Report: Airlines ‘informally’ asked to not fly in Chinese nationals into India; Govt denies

By Gitanjali Mangal -- December 28, 2020 5:12 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

At the moment, flights are not functional between India and China as part of limitations imposed because of COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year.

According to the reports, Airlines have been asked not to fly in Chinese nationals in India. Instructions have been issued “informally” and are being seen as a retaliatory move in response to Beijing's decision not to let Indians into the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Also Read | CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021: Syllabus reduced by 30 percent

India-China ties: There could be a flashpoint in border tussle before a lasting peace returns - The Economic Times

Ever since the Government started to ease restrictions, air bubble agreements have been formed with several countries for international to and from flights. However, India and China currently do not have any such air bubble agreement in place.

As a result, Chinese nationals are entering India via a third country with which India has such air bubble agreements in place. Like other foreigners, current norms apply to Chinese nationals flying into India from such countries.

There is no set specific bar as such on nationals from any particular country from flying into India. While tourist visas are suspended, foreigners can travel to India on work and on some other specific categories of visas.

Flying ban on Chinese nationals | Report claims airlines 'informally' asked to not fly in Chinese nationals into India; govt denies | India News


Also Read | 21-year-old Arya Rajendran elected as youngest Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram

On the contrary, the Central government has commented on the report and denied knowledge of any such instruction being issued.

 Also Read | 150 soldiers in Delhi for Republic Day Parade test COVID positive

China says consensus reached with India, not to escalate standoff at LAC | India News | Manama English

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated, "It is wrong to make suggestions as to citizen of which country should come. There is no such information from our side."

-PTC News