New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The central government on Friday announced that all international commercial passenger flights to and from India will continue to remain suspended till July 15. 

The central government, however, clarified that restrictions will not apply on international all-cargo operations and flights specially approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

It further said that international flights will be allowed on selected routes by the "competent authority on case to case basis".

This comes days after Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that India will try to restart a good percentage of international passenger flights before August, adding that a decision in this regard will be taken after looking at the coronavirus crisis in the country.

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The Civil Aviation Minister had said that the states mush be prepared to receive the international passengers while adding that the Centre is discussing the situation with the state governments.

"I am often asked, when can you start international civil aviation? If you leave it to me, and if the ecosystem works, and if we have the predictability in terms of behaviour of the virus, I think in the coming month we should start taking the decision. But those decisions will not be taken by the Indian civil aviation ministry," Puri had said, as reported by news agency PTI.

All domestic and international flights in India were suspended on March 24 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the highly contagious coronavirus in the country. The central government, however, allowed the domestic flights to resume their services from May 25 in a 'calibrated manner'. 

Meanwhile, the central government May 24 had issued the guidelines for international arrivals, saying that travellers will be mandatorily quarantined for 14 days -- seven days institutional quarantine at own cost which will be followed by seven days of home isolation -- and will have to download the Aarogya Setu app.

"Self-declaration form in duplicate shall be filled by the person in the flight/ship and a copy of the same will be given to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iandport. The form may also be made available on Aarogya Setu app," the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said earlier.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma