Air Bubble: Passengers Can Now Take Connecting Flights To Some Countries


The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) India has now allowed passengers to take connecting flights to South America and Africa from Europe, UAE, and Qatar.

This means that passengers can fly to France, Germany, Holland, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha under air bubbles and then take connecting flights from there to South America and Africa.

Earlier, traveling to the EU/Schengen area under the air bubble arrangements was allowed from France and Germany.

“Passengers travelling under air bubble arrangements with France, Germany and Netherlands can further travel to EU/Schengen area, South American and African countries… Travellers of bubble arrangement between India-Qatar & India-UAE can further travel to South America and Africa.”

Ministry of Civil Aviation Said in a tweet

Similarly, MoCA has also allowed passengers traveling under air bubble arrangements with Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania to travel to any country in Africa. While, passengers traveling between India and Ukraine can travel to and from CIS countries, except Russia.

India has also allowed citizens of Nepal and Bhutan to travel via India to some air bubble countries.

“Nepalese and Bhutanese passengers along with Indian nationals have been allowed to travel under air bubble arrangements with Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Kenya, Netherlands, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, and UAE,”

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said in another tweet.

Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri in his recent tweet said that Normal flight services resume with Nepal under an air bubble arrangement. Indians and Nepalese nationals and all those having valid Indian visa (except tourist visa). OCI and PIO cardholders will also be able to travel. Air India and Nepal Airlines will operate one daily flight each.

Till now, India has the air bubble arrangements in place with a total of 23 countries which includes Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) And, United States of America (USA)


Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, special international passenger flights have been operating in India under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble arrangements formed between India and other countries since July.

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