This means that passengers can fly to France, Germany, Holland, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha under air bubbles and then take connecting flights from there to South America and Africa.
Travelling to EU from air bubble countries was allowed from France and Germany earlier.
Similarly, India has now allowed passengers travelling under air bubble arrangements with Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania to travel to any country in Africa. While, passengers travelling between India and Ukraine can travel to and from CIS countries, except Russia.
In a tweet on Friday, the aviation ministry said: “Passengers travelling under air bubble arrangements with France, Germany and Netherlands can further travel to EU/Schengen area, South American and African countries… Travellers of bubble arrangement between India-Qatar & India-UAE can further travel to South America and Africa.”
India has now also allowed citizens of Nepal and Bhutan to travel via India to some air bubble countries.
“Nepalese and Bhutanese passengers along with Indian nationals have been allowed to travel under air bubble arrangements with Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Kenya, Netherlands, Qatar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine and UAE,” the ministry said in another tweet.
The latest bubble has been formed with Nepal. Aviation minister H S Puri tweeted: “Normal flight services resume with Nepal under an air bubble arrangement. Indians and Nepalese nationals and all those having valid Indian visa (except tourist visa). OCI and PIO card holders will also be able to travel. Air India and Nepal Airlines will operate one daily flight each.”
Normal flight services resume with Nepal under an Air Bubble Arrangement. Indians & Nepalese nationals & all those… https://t.co/PnkQZwhmgS
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) 1607674539000
India has so far created air bubbles with 23 countries. Scheduled international flights were suspended in March-end. Till the same are resumed depending on the Covid outbreak situation globally, India is enabling international travel by eligible categories of passengers through air bubble arrangements and Vande Bharat Mission flights.