Omicron Effect : International passenger flights suspended till Jan 31

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the ban on commercial international passenger flights till January 31

International flights were earlier scheduled to resume from December 15. However, with the outbreak of the new 'Omicron' the country has now put brakes

DGCA said in a circular that this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flight specifically approved by it.

They have also clarified that international flights maybe allowed on selected routes on a case-to-case basis

The Omicron variant has sparked a new wave of concerns over about international travel around the world, prompting numerous countries to impose new travel restrictions

After complaint of overcrowding at Delhi airport they have set up 20 dedicated counters for passengers arriving from "at risk" countries

According to the health ministry guidelines : all passengers arriving from "at-risk" nations have to undergo PCR test and 5% of passengers arriving from other countries on random basis 

Commercial international flights were earlier suspended in March 2020 and the government on Nov 26 announced its resumption from Dec 15