Hong Kong has banned Air India and Vistara flights from October 17 to 30 after just a few passengers on their flights examined constructive for coronavirus upon arrival, a senior authorities official mentioned on Friday.
This is the third time that Air India flights from India have been banned by the Hong Kong authorities for bringing passengers who examined constructive for the an infection on arrival. Previous bans had been throughout September 20 to October three and August 18 to August 31.
Vistara’s flights are being banned for the primary time by the Hong Kong authorities in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that they’ve a COVID unfavourable certificates from a check accomplished 72 hours previous to the journey, in response to guidelines issued by the Hong Kong authorities in July.
Moreover, all worldwide passengers are required to bear a post-flight COVID-19 check on the Hong Kong airport.
“A few passengers who travelled on Delhi-Hong Kong flight of Air India and Chennai-Hong Kong flight of Vistara on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival,” the senior authorities official mentioned.
“Consequently, the flights of these two airlines have been barred from October 17 to October 30 by the Hong Kong government,” the official added.
Besides India, a pre-flight COVID unfavourable certificates is necessary for all passengers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and the US, in response to the Hong Kong authorities’s guidelines.
An airline working a flight to Hong Kong from any of those 9 international locations has to submit a kind earlier than departure, stating that each one passengers onboard have COVID unfavourable certificates.
Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 because of the pandemic.
However, the Indian airways have been permitted to function particular worldwide flights underneath the Vande Bharat mission since May this yr and underneath the bilateral air bubble pacts since July this yr.
Under a bilateral air bubble pact, the airways of two international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions. India has shaped such pacts with roughly 17 international locations.
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