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Airlines Updates

01.07.2020 SpiceJet has filed revised International operation, which sees the airline to resume International service as early as 16JUL20, subject to border restrictions. As of 01JUL20, initial operation for the remainder of summer 2020 season as follows.

Ahmedabad – Bangkok eff 01OCT20 1 daily
Ahmedabad – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Ahmedabad – Jeddah eff 01OCT20 1 daily
Ahmedabad – Muscat eff 16JUL20 5 weekly
Amritsar – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Chennai – Colombo eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Delhi – Bangkok eff 01OCT20 2 daily
Delhi – Dhaka eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Delhi – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Delhi – Hong Kong eff 01OCT20 1 daily
Delhi – Jeddah eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Delhi – Kabul eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Jaipur – Dubai eff 16JUL20 5 weekly
Kochi – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Kolkata – Bangkok eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Kolkata – Dhaka eff 16JUL20 1 daily (2 daily from 01OCT20)
Kozhikode – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Kozhikode – Jeddah eff 01OCT20 1 daily
Madurai – Colombo eff 01OCT20 1 daily
Madurai – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Mangalore – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Mumbai – Bangkok eff 01OCT20 1 daily
Mumbai – Dhaka eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Mumbai – Dubai eff 16JUL20 2 daily
Mumbai – Hong Kong eff 01OCT20 1 daily
Mumbai – Jeddah eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Mumbai – Riyadh eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Pune – Dubai eff 16JUL20 1 daily
Published on 13.06.2020
Air India Evacuation schedule flights ex India

Published on 06.06.2020 

GoAir
GoAir expected to resume domestic flights from 1 June (click to read more)

Air India
Air India May 2020 Preliminary International Network as of 03MAY20 (click to read more)

Vistara
Vistara S20 International operations as of 03MAY20 (eff 18MAY20) (click to read more)

Air India
Air India to operate special domestic flights to several Indian cities from 19 May (click to read more)

Spicejet
SpiceJet to resume operations, flights on all UDAN routes from May 25 (click to read more)

Air India
Domestic Flights: Air India Cancelled 93 Fights Till May 31 But Here is Some Good News For Flyers (click to read more)

Published on 28.05.2020
Domestic Flights: Air India Cancelled 93 Fights Till May 31 But Here is Some Good News For Flyers

Published on 22.05.2020
SpiceJet to resume operations, flights on all UDAN routes from May 25

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Flight Restrictions

published 30.06.2020
Flights to India are suspended until 15 July 2020.

Quarantine

Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
Passengers who are symptomatic or screened positive for fever by automated fever scanners will be taken to designated isolation facilities for further evaluation and testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.
If the laboratory test is confirmed positive for the virus, they will be held at the isolation facility for further management.
If two consecutive laboratory tests of samples collected 24-48 hours apart are negative, they will be discharged after the symptoms resolve. They will be provided COVID-19 information material encouraging them to self-report if symptoms recur in next 28 days.
The information on these passengers will be shared with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare staff for further follow-up of these passengers at their homes for next 28 days.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the airport/health and safety requirements in the link [please copy/ paste to your browser]: https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/sites/default/files/Order_of_MoCA_dated_21st_May_2020.pdf

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: anyone (except infants up to the age of 9 months) arriving by air or sea
without a yellow fever vaccination certificate is detained in isolation for up to 6 days if that person (i) arrives
within 6 days of departure from an area with risk of yellow fever transmission, or (ii) has been in such an area
in transit (except those passengers and members of the crew who, while in transit through an airport situated
in an area with risk of yellow fever transmission, remained within the airport premises during the period of
their entire stay and the Health Officer agrees to such exemption), or (iii) arrives on a ship that started from
or touched at any port in an area with risk of yellow fever transmission up to 30 days before its arrival in India,
unless such a ship has been disinsected in accordance with the procedure laid down by WHO, or (iv) arrives
on an aircraft that has been in an area with risk of yellow fever transmission and has not been disinsected in
accordance with the Indian Aircraft Public Health Rules, 1954, or as recommended by WHO.
Countries and areas regarded as having risk of yellow fever transmission are, in Africa: Angola, Benin,
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte dʼIvoire, Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya,
Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and
Uganda; and in the Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana,
Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad only) and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic
of). Note: When a case of yellow fever is reported from any country, that country is regarded by the
Government of India as a country with risk of yellow fever transmission and is added to the above list.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due to P. falciparum and P. vivax exists throughout the year in the entire country below 2000 m.
The majority of malaria in India is reported from the eastern and central parts of the country and from states
which have large forest, hilly and tribal areas. These states includeOdisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra and some north-eastern states such as Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram. There is no
transmission in parts of the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Sikkim.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

Other country requirement(s) (2018)
Proof of oral polio vaccination at least 4 weeks before departure for resident national travellers from polioendemic countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan) and countries with poliovirus circulation following
importation (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic) is required.

