India’s civil aviation ministry has decided to further extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India until December 31, 2020.

An official notification titled ‘Travel and Visa restrictions related to Covid-19’  reads, “In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India until 2359 hours IST of December 31, 2020.”

However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis, stated Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Meanwhile, India is carrying out international flight operations under Vande Bharat Mission and air bubbles. At present, India has formed bilateral travel arrangements with 22 countries including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Kenya, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, UAE, UK and USA.