Mumbai: In a strong retaliation against China, the government has informally asked all airlines – both Indian and foreign – to stop flying Chinese nationals in India.
This comes when the Chinese government prevented the Indians from visiting China. Over the weekend, airlines were specifically told not to fly Chinese nationals to India.
Despite the suspension of flights between India and China, Chinese citizens are eligible for foreigners to travel in India as per current norms. Chinese nationals have been traveling to India by first flying to another country with which India has a travel bubble and then from there they fly to India.
Chinese citizens traveled to India, Chinese citizens traveled to India first to another country where India has a travel bubble and then from there they fly to India.
Currently, tourist visas are suspended in India. However, foreigners are allowed to travel to India for work or business.
As per reports, some airlines asked the authorities to provide them something in writing so that they could give the reason for Chinese nationals not to board flights booked for coming to India which is acceptable under the current norms.
This comes against the backdrop of around 1,500 Indian seafarers stranded at various Chinese ports as China is refusing permission to change shore or even crew and they may return to India.
China suspended the entry of foreign nationals from some countries, including India, in early November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision came in China after 20 passengers of a Delhi-Wuhan Air India flight tested positive for COVID-19 on October 30 and another 40 had COVID antibodies.
(With Agency Inputs)