Much to the pleasure of travelers from India and the United States, United Airlines announced additional special flights between USA and India through September 2, 2020. With due permission from Indian government, United Airlines resumed operations to India on July 17 as part of the US-India air travel bubble. United’s US-India flight schedule which was over on July 29 has now been extended till September 2.
In the first phase of United Airlines’ US-India flight schedule, New Delhi was the only destination and origin for special United flights to and from India. Mumbai has been added to the phase two as the other origin of United flights from India to Newark (EWR). United will be operating three weekly Mumbai-Newark (BOM-EWR) flights from August 2 till August 30, 2020.
- Delhi-Newark: Daily flight from August 1 till September 1
- Newark-Delhi: Daily flight from August 1 till August 31
- Delhi-San Francisco: Thrice a week (Mon/Wed/Sat) from August 3 till September 2
- San Francisco-Delhi: Thrice a week (Mon/Thu/Sat) from August 1 till August 31
- Mumbai-Newark: Thrice a week (Wed/Fri/Sun) from August 2 to August 30
Travelers who are eligible for United’s US-India flights
All Indians and US nationals holding a valid travel document or visa to the US can book United flights from India to USA. Indian nationals, OCI card holders and US diplomats having a valid document/visa to travel to India can book United flights to New Delhi (DEL) from Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO).
Registration is not required for special United flights to India
Yes. Neither Indian passport holders nor OCI cardholders need to register for special United flights to India, unlike compulsory registration for Air India flights under the Vande Bharat Mission. United Airlines does not require you to register with the Indian Embassy or Indian Consul General in the US. However, there are certain health-screening protocols, sanitization measures, safety precautions and travel regulations, as applicable by the origin and destination countries, which you have to comply with.
United Airlines’ ‘Ready to Fly’ checklist for travelers
Travelers are required to fill out a pre-flight health checklist before or during check-in for United flights to India amid the COVID19 pandemic. United Airlines’ ‘Ready to Fly’ checklist requires you to declare whether you have not shown COVID19-related symptoms in 14 days before the scheduled departure; whether you have been diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus in the past 21 days; whether you came close to someone being COVID19 positive in the past 14 days.
United Airlines’ Mask Policy for travelers
Those traveling on United flights to and from India and other countries must follow United Airlines’ mask policy right from entry to the origin airport till exit from the destination airport. To be precise, you have to keep on wearing a mask throughout your journey with United Airlines. If you refuse to comply with the mask policy and other travel regulations while traveling on United flights to or from India, you may be barred from traveling and banned from flying United for a certain period of time.