Hong Kong bars Air India flights until Oct three after passengers take a look at constructive for COVID-19

New Delhi, September 20

Hong Kong has banned Air India flights from Sunday to October three after a couple of passengers on its flight on Friday examined constructive for COVID-19 publish arrival, a senior authorities official mentioned on Sunday.

Air India passenger flights have 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 constructive for COVID-19 publish arrival.

Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that they’ve a COVID-19 unfavorable certificates from a take a look at performed inside 72 hours previous to the journey, in keeping with guidelines issued by the Hong Kong authorities in July.

Moreover, all worldwide passengers are required to endure a post-flight COVID-19 take a look at on the Hong Kong airport.

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

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

Air India Express had on Friday mentioned its flights have 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 unique COVID-negative certificates of an RT-PCR take a look at performed inside 96 hours previous to the journey.

“A few passengers on a September 18 Delhi-Hong Kong flight tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival,” the senior authorities official mentioned.

“As a result, Air India’s flights have been banned from September 20 to October 3 by the Hong Kong government,” the official added.

Besides India, a pre-flight COVID-19 unfavorable certificates is necessary for all passengers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and the US, in keeping 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 type earlier than departure, stating that each one passengers on board have COVID-19 unfavorable certificates.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 as a result of 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 underneath the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded individuals attain their locations.

Since July, India has established separate bilateral air bubble preparations with international locations 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 international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions. PTI


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