The coronavirus has changed the way we live, almost everything around us has changed since the COVID-19 outbreak, followed by a lockdown that has certainly paralyzed our travel plans. To contain the outbreak of the virus in India, the government has imposed a blanket ban on all international commercial flights from March 22. Originally, the ban had been in place for a week, but due to the severity of the pandemic, the ban is still intact in 2021. However, to save Indians stranded on board due to the pandemic and lockdown, the government introduced the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). This is a repatriation operation to bring back stranded Indians from different parts of the world. Later, as part of its VBM, the government introduced a bilateral agreement to allow international travel. Passengers can travel between two countries under certain restrictions and visa categories under this agreement. Are you travelling abroad during this period? It is recommended to wait if possible. If not, keep up to date with the latest updates regarding travel bubbles and airlines/airlines operating during these periods.

Air Bubble is a bilateral agreement between two countries, temporary in nature, to resume commercial passenger traffic while international services are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a special agreement between two countries to allow smooth travel with a number of regulations and restrictions. These countries undertake to plan flights specifically approved by the countries. It is also a method of border control, whereby countries that consider themselves safe allow airlines from both countries to carry passengers in both directions with few restrictions. India has signed an air bubble deal with the neighboring island nation of Sri Lanka. Under the bilateral agreement, international flights between the two countries must be allowed. This brings to 28 the number of countries with which India now has an air bubble. A bilateral bubble is a mechanism for resuming flights between two countries with preconditions during the pandemic. Such an agreement will also allow the members of the group to revive trade relations between them and boost sectors such as travel and tourism.

The Baltic countries of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia were the first to create an air bubble that allowed free travel between them and restricted foreigners. India has signed a bubble agreement with Sri Lanka, making it the 6th such agreement in the SAARC region and the 28th overall. All eligible passengers will be able to travel between the 2 countries in the near future. Travel safely! What “air bubbles” have we established so far? So what`s the benefit of having these options to choose from when traveling to or from India to the US, France, and Germany? Will this reduce Air India`s monopoly stranglehold on ticket prices? Experts don`t really say that. As part of an air bubble agreement, the two countries create a set of regulations and restrictions and sign a bilateral pact that allows airlines from both countries to operate international flights between them. Hardeep Puri said Thursday about the new modus operandi: “Until international civil aviation can regain its pre-COVID workforce, the answer will lie in `bubbles.`” While some European countries are experiencing a second wave of infection, bubbles that allow citizens to travel freely between nations under mutual agreement appear to be the “new normal,” even if demand for international air travel remains tepid. Indeed, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said India was negotiating bubble deals with 13 other countries. An air bubble between India and Canada will go into service on August 15, with domestic flights from both countries aiming to bring passenger traffic back to pre-eruption levels. In addition, people holding a valid type of visa under the “bubble deal” can travel to the UK, US and UAE, said the director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) in India. The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced on Twitter that India had signed a bubble agreement with Sri Lanka. “India has signed an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka, making it the 6th such agreement in the SAARC region and the 28th overall,” he said in a tweet.