Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that India is negotiