India flights: When will international flights open in India?

India’s lockdown restrictions were reviewed today, with some governments extending the lockdown and others unlocking their areas. The country is lifting restrictions gradually, but relaxations vary by state. So what does this mean for international flights? Express.co.uk has all the details.

At present, all foreign tourists are barred from entering India and passing through Indonesia.

However, some people will be allowed into India for work or business reasons.

Many states of the country are still in lockdown, and a night-time curfew remains in place.

There are currently no further UK Government flights planned from India.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising British nationals against all but essential international travel, but this is due to change in line with the new air bridge announcement in a few days.

The FCO has specific advice about travelling to India, and advises against any travel at all to the destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, the city of Srinagar and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

If you really need to travel to India, the FCO is advising against all but essential travel to the state of Manipur.

This excludes the state capital Imphal and the Meiti Valley areas, which include Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Imphal War Cemetery.

When will international flights open in India?

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in Indian since March 23, but they will be starting again very soon.

International flights are due to resume between July 3 and July 15, according to an official government document.

Air India will be conducting 170 flights to and from 17 countries between these dates.

However, these are repatriation flights with the government aiming to help stranded people return home.

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The flights will be connecting India with the following countries:

Canada
USA
UK
Kenya
Sri Lanka
Philippines
Kyrgyzstan
Saudi Arabia
Bangladesh
Thailand
South Africa
Russia
Australia
Myanmar
Japan
Ukraine
Vietnam

When can I go on holiday to India?

The only hope of going on holiday internationally is brought by the Government’s air bridge agreements.

The countries expected to be on the list include the likes of France, Italy, and Spain, and nowhere outside of Europe.

Greece was expected to be part of the list, however, the Greek Government has announced it will not be allowing traveller from the UK until July 15 at the earliest.

Portugal was also expecting to be on the list but as the country currently has a higher rate of infections than the UK, it has been left off for the time being.

The Government is also expected to introduce a traffic light system that will classify countries depending on the prevalence of coronavirus. India would be classified as a red country at present.

The initial list will allow flights to and from these low-risk countries, and passengers won’t need to quarantine on either side.

The science behind this is based on infection rates, and the epidemic is growing very rapidly in India, according to the Indian Government.

This makes a trip to India very unlikely any time soon, let alone in 2020.

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