You see, borders between Delhi, Haryana (Guru gram), and Uttar Pradesh (Noida, Ghaziabad) have been sealed multiple times ever since the lockdown in India first started in March. As mentioned above, the central government said late last month that people will be free to move from 1 June, but gave individual local authorities to take the final call.
Uttar Pradesh's government issues similar directives and following that, Noida decided to continue regulating entry of people from Delhi. The District Magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar then decided the Delhi-Noida border will remain sealed though essential services will still be able to travel as long as they have the proper documentation.
This article is reviewed regularly (on a bi-weekly basis) by Ego’s editorial team to ensure that the content is up to date & accurate. With its snow-clad mountains, numerous hill stations, the great Indian Thar Desert, pristine beaches, and coastal beauties, tourists can enjoy different attractions of the country all year round.
Many places in the country are highly dependent on tourism for the local economy, and since the pandemic has hit, they have incurred a huge loss. But the country resumed its domestic air travel from 25 May, and since then, a limited number of flight services have begun operating from several states.
The Indian Government has decided that a few select categories of people can travel to India, like foreign businessmen on business visas, B-3 Visa for sports, foreign healthcare professionals, engineers, technicians, managerial, and design specialists on having the recognized invitation from Indian facilities, among others. India currently has bilateral travel bubble arrangements with 23 countries, including, the US, the UK, the UAE, Ethiopia, Netherlands, France, Maldives, Canada, Japan, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Germany, Nigeria, Nepal, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Bhutan, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and Ukraine.
The Vance Bharat Mission started on May 6th to help foreigners in India return home and help Indian nationals head back. As of December 20, nearly 39.2 lakhs stranded people have been brought in or flown back to their country through international Vance Bharat flights.
They provide scheduled flights operating from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Amritsar, among other cities. A total of 29 international airports are operational in the country amidst the massive health crisis.
Under the mission’s Phase Five operations that lasted till the end of August, one-way repatriation flights were extended to a list of other 52 countries, including cities like Bangkok, Cebu, Bishkek, Cairo, Hong Kong, etc. Regular two-way flights operated between India and specific countries under this travel bubble arrangements during the sixth phase.
The seventh phase also saw inbound and outbound flights from countries like Bahrain, Israel, Myanmar, France, Maldives, and Vietnam, among 19 others. Scheduled commercial international flights, however, remain suspended till the end of December 2020.
Etihad Airways and Emirates have stepped up to conduct flights from India to Abu Dhabi. After the Civil Aviation Minister Harder Singh Pure announced the resumption of international flights through bilateral air bubbles, the US, Germany, and France had approved flights from India to travel to their respective nations (more countries have been added to the list since then, as stated above).
India is a vast country with several places recording a high rate of COVID-19 cases like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh while some places like Sikkim, Meghalaya, Kazakh, among others have succeeded in controlling the impact of the pandemic and are thus welcoming domestic tourists. It is advisable to limit the travel within the states which are least affected, and strictly adhere to social distancing and other guidelines.
The hotels and restaurants have arranged for limited siting capacity, provide thermal checkup, and evaluation of the Aroma Set App for any booking. Chandigarh: Haryana Home Minister Anil Via on Monday indicated that if the situation demanded curbs could be reimposed on the state's borders, reopened in line Center's fresh guidelines on exiting coronavirus-induced lockdown.
At the same time, they have given the states the right to make their own assessment of the situation and take action based on that,” Mr Via told reporters. Seeking to follow the Center's guidelines for the next phase of lockdown, starting June 1, the state government also decided to allow interstate movement of people and goods.
Mr Via had justified the earlier sealing of the borders with the national capital, saying coronavirus cases in Haryana would have been at par with Delhi had they not taken the step. The Haryana government had maintained that a spurt in infection has been due to rising cases in districts adjoining the national capital owing to the cross-border movement of people from Delhi.
The deputy commissioner concerned can, however, impose suitable restrictions in highly congested markets depending on their own assessment. India, which invited millions of tourists every year, from within the country too, also shut its state borders ever since the first lockdown was announced in March.
While the total number of Covid-19 cases in India are close to 32 lakh, the country is gradually opening up its inter-state tourism and hospitality sectors. A majority of historical monuments like the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Queue Minor and other cultural centers like the Dill Heat, Garden of Five Senses, etc.
Source: WON Home to some of the most popular hill stations like Shim la, Dharamshala, etc., the state was shut for outsiders since March. Source: India TV News Rajasthan has opened its monuments, parks and museums along with the two tiger reserves at Sari ska and Ranthambore.
