India to resume international flights from March 27

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India will resume scheduled commercial international flights to and from the country after a two-year gap due to the pandemic.

According to the country's Ministry of Civil Aviation, the international operations will start from March 27 and will be subject to "strict adherence to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guidelines for international travel". 

Special flights have been operating since July, 2020, between India and 37 countries under air bubble arrangements. These include Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, US and Uzbekistan.

The aviation ministry had, in November, announced plans to resume regular international flights starting December 15 but rescinded that order due to the rise in Omicron cases. The Director-General of Civil Aviation then extended the ban on February 28.

International flights were first suspended in March 2020 after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to tackle the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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