Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said: “The mission to repatriate stranded citizens began on 6 May 2020 and is now on the verge of being admitted to Phase 7. International travel of more than 28 Lakh people has been facilitated so far. There are more flights and air bubble arrangements to do more. VBM continues… India has just concluded an air bubble agreement with the Netherlands and Tanzania. With the addition of these two countries, the country`s air bubble now extends to 20 tourist destinations. The air bubble with the Netherlands will come into effect on 1 November. 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. An important day for Goa Int`l airport.
Today, Air India launches its LHR-GOI-LHR direct flight, B787. First once a week, then twice a week from November under Air Bubble. Goa connects directly to London. @HardeepSPuri @airindiain @MoCA_GoI @AAI_Official @TourismGoa @aairedwr pic.twitter.com/8iFS8tG4kG While quarantine and test criteria apply, passengers must comply with Indian Ministry of the Interior guidelines. In addition, travellers should understand that air bubbles apply strictly to these specific routes. For example, while non-essential travel is gradually allowed in the European Union, India is not on the list of recommended countries from which travel is permitted. In addition, not all types of visas will be allowed to enter the destination country. The reasons for this trip to India are repatriation, health, economy, manufacturing, engineering/management/design expertise and a few other areas, as long as certain conditions are met. A bilateral air bubble is that some countries decide to open the travel corridor between them on the basis of understanding and partnership. Given the current situation of COVID 19, a bilateral air bubble is signed between two nations, which agree to allow return flights between their countries.
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. According to a statement by India`s Director General of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, “An air bubble is a travel corridor between two countries that will fly their planes in a regulated environment.” In July, India first built travel bubbles with the United States, Germany and France. Since then, India has entered into agreements with 10 other nations – Britain, Canada, maldives, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan. India includes the Netherlands and Tanzania in the list of air bubble agreements. This type of agreement helps the host country to recognize that it is aware of the pandemic situation of the other country, but that it would move forward and allow its passengers to travel to their country. This mutual understanding is essential to ease the flight restrictions imposed on arriving passengers, who must follow a selected protocol taking into account the pandemic situation of the host country. Earlier this week, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that an air bubble system had been set up as part of the Vande Bharat mission for flights between India and Ukraine. Special flights are intended to ensure the safety of travel between countries in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has concluded air bubble agreements with several countries, although scheduled international flights remain prohibited due to the COVID 19 pandemic.