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Current situation

The ban on international flight operations has been extended till May 31 by India's civil aviation regulator; cargo and specially scheduled flights to continue.

The international traffic remains limited to countries with special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) rescue operation flights and bilateral 'Air Transport Bubble (ATB)' agreements. Many countries like the US, the UK, Singapore, Kuwait, France, Canada, Australia, Iran, Indonesia and the UAE, which had ATB arrangements or under the VBM, have temporarily banned flights from India, citing the increasing coronavirus infections.    

Quarantine rules

Guidelines for international arrivals  (Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

Guidelines for international arrivals
All travellers should (i) submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal
( before the scheduled travel (ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR
report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and
will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.

Airlines to allow boarding only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration Form
on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report.
At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after
thermal screening.

All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and
taken to medical facility as per health protocol.

The passengers who have been exempted for pre-arrival RT-PCR testing [para (iii) and (iv) of
A.1 above] (as approved and indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to
the respective State counters. They will be prioritized for sample collection in the designated
area, samples collected and permitted to exit the airport. They shall monitor their health for
14 days (subject to negative test report of the sample taken at the Airport that would be
conveyed to such travellers by the concerned State authorities/airport operators).

All other passengers who have uploaded RT-PCR negative certificates on Air Suvidha portal
shall be allowed to leave the airport/ take transit flights and will be required to undertake selfmonitoring of their health for 14 days.

All such passengers will also be provided the list of the National and State level surveillance
officers and the respective call centre numbers, so as to inform State/National Call Centres in
case they develop symptoms at any time during the quarantine or self-monitoring of their

All international travellers coming/transiting from flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe
and Middle East as described in the scope above should submit Self-Declaration Form (SDF) for COVID
on the online Air Suvidha portal ( before the scheduled travel and will be
required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days).

All the passengers arriving from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East shall be carrying negative
RT-PCR Test report for which test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking
the journey.

Flights: Finniar is expected to resume its flights from India in September 2021.

Consumer behaviour

Majority of Indians are interested in future travel, with 84% of them daydreaming about travel at least once a week, according to the findings of a global report conducted by American Express.

The top motivation for Indians for traveling this year is to go somewhere new (38% respondents).

Indians also rank highest (87%), in wanting to be digital nomads – meaning someone who lives and works while traveling the globe.

Majority of respondents in India are planning for one big international trip (69%).

Around 91% respondents in India are interested in choosing a trip or experience that supports the local community.

63% in India will more frequently use travel credits or points to pay for all or part of a trip in 2021 than they did prior to the covid-19 pandemic.

There has been a preference for luxury travel because it entails high cleanliness standards (81%), privacy (79%), unique culinary and gastronomy options (80%), personalized experience (82%) and spa and wellness amenities (77%).

The United Nations has forecast that India's output will surge by 10.1 per cent in 2022 becoming the world's fastest growing economy – but not before a "highly fragile" remainder of this year due to the ongoing Covid crisis.

India has been particularly affected by a brutal second wave, which is overwhelming the public health system in large parts of the country. With the GDP growth projected at 10.1 per cent in 2021, India would become the fastest growing economy in the world – well ahead of China which is expected to grow at 5.8 per cent from 8.2 per cent in 2021.

Future Outlook

  • Family, friends and multi-generational travel.
  • Demand for responsible travel will be real, no longer limited to mere lip service and by lines as nature and wildlife products will grab the attention of high spenders.
  • Travellers will demand more gratifying 'experiences' as they bond with near and dear ones.
  • Travel insurance, once an afterthought will gain wider acceptability among flyers.


  • India's wealthy ( HNI) are still planning their travels—and they're taking to private jets
  • Luxury Segment (Intimate HNI family/ friend groups)
  • VFR- Visiting Friends & Relatives
  • Millennials are the most interested in theme-based travel (75% agree they want to take a nature-based vacation, 71% adventure, 66% foodie, 68% wellness/spa).
  • Meanwhile, 80% of consumers indicate they are willing to travel to destinations during the off-season so that it's less crowded.

International travel may resume to Finland only by Q3 or Q4 2021.

USPs: Safe & secure country with pure Nature, Not overcrowded, Limited Corona Exposure, Unique Bucket List experiences - Santa Claus, Northern Lights, Staying in Igloos, Crossing Arctic Cirle etc.

Travel trade update

Travel agents are currently focusing on promoting domestic travel as well as promoting travel to International countries that are gradually lifting restrictions for Indians.

A lot of travel agents have currently also diversified into additional businesses like food production, grocery, mask development etc. to survive the current crisis,

Most of the employees of big and small Travel Agencies are still working from home.

Products / regions are most interesting to the buyers: Helsinki Region, Lapland, Lakeland

Updated 19.5.

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