Hong Kong has banned Air India and Vistara flights from October 17 to 30 after just a few passengers on their flights examined optimistic for COVID-19 put up arrival. That is the third time that Air India flights from India have been banned by the Hong Kong authorities for bringing passengers who examined optimistic for the an infection after arrival. Earlier bans have been throughout September 20-October three and August 18-August 31.
Vistara’s flights are being banned for the primary time by the Hong Kong authorities through the coronavirus pandemic.
Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that they’ve a COVID-19 damaging certificates from a check performed inside 72 hours previous to the journey, in line with guidelines issued by the Hong Kong authorities in July. Furthermore, all worldwide passengers are required to endure a post-flight COVID-19 check on the Hong Kong airport.
Moreover India, a pre-flight COVID-19 damaging certificates is obligatory for all passengers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and the US, in line with the Hong Kong authorities”s guidelines.
An airline working a flight to Hong Kong from any of those 9 international locations has to submit a kind earlier than departure, stating that every one passengers onboard have COVID-19 damaging certificates.
When requested for a press release on the current ban on its Hong Kong flights, Air India spokesperson advised PTI, “Solely passengers with COVID-negative reviews are being allowed to board from India (as per the foundations of the Hong Kong authorities).”
One other obligatory COVID-19 check is being carried out for passengers after touchdown in Hong Kong and reviews of the identical could range from the reviews of exams performed 72 hours earlier than taking the flight, the spokesperson famous.
“Therefore, Air India can’t be held liable for any lacunae on the problem of passenger check reviews,” the spokesperson added.
Air India has simply 4 flights scheduled for Hong Kong between October 17 and October 30, the spokesperson stated.
The spokesperson stated Air India is following all guidelines and protocols of the Hong Kong authorities and they’re clearly communicated to passengers on its web site.
Vistara didn’t touch upon the ban on its flights to Hong Kong.
“A number of passengers who travelled on Delhi-Hong Kong flight of Air India and Chennai-Hong Kong flight of Vistara on Thursday examined optimistic for COVID-19 put up arrival,” the senior authorities official stated.
“Consequently, the flights of those two airways have been barred from October 17 to October 30 by the Hong Kong authorities,” the official added.
Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 as a result of pandemic.
Nevertheless, the Indian airways have been permitted to function particular worldwide flights underneath the Vande Bharat mission since Could this yr and underneath the bilateral air bubble pacts since July this yr.
Beneath a bilateral air bubble pact, the airways of each international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions. India has shaped such pacts with roughly 17 international locations.
(With PTI inputs)