Tuesday, June 30, 2020

China declines to admit any inbound passenger from India

The Air India aircraft flew from New Delhi to Guangzhou without any passenger onboard as China declined to admit anyone from India.

Beijing conveyed to New Delhi earlier that two Indians, who were on board an Air India special flight to Shanghai on June 21, were tested Covid-19 positive upon arrival and that was why it would now allow anyone from the country to enter China.
Sources in New Delhi said that it was mutually agreed that the special Air India aircraft would not
have any passenger onboard when it would fly to Guangzhou to bring back Indians.

The Air India operated the special flight from Guangzhou to New Delhi as part of the “Vande Bharat
Mission” – the repatriation mission launched by the government to bring back citizens, who got
stranded in foreign countries after the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the government to ban arrival
of international passenger flights in the airports in India.The national carrier had on June 21 sent to Shanghai a special aircra to bring back home Indians.
The aircra had about 100 people onboard when it flew from New Delhi and they included the
officials of the Consulate General of India in Shanghai, executives of financial institutions in the
city, and their families. Two of them tasted Covid-19 positive aer arrival in Shanghai, while others
who had come in contact with them were put in isolation.
29/06/20 Anirban Bhaumik/Deccan Herald
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