Hong Kong bars Air India until Oct Three after flyers check positive for Covid

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Hong Kong has banned Air India flights from Sunday to October Three after a couple of passengers on its flight on Friday examined positive for Covid-19 submit arrival, a senior govt official mentioned on Sunday.

Air India passenger flights had been barred from touchdown in Hong Kong between August 18 and August 31 after 14 passengers on its Delhi-Hong Kong flight of August 14 examined positive for Covid-19 submit arrival.

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Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that they’ve a Covid-19 negative certificates from a check accomplished inside 72 hours previous to the journey, in response to guidelines issued by the Hong Kong govt in July.

Moreover, all worldwide passengers are required to bear a post-flight Covid-19 check on the Hong Kong airport.

A spokesperson of the nationwide service confirmed the latest order, saying, “Hong Kong has prohibited Air India for 2 weeks — September 20 to October 3.”

“There is just one flight scheduled within the two weeks — the Delhi-Hong Kong flight of September 21. That flight is cancelled and the passengers have been knowledgeable,” the spokesperson added.

Air India Express had on Friday mentioned its flights had been suspended for 24 hours by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) for bringing two passengers with Covid-positive certificates on August 28 and September 4.

Air India Express, which is a subsidiary of Air India, resumed its Dubai flights on Saturday.

According to guidelines within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), each passenger travelling from India is required to carry an authentic Covid-negative certificates of an RT-PCR check accomplished inside 96 hours previous to the journey.

“Just a few passengers on a September 18 Delhi-Hong Kong flight examined positive for Covid-19 submit arrival,” the senior govt official mentioned.

“As a outcome, Air India’s flights have been banned from September 20 to October Three by the Hong Kong govt,” the official added.

Besides India, a pre-flight Covid-19 negative certificates is necessary for all passengers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and the US, in response to the Hong Kong govt’s guidelines.

An airline working a flight to Hong Kong from any of those 9 nations has to submit a type earlier than departure, stating that each one passengers on board have Covid-19 negative certificates.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, particular worldwide flights have been working with the approval of aviation regulator DGCA.

Air India has been working particular worldwide flights since May 6 below the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded people attain their locations.

Since July, India has established separate bilateral air bubble preparations with nations such because the US, Germany, France, the UAE, the UK and the Maldives for worldwide flight operations.

Under a bilateral air bubble pact, the airways of each nations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions.



[Attribution Business Standard]

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