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  • India India has extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Only cargo and flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed. (NDTV, 03.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all the regular passenger trains till August 12. However, special passenger trains including 200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains that have been operating from May 12 and June 1 will continue to function. (Live Mint, 26.06.2020)
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July.
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020) New COVID-19 lockdown guidelines implemented in Guwahati until 12 July (Indian Express, 26.06.2020).
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    Read more
    03.07.2020
  • India International Flight Operations To And From India To Remain Suspended Till July 15 (ABP, 27.06.2020). New COVID-19 lockdown guidelines implemented in Guwahati until 12 July (Indian Express, 26.06.2020). Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 15 July (Outlook, 26.06.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all the regular passenger trains till August 12. However, special passenger trains including 200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains that have been operating from May 12 and June 1 will continue to function. (Live Mint, 26.06.2020)
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July.
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020)
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    Read more
    30.06.2020
  • India Flights rae suspended until 15 July. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 15 July (Outlook, 26.06.2020).
    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all the regular passenger trains till August 12. However, special passenger trains including 200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains that have been operating from May 12 and June 1 will continue to function. (Live Mint, 26.06.2020)
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020)
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    Read more
    26.06.2020
  • India 1. Flights to India are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.
    2. Nationals of India are only allowed to return to India by flights arranged by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
    3. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be:
    – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or
    – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or
    – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or
    – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India.
    4. Passengers with a Business visa (excluding B-3 visa for sports) or an Employment visa issued after 1 June 2020 are allowed to enter.
    5. Passengers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
    6. Passengers with a diplomatic, official, service, special or consular passport are allowed to enter.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Travel Mint, 30.05.2020).
    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020)
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Indian Railways to resume operating 200 trains from 1 June (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    Read more
    15.06.2020
  • India Indian Railways to resume operating 200 trains from 1 June (Live Mint, 30.05.2020);

    1. Flights to India are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.
    2. Nationals of India are only allowed to return to India by flights arranged by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
    3. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be:
    – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or
    – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or
    – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or
    – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India.
    4. Passengers with a Business visa (excluding B-3 visa for sports) or an Employment visa issued after 1 June 2020 are allowed to enter.
    5. Passengers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
    6. Passengers with a diplomatic, official, service, special or consular passport are allowed to enter.

    International restrictions:

    Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Travel Mint, 30.05.2020).
    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. (The Economic Times, 26.05.2020)
    The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May.
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    Read more
    11.06.2020
  • India Indian Railways to resume operating 200 trains from 1 June (Live Mint, 30.05.2020);

    1. Flights to India are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.
    2. Nationals of India are only allowed to return to India by flights arranged by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
    3. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be:
    – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or
    – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or
    – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or
    – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India.
    4. Passengers with a Business visa (excluding B-3 visa for sports) or an Employment visa issued after 1 June 2020 are allowed to enter.
    5. Passengers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Travel Mint, 30.05.2020).
    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. (The Economic Times, 26.05.2020)
    The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May.
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

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    04.06.2020
  • India Indian Railways to resume operating 200 trains from 1 June (Live Mint, 30.05.2020);

    1. Flights to India are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.
    2. Nationals of India are only allowed to return to India by flights arranged by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
    3. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be:
    – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or
    – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or
    – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or
    – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India.
    4. Passengers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Travel Mint, 30.05.2020).
    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. (The Economic Times, 26.05.2020)
    The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May.
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

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    03.06.2020
  • India Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Travel Mint, 30.05.2020). Indian Railways to resume operating 200 trains from 1 June (Live Mint, 30.05.2020); Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    India has restricted the entry of all international travelers until at least May 31, 2020.

    1. Flights to India are suspended.
    – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.
    2. Nationals of India are only allowed to return to India by flights arranged by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA).
    3. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be:
    – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or
    – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or
    – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or
    – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India.
    4. Passengers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May.
    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. (The Economic Times, 26.05.2020)
    The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May.
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

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    01.06.2020
  • India West Bengal government decided to begin domestic flight operations at Kolkata airport on 28 May. (News 18, 27.05.2020) India has restricted the entry of all international travelers until at least May 31, 2020. 1. Flights to India are suspended. – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners. 2. Nationals of India are only allowed to return to India by flights arranged by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA). 3. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be: – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India. 4. Passengers are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May. Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. (The Economic Times, 26.05.2020) The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’ Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country. Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction.

