After the necessary discussions, The Minister of Tourism, Yogesh Bhattarai, presented the agenda for joining the air bubble programme at the meeting of the Covid-19 crisis management centre. In July, India first built travel bubbles with the United States, Germany and France. Since then, India has entered into agreements with 10 other nations – Britain, Canada, maldives, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan. In early October, before the start of the Dashain festival, Nepal had decided to join India`s “air bubble” program to bring hundreds of Stranded Nepalis to different parts of India. India has now formalized the air bubble agreements, with a total of 22 countries adding sites such as Tanzania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Oman to the list, in addition to previous agreements with countries such as the United States, Canada, France, Germany, among others. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has previously said the government is discussing similar agreements with other countries. Such regulations will also enable group members to reconnect with each other and stimulate sectors such as travel and tourism. The Baltic countries, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, were the first to create an air bubble that allowed free travel between themselves while limiting external people. Although India continues to restrict international flights, it allows flights through “air bubbles” or “travel corridors,” a system between two countries that perceive themselves as safe and allow airlines in both countries to fly their citizens in both directions, without restricting the number of passengers.
However, there are several countries, including Germany and Hong Kong, where flights from India are suspended due to a lack of air traffic bubbles. India has signed an air bubble agreement with Ethiopia, bringing the number of countries under the air bubble agreement to 22. International flights from the two nation-states will be flown between the two countries. While Addis Ababa International Airport, in Ethiopia`s capital, will be the base of flights between the two countries, it is not yet clear over Indian cities, from which flights will be made to and from Ethiopia. In order to mitigate a large number of quarantine and Covid 10 testing rules in arrival destinations, governments are implementing “air bubble” agreements between countries. Air bubbles or travel corridors are systems that are set up between two countries, which perceive each other as safe and allow airlines in both countries to fly passengers in both directions without restrictions.