Hong Kong Bars Air India Flights for the Fourth Time

Hong Kong Bars Air India Flights for the Fourth Time, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hong Kong has prevented Air India flights coming from Mumbai till November 10th following several passengers on its flight beginning this week tested positive for coronavirus after arrival, as stated by a senior administration official on October 28th.

This is indeed the fourth time that the Hong Kong authority has banned Air India flights from India for transporting passengers who tested positive for the virus after landing.

Furthermore, all international passengers are expected to go under a post-flight coronavirus test at the Hong Kong airport.

Besides India, a pre-flight coronavirus test is mandatory for all passengers and needs to be negative to travel to Hong Kong especially from South Africa, Bangladesh, France, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, the UK, Russia and the US, as per the Hong Kong government’s rules.

An airline running a flight to Hong Kong from these countries has to present a form before starting which states that all travellers onboard have coronavirus negative certificates.

A senior government official said that a few passengers who have travelled from Mumbai in Air India tested coronavirus positive after arrival in Hong Kong. 

With this occurring for the fourth time Hong Kong has taken a decision to bar all the flights coming from Mumbai from October 28th to November 10th.

Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain barred in India since March 23rd due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nevertheless, the Indian airlines have been authorised to operate picked international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May this year and the mutual air bubble settlements since July till date.

Under a respective air bubble agreement, the airlines of both countries can serve international flights with keeping certain restrictions in place. India has formed such pacts with around 18 countries.