New Delhi (India): India once again extended the ban on international flights till August 31 midnight, 2021, according to the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This comes amid increasing cases of Delta variant of COVID-19 throughout the globe and with the fear of a third wave of the pandemic looming large in the country.
All international flights to and from India have been banned since March 23, 2020, due to COVID-19. However, this ban will not apply to cargo flights and those approved by the regulatory body. It was initially planned to end the restrictions on international commercial flights on July 31, 2021.
Despite overall restrictions on international travel, some flights are allowed to operate to repatriate stranded citizens and other eligible cases. Flights that come under the air bubble agreement are also allowed to operate. India has entered into air bubble arrangements with countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Bhutan, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Maldives, Nepal, Rwanda, Ukraine, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Germany, Nigeria and France.