India has again extended the suspension of international commercial flights, this time until May 3, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • No incoming scheduled international commercial passenger flights are allowed to enter India until May 3. There are exceptions for flights with permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and for international cargo.
  • Foreign nationals who have been stranded in the country due to COVID-19 travel restrictions have been granted free consular services until April 30. Such individuals with regular visas, e-visas or stay permits that have expired or will expire during the period, Feb. 2 to April 30 can have them extended until April 30 for free, after completing an online application.

Background: International commercial flights were first suspended in March. This suspension was later extended until April 14. The whole country is on a lockdown, which has also been extended until May 3.

Analysis & Comments: The latest international flight suspension extension will continue to impact the movement of people into and out of India. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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