Friday, March 20, 2020

International travel, as we know it, is coming to a halt

Countries across the world are cutting out air travel to curb the spread of coronavirus. Some nations, including India and Sri Lanka, are sealing their airspaces completely. A few are allowing citizens to make their way back home, while some have barred the entry of nationals from affected countries. It’s a pretty confusing time right now, with rules changing by the hour. Here’s a lowdown on the state of affairs as of Friday:
Countries with blanket bans on international air travel
India has banned all international commercial flights for a week starting 22 March. Those stranded in Rome (students, travellers or any other Indians) will be flown to Delhi by a special Air India flight that will depart on 21 March.
On Tuesday, Sri Lanka suspended all incoming international flights until further notice.
From 15 March, Saudi Arabia suspended all international flights to and from the country for two weeks.
Kuwait has banned all commercial passenger flights.
Morocco, too, has suspended all international flights in and out of the country.
Egypt has suspended all air traffic until 31 March.
Malaysia has shut its borders to travellers and restricted internal movement until 31 March.
Qatar has banned all inbound flights, except cargo and transit flights “for a 14-day period that can be extended”.
20/03/20 Condé Nast Traveller
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