Hong Kong has banned Air India and Vistara flights from October 17 to 30 after a number of passengers on their flights examined positive for COVID-19 put up arrival. This is the third time that Air India flights from India have been banned by the Hong Kong authorities for bringing passengers who examined positive for the an infection after arrival. Previous bans had 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 in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that they’ve a COVID-19 adverse certificates from a test achieved inside 72 hours previous to the journey, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Hong Kong authorities in July. Moreover, all worldwide passengers are required to bear a post-flight COVID-19 test on the Hong Kong airport.
Besides India, a pre-flight COVID-19 adverse certificates is obligatory for all passengers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and the US, in accordance 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 onboard have COVID-19 adverse certificates.
When requested for a press release on the latest ban on its Hong Kong flights, Air India spokesperson instructed PTI, “Only passengers with COVID-negative reports are being allowed to board from India (as per the rules of the Hong Kong government).”
Another obligatory COVID-19 test is being carried out for passengers after touchdown in Hong Kong and stories of the identical might fluctuate from the stories of assessments performed 72 hours earlier than taking the flight, the spokesperson famous.
“Hence, Air India cannot be held responsible for any lacunae on the issue of passenger test reports,” 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 few passengers who travelled on Delhi-Hong Kong flight of Air India and Chennai-Hong Kong flight of Vistara on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival,” the senior authorities official stated.
“Consequently, the flights of these two airlines have been barred from October 17 to October 30 by the Hong Kong government,” the official added.
Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 as a result of pandemic.
However, the Indian airways have been permitted to function particular worldwide flights below the Vande Bharat mission since May this 12 months and below the bilateral air bubble pacts since July this 12 months.
Under a bilateral air bubble pact, the airways of each international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions. India has fashioned such pacts with roughly 17 international locations.
(With PTI inputs)