International Flights Can Start From August 15th: From Age Limit to Mandatory Antigen Tests at Airports

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The Centre has come under  pressure  of private airlines are pressuring the ministry to resume international fights because of the loss of revenue due to the coronavirus lockdown.

There is also an announcement likely on an increase in the number of flights on several domestic routes, from fifty percent to at least 60-70 percent capacity. These speculations are likely to be clarified on Thursday when Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will address the media at 2:30 pm.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had on June 20 said, “We can start regular international flights when our domestic traffic reaches about 50-60% and other countries open up to international traffic. Once the situation evolves in that direction we will consider a calibrated opening.”

COVID-19 Negative Test: All international flyers coming to India will have to have a negative test report not older than 48-72 hours.

Mandatory antigen test on arrival: Once the foreign travelers reach any airport in India, they will have to undergo mandatory testing at their own cost, which is Rs 500. They will have to wait for the test result for getting clearance.

Quarantine at own expense: If a foreign traveler is found positive at the airport, he or she will have to undergo quarantine at his or her own cost.

While these additional guidelines have been proposed for the incoming passengers, apart from the standard norms of social distancing and no-contact checking, India is in talks with the US, France, the UK, Germany to enter into bilateral agreements to resume international flights.

According to recent reports from the Airports Authority of India, the Civil Aviation Ministry is focusing upon starting two-way flights, termed as ‘Bilateral Bubbles’ or negotiations with countries like the US, France, Germany to open green corridors.

This means that if these Bilateral Bubbles talks are successful with different countries, airlines of each country will operate bilateral international flights with India.

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