India's Travel Bubble.

Travel bubbles are also known as 'transport bubbles' or 'air bridges' are temporary travel arrangements made between two or more countries to re-establish the tourism sector as well as other commercial passenger services that are suspended due to the COVID pandemic. This agreement is reciprocated meaning both the countries will get similar benefits. India has made these travel bubbles with the USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany and UAE. The benefits of these agreements are as follows :


Learn more about travel bubbles here.

Source : cntraveller.in

1.France, Germany, USA :

Within these agreements, they have decided to grant permission to operate carriers of these countries in addition to Indian carriers and also to operate services between India and the respective countries.


Inbound Flights :

Both international airlines and Indian airlines, while operating inbound flights can only take the following passengers :

  • Stranded Indian nationals and

  • Foreigners ( including diplomats and OCI card holders ) who are qualified to enter India according to the Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA ) guidelines.


Outbound Flights :

While working on outbound departures from India, both Indian and international carriers are allowed to take the following passengers :

  • Indian and US carriers :

i. Indian citizens who are allowed to travel according to the Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA ) guidelines and citizens holding valid US visas.

ii. US nationals, legal permanent residents, foreign citizens having valid US visa.

  • Indian and German & Indian and French carriers :

i. Indian citizens who are allowed to travel according to MHA guidelines and destined for the European Union.

ii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen of Indian origin would be permitted depending upon the clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

iii. Stranded EU citizens/inhabitants, foreign nationals going to Europe and traveling through France or Germany (as applicable) or spouses of these people, in the case of going with or otherwise.


2. United Kingdom and Canada:

According to the agreement, Indian as well as airlines of these countries are allowed to operate relief flights between India and respective countries and can take only those people who come under the following categories :


Inbound Flights :

Both international airlines and Indian airlines, while operating inbound flights can only take the following passengers :

  • Stranded Indian nationals and

  • Foreigners ( including diplomats and OCI card holders ) who are qualified to enter India according to the Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA ) guidelines.


Outbound Flights :

  • Indian And UK Carriers and India And Canada Carriers :

i. Indian citizens who are allowed to travel according to MHA guidelines and destined for the respective countries.

ii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen of Indian origin would be permitted depending upon the clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

iii. Stranded UK citizens/inhabitants, foreign nationals going to UK and traveling through UK (as applicable) or spouses of these people, in the case of going with or otherwise.

iv. Stranded Canadian citizens/inhabitants.


3. United Arab Emirates (UAE) :

This agreement is operational till 31.08.2020. According to the agreement, Indian as well as airlines of these countries are allowed to operate relief flights between India and respective countries and can take only those people who come under the following categories :

  • India to UAE

i. UAE citizens

ii. ICA approved UAE citizens destined for UAE only.

iii. Any Indian citizen containing any type of valid UAE visa and destined for UAE only.


  • UAE to India

i. Stranded Indian citizens

ii. All OCI cardholders having UAE passports

iii. UAE citizens (including diplomats) having valid visas provided by an Indian Mission in any category under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines.


Before making any flight reservations, which are being operated according to the above agreements, the passenger must confirm that he/she will be allowed to enter the destination country.











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