    More details will emerge in the coming days. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Aiport/Airline requirements: IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link[please copy/ paste to your browser]: https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/sites/default/files/Order_of_MoCA_dated_21st_May_2020.pdf

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    30.05.2020
  • India West Bengal government decided to begin domestic flight operations at Kolkata airport on 28 May. (News 18, 27.05.2020) India has restricted the entry of all international travelers until at least May 31, 2020. 1. Flights to India are suspended (does not apply to domestic). – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners. 2. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be: – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. (The Economic Times, 26.05.2020) The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’ Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country. Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Aiport/Airline requirements: IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link[please copy/ paste to your browser]: https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/sites/default/files/Order_of_MoCA_dated_21st_May_2020.pdf

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    28.05.2020
  • India Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. (The Economic Times, 26.05.2020) India has restricted the entry of all international travelers until at least May 31, 2020. This restriction does not apply to air cargo flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners, etc. 1. Flights to India are suspended (does not apply to domestic). – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners. 2. Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet are allowed to enter India. They must be: – minor children born to nationals of India abroad; or – coming to India due to family emergencies like death in family; or – couples where one spouse is an OCI holder and the other is a national of India and they have a permanent residence in India; or – university students whose parents are nationals of India living in India.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Domestic and private aircraft operations have resumed. The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’ Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country. Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement.

    Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Aiport/Airline requirements: IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link[please copy/ paste to your browser]: https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/sites/default/files/Order_of_MoCA_dated_21st_May_2020.pdf

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    27.05.2020
  • India Domestic flights will resume operations from 25 May (Hindustan Times, 20.05.2020) Flights to India are suspended. – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Domestic and private aircraft operations will resume gradually from 25 May. The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’ Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country. Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Aiport/Airline requirements: IMPORTANT- Air Travelers are asked to familiarize themselves with the information in the link[please copy/ paste to your browser]: https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/sites/default/files/Order_of_MoCA_dated_21st_May_2020.pdf

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    23.05.2020
  • India Domestic flights will resume operations from 25 May (Hindustan Times, 20.05.2020) Flights to India are suspended. – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Domestic and private aircraft operations are suspended until 31 May. The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’ Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country. Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Below is the non-exhaustive list of states and union territories with varying degree of partial restriction easing measures: Karnataka: Lockdown extended until 19 May, with no additional relaxations. Maharashtra: Lockdown extended until 31 May. Further relaxations will be announced in the coming days. Mizoram: Lockdown extended until 31 May though the state was designated as a green zone by the MHA. Punjab: Lockdown extended until 31 May. The state government has relaxed the curfew in the state, including resumption of partial private and public transport from 18 May. Further relaxations will be announced in the coming days. Tamil Nadu: Lockdown extended until 31 May. No relaxations will be provided in the state capital Chennai, and the districts of Ariyalur, Chengalpattu, Cuddalore, Kallakurichi, Kancheepuram, Perambalur, Ranipet, Thiruvallur, Thiruvannamalai, Tirupattur and Viluppuram. Telangana: Lockdown extended until 29 May, with no additional relaxations. Andhra Pradesh: Lockdown extended until 31 May. Inter-state bus operations will resume. Private vehicles will be allowed and shops can operate. West Bengal: Lockdown extended until 31 May with various relaxations. Shops and offices will be allowed to open at half of their capacity from 21 May. Private and public transport will gradually be resumed. Assam: Lockdown extended until 31 May with a nightly curfew. All shops are allowed to open until 18.00 and private and public transport can operate at a limited capacity. Uttar Pradesh: Lockdown extended until 31 May with relaxations. Non-essential movement of vehicles, including private vehicles, will be allowed. Shops are allowed to open. The following remain suspended for all zones until 31 May: All educational, training and coaching institutes Metro rail services Hospitality services including hotels and accommodations All social, political, entertainment, cultural and religious functions and venues Funerals are allowed but with no more than 20 people attending. All movement from 19.00 to 07.00 is prohibited, except for essential purposes. Further measures will remain in place: Wearing face masks is compulsory in public. Strict two-metre distancing will have to be followed in places allowed to resume work. Indian Railways will resume limited train services from 12 May, where trains will run from New Delhi to other major urban centres including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Patna. Tickets will only be sold online starting 11 May 04.00.

