Wednesday, October 21, 2020

India has Travel Bubbles with these 18 Countries

India has entered into bilateral air bubble agreements with 18 countries. Under these agreements, two countries agree to operate direct passenger flights both ways in order to operate normal flights between them once things get back to normal after the pandemic.

The list of countries India has a travel bubble with are the US, the UK, Germany, France, the UAE, Maldives, Canada, Japan, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Bhutan, Kenya, Bangladesh and Ukraine.

Citizens or residents of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries (except Russia), any Indian citizen, including diplomatic and official passport holders, citizens with any valid visa in Qatar and CIS countries (except Russia) are allowed to travel under this agreement to Qatar.

It will finally reside with the concerned airlines to ensure no travel restrictions for Indians to enter the respective country with a particular visa before issuing tickets to them. Similarly for those coming from Qatar there are a few criteria to be ticked off and measures to be taken care of.  Indian nationals stranded in Qatar, OCI card holders with Qatari passport, Qatari citizens with valid Indian visas are all allowed to travel. The air bubble agreement is valid till October 31, 2020 and therefore all bookings must be made by then.

Another air bubble pact has been formed between India and Germany and flights will operate between the two from October 26 and March 28.

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