travel is expected to boost the morale of the adversely-affected aviation industry.