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Devbrat Patnaik

New Delhi: In the wake of the pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday extended the suspension on international commercial passenger services to/from India till the end of the year.

In a circular issued by DGCA with regard to travel and visa restrictions related to Covid-19, Joint Director General mentioned that the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India has been extended till December 31, 2020.

"In partial modification of circular dated June 26, 2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 11.59 pm of 31st December 2020," the order stated.

This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.

The Union Home Ministry in its fresh guidelines issued on November 25 with regard to the surveillance, containment and caution in Covid times had allowed international air travel of passengers, as permitted by the MHA.

The DGCA had earlier suspended scheduled international passenger flights till November 30, 2020. The services have remained suspended in India ever since the lockdown was enforced in March. However, the operations of special international flights were allowed in May and flights under the bilateral 'air bubble' arrangements with selected countries have been operating since July.

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