Aviation Ministry, Government of India, on Wednesday updated its guidelines for air travelers and said that it is no longer necessary for passengers to wear face masks while flying on both domestic and international routes.

All passengers should preferably wear a mask/face cover, but there will be no penalty or fine for passengers not wearing a mask during flight.

It is to be noted that till now all passengers were required to wear face masks or covers while traveling on flights and at airports.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said the latest decision was taken in accordance with the government's policy of a graded approach to COVID-19 management response.

MoCA’s official statement reads, "The in-flight announcements henceforth may only mention that in view of the threat posed by COVID-19, all passengers should preferably use masks/face covers. Any specific reference to fine/penal action need not be announced as part of the in-flight announcements."

It is also mentioned that, "consolidated COVID-19 instructions for domestic and international air travel issued for passengers, airport operators and airlines issued vide order dated 10.5.2022 stands modified to that extent."


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