As regularly scheduled flights stay stopped in India, appreciations to the new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, India has declared a new bubble flight deal with Saudi Arabia.
India and Saudi Arabia
- The Indian Embassy in Riyadh has said that this agreement will come into impact beginning January 1, 2022.
- This means that interested travelers may be able to travel to and from Saudi Arabia from January 1 onwards.
- Saudi Arabia is the 34th country to have an air travel bubble deal with India.
Air Bubble Agreement With 34 Countries – Full List
Now with this initiative, India has an air bubble deal with 34 countries, which includes: The other 33 are Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, UAE, Australia, Ethiopia, Finland, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Afghanistan, France, Germany, Iraq, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, USA, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, and Uzbekistan.
Saudi Arabia and Australia
India’s scheduled international passenger flight operations are stopped until January 31, 2022. Out of the ten countries that the Indian government had recommendations for the air travel bubble deal, two have already been confirmed, and these are Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Flights between India and Saudi Arabia
An official report mentioned, “India has created an air bubble deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Indian carriers and carriers of Saudi Arabia are now permitted to operate flights between India and Saudi Arabia and carry passengers on flights defined in the agreement.
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Traffic carried to/from India shall comprise of passengers originating from/destined to Saudi Arabia only, and again, traffic carried to/from Saudi Arabia shall comprise of passengers originating from/destined to India exclusively.”
Saudi Arabia had recognized
Fortunately, Saudi Arabia had recognized India’s Covaxin as a COVID-19 vaccine just last week. So this is a piece of good news for Indian tourists who have taken this vaccine.
Please note that the air travel bubble is open for Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan who hold a valid visa of Saudi Arabia, and whose final destination is Saudi Arabia.
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Source: The time of India