Home Ministry of India announced on Friday that Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders from the US, UK, German and France, with whom India has signed ‘air bubble’ arrangements, can now travel to India.
Other foreigners from these countries were also allowed to use an Indian visa facility for business, medical and professional purposes.
According to a statement from the Home Ministry, Indian citizens were also allowed to travel to these countries on any type of visa.
“The Home Ministry has allowed OCI cardholders from countries with which the Department of Civil Aviation has” bubble “agreements to enter India,” said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
India has so far had bilateral air travel agreements or “bubbles” with the US, UK, Germany and France when the international travel was ban due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other countries could be included in this system in the future, says the notification.
India again extended the international commercial flights suspension till 31 August due to Covid-19 in the country, said Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
However, the government has allowed gradual movement of passenger traffic via ‘Transport Bubble’ agreements that have been signed with USA, France, and Germany and United Kingdom.
Moreover, the Ministry of Health & Welfare Organisation on Sunday issued revised guidelines for international flight passengers who were arriving in India. The fresh orders will come into effect from 8 August 2020.
You can read the guidelines here.