Although India has extended its embargo on international flights until 30 September, “air bubbles” or “air bridges” are the only means by which international commercial air traffic has resumed since mid-July. Since then, India`s number of air bubbles has risen to 13, with Japan the last country to be on the list. In order to mitigate a large number of quarantine and Covid 10 testing rules in arrival destinations, governments are implementing “air bubble” agreements between countries. Air bubbles or travel corridors are systems that are set up between two countries, which perceive each other as safe and allow airlines in both countries to fly passengers in both directions without restrictions. The Air Bubble Agreement is a bilateral air corridor between different countries to ease travel restrictions imposed by different countries because of coronavirus. Despite the ban, India was one of the first nations to begin repatriating stranded Indians as early as May. Soon after, Air Bubbles was created to make travel easier. “Transport bubbles” or “Air Travel Arrangements” are temporary agreements between two countries that aim to resume commercial passenger transport when scheduled international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. They are reciprocal, which means that airlines in both countries enjoy similar benefits. The details of these agreements, such as those of 18.11.2020, are as follows: It should be noted that Oman becomes the 16th country with which India established the air bubble regime as part of the central government`s Vande Bharat mission. Read also – International flights for commercial travel remain suspended until the end of the year: DGCA New Delhi Jagran News Desk: All international flights to and from India have been banned after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on March 24 a national closure to break the highly contagious coronavirus chain. However, as the situation improved slightly, the centre set up an air bubble with several countries, allowing international passengers to resume their flights in India. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has previously said the government is discussing similar agreements with other countries.
India has built an air bubble with Afghanistan. Indian airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now allowed to offer routes between India and Afghanistan and to carry on these flights the following categories of persons: the Ministry of Civil Aviation recently announced that it had created air bubbles with two other countries, Ukraine and Bangladesh, the total number of countries with which bilateral air bubbles were created. Hardeep Singh Puri also announced that India was negotiating with 13 other countries to resume international air operations. These include Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Kenya, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. In an air bubble agreement between two countries, special international flights can be made by their airlines to recover those stranded with a COVID 19 pandemic. i. stranded Canadian nationals/residents and foreigners with valid Canadian visas who are allowed to enter Canada; Passengers travelling on flights between India and Ethiopia should only be destined for African countries. Similarly, only passengers from African countries should be allowed to travel on flights between Ethiopia and India. Last month, he said India was negotiating with 13 countries, including Australia, Japan and Singapore, to establish separate bilateral agreements for international air bubbles.