Hong Kong bars Air India flights for 5th time over coronavirus cases

Hong Kong on Friday banned Air India flights from Delhi after a few passengers travelling on its flight tested positive for coronavirus infection after their arrival earlier this week, an official said. The flights has been suspended till till December 3

“A few passengers on a Delhi-Hong Kong flight of Air India earlier this week tested positive for Covid-19 post-arrival. Consequently, the airline’s Delhi-Hong Kong flights have been banned till December 3,” news agency PTI quoted the official.

With this, the Hong Kong government has for the fifth time banned Air India’s flights from India for bringing passengers who got infected after arrival.

According to rules issues by the Hong Kong government, passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong only if they have a coronavirus-negative report 72 hours prior to the journey. Besdies this, all international passengers have been directed to undergo a post-flight virus test at the airport.

Earlier, Air India’s Delhi-Hong Kong flights were banned from August 18-31, September 20-October 3 and October 17-30, and on its Mumbai-Hong Kong flights during October 28-November 10, as reported by PTI.

Besides India, the Hong Kong government has said a pre-flight coronavirus-negative report is mandatory for passengers travelling from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, France, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the UK and the US.

According to the rules, an airline operating a flight to Hong Kong from these countries have to submit a form before departure, stating that all passengers onboard have Covid-negative certificates.

Another mandatory coronavirus test is carried out for passengers after landing in Hong Kong and reports of this test may be at variance from the reports of tests conducted 72 hours before taking the flight, reported PTI.

(With PTI inputs)

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