MHA permits OIC cardholders of nations having “air bubble” pact to enter India

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7

The authorities on Friday stated it had allowed all Overseas Indian Citizen (OIC) cardholders, who belonged to nations with which “air bubble” agreements had been entered into by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), to enter India.

A spokesperson within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated: “The government has permitted the OIC cardholders to enter India, who belong to countries with which ‘air bubble’ arrangements have been finalised by the MoCA.”

He added that different foreigners from these nations had additionally been allowed to avail the Indian visa facility for enterprise, medical, and employment functions.

Indian residents have additionally been allowed to journey to such nations on any sort of visa.

Announcing the rules for Unlock 3.0, the MHA had stated worldwide journey had been permitted in a restricted method underneath the federal government’s “Vande Bharat Mission” repatriation mission.

“Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner,” it had stated.

Ever because the COVID-19 pandemic has struck the world, India suspended operations of scheduled industrial worldwide flights on any of the nation’s airports. But the federal government launched the Vande Bharat Mission in May to evacuate stranded Indian overseas.

According to knowledge accessible with the MoCA, not less than 10 lakh folks have to date been repatriated from internationally.

On July 16, the MoCA introduced organising bilateral “air bubbles” with nations to partially resume worldwide flights to numerous locations. Under the scheme, offers had been struck with the US, the UK, Germany, France and the UAE.

An air bubble is a journey hall between two nations underneath which scheduled industrial flights might be operated in a regulated atmosphere. This association has been made because of a number of journey restrictions internationally.

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