Complete Guidelines For International Air Travel

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About Air Bubbles Agreement

Transport Bubbles or Air Travel Arrangements are temporary arrangements between two countries that aim to restart commercial passenger services in situations where regular international flights are suspended, like with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

These arrangements are reciprocal in nature, so airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits. In addition to Indian carriers, international carriers from these countries can now operate services. The details of such arrangements are as follows:

List of Countries Having Bilateral Agreement With India

Afghanistan Kingdom of BahrainRussia
BangladeshKenyaRwanda
BhutanKuwaitTanzania
CanadaMaldivesSeychelles
EthiopiaNepalUAE
FranceNetherlandsUkraine
GermanyNigeriaUK
IraqOmanUSA
JapanQatarUzbekistan

General Guidelines To Follow Before Booking Flights

  • Register with Indian High commission and upload registration ID. number onto reservation for Inbound Journey as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) & (MOCA) guidelines.
  • Airlines and Airport directed self declaration form to be filled.
  • Recommended COVID-19 negative test 48/72/96 hours before boarding the flight.
  • Quarantine (subject to state and country guidelines).
  • Download Aarogya Setu App.

Outbound Flights

All Indian and foreign airlines can carry the following passengers out of India:

  • Indian nationals with Business visa & Tourist visa issued as per Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • (MOCA) guidelines
  • Foreign nationals and OCI holder
  • Long Term visa holders
  • Students

Inbound Flights

All Indian and foreign airlines can carry the following passengers into India from abroad:

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  • Stranded Indian nationals
  • Foreign nationals (including diplomats, OCI card holders and business or employment visa holders) who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
  • Students

Safety Rules & Regulations

  • Aarogya Setu App: To be installed before reaching the airport. The passenger’s health declaration will be further validated by the airport authorities.
  • RT-PCR Test: Recommend for RT-PCR Test, Test requirement varies as per country. Book your RT-PCR test with FC Travel Sure, for more details contact our representative.
  • Reporting At Airport: Recommended 4 Hours prior to departure, which will allow authority to undertake health safety measures.
  • Baggage limitation: Reconfirm Check-in baggage limitation.
  • Boarding Pass: It’s recommended to complete web-check in and print the same also Traveler to download the baggage tag, print & affix it on baggage.
  • Social Distancing: Passenger to follow social distancing and hygiene.
  • Safety Kit: Traveler to carry safety kit (Mask & Sanitizer) Mandatory to wear MASK & HAND GLOVES – Carry 350ml of sanitizer

Important Note – Please note according to the guidelines received from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the outbound passengers traveling from India to international destinations will be allowed to board flights only if they carry a negative RT PCR test report with a QR CODE effective 0001 hours on 22nd May 2021.

Travel to India

Airlines Quarantine Rules Student VisaTourist visaBusiness VisaWork Permit
Air France & KLM 14 Days Home Quarantine*Yes**NoYesYes
Lufthansa 14 Days Home Quarantine*Yes**NoYesYes
British Airways 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Emirates 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
United Airlines 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Air Canada 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Air India 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Air India Express 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Qatar Airways 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Virgin Atlantic 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Indigo Airlines 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Vistara 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Gulf Air 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Oman Air 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Kenya Airways 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Biman Bangladesh 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Air Tanzania 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Ethiopian Airline 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Kuwait Airways 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
Aeroflot 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes
All Nippon Airlines 14 Days Home Quarantine*YesNoYesYes

*Mandatory RT-PCR negative test to be obtained within 72 hrs prior dep & upload the report on Air Suvidha along with self-declaration and exemption form to be filled only if in case of death in the family.

** One of the parents is an Indian or OCI Cardholder.

Please Note: At Maharashtra Traveler from the UK, Brazil, South Africa, Middle-East & European countries must undergo 7days Institutional Quarantine + 7days Home Quarantine, Exempted if both doses of vaccination are completed.

Please Note: Rest of India Traveler from the UK, Brazil and South Africa must undergo test upon arrival, if tested negative 7days Home Quarantine, Shall be tested again after 7Days Exempted if both doses of vaccination are completed.

Travel From India

CountryQuarantine RulesStudent VisaTourist visaBusiness VisaWork PermitTransit
EU, EEAAt discretion of Authorities *YesNoNoYesYes
EU Nations, Africa or South AmericaAt discretion of Authorities *YesNoYesYesYes
United Kingdom10 Day Institutional Quarantine*YesNoNoYesNo
Dubai10-day home or hotel quarantine***NoNoNoNoNo
Abu Dhabi10 Days Quarantine *NoNoNoNoNo
USA14 day Self Isolation*NoNoNoNoNo
Canada3 Nights 10 & 12night HQ* YesNoNoYesNo
MaldivesHome quarantine for 14 days**NoNoNoYesNo
Qatar10 Days Quarantine ***NoNoNoYesYes
Kingdom of Bahrain10 days Hotel Quarantine***NoNoNoYesNo
EthiopiaNo Quarantine*NoYesYesYesYes
RussiaNo Quarantine*NoYesYesYesYes
Japan14 day Self Isolation*NoNoYesYesNo
Iraq14 day Self Isolation’NoYesYesYesNo
Afghanistan14 day Self Isolation’NoYesYesNoNo
NigeriaNo Quarantine*NoYesYesNoYes
Oman14 Days Home Quarantine*NoNoNoYesYes
Bhutan21 day Self Isolation-NoNoNoNoNo
KenyaNo Quarantine”NoYesYesYesYes
Bangladesh14 Day Institutional Quarantine*NoNoYesYesNo
Netherlands14 day Self Isolation’NoNoNoYesYes
TanzaniaNo Quarantine*NoNoNoNoNo
RwandaNo Quarantine**NoNoNoNoNo
Kuwait7 Days HQ**NoNoNoYesNo
Nepal10 Days IQ**NoYesYesNoNo
UzbekistanNo Quarantine*NoYesYesNoNo
SeychellesNo Quarantine*YesYesYesYesYes

* Recommends to undergo Covid-19 test within 72 hrs. prior departure.
** Mandatory to undergo Covid-19 test within 96 hrs. prior departure
*** Mandatory to undergo Covid-19 test within 48 hrs. prior departure


NOTE:
Exemption of Quarantine as per discretion of airport authorities. Post furnishing Covid-19 negative test. Country guidelines may apply/change.

Country-wise Guidelines For Air Travel

1. Bangladesh11. Netherlands
2. Canada12. Nigeria
3. Ethiopia13. Oman
4. France14. Qatar
5. Germany15. Russia
6. Japan16. Rwanda
7. Kenya17. Tanzania
8. Kingdom of Bahrain18. UAE
9. Kuwait19. United Kingdom
10. Maldives20. United States

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