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India informally tells airlines not to fly in Chinese nationals: Report

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New Delhi, Dec 28: After China stopped Indians from flying to their country, India has informally told airlines not to fly Chinese nationals a report in the Times of India said.

Flights between India and China remain suspended, but Chinese nationals are eligible to travel as per the current norms for foreigners. They have been doing so by first flying to a third country with which India has a travel bubble and from there they fly to India.

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Currently the tourist visas to India remain suspended, but foreigners are allowed to travel to India on work. A majority of the Chinese nationals flying to India have been coming form air bubble countries in Europe.

The response by New Delhi comes at a time when the Indian seafarers are stranded in various Chinese pots. The Chinese are refusing to allow them on shore and also change crew. Beijing has refused to organise any relied, the report further stated.

However, Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said it is wrong to make suggestions as to citizen of which country should come. There is no such information from our side.

In November, China had suspended the entry of foreign nationals holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits from countries including India due to the pandemic. "The Chinese embassy/consulates in India will not stamp the health declaration forms for the holders of the above-mentioned categories of visa or residence permits," the Chinese embassy in India had said in a statement.

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    The statement also said that the entry into China with visas issued after November 3, 2020 is not affected... suspension is a temporary measurement that China has to adopt to deal with the current pandemic. China will make further adjustment and announcement in accordance with the ongoing pandemic situation in a timely manner.

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