India’s civil aviation ministry has decided to further extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India until January 31, 2021.

“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 January 31, 2021, reads an official notification titled ‘Travel and Visa restrictions related to Covid-19’, by aviation ministry.

However, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.

The restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Currently, India is carrying out international flight operations under Vande Bharat Mission and air bubbles. Currently, India has established air bubble agreements with countries including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Kenya, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, UAE, UK, and the USA.