International flights | ‘Air bubble’ passengers won’t have to register with Indian missions

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The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification on August 22 on air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic stating that international passengers from nations that have entered into ‘air transport bubble’ agreement with India will not have to register with Indian missions in the respective countries.

As per the MHA guidelines, people planning to return to India on Vande Bharat flights are required to register themselves with the Indian Missions in the respective countries they are travelling from. However, they would not have to register if they are taking flights operating under the air transport bubbles arrangements, reported NDTV.

India has air transport bubble agreements with more than six countries at the moment, which are the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Maldives, the United Arab Emirates, and Germany. Negotiations are on with 13 other countries to enter into the same agreement, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said.