More countries ban flights and travelers from India

New Delhi: Ever since the caseload of COVID-19 patients has increased due to the second wave, many countries have announced restrictions on travelers and flights from India.

Malaysia is the latest on the list of nations, including UK, US and New Zealand that have restricted entry from India.

Hong Kong has suspended all flights connecting it with India till May 3. The Hong Kong government’s decision came after 50 passengers of two Vistara flights this month were found positive for COVID-19 when tested on arrival.

Germany, Maldives, Iran and Bangladesh have restricted entry of travelers from India with immediate effect.

The United Arab Emirates has barred the entry of travelers from India for 10 days from April 25 till May 4. As per the new rules, passengers, both Indians and International who have visited India will not be allowed to enter the UAE unless they have spent 14 days in other countries. On the same lines, Emirates announced to halt all flights from India to Dubai.

Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Twitter he had signed an order barring foreign travellers who have been in India in the past 14 days from entering the country.

Australian PM Scott Morrison said the suspension would remain in place until at least May 15 due to “clearly present” risk of travel from India, leaving thousands of Australians stranded.

Indonesian government has decided to not issue visas to any foreigners who have been in India in the past 14 days to prevent COVID-19 transmission. Indonesians entering from India will be allowed to enter the country but will have to follow stricter protocols and quarantine rules.

Singapore has banned all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors who have travelled to India within the last 14 days from entry or transit via Singapore from April 24.

Canada has banned all flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days due to the growing wave of COVID-19 cases. As per data shared by the Health Ministry of Canada, half the people testing positive for the coronavirus are from India. Flights from India account for about one fifth of the country’s air traffic.

“Passenger travel by air, train, boat, and bus, including transit traffic, from India to Belgium will be banned,” Belgium Prime Minister Alexander de Croo announced in a statement.

New Zealand was among the first nations to announce a temporary ban on travelers coming from India, including its citizens, from 11 to 28 April. The travel ban came after 17 of the 23 newly detected coronavirus cases came from India.

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