Travel to Tanzania and the Netherlands now possible; India’s travel bubble extends to 20 countries

Travel to Tanzania and the Netherlands now possible; India’s travel bubble extends to 20 countries

The latest countries to be added into the air bubble agreement with India are the Netherlands and Tanzania. India’s air bubble arrangement has now been extended to 20 countries, with the latest addition of these two countries. As per the reports, the recently added air bubble arrangement will be effective from November.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued a circular regarding the air bubble arrangement with the Netherlands, stating that India has created an air bubble with the Netherlands from November 1, 2020, which would remain in place till scheduled international flights between the two countries are resumed.

As per the circular, Indian citizens stranded in South America or Africa, or any country in the EU/Schengen area, as well as all OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) cardholders and PIO (Person of Indian Origin) cardholders holding passports of any country, can travel on flights from the Netherlands to India.

Travel to Tanzania and the Netherlands now possible; India’s travel bubble extends to 20 countries

Also, foreign nationals (from South America of Africa, or any country in the EU/Schengen area) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on the appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist Visa, and seamen from EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa can also travel on these flights.

As of now, India has entered into air bubble arrangements with 20 countries, including Afghanistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Bahrain, Germany, France, Japan, Iraq, the Maldives, Qatar, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates.

Further, as mentioned earlier, scheduled international flights have been suspended till November 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, special flights are being operated under the Vande Bharat Mission since May to repatriate stranded citizens from abroad.

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