Monday, August 10, 2020

Any type of visa good for ‘air bubble’ nations

New Delhi: India has begun lifting restrictions on the categories of people who can travel to and from countries with which it has created air bubbles.

Now, Indian nationals can travel to countries with which air bubble arrangements have been finalised on any type of visa, the aviation ministry Tweeted Sunday. At present, India has travel bubbles with US, UK, France and Germany. This list of countries is likely to expand in coming days.

“Restrictions on the entry into India of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders from countries with which aviation ministry has air bubble arrangements have been removed. They are welcome to enter India… foreign nationals belonging to countries with which (India) has air bubble arrangements can now avail Indian visa facility for business, medical and employment purposes in the country,” the aviation ministry Tweeted Sunday. “In another huge step for Indian nationals wishing to travel abroad, they may travel to countries with which air bubble arrangements have been finalised by (India) on any type of visa,” it added.

Aviation minister H S Puri had recently said India is establishing air bubbles with neighbouring countries; places in Africa like Egypt, Tanzania and South Africa; Canada and Japan.

Indians with valid visas to the UAE may soon be able to travel there under the special arrangements India is working out with several countries. Indian ambassador of India to UAE, Pavan Kapoor, tweeted on Saturday: “I understand that a decision to this effect has now indeed been taken by MHA (Union home ministry) in India. This will come into effect only after the formal notification from the (Indian) aviation ministry in the next couple of days. Please book your tickets to UAE only after that.” Dubai, the biggest destination for Indian travellers, had conditionally reopened its doors for tourists from July 7, 2020.

On Wednesday (August 5), Ambassador Kapoor had Tweeted that “since the UAE has recently started issuing new visas, we have recommended to authorities in India to consider allowing Indians with valid visas to travel to the UAE. We are hopeful for an early decision.”

10/08/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment