India has signed ‘Air Bubbles‘ agreement with the United States, Germany, and France; international flights to these destinations from various Indian cities have resumed.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has said that international air travel is not like regular international travel. The flyers must adhere to the rules and regulations of the target country.
Therefore, the resumption of the international is NOT for vacation.
However, here are the travel and quarantine rules you will have to follow when flying to Germany, France, and the US:
- Residence permit
- Permanent residence permit
- Family reunion visa including intended marriage
- Long-term visa (category “D”) for employment in the fields of health and health research, for the care of the elderly as well as for specialists and highly qualified workers whose employment is economically necessary and whose work cannot be postponed or carried out abroad
- Long-term visa (category “D”) for study purposes as long as the study cannot be carried out entirely from abroad
“We recommend bringing corresponding proof (e.g. copy of marriage (registration) certificate as well as of the German passport of your partner, confirmation from your employer/university) or the residence permit card to the Airport. Transit is also permitted for those exempt from a Schengen transit visa; please keep your confirmed onward ticket ready and make sure prior to departure that your country of destination allows your entry,” the embassy notice said.
- Note:- Family visits, visits for job seeking are NOT allowed.
- Quarantine: Compulsory home quarantine 14 days
France (Who are allowed)
- Spouses and children of French citizens.
- Persons domiciled in France or in the European Union or an assimilated country thereof (United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Norway, Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, Vatican and San Marino), holders of a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa, and their
Spouse and children;
- health professionals to combat COVID-19; Freight forwarders, including seafarers; Crews and personnel who perform passenger and cargo flights or travel as passengers to reach their departure base; Personnel from diplomatic and consular representations as well as from international organizations headquartered or based in France who have a special residence permit or visa D.
“A completed international travel certificate must be presented before boarding and immigration upon arrival or when traveling to France. The certificate must be obtained before departure from the French consular offices abroad or online at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr, ”says the message from the embassy.
Passengers arriving in France:
- are under quarantine or isolation; and
- must provide a full declaration of honor stating that they have no symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration must be dated with the passenger’s name and signature.
There is no restriction for Indian passport holders who have a valid US visa. Passengers who have traveled in the past 14 days or have been in certain countries are not allowed to enter the United States.
Who is allowed in the U.S.
- Nationals and permanent residents of the United States;
- spouses of nationals and permanent residents of the United States;
- Parents / legal guardians of an unmarried, under-21, or permanent U.S. citizen;
- The unmarried, under-21 brother or sister of a US citizen or permanent resident who is unmarried and under-21;
- the child / foster child / community of a citizen or permanent resident in the United States;
- Passengers with the following visas: A-1, A-2, C-1, C-1 / D, C-2, C-3, D, E-1 (as employees of TECRO or TECO or the employee’s immediate family members ), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, IR-4, IH-4, NATO-1 to NATO-4 or NATO-6 visa;
- Members of the United States Armed Forces, spouses and children of members of the United States Armed Forces;
- Passengers with proof of travel at the invitation of the United States government for a purpose related to coronavirus containment / abatement (COVID-19);
- Passengers with documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or the U.S. Department of State that indicate that the passenger is exempt from the restriction;
- B1 crew members who deal with lighter, outer continental shelf (OCS) activities, wind farm activities, private air / sea crew and other similar active crew members.
Indian citizens seeking to travel on outbound Air India flights to the US, on the basis of their
F1 visas, for higher studies, may not be able to the USA if,
- Your F or M category visa is valid for less than 6 months from the date of your planned stay
- You are a new admission case and have not yet joined your educational institution
the COVID 19 outbreak.
(With Inputs From India.com)