China resumes international flights after 2-year hiatus, services to India still on hold

China recently started international flight operations after a two-year ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, according to reports, there is still no confirmation of the resumption of air services to India even after Beijing lifted the visa ban on Indian professionals and their families last month. Reports indicate that China has also reduced the quarantine time to 7 days in designated hotels in the process of streamlining procedures for those arriving in the country, which is followed by 3 days isolation at home from the start. previous 2-day isolation for incoming travellers.

According to reports, the said policy has led to an increase in flight operations connecting China with other countries, especially the United States, as well as the number of people traveling out of the country.

China has also made substantial adjustments since the COVID-19 pandemic, as consulates and embassies from 125 countries announced policies aimed at streamlining the process for those entering the Chinese mainland.

However, there have been no regular connections between India and China since November 2020, and no flights from the two countries have yet been notified.

As previously reported, Beijing last month lifted a two-year visa ban on Indian professionals and their families working in various Chinese cities, but traveling to China has remained a challenge as no flights between the two countries have yet started.

Meanwhile, China has allowed limited flight services to several neighboring countries, such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

As for Indian professionals and their families who have started getting Chinese visas in India to return, they added that they face problems as there are no direct flights to China.

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