India’s air bubble list that allows specific flights to operate on select routes between agreed nations now has 20 countries including the newly added Tanzania and the Netherlands. By Tanvi Jain

 

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India has established air bubbles with Tanzania and the Netherlands. The total count of countries under this arrangement has now reached 20.

“Attention travellers! An air bubble arrangement has been established between India and Tanzania. Designated carriers of both countries are permitted to operate flights between the two countries. Please plan your travels accordingly,” MoCA said in a tweet. 

In another post mentioning about the Netherlands, it added, “India has created an air bubble with the Netherlands with effect from November 1, 2020, and would remain valid till the resumption of scheduled international flights between the two countries.”  

 

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As per the details mentioned on MoCA’s official website, the category of passengers who will be allowed to get on-board flights between the said nations include:

From India to Tanzania

  1. Stranded nationals/residents of Tanzania, foreign nationals destined for Africa and transiting through Tanzania or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise. 
  2. Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan destined for any country in Africa and holding a valid visa for the destination country. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese nationals to enter the destination country with the particular visa category before the issue of ticket/boarding pass to the Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese passenger. 
  3. Seamen of foreign nationalities and Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping. Seamen should be destined to countries of Africa only. 

From Tanzania to India 

  1. Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any country in Africa. 
  2. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country. 
  3. All foreign nationals (from any country in Africa) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on the appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on a tourist visa. 
  4. Seamen from countries of Africa. 

Passengers travelling on flights from India to Tanzania should be destined for African countries only. Similarly, only passengers originating from countries in Africa should be allowed to travel on flights from Tanzania to India,” the website said.

 

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From India to Netherlands 

  1. Stranded nationals/residents of Netherlands, foreign nationals destined for EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only and transiting through Netherlands or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise. 
  2. Any Indian national or national of Nepal or Bhutan destined for any country in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only and holding a valid visa of the destination country. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese nationals to enter the destination country before the issue of ticket/boarding pass to the Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese passenger. 
  3. Seamen of foreign nationalities and Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping. Seamen should be destined for countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only. 

From the Netherlands to India 

  1. Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any country in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only. 
  2. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and PIO cardholders holding passports of any country. 
  3. All foreign nationals (from any country in EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on the appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on a tourist visa. 
  4. Seamen from the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only. 

Passengers travelling on flights from India to the Netherlands should be destined for countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only. Similarly, only passengers originating from countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa should be allowed to travel on the flights from the Netherlands to India,” it added. 

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