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    21.05.2020
  • India Flights to India are suspended. – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Domestic and private aircraft operations are suspended until 31 May. The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’ Full List of zones HERE. This list will be updated in the coming days following the latest lockdown extension until 31 May. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country. Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Below is the non-exhaustive list of states and union territories with varying degree of partial restriction easing measures: Karnataka: Lockdown extended until 19 May, with no additional relaxations. Maharashtra: Lockdown extended until 31 May. Further relaxations will be announced in the coming days. Mizoram: Lockdown extended until 31 May though the state was designated as a green zone by the MHA. Punjab: Lockdown extended until 31 May. The state government has relaxed the curfew in the state, including resumption of partial private and public transport from 18 May. Further relaxations will be announced in the coming days. Tamil Nadu: Lockdown extended until 31 May. No relaxations will be provided in the state capital Chennai, and the districts of Ariyalur, Chengalpattu, Cuddalore, Kallakurichi, Kancheepuram, Perambalur, Ranipet, Thiruvallur, Thiruvannamalai, Tirupattur and Viluppuram. Telangana: Lockdown extended until 29 May, with no additional relaxations. Andhra Pradesh: Lockdown extended until 31 May. Inter-state bus operations will resume. Private vehicles will be allowed and shops can operate. West Bengal: Lockdown extended until 31 May with various relaxations. Shops and offices will be allowed to open at half of their capacity from 21 May. Private and public transport will gradually be resumed. Assam: Lockdown extended until 31 May with a nightly curfew. All shops are allowed to open until 18.00 and private and public transport can operate at a limited capacity. Uttar Pradesh: Lockdown extended until 31 May with relaxations. Non-essential movement of vehicles, including private vehicles, will be allowed. Shops are allowed to open. The following remain suspended for all zones until 31 May: All educational, training and coaching institutes Metro rail services Hospitality services including hotels and accommodations All social, political, entertainment, cultural and religious functions and venues Funerals are allowed but with no more than 20 people attending. All movement from 19.00 to 07.00 is prohibited, except for essential purposes. Further measures will remain in place: Wearing face masks is compulsory in public. Strict two-metre distancing will have to be followed in places allowed to resume work. Indian Railways will resume limited train services from 12 May, where trains will run from New Delhi to other major urban centres including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Patna. Tickets will only be sold online starting 11 May 04.00.

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    19.05.2020
  • India Flights to India are suspended. – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. All international commercial flights are suspended until 31 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Domestic and private aircraft operations are suspended until 31 May. The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 31 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’. The following activities also stand suspended for all zones until 17 May: Inter-state movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under the government guidelines.All educational, training and coaching institutes Hospitality services including hotels and accommodations All social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious functions and venues Funerals are allowed but with no more than 20 people attending. All movement from 19.00 to 07.00 (local time) is prohibited, except for essential purposes. Most commercial and private establishments are permitted to operate in the Red Zones. These comprise electronic media, IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers etc. Offices can operate at 33% capacity. Green zone: buses can operate at 50% capacity, inter-district travel is allowed (on top of what is allowed in orange zone), inter-district movement allowed for permitted individuals. No separate passes are needed for movements. Orange zone: Taxi allowed to operate with one driver and two passengers. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. Further measures have been announced: Wearing face masks is compulsory in public.Private vehicles may be used to transport patients to medical centres. Travellers going to work in the aforementioned sectors should first obtain the approval of local authorities. Strict two-metre distancing will have to be followed in places allowed to resume work. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Below is the non-exhaustive list of states and union territories with varying degree of partial restriction easing measures: The capital New Delhi: Restrictions were partially eased after 27 April. Karnataka state: Restrictions were partially eased after 21 April. Maharashtra state: Partial relaxation was implemented in the 20 districts where no or few cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Punjab state: The lockdown remains until 17 May. However, restrictions were gradually relaxed from 30 April, with the curfew lifted between 07.00 and 11.00 (local time) daily outside containment zones. Telangana state: The lockdown has been extended until 29 May. In addition to the nationwide lockdown further section 144 orders (prohibitory orders restricting large public gatherings) as well as internal restrictions have been imposed in various locations. Most impositions of the orders include the following: Private and state transport services are suspended. Non-essential businesses and services will be closed. Apart from the government officials involved in provision of essential services (who will have to produce their ID-cards), only essential travel will be allowed. Police, medical and other governmental personnel will be stationed at key points. Asom (Assam) state has announced a 12-hour curfew from 18.00 to 06.00 daily on 4-17 May. Ghaziabad lockdown extended until 31 May, but permitted activities may proceed between 07.00 and 19.00 each day. Indian Railways will resume limited train services from 12 May, where trains will run from New Delhi to other major urban centres including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Patna. Tickets will only be sold online starting 11 May 04.00 (local time).

