Saudi Air Bubble Agreement
Further afield, a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand could come into effect by the new year, says Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas. There is currently a one-way scheme between Australian destinations: Kiwis can travel to New South Wales, Australia, without travelling to about 40 hotels, but still have to undergo a mandatory 14-day self-isolation upon their return to New Zealand. India has built an air bubble with Afghanistan. Indian airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now authorized to offer routes between India and Afghanistan and to carry on these flights the following categories of people: Djiddah: India is working closely with Saudi Arabia to establish an air bubble control system to allow unfettered travel between the two countries. The air bubble regime would be of immense use to a considerable number of Indians who have valid work visas from Saudi Arabia but cannot return to the country because of the pandemic. Under bilateral air bubble pacts, airlines in both countries can fly internationally with certain restrictions. The country is also reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia and Nepal to form additional air bubbles. India`s new agreement with Ethiopia marks the 22nd air bubble agreement it has just put in place – others have already been concluded with Canada, Germany, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. The scheme, to be put in place on 22 November, would allow passengers travelling with selected airlines, without having to be quarantined at both ends if they meet the criteria set out in the agreement. The bubble is due to take off two weeks later than expected. An air bubble is a system set up between two countries that perceive each other as safe and allow their airlines to fly passengers in both directions without restrictions. This is different from return flights, which are only a possibility, and passengers must register with embassies in other countries to return to India. Currently, India has an air bubble agreement with approximately 13 countries, including the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Maldives, Vae, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan.
Since 6 May, India has been flying internationally under the Vande Bharat mission and now maintains air bubble agreements with 22 countries. Elsewhere, India has created an air bubble with Ethiopia as part of its plan to resume international travel. International flights were suspended for the first time on 23 March in India due to the persistence of the global pandemic, with the exception of those intended to repatriate stranded Indians abroad. An air bubble (ATB) agreed between Hong Kong and Singapore had to be postponed for two weeks due to an increase in Covid 19 cases in Hong Kong. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, international flights have been suspended in India since 23 March. However, since May, the Vande Bharat mission has flown specific international passenger flights to India and, since July, under bilateral air bubble agreements between India and other countries. “Some countries, including Saudi Arabia, have not lifted restrictions on the entry of Indian nationals. We are ready to fly passengers to these countries if the restrictions are relaxed,” the ministry said on Twitter. iii. seafarers of foreign nationality; Sailors holding Indian passports would be subject to the authorization of the Ministry of Navigation.