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Monday, 27 July, 2020, 15 : 30 PM [IST]

FICCI recommends relaxation for aviation & tourism sectors

Calls for permitting reciprocal international flights
As India approaches the end of ‘Unlock 2’ on July 31, 2020 and prepares for ‘Unlock 3’, FICCI believes there is need to look at lifting of existing restrictions keeping in mind 'Threat of COVID is not over yet and we need to remain vigilant'. Therefore, the trade body believes vigilance is the core of its Recommendations for Unlock 3.0. 

FICCI, in consultation with industry experts, has prepared a suggestion document to present solutions on how sectors such as aviation, sports, tourism, which still has some prohibitions, can best contribute towards the national effort of containing the spread of COVID and rebuilding the economy. FICCI recommends that it is now time to consider easing the prohibitions placed on these sectors, provided businesses follow the guidelines laid out in this document to the fullest. 

i International air travel of passengers except as permitted by MHA 
FICCI Recommendations 
Indian and Foreign carriers be allowed to operate between two countries
India should allow Foreigners to travel to India on reciprocal basis??Health Protocol –Accept the COVID Negative Certificate issued by Origin Country
Visa Issuance –To be revived for persons from such origin country
Airports to provide support and resources to set up “Safe Corridor” 
Airports to put in place infrastructural support like setting up of Sample Collection Centre 
Leverage relationships with airports on the other end of the route 
Government may consider waiving off the requirement of quarantine for International Passengers holding “COVID Negative’ Certificate issued by the Origin Country 
Standard Quarantine Protocol should be issued by MOHFW to be followed by All States to facilitate smooth transit and clarity of rules for passengers 
Identify and designate Testing Labs which will issue the “COVID Negative Certificate” and that would be accepted by other countries 
Restart issuance of Visa for citizens of Countries in the Safe Corridor ?Business Visa 
?Medical visa (for non-COVID ailments) 
?Work permit 
?Tourist Visa 
?Student Visa 
?Agree Health Protocol with Identified Countries 
?Engage with respective Embassy/ External Affairs ministry of identified country
•Permit Transfer passenger movement 

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