Last year in March, India suspended international flights due to the coronavirus outbreak, and even after a year, it looks like we are still caught in the extensive web of Covid-19. The ban was supposed to end on February 28, but the Indian government has suspended international flights till 31st of March 2021.

However, it was announced that Vande Bharat Missions and cargo flights will continue to operate, along with those flights operating under the air bubble agreement which India has struck with 27 countries, including US, Germany and France.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently issued an order that stated international commercial passenger services will remain suspended to and from India till 11:59 PM of March 31, 2021.

“This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA,” the order says. It adds that “international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.”

The severity of the pandemic means that even after a year there is no sign of regular international travel resuming any time soon.

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