Bengaluru Airport Reconnects Karnataka Capital To 14 international Destinations

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With travel restrictions easing worldwide, Bengaluru International Airport will now reconnect the state capital to 14 international destinations as part of international return flights, the Vande Bharat Mission and the air bubble programs.

According to Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), 13 airlines will operate international flights from Kempegowda International Airport under these programs.

Destinations directly connected from Bengaluru Airport include Abu Dhabi (Etihad, GoAir and Air India Express), Amsterdam (KLM Royal Dutch), Dubai (Emirates, Indigo, GoAir, Air India Express and Vistara), Doha (Indigo and Qatar Airways), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Kuwait (Air India & Indigo), Kuala Lumpur (Air India Express & Malaysian Airlines), London (Air India & British Airways), Muscat (Air India Express), Narita (Air India) , Paris (KLM Royal) Dutch), Riyadh (Indigo) and Singapore (Air India Express). The BLR airport is connected to San Francisco via Kochi (Air India).

“Passengers can get updated information on arrival and departure logs at Bengaluru airport’s official website. They need to check all information with their respective airlines for information on government policies, travel policies, and permissions, “BIAL said in a statement.

The Airport alos posted FAQs on Air Bubble:

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Frequently Asked Questions: Air Bubble

1. What is an Air Bubble flight?

An Air bubble is a bilateral arrangement between two countries where airlines from both countries can operate international flights with a set of regulations and restrictions. By the terms of this arrangement, flights will be allowed to operate until August 31, 2020.

2. How many Air Bubble flights are operating from BLR Airport?

The countries allowed to operate Air Bubble flights to/ from India are France, Germany, UAE and USA,. Please contact the following Airlines for the latest flight schedules/ destinations.

Lufthansa  (1800 102 5838) / https://www.lufthansa.com/in/en/homepage

Air France/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (1800 4192 033/ +91 124 623 3502) / https://wwws.airfrance.in/ /

Emirates (+91 91670 03333) / https://www.emirates.com/in/english/

Etihad Airways (1800 123 3901) / https://www.etihad.com/en-in/

Air India (1860-233-1407 / 0124-264-1407/ 020-2623-1407) / http://www.airindia.in/

Air India Express (+91 44 4001 3001) / https://www.airindiaexpress.in/

IndiGo (+91 0124 617 3838 / +91-9910383838) / https://www.goindigo.in/

For further details, please refer to the website of Ministry of Civil Aviation, India https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/en/about-air-transport-bubbles

3. What are the eligibility criteria for passengers to travel on Air Bubble flights?

The MoCA order, dated August 10, 2020 has outlined eligibility criteria for passengers to travel on Air Bubble flights. Domestic and International carriers are permitted to onboard passengers who meet the following criteria  on flights operated between India and their respective countries:

I. United States of America (USA)

A. Inbound flights to India
a. Stranded Indian nationals
b. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding US passports, and
c. Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated June 30, 2020

B. Outbound flights from India
a. Any Indian national holding any type of valid US visa. The airline must ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter USA with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger
b. US citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals holding valid US visas
c. Seamen of foreign nationalities/ holding Indian passports, subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

II. Canada

A. Inbound flights to India
a. Stranded Indian nationals
b. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Canadian passports, and
c. Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated June 30, 2020 (possible to do a hyperlink to this policy?)

B. Outbound flights from India
a. Stranded Canadian nationals/ residents
b. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Canadian visa. The airline must ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Canada with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger
c. Seamen of foreign nationalities/holding Indian passports, subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

III. United Kingdom


A. Inbound flights to India
a. Stranded Indian nationals
b. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding British passports, and
c. Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated June 30, 2020

B. Outbound flights from India
a. Stranded UK nationals/ residents, foreign nationals transiting through UK or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise
b. Any Indian national holding any type of valid UK visa and intended for UK only. The airline must ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the UK with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger
c. Seamen of foreign nationalities/holding Indian passports, subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

IV. United Arab Emirates (UAE)


A. Inbound flights to India
a. Stranded Indian nationals
b. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UAE passports, and
c. UAE nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated June 30, 2020

B. Outbound flights from India
a. UAE nationals
b. ICA-approved UAE residents destined for UAE only
c. Any Indian national holding any type of valid UAE visa and destined for UAE only. The airline must ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter UAE with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger

4. Where can arriving international passengers fill the self-reporting form online?

As per the circular issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India on August 2, 2020 the following guidelines are applicable for international passengers.

All international passengers arriving at BLR Airport must submit the Air Suvidha self-reporting form on the online portal https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.

Air Suvidha is an online system for international passengers to submit the form and declare their current health status. This form is mandatory and should be filled prior to boarding. In case of any exemption requests from standard quarantine procedures, the appropriate category needs to be updated with relevant documents. 

On submission, the application will be forwarded to the Airport Health Organisation (APHO) at BLR Airport. Upon arrival, passengers may show the application document in their email to the personnel manning the APHO counter.

5. What are the latest guidelines for International passengers arriving in BLR Airport?

As per the circular issued by Govt. of Karnataka on August 8, 2020 the following guidelines are applicable for international passengers:

Travellers must submit self-declaration form on the Yatri Karnataka portal https://www.covidwar.karnataka.gov.in/ or https://parihara.karnataka.gov.in/service38/ at least 72 hours before the scheduled date of travel. Travellers who don’t fill the self-declaration form prior to travel can fill it on the flight (in duplicate). A copy of the same must be handed over to the Health & Immigration officials at BLR Airport.

Business/ short term travellers with a negative RT-PCR test report shall be exempted from quarantine. Such passengers shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the test report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report should be produced upon arrival at BLR Airport.

All passengers must download Aarogya setu app, Quarantine watch app and Apthamitra App on their mobile devices. (https://covid19.karnataka.gov.in/new-page/softwares/en)

All arriving passengers will undergo screening protocols upon arrival including, submission of self-reporting form, thermal scanning, pulse oximeter reading and a check of the mandatory apps, as specified above.

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What is the cost of COVID-19 test, if done upon arrival at the Airport?

The cost of COVID-19 test shall be borne by the passengers (RAT: Rs 700 | RT-PCR: Rs 2,000) or as per guidelines issued by Govt. of Karnataka from time-to-time.

Requirements for Passengers to Travel to other Countries

Country      Reference Links – Information shared by respective countries     Information shared by Airlines 
Francehttps://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/  Air France
Germanyhttps://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/bevoelkerungsschutz/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html#doc13738352bodyText3Lufthansa
United Stateshttps://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.htmlUnited
UAEhttps://u.ae/en/information-and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/handling-the-covid-19-outbreak/travelling-amid-covid-19Etihad & Emirates

Passengers should connect with Airlines and confirm their eligibility for travel to a specific country, by referring to the guidelines available on the respective country’s regulatory website, as these guidelines are subject to change. 

International air traffic has been suspended since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After almost four months, India resumed international flights to the US via an air bubble.

Air transport bubbles are temporary agreements between two countries that aim to resume commercial passenger traffic if regular international flights are suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. India has air traffic agreements with countries such as the United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives.


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