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31 May 2020 | 12:15 PM UTC

India: Authorities extend international flight ban until June 30 /update 34

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Indian authorities extend international flight ban until June 30 amid COVID-19 pandemic; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

Indian authorities have announced the extension of the ban on international flights until June 30 in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced the extension following an announcement on Saturday, May 30, by the Health Ministry regarding fresh guidelines around the countrywide lockdown measures in place. Domestic passenger flight operations resumed on Monday, May 25.

Indian authorities previously announced that the nationwide curfew was to be shortened to 21:00 (local time) to 05:00, from 19:00 to 07:00, effective from May 30. Additionally, intra-state and inter-state travel is now permitted, with no restrictions. Further restrictions are to be eased from June 8, with places of worship, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services, and malls permitted to reopen as part of the first phase of lockdown easing. A second phase is expected in July when educational establishments will reopen.

As of Sunday, May 31, health authorities have confirmed 182,490 COVID-19 cases and 5186 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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