Covid: France sets 10-day quarantine for Indian leaflets; Air India flies London flights | India News

NEW DELHI: Several countries have begun to place new restrictions on leaflets from India as the country battles a fatal second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Travelers from India to France will now have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival, travel industry officials said.
India has an air bubble agreement with France where Air India and Air France operate flights between the two countries.
Air France has 10 weekly flights connecting Paris with Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian Airlines will resume international flights from May 17 excluding 20 countries – including India, Germany, UAE, US and South Africa.
Air India said on Wednesday that it had canceled a majority of its flights between India and the United Kingdom between April 24 and 30.
Due to reduced travel eligibility after the UK is placed on the red list of Covid risk countries, Air India – which operated 13 weekly flights to and from the UK – will operate only one each between Delhi, Mumbai and London during this time.
With India on the red list, Indian citizens will not be allowed to enter the UK from 8.30am (India time) on Friday. And British citizens will need to quarantine in a hotel after arriving in the UK for 10 days.
“Travelers who were to travel between India and the UK might kindly note that given recent UK-issued restrictions, flights to / from the UK were canceled between April 24 and 30, 2021. Further updates regarding rescheduling, refunds and waivers will be notified shortly. Between April 24 and 30, we are in the process of arranging a once-a-week flight to the UK from Delhi and Mumbai. Information on the same will also be updated … ”Air India tweeted on Wednesday.
“Due to restrictions implemented by UK authorities, following flights scheduled between April 24 and 30 are canceled: AI131 / AI130 Mumbai-London-Mumbai. AI161 / AI162 Delhi-London-Delhi. AI131 / AI178 Mumbai-London-Bengaluru and AI177 / AI130 Bengaluru-London-Mumbai, ”he added.
On the red list countries, the UK government has published a statement on its website: “If you have been to or through any of the (red list countries) in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK . If you are a British or Irish citizen, or have rights of residence in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine at a government approved hotel for 10 days. ”
The lower entry eligibility norms will see the reduction of the 30 weekly flights (15 each by Indian and British carriers) operated by Air India, Vistara, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Oman has also banned passengers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from Saturday.
The Oman supreme committee on Wednesday decided that access to the Sultanate by travelers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and any other country visited by travelers over the past 14 days should be banned.
The ban begins at 6 pm on Saturday, 24 April 2021, and continues until further notice. Oman has exempted its citizens, diplomats, health workers and their families from this ban.

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