Source: The Hindu Madhya Pradesh also announced the opening of tourist activities along with reopening of state-run hotels and resorts. Home to 11 national parks and 24 wildlife sanctuaries including Anna, Catalan and Bandhavgarh, the state has also decided to reopen them for tourists.
Just recently, the Karnataka government abolished all travel restrictions like the requirement of an e-pass and mandatory 14-day quarantine for people coming from other states. New Delhi: For two months now, commuting in the city and travelling out of it has been a nightmare due to the farm protests.
Reaching Delhi from Jaipur, normally a five-hour trip, now takes eight-nine hours through detours in Rajasthan and Haryana. Many close destinations have suddenly become farther by hours due to congestions and barricades on the roads.
I was the only one who could drive in this group, and what I thought would be a pleasant six-hour trip lengthened into a 10-hour hassle,” said Sail Malik, a resident of west Delhi’s Hard Nagar. Earlier, when I was driving out of Delhi, I was diverted to smaller roads leading to the border, but there were huge traffic jams on these roads.” For Karen Mather, who recently went to Shim la for a wedding, the traffic congestion was a big mood spoiler.
“It is best for people travelling to Chandigarh and Shim la or somewhere in that direction to take the Singh Poll Tax Road.” Police had expected to see heavy traffic as is usual every year during December and January. “As we had apprehended, the traffic volume is very heavy these days and the ripple effect of this is being experienced by commuters on the arterial roads.
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Given the nature of the crisis, information will vary by location and change at short notice and over time. Keeping in view the new Covid-19 strain, all repatriation flights from the United Kingdom had been cancelled till 07 January 2021.
As of 08 January 2021, flights have resumed subject to mandatory RT-PCR testing of passengers at the airport. To ensure that airlines do not charge excessive fare, the government has classified sectors on the basis of the approximate duration of flights; the list of their minimum and maximum fares chargeable can be found here.
To read the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s guidelines for air passengers, please click here. To know the latest on lifting of visa suspensions for different categories, we recommend that you go through the guidelines set by The Bureau of Immigration.
As of now, international flight operations shall remain suspended till 31 January 2021. If you want to know about specific airline route information, as well as relevant Coronavirus travel cancellation, rebooking or refund policies, you can find all the latest news and travel updates on their websites, check with the International Air Travel Association or other sources such as guidelines on the Directorate General of Civil Aviation website.
For information about the decision of the Supreme Court of India regarding refund on cancellation of air tickets during the lockdown period, click here. The Government of India has suspended international flights till 31 January 2021.
With the Government of India suspending international travel till 31 January 2021, Indian cities are not on the list. The fare amount paid for your original booking will be accepted for any flight to the same destination/region at any time with no fees during this period.
If you have an Air India ticket for between 23 March 2021 and 31 May 2021, you may book available flights in the same class between 25 May 2021 and 24 August 2021 at no extra charge. With the Government of India’s international flight operation suspension in place till 31 January 2021, Indian cities are off the schedule as of now.
Qatar Airways is flying to multiple cities around the world, except to those with government restrictions. India will not be a destination till international flight operations are resumed, i.e., 31 January 2021.
Qatar Airways offers to let you re-book your ticket to alternative dates or destinations or opt to receive a voucher for future travel, equivalent to the value of your ticket plus an additional 10% value, excluding statutory taxes. Alternatively, you can opt to exchange your ticket for Qatar Airways Privilege Club Miles, or get a refund.
This policy applies to all tickets issued anytime until 31 December 2020, for travel on or before the same date. Etihad is operating flights to over 50 destinations in accordance with government directives.
Etihad is treating all bookings made after 29 April 2021 for travel between 1 July 2021 and 31 August 2021, as fully flexible and refundable without change fees for flights booked before 30 June 2021, for travel until 30 November 2021. After cancelling most of its flights till 30 June 2021, Air Arabia is operating flights to select destinations and is set to return to a fuller schedule in accordance with government directives.
After cancelling and rescheduling various flights in June and July 2020, Thai Airways is now flying to select destinations around the world. Regularly wash your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel), avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and stay at least a meter away from someone who is coughing or sneezing.
First, call the airline, hotel or online travel agent you booked with. With so many travel plans changed, it may take longer than usual to speak to someone who can help but keep trying.
If the airline or online travel agent tells you that a refund isn’t available, or they’ve stopped trading, it might be worth getting in touch with your credit card company if that’s how you booked.