Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights For Fourth Time As Passengers Test Covid-19 Positive

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New Delhi: After a couple of passengers had been examined positive for Corona Virus post-arrival, the Hong Kong govt has banned Air India flights sure from Mumbai until November 10, as per a senior official. This is the fourth time that Air India flights from India have been banned by the Hong Kong govt for bringing passengers who examined positive for the an infection after arrival. ALSO READ | Union Minister Smriti Irani Tests Covid-19 Positive Days After Campaigning For Bihar Assembly Polls

In an earlier shift, Air India’s flight sure from Delhi-Hong Kong flights from 20 September-3 October and 18-31 August and 17-30 October had been banned.

As per Covid-19 prevention norms, passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that they’ve a COVID-19 negative certificates from a check finished inside 72 hours previous to the journey, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Hong Kong govt in July.

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All l worldwide passengers are required to bear a post-flight COVID-19 check on the Hong Kong airport.

Besides India, a pre-flight COVID-19 negative certificates is obligatory for all passengers from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, France, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the US, in accordance with the Hong Kong govt’s guidelines.

As per the Covid-19 norms airways working a flight to Hong Kong from these international locations need to submit a form before departure, stating that every one passengers onboard have COVID-19 negative certificates.

“A couple of passengers who traveled on Air India’s Mumbai-Hong Kong flight earlier this week examined positive for COVID-19 post-arrival at Hong Kong,” the senior govt official mentioned.

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“Subsequently, the Mumbai-Hong Kong flights have been barred from 28 October to 10 November by the Hong Kong govt,” the official added.

Commercial worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since 23 March as a result of pandemic. Until lately the Indian govt determined to offer Visas to foreigners apart from vacationers.

Post-Lockdown, the Indian Government launched its scheme to repatriate Indians struck in distinct international locations below the name of “Vande Bharat Mission”.  Since May this yr and below the bilateral air bubble pacts since July this yr.

Under a bilateral air bubble pact, the airways of each international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions. India has fashioned such pacts with roughly 18 international locations.

According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, 7,659 repatriation flights had been operated by the Air India Group below the Vande Bharat Mission until October 27, carrying over 9,92,690 passengers. Of these, 3,828 had been inbound flights carrying 6,23,739 passengers and three,831 had been outbound flights with 3,68,951 fliers.

[Attribution ABP News]

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