Passengers will be able to fly to and from Paris on Air France flights, provided they meet the mandatory medical and travel advisories laid down by the French government.
India has allowed Air France 28 flights from Saturday to July 31 from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. But severe restrictions imposed by both the governments for incoming passengers mean that only essential travel will be encouraged and India’s proposal for a “travel bubble” with easier quarantine norms to ensure hassle-free travel has not come through.
Air France advises passengers on its website to carry a report of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test done 72 hours before a flight, as well as a “Travel Certificate for access to French Territory detailing their travel plans, and a sworn statement that they do not have novel coronavirus”. Upon their arrival in France, travellers from India will have to undergo 14 days of mandatory home or institutional quarantine.
India is also in talks with the U.S., Germany and the U.K., who have been conducting repatriation flights from here but are yet to start regular commercial flights which will not only allow their airlines to ferry passengers into their countries and also bring passengers into India.
The U.S.-based United Airlines aims to start scheduled flights from August 1, which will allow it to fly passengers both ways, pending government approval. This is likely to come through as the U.S. Department of Transport has threatened to stop Air India’s Vande Bharat Mission repatriation flights by July 22 if India did not grant U.S. carriers reciprocal permission. However, United Airlines has the permission to operate repatriation flights from July 17 to July 31 between the U.S. and