India’s air bubble count has gone up to 13, with Japan being the latest country to make it to the list. Indian and Japanese carriers will be allowed to operate services between the two countries, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Who can fly to Japan?
The arrangement allows Indians holding any type of valid Japanese visa to travel to the country. It also allows stranded Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with valid Japanese visas to travel from India to Japan. These include all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Japan and foreigners (including diplomats), holding valid visas issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under the Ministry of Home Affairs. These are subject to border measures and travel restrictions imposed by the Japanese government.
India’s other travel bubble agreements
Besides Japan, India has established travel bubbles with 13 countries, including USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, the Maldives, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Nigeria. Iraq and Afghanistan were recently added to the list as well.
Will more countries be added to the list?
In a series of tweets, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that India is negotiating with 13 other countries to resume international flight operations. These countries include Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.