Flying within Vande Bharat Mission or air bubble? No need to register with Aviation Ministry

India has so far created air bubbles with the US, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar and Maldives. The idea of air bubbles is to ensure continuity of travel between India and these countries by eligible categories of people till normal flight operati...

NEW DELHI: Travellers planning to fly out of India on Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights or to air-bubble countries need no longer register with the civil aviation ministry before booking their tickets directly with airlines of their choice. The announcement comes within a week of the Union home ministry doing away with the registration protocol for travel to India from air-bubble countries.

India has so far created air bubbles with the US, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar and Maldives. Seeking to expand its travel orbit as the world gradually reopens, the government is in talks with Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan.

The idea of air bubbles is to ensure continuity of travel between India and these countries by eligible categories of people till normal flight operations resume.


For flights out of India, the home ministry guidelines say: "Before tickets of such persons are confirmed, the airline concerned will ensure that the destination country allows entry of such persons with valid visa in that country. The conditions, if any, imposed by the destination country, will have to be fulfilled by the person intending to travel."

For people travelling to India on VBM flights, the new SOP issued by the home ministry last Saturday states that they have to register with the Indian missions in the countries where they reside or have been stranded.

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