Hong Kong bans Air India flights for fifth time until Dec 3 after few passengers check COVID-19 optimistic

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Hong Kong bans Air India flights for fifth time until Dec 3 after few passengers check COVID-19 optimistic

Hong Kong has banned Air India flights from Delhi until December 3 after a couple of passengers on its flight examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus post-arrival earlier this week, an official mentioned on Friday. That is the fifth time Air India’s flights from India have been banned by the Hong Kong authorities for bringing passengers who examined optimistic for the pathogen after arrival.

Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that they’ve a coronavirus-negative certificates from a check completed inside 72 hours previous to the journey.

All worldwide passengers are required to endure a post-flight COVID-19 check on the airport, in accordance with guidelines issued by town state’s authorities in July.

The earlier bans on the airline’s Delhi-Hong Kong flights had been from August 18-31, September 20-October 3 and October 17-30, and on its Mumbai-Hong Kong flights throughout October 28-November 10.

“Just a few passengers on a Delhi-Hong Kong flight of Air India earlier this week examined optimistic for COVID-19 post-arrival,” the federal government official mentioned.

“Consequently, the airline’s Delhi-Hong Kong flights have been banned until December 3.

In an announcement to PTI, an Air India spokesperson mentioned the airline had been barred from working any flights between Delhi and Hong Kong between November 20 and December 3.

Nevertheless, the spokesperson added that the nationwide provider didn’t have any flight scheduled to Hong Kong throughout this era.

Moreover India, a pre-flight COVID-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 authorities’s guidelines.

An airline working a flight to Hong Kong from these nations has to submit a kind earlier than departure, stating that each one passengers onboard have COVID-negative certificates.

One other obligatory COVID-19 check is carried out for passengers after touchdown in Hong Kong and stories of this check could also be at variance from the stories of checks performed 72 hours earlier than taking the flight, the spokesperson talked about.

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 beneath the Vande Bharat Mission since Could and beneath the bilateral air-bubble pacts since July.

Below the pact, the airways of each nations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions.
India has fashioned such pacts with roughly 20 nations.

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