Indian Carriers Not to Fly Chinese Nationals

Issue: 1 / 2021

As a retaliatory move against China over its not-so-subtle move to bar Indians from flying into the country, India has informally asked all the airlines to not fly in Chinese nationals. It should be noted that while the flights between India and China are already in suspension, Chinese nationals eligible to travel under the present norms have been doing so by first flying to third nations which have an air bubble arrangement with India and then arriving in the country. A majority of Chinese nationals flying into India, are said to be doing so by first flying to Europe.

The move by India comes after the Chinese restrictions against Indians have been tightened since November 03 last year. The nation had then suspended the entry of foreign nationals from nations including India, even if they held valid Chinese visas or resident permits. Only diplomats have been exempted from this restriction. Further, almost 1,500 Indian seafarers serving on the international flag merchant vessels, remain stranded in various Chinese ports. China has not yet allowed them onshore, even for the change of crew.