With scheduled domestic flights resuming mostly in the nation, what’s next for travel scenario in India? Will you be able to travel to foreign lands any time soon? Who all are able to cross the borders? These are the questions that most of us want to know. Also, Unlock India 1.0 is forth in action now, most of us need to start planning our year ahead. Hence, travel updates are absolutely necessary. In this section, Wedding Affair has compiled a few travel updates for your perusal.
Certain Foreign Nationals Welcome
The Home Ministry has allowed foreign businessmen, engineers and healthcare professionals to enter the country on the condition that they get their visas re-validated and fly into the country in chartered flights, a government statement on Wednesday said.
The home ministry order is seen as the first, cautious step to allow foreigners to enter the country, particularly in the context of the government’s efforts to restart the economy. The home ministry order covered four broad categories of foreigners who can enter the country in non-scheduled commercial flights or chartered flights. The government also made other travel updates also clear. Foreign businessmen coming to India on re-validated business visas or fresh ones would be allowed into the country.
The other categories permitted to enter the country include healthcare professionals on invitation from a recognised and registered healthcare facility, technical specialists and engineers travelling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and specialists who need to travel on behalf of foreign business entities located in India. (Source: Hindustan Times)
75 Outbound Passenger Flights to US, Canada
Air India on Wednesday said it will operate 75 outbound passenger flights to select destinations in the US and Canada. The travel updates say that it is between June 9 and June 30 under the Vande Bharat Mission.
“Those who wish to travel to the United States and Canada and fulfil required-entry conditions can book themselves on these outbound flights. Some foreign airlines have already carried out evacuation flights and are planning to operate more flights. These flights will also take foreign nationals,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted. (Source: Financial Express)
Civil Aviation Minister’s Statements
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri said on Wednesday that India would open up skies for international air travel once the situation normalises. So that such cross-border travel will not pose any danger to citizens. He posted tweets with travel updates.
In a series of tweets, Puri sought to reassure a group of non-resident Indians who are normally resident abroad. But they are currently stranded in India that they could fly out. The third phase of the Vande Bharat Mission will operate between 9 June to 30 June. For normal international operations, India has to take into account several factors. These include the readiness of other countries as well as an easing of the domestic travel restrictions that are currently in place in various Indian cities, the minister explained. (Source: Livemint)