Air Transport Bubbles Flights

Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Update on India Visa and Travel Restrictions 

Recall that the aftermath of the rampaging Covid-19 pandemic had led to various steps taken by the government to restrict movement into and out of India since February 2020.

Government is hereby announcing another graded relaxation to the restrictions on visa and travel. This new relaxation caters for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India. 

With this development, permission is hereby granted to all OCI and PIO cardholders. This also extends to other foreign nationals who are planning to visit India for any purpose. However, foreigners with a Tourist Visa are still exempted.  

All categories of travelers covered under this new relaxation are to enter India by air or by water via the authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts. 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation approved non scheduled commercial airlines, Air Transport Bubble arrangements or flights operated under Vande Bharat Mission are the only authorized means of entering for this category of travelers. 

It is important to note that there must be strict compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Also, all quarantine and other health guidelines should be adhered to strictly.

Lastly, this latest graded relaxation by the government has also restored with immediate effect all existing visas (except electronic visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa)

For a visa in the category of those restored but whose validity has expired, the government allows that such traveler visits a concerned Indian mission/post for issuance of fresh visas of appropriate categories. 

Moreover, foreign nationals traveling for the purpose of medical treatment can apply for a Medical Visa for themselves and their attendants. 

In summary, this relaxation will now enable foreign nationals to come to India henceforth for the purposes of business, employment, research, studies, medical, conference etc.

Air Transport Bubbles Flights
“Transport Bubbles" or "Air Travel Arrangements" are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting domestic passenger services when periodic international flights have been suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are common in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits. The details of these arrangements are as follows:

1. Afghanistan

India has established an air transport bubble using Afghanistan. Indian carriers and Ariana Afghan Airlines are currently permitted to run services between India and Afghanistan and carry the following types of persons on these flights:

A. From India to Afghanistan

  • Afghanistan nationals/residents and overseas nationals holding valid Afghanistan visas, if needed; and
  • Any Indian national holding any kind of valid visa from Afghanistan and yearning for Afghanistan just. It could be for the airlines concerned to make sure that there's not any travel restriction for Indian nationals to go into Afghanistan with the specific visa class before problem of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Afghanistan into India

  • Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Afghanistan passports; and
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in almost any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

2. Bahrain

India Has created an aviation arrangement with Bahrain. Air India/Air India Express and Gulf Air are now permitted to operate services between India and Bahrain and carry the following categories of men on these flights:

A. From India to Bahrain

  • Bahraini nationals/residents;
  • Any Indian federal holding any kind of valid visa in the Kingdom of Bahrain and yearning for Bahrain only. It would be for the airlines concerned to make sure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Bahrain with the specific visa category prior to issue of ticket/ boarding pass into the Indian passenger.

B. From Bahrain to India

  • Indian nationals stranded in Bahrain;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Bahraini passports; and
  • Bahraini nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an (Indian Embassy) Indian Mission in almost any kind covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission  in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

3. Bangladesh

Since 28th October 2020, there has been an air travel arrangement between India and Bangladesh. This arrangement which in the interim will lapse on 31st January 2021 allows Indian and Bangladeshi carriers to operate their flights between the two countries. The flights, however, still have restrictions of passengers to be carried, they are:

A. From India to Bangladesh

  • Nationals and residents of Bangladesh; 
  • Foreign nationals holding valid Bangladeshi visa; and
  • Indian national holding any type of valid Bangladeshi visa. In this case, before issuing boarding passes or tickets to Indians traveling to Bangladesh, the airlines involved are obligated to ensure that there is no form of travel restriction in Bangladesh for Indian nationals.

B. From Bangladesh to India

  • Indian nationals;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Bangladeshi issued passports; and
  • Bangladeshi nationals, Bangladeshi residents and foreigners holding any valid Indian Mission issued a visa. This arrangement covers diplomats also. A visa is valid if it falls in any category covered under India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30th June 2020 and as amended regularly.

4. Bhutan

India Has created an air travel arrangement with Bhutan. Indian and Bhutanese carriers are now permitted to operate services between India and Bhutan and carry the following categories of persons on such flights:

A. From India to Bhutan

  • Nationals/residents of Bhutan and overseas nationals holding valid visa from Bhutan, if required;
  • Any Indian national. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there's not any travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Bhutan using the particular visa class before issue of ticket/ boarding pass into the Indian passenger.

B. By Bhutan to India

  • Indian nationals;
  •  All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Bhutan; and
  • Bhutanese nationals/residents (including diplomats) and thieves (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020, as amended from time to time.

5. Canada

India Has created an air travel arrangement with Canada. Indian carriers and Air Canada are currently permitted to operate services between India and Canada and carry the following categories of persons on these flights:

A. From India to Canada

  • Stranded Canadian nationals/residents and foreigners with valid Canadian visa eligible to enter Canada;
  • Indian nationals with legitimate visas eligible to enter Canada. It could be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Canada prior to problem of ticket/ boarding pass into the Indian passenger; and 
  • Seamen of international nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports will be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

B. From Canada to India

  • Stranded Indian nationals;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Canadian passports; and
  • Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India according to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

6. Ethiopia 

There is a travel arrangement between Ethiopia and India which allows carriers from both countries to operate services between them and carry the following categories of persons on such flights:

A. From India to Ethiopia

  • Stranded Ethiopian nationals or residents;
  • Other foreign nationals, and/or their spouses going to other countries in Africa and will be passing through Ethiopia;
  • Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan with a valid visa for the destination African country. In this case, before issuing boarding pass or tickets to any Indian, Nepalese or Bhutanese traveling to Africa via Ethiopia, the airlines involved are obligated to ensure that there is no form of travel restriction in the destination country for nationals of these three countries; and
  • Indian and other foreign nationalities Seamen traveling to African countries only. Seamen traveling with an Indian passport, however, have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Shipping. 

 B. From Ethiopia to India

  • Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any African country;
  • All Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding valid passport of any country; 
  • Other than for tourism purpose, all foreign nationals and their dependents from any Africa country intending to visit India; and
  • Seamen from countries in Africa.

As a general guide, it should be noted that the only passengers destined for African countries are allowed on flights from India to Ethiopia. Likewise, only passengers from African countries should be allowed on flights from Ethiopia to India.

7. France

India Has created an atmosphere bubble arrangement with France. French and indian carriers are now permitted to operate services between India and France and take the following types of men on these flights:

A. From India to France

  • Indian nationals who are allowed to travel abroad according to MHA guidelines dated 01.07.2020 and longing for EU;
  • Stranded EU nationals/residents, foreign nationals destined for Europe and transiting through France or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise; and
  • Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be let subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

B. From France to India

  • Stranded Indian nationals;
  • Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), that are eligible to enter India according to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

8. Germany

India Has created an air bubble arrangement with Germany. Indian and German carriers are now permitted to run services between India and Germany and carry the following types of persons on these flights:

A. From India to Germany

  • Indian nationals who are permitted to travel abroad according to MHA guidelines dated 01.07.2020 and destined for EU;
  • Stranded EU nationals/residents, foreign nationals destined for Europe and transiting through Germany or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise; and
  • Seamen of international nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be let subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

B. From Germany to India

  • Stranded Indian nationals;
  • Foreigners (like diplomats and OCI card holders), that are qualified to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

9. Iraq

India Has created an air bubble arrangement with Iraq. Indian and Iraqi carriers are now permitted to run services between India and Iraq and carry the following categories of persons on these flights:

A. From India into Iraq

  • Nationals/residents of Iraq;
  • Any Indian federal holding any kind of valid visa from Iraq and destined for Iraq just. It could be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there's no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Iraq with all the particular visa category prior to issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Iraq into India

  • Indian nationals stranded in Iraq;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of both Iraq; and
  • Nationals of Iraq (including diplomats), holding valid visa issued by an Indian embassy  in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    visa issued by an Indian Mission

10. Japan

India Has generated an air bubble with Japan. Japanese and indian carriers are now permitted to run services between India and Japan and carry the following categories of persons on these flights:

A. From India to Japan

  • Stranded nationals/residents of Japan and foreign nationals holding valid Japanese visas subject to the boundary steps and travel limitations imposed by the government of Japan in the time of travel; and
  • Any Indian federal holding any kind of legal visa from Japan subject to the border steps and travel restrictions imposed by the government of Japan at the time of travel. It would be for the airlines concerned to make sure that there's not any travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Japan with all the specific visa category prior to problem of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Japan to India

  • Stranded Indian nationals;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of both Japan; and
  • Foreigners (including diplomats), holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in almost any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

11. Kenya

Between India and Kenya, there is an air bubble. With this arrangement, carriers of both countries can now operate services between India and Kenya carrying the following categories of persons on such flights:

A. From India to Kenya

  • Nationals/residents of any country in Africa; and
  • Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan with a valid visa for the destination African country. In this case, before issuing boarding passes or tickets to any Indian, Nepalese or Bhutanese traveling to Africa via Ethiopia, the airlines involved are obligated to ensure that there is no form of travel restriction in the destination country for nationals of these three countries.

 B. From Kenya to India

  • Any Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any African country;
  • All Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding valid passport of any country; and
  • All African nationals and their dependents (diplomats inclusive) who intend to visit India for any purpose other than tourism.

Passengers on the air bubbles from India to Kenya should be destined for African countries only, while those on bubbles from Kenya to India should be passengers originating from countries in Africa only.

12. Kuwait

There is an air bubble between India and Kuwait which allows carriers from both countries to operate services both ways, carrying the following categories of passengers on such flights:

A. From India to Kuwait:

  • Nationals of Kuwait; and
  • Any Indian national eligible to travel to Kuwait and destined for Kuwait only. The onus is on the concerned carriers to ensure that travelers from India are eligible to enter Kuwait before issuing them a travelling ticket or a boarding pass.

B. From Kuwait to India:

  • Nationals of Indian origin stranded in Kuwait;
  • All Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders; and
  • Kuwaiti nationals (including their dependents carrying appropriate category of dependent visa) intending to visit India with any visa other than a tourist visa.

As a general guide, travelers on air bubbles from India to Kuwait are destined for Kuwait only, while on the other hand, only passengers leaving Kuwait only are allowed on arranged flights from Kuwait to India.

13. Maldives

India Has created an atmosphere bubble arrangement with Maldives. Indian and Maldivian carriers are currently allowed to operate flights between India and Maldives and take the following categories of individuals on these flights:

A. From India to Maldives:

  • Maldivian nationals/residents and foreign nationals holding valid Maldivian visas, if needed;
  • Any Indian federal. It would be for the airlines concerned to make sure that there is not any travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Maldives before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Maldives to India:

  • Indian nationals;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Maldivian passports, and
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

14. Nepal

The air travel bubble between India and Nepal now allows Air India and Nepal Airlines to operate flights between Delhi and Kathmandu. Such flights caters for the following categories of passengers:

A. From India to Nepal:

  • Indian and Nepali nationals. Before issuing Indians traveling to Nepal boarding passes or tickets, the airlines involved are obligated to ensure that there is no form of travel restriction in Nepal for Indian nationals;
  • Third country nationals and diplomat passport carriers with valid Nepal visa or entry permit (as it may be required).

B. From Nepal to India:

  • Indian and Nepali nationals;
  • All Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders with passports of any country; and
  • All third country nationals and diplomat passport carriers (including their dependents carrying appropriate category of dependent visa) who intend to visit India with any visa other than a tourist visa.

Passengers on the air travel bubbles destined for Nepal only are allowed on flights from India to Nepal. In the same vein, only passengers originating from Nepal only are catered for on bubbles to India from Nepal.

15. Netherlands

With effect from 1st November 2020, India and Netherlands have put in place an air travel bubble. Flights of the Indian and Dutch carriers are now permitted to fly the following categories of passengers within the two countries:

A. From India to Netherlands:

  • Stranded nationals and residents of Netherlands
  • Stranded foreign nationals leaving India to any of the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa. These set of travelers and (or) their spouses have their destination flights transiting through Netherlands;
  • Any Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan destined for any country in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only and holding a valid visa of the destination country. In this case, before issuing boarding passes or tickets to any Indian, Nepalese or Bhutanese traveling to any of the three areas through Netherlands, the airlines involved are obligated to ensure that there is no form of travel restriction in the destination country for nationals of these three countries.
  • Indian and other foreign nationalities Seamen traveling to EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only. Seamen traveling with an Indian passport, however, have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

B. From Netherlands to India:

  • Any Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any country in EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only;
  • All Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders in any country; 
  • All foreign nationals (from any country in EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only) and diplomat passport carriers (including their dependents carrying appropriate category of dependent visa) intending to visa India with any visa other than a tourist visa; and
  • Seamen from EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only.

Travelers on board the bubble from India to Netherlands should be destined for countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only. Also, only travelers leaving from countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa will be permitted to travel on the arranged flights from the Netherlands to India.

16. Nigeria

India Has created an atmosphere bubble arrangement together with Nigeria. Nigerian and indian carriers are now permitted to operate flights between India and Nigeria and carry the following types of persons on such flights:

A. From India to Nigeria:

  • Stranded Nigerian nationals/residents, foreign nationals destined for Africa and transiting through Nigeria or spouses of these men, whether accompanying or ;
  • Any Indian national holding any kind of valid Nigerian visa and yearning for any country in Africa. It would be for the airlines concerned to Make Sure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the destination state before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and
  • Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports will be let subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

B. From Nigeria to India:

  • Indian nationals stranded in almost any country in Africa;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Nigerian passports;
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports issued by any state in Africa who are eligible to enter India according to MHA guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time; and
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in almost any kind covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

17. Oman

India and Oman have created an air bubble arrangement which allows carriers to fly passengers between India and Oman. The following categories of persons are allowed on such flights:

A. From India to Oman:

  • Nationals and residents of Oman;
  • Indian nationals who hold valid Omani residency permit and are destined for Oman only. The onus is on the airline carriers to confirm that such category of Indian nationals are eligible to enter Oman before issuing them a ticket or boarding pass.

B. From Oman to India:

  • Nationals of India stranded in Oman;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Omani passports;
  • Omani nationals holding any valid Indian Mission issued visa. This arrangement covers diplomats also. A visa is valid if it falls in any category covered under India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30th June 2020 and as amended regularly

18. Qatar

India Has created a air bubble arrangement with the State of Qatar. This bubble is legitimate till 31.10.2020. Indian carriers and Qatar Airways are currently permitted to operate flights between India and Qatar and carry the following categories of persons on such flights:

A. From India to Qatar:

  • Qatari nationals;
  • Any Indian federal holding any type of legal Qatar visa and yearning for Qatar only. It could be for the airlines concerned to make sure that there is not any travel restriction for Indian nationals to get into Qatar with the specific visa class before problem of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Qatar to India:

  • Indian nationals stranded in Qatar;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports, and
  • Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in almost any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

19. Rwanda

Since 1st November 2020 there has been an air travel arrangement between India and Rwanda. This arrangement allows Indian and Rwandan carriers to operate their flights between the two countries. The flights, however, still have restrictions of passengers to be carried, they are:

A. From India to Rwanda:

  • Rwanda nationals and residents, their spouses and accompanying relatives/friends who are stranded in India. Also foreign nationals (and their spouses or accompany) destined for Africa and passing through Rwanda;
  • Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan with a valid visa for a destination African country. In this case, before issuing boarding pass or tickets to any Indian, Nepalese or Bhutanese traveling to Africa via Rwanda, the airlines involved are obligated to ensure that there is no form of travel restriction in the destination country for nationals of these three countries; and
  • Indian and other foreign nationalities Seamen traveling to African countries only. Seamen traveling with an Indian passport, however, have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

B. From Rwanda to India:

  • Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any African country;
  • All Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding valid passport of any country;
  • Other than for tourism purpose, all foreign nationals and their dependents from any Africa country intending to visit India; and
  • Seamen from countries in Africa.

Only passengers destined for African countries are allowed on flights from India to Rwanda. Likewise, only passengers from African countries should be allowed on flights from Rwanda to India.

20. Tanzania

There is an air bubble between India and Kuwait which allows carriers from both countries to operate services both ways, carrying the following categories of passengers on such flights:

A. From India to Tanzania:

  • Nationals/residents of Tanzania who are stranded, foreign nationals going to any Africa country and passing through Tanzania. This arrangement also works for their spouses whether accompanying or not;
  • Any Indian, Nepalese or Bhutanese national going to any African country and is in possession of the country’s  valid visa. In such situation, however, the concerned airlines are to ensure that there are no local travel restrictions in the destination countries for nationals of these three countries before issuing them tickets or boarding passes; and
  • Indian and other foreign nationalities Seamen traveling to African countries only. Seamen traveling with an Indian passport, however, have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

B. From Tanzania to India:

  • Nationals of Indian, Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any African country;
  • All Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding valid passport of any country;
  • Other than for tourism purpose, all foreign nationals and their dependents from any Africa country intending to visit India; and
  • Seamen from countries in Africa.

Travelers using this air bubble arrangement from India to Tanzania should be destined for only African countries. For flights from Tanzania to India, only passengers leaving from African countries should be allowed on board.

21. Ukraine

Between India and Ukraine there is an air bubble. With this arrangement, carriers of both countries can now operate services between India and Ukraine carrying the following categories of persons on such flights:

A. From India to Ukraine:

  • Residents and nationals of CIS countries with the exception of Russia;
  • Any Indian, Nepal or Bhutan national whose destination is any CIS country (other than Russai) and also holding their valid visa.  Before issuing a ticket or boarding pass, the airlines concerned are obligated to ensure that there is no travel restriction for nationals of these three countries to enter the destination country. 

B. From Ukraine to India:

  • Indian nationals, Nepalese nationals or Bhutanese nationals in CIS countries (other than Russia);
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders carrying passports of any country; and
  • Nationals of CIS countries (including their dependents) intending to visit India for any purpose other than for tourism purpose. This arrangement also works for carriers of diplomatic, service and official passports. Russians are not included.

Passengers traveling on arranged bubble flights from India to Ukraine should be destined for only CIS countries, but not Russia. Likewise, only passengers coming from CIS countries (other than Russia) should be allowed to travel on air bubbles from Ukraine to India.

22. United Arab Emirates (UAE)

India Has created an air bubble arrangement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This bubble is valid till 31.10.2020. Indian and UAE carriers are now permitted to operate flights between India and UAE and carry the following categories of men on these flights:

A. From India to UAE:

  • UAE nationals.
  • ICA approved UAE inhabitants destined for UAE only.
  • Any Indian federal holding any kind of valid UAE visa and destined for UAE just. It will be for the airlines involved to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to go into UAE with all the specific visa class prior to problem of ticket/ boarding pass into the Indian passenger.

B. By UAE to India:

  • Stranded Indian nationals;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UAE passports; and
  • UAE nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in almost any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

23. United Kingdom (UK)

India Has created an aviation agreement with the United Kingdom. Indian and UK carriers are now permitted to operate services between India and UK and take the following categories of men on such flights:

A. From India to UK

  • Stranded UK nationals/residents, overseas nationals transiting through UK or partners of those persons, whether accompanying or ;
  • Any Indian federal holding any type of valid UK visa and yearning for UK only. It could be for the airlines concerned to Make Sure that There's no travel restriction for Indian nationals to get into UK using all the Specific visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and
  • Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

B. From UK to India

  • Stranded Indian nationals;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UK passports; and
  • Foreigners (including diplomats), that are qualified to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines obsolete 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

24. United States of America (USA)

India Has created an aviation arrangement with the United States of America. Indian and US carriers are currently allowed to run services between India and USA and carry the following categories of persons on these flights:

A. From India to USA

  • US citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals holding valid US visas;
  • Any Indian federal holding any type of legal US visa. It could be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to get into USA using the Specific visa category before problem of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and
  • Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports will be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Transportation

B. From USA to India

  • Stranded Indian nationals;
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding US passports; and
  • Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

All The airlines are permitted to sell tickets between India and the respective nations in each direction by using their sites, revenue representatives and Global Distribution Systems.

Before Making any reservations in the flights being managed under the above Arrangements, the passengers must confirm that they are allowed entry into The destination country.

5 responses to “Air Transport Bubbles Flights”

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