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    18.05.2020
  • India India extends lockdown by two weeks starting from 4 May till May 17, but loosens measures in lower-risk areas (Reuters, 01.05.2020) Flights to India are suspended. – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be evacuated back to India. As there is no COVID-19 testing for them, they will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. All international commercial flights are suspended until 17 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 17 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 17 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website. Internal Restrictions: Ghaziabad lockdown extended until 31 May, but permitted activities may proceed between 07.00 and 19.00 each day. Domestic and private aircraft operations are suspended until 17 May. The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 17 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions will be partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’. The following activities also stand suspended for all zones until 17 May: Inter-state movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under the government guidelines. All educational, training and coaching institutes, Hospitality services including hotels and accommodations, Taxis (including auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaws) and service of cab aggregators. All social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious functions and venues. Funerals are allowed but with no more than 20 people attending. All movement from 19.00 to 07.00 (local time) is prohibited, except for essential purposes. Most commercial and private establishments are permitted to operate in the Red Zones. These comprise electronic media, IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers etc. Offices can operate at 33% capacity. Green zone: buses can operate at 50% capacity, inter-district travel is allowed (on top of what is allowed in orange zone), inter-district movement allowed for permitted individuals. No separate passes are needed for movements. Orange zone: Taxi allowed to operate with one driver and two passengers. The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration. Further measures have been announced: Wearing face masks is compulsory in public. Private vehicles may be used to transport patients to medical centres. Travellers going to work in the aforementioned sectors should first obtain the approval of local authorities. Strict two-metre distancing will have to be followed in places allowed to resume work. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Below is the non-exhaustive list of states and union territories with varying degree of partial restriction easing measures.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Indian Railways will resume limited train services from 12 May, where trains will run from New Delhi to other major urban centres including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Patna. Tickets will only be sold online starting 11 May 04.00 (local time).

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    12.05.2020
  • India India extends lockdown by two weeks starting from 4 May till May 17, but loosens measures in lower-risk areas (Reuters, 01.05.2020)

    Flights to India are suspended. – This does not apply to flights that carry goods for trade or essential goods and supplies, and their crew members, helpers, cleaners.

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence. Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be evacuated back to India. As there is no COVID-19 testing for them, they will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. All international commercial flights are suspended until 17 May. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry. Visas from all countries are suspended until 17 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 17 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted. The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period. The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Ghaziabad lockdown extended until 31 May, but permitted activities may proceed between 07.00 and 19.00 each day.
    Domestic and private aircraft operations are suspended until 17 May. The nationwide lockdown has been extended until 17 May. Commencing 4 May restrictions will be partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’. The following activities also stand suspended for all zones until 17 May: Inter-state movement of individuals except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under the government guidelines. All educational, training and coaching institutes, Hospitality services including hotels and accommodations, Taxis (including auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaws) and service of cab aggregators. All social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious functions and venues. Funerals are allowed but with no more than 20 people attending.
    All movement from 19.00 to 07.00 (local time) is prohibited, except for essential purposes. Most commercial and private establishments are permitted to operate in the Red Zones. These comprise electronic media, IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and services provided by self-employed persons, except for barbers etc. Offices can operate at 33% capacity. Green zone: buses can operate at 50% capacity, inter-district travel is allowed (on top of what is allowed in orange zone), inter-district movement allowed for permitted individuals. No separate passes are needed for movements. Orange zone: Taxi allowed to operate with one driver and two passengers.
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    Further measures have been announced: Wearing face masks is compulsory in public. Private vehicles may be used to transport patients to medical centres. Travellers going to work in the aforementioned sectors should first obtain the approval of local authorities. Strict two-metre distancing will have to be followed in places allowed to resume work. While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation. Below is the non-exhaustive list of states and union territories with varying degree of partial restriction easing measures.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Indian Railways on Sunday said it will resume passenger train services in a phased manner from May 12. (Media, 10.05.2020)

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    10.05.2020
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