As per the latest developments, the Civil Aviation Ministry of India has issued revised COVID travel guidelines. As per the guidelines, wearing face masks will no longer be compulsory during air travel, and air passengers will not be penalized for the same. Additionally, no fine will be imposed for not wearing a face mask while traveling in a flight.
Till now, wearing face masks was compulsory during air travel. If reports are to go by, the latest development comes in the wake of dip in COVID cases.
In a communication to the scheduled airlines, the Ministry stated that the latest decision has been taken in line with the government’s policy of a graded approach to COVID-19 management response. The Ministry also added that the in-flight announcements henceforth may only mention that in view of the threat posed by COVID-19, all passengers should preferably use mask/face covers.
Referring to the latest development, an airline industry official stated that the Ministry’s decision is with immediate effect and that the carriers will be communicating the same to the crew.
Reports also have it that any specific reference to fine/penal action need not be announced as part of the in-flight announcements. The requirement for mandatory use of mask or face covers during air travel has been reviewed in consultation with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.