International Travel Takes Flight: Eligibility Rules To Travel To & From 13 Countries

In the wake of the international travel resuming in India, backed by mandatory protocols amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the country has established bilateral air bubble arrangements with 13 countries — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, UAE, UK and USA.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Air Bubbles are in place with 13 countries. Others are being finalised. In addition to existing countries, people can also fly between India & Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Maldives, Nigeria & Qatar. Carriers of India and these countries will operate.”

What is an ‘Air Bubble Arrangement’?

A bilateral air bubble arrangement means that airlines of both the countries can temporarily operate international flights with certain limitations in place. The pact being reciprocal enables airlines from both countries to enjoy equal benefits.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has released detailed guidelines and eligibility rules on who can travel to these countries from India and the criteria for travelling to India from these countries.

Who can travel to these 13 countries?

Indian citizens holding a valid visa with validity of at least one month are eligible to travel to these countries. In addition, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders can also now arrive into India.

Detailed guidelines for each of the countries:

1. From India to the USA

-US citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals holding valid US visas.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid US visa. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the USA with the particular visa category before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

-Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

From the USA to India

-Stranded Indian nationals.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding US passports.

-Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

-All the airlines are permitted to sell tickets between India and the respective countries in each direction through their websites, sales agents and Global Distribution Systems.

2. From India to Canada

-Stranded Canadian nationals / residents and foreigners with valid Canadian visas eligible to enter Canada.

-Indian nationals with valid visas eligible to enter Canada. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Canada before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

-Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

From Canada to India

-Stranded Indian nationals.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Canadian passports.

Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

3. From India to France

-Indian nationals who are permitted to travel abroad as per MHA guidelines dated 01.07.2020 and destined for the EU.

-Stranded EU nationals / residents, foreign nationals destined for Europe and transiting through France or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise.

-Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

From France to India

-Stranded Indian nationals.

-Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

4. From India to Germany

-Indian nationals who are permitted to travel abroad as per MHA guidelines dated 01.07.2020 and destined for the EU.

-Stranded EU nationals / residents, foreign nationals destined for Europe and transiting through Germany or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise.

-Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

From Germany to India

-Stranded Indian nationals.

-Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

5. From India to the UK

-Stranded UK nationals / residents, foreign nationals transiting through the UK or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid UK visa and destined for the UK only. It would be for the airlines concerned to 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.

-Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

From the UK to India

-Stranded Indian nationals.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UK passports.

-Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

6. From India to Afghanistan

-Afghanistan nationals / residents and foreign nationals holding valid Afghanistan visas, if required.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from Afghanistan and destined for Afghanistan only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Afghanistan with the particular visa category before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Afghanistan to India

-Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan.
-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Afghanistan passports.

-Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

7. From India to the UAE

-UAE nationals.

-ICA approved UAE residents destined for the UAE only.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid UAE visa and destined for the UAE only. It would be for the airlines concerned to 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.

From the UAE to India

-Stranded Indian nationals.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UAE passports.

-The UAE nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

8. From India to Bahrain

-Bahraini nationals / residents.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from the Kingdom of Bahrain and destined for Bahrain only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Bahrain with the particular visa category before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Bahrain to India

-Indian nationals stranded in Bahrain.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Bahraini passports.

-Bahraini nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

9. From India to Iraq

-Nationals / residents of Iraq

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from Iraq and destined for Iraq only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Iraq with the particular visa category before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Iraq to India

-Indian nationals stranded in Iraq.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Iraq.

-Nationals of Iraq (including diplomats), holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

10. From India to Japan

-Stranded nationals / residents of Japan and foreign nationals holding valid Japanese visas subject to the border measures and travel restrictions imposed by the government of Japan at the time of travel.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from Japan subject to the border measures and travel restrictions imposed by the government of Japan at the time of travel. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Japan with the particular visa category before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Japan to India

-Stranded Indian nationals.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Japan.

-Foreigners (including diplomats), holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

11. From India to Maldives

-Maldivian nationals / residents and foreign nationals holding valid Maldivian visas, if required.

-Any Indian national. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Maldives before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Maldives to India

-Indian nationals.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Maldivian passports.

-Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

12. From India to Nigeria

-Stranded Nigerian nationals / residents, foreign nationals destined for Africa and transiting through Nigeria or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid Nigerian visa and destined for any country in Africa. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the destination country before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

-Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

From Nigeria to India

-Indian nationals stranded in any country in Africa.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Nigerian passports.

-Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports issued by any country in Africa who are eligible to enter India as per MHA guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

-Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

13. From India to Qatar

-Qatari nationals.

-Any Indian national holding any type of valid Qatar visa and destined for Qatar only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Qatar with the particular visa category before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Qatar to India

-Indian nationals stranded in Qatar.

-All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports

-Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

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