The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has announced that Indian citizens can now travel to the USA, Germany and France on any type of visa.
Until now, only citizens with a special residence status in these countries or citizens with selected long-term visas were allowed to fly out.
Currently, India has air bubble arrangements with the US, UK, France and Germany and there have been indications that this list will soon include more countries.
France recently issued a circular making the PCR test mandatory for Indian arrivals. The German Health Minister Jens Spahn also stated last week that from August 8, people from a large number of high-risk countries will have to take part in coronavirus tests.
In addition, foreigners from countries with which the MoCA has bubble agreements can now use the Indian Visa Facility for business, medical and employment purposes in the country.
The Interior Ministry has also allowed OCI cardholders from countries with air bubble regulations to enter India. “The restrictions on the entry of OCI cardholders from countries with which the MoCA has made bubble agreements to India have been lifted. You are cordially invited to come to India, ”said a MoCA tweet on Sunday.
Given the increase in tourist traffic these air bubbles are expected to lead to, India is also streamlining the international arrival process during these pandemic times to speed up turnaround time at airports.
Now, people with Covid-negative reports of tests performed within 96 hours of leaving India and certain categories of distressed arrivals can apply for an exemption from paid or institutional quarantine.