In a welcome move, India has begun lifting restrictions on the categories of people who can travel to and from countries with which air bubbles have been established.
As per latest reports, Indian nationals can travel to countries with which air bubble arrangements have been finalised on any type of visa. The latest to join this list of countries is UAE.
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Indian citizens carrying ‘any type of valid UAE visa’ can now travel to the country. This information was confirmed by the official Twitter handle of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA):
Hi. Indian citizens may travel to countries with which we have air bubble arrangements on any type of visa. UAE is one of the nations with which we have that arrangement.
— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) August 11, 2020
Pavan Kapoor, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE disclosed that both Indian and UAE airlines will be allowed to carry Indian nationals on any type of valid UAE visa:
Very pleased to see the @MoCA_GoI notification this evening as per which both Indian & UAE airlines can now carry any Indian national holding any type of valid UAE visa from India to UAE! @IndembAbuDhabi @cgidubai @MoFAICUAE
— Amb Pavan Kapoor (@AmbKapoor) August 10, 2020
Flight operations between India and UAE had been shut for about five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Recently, the MoCA had also notified that restrictions on the entry of OCI cardholders into India from countries with ‘air bubble’ arrangements have been removed. They are now welcome to enter India and avail Indian visa facility for business, medical and employment purposes in the country.
The decision to allow Indian nationals to travel to countries with ‘air bubble’ arrangements on any type of visa is sure to relieve stranded travellers, as well as give a much-needed push to international travel.
India is in talks to further establish air bubbles with countries including Japan, Canada, Tanzania, Egypt and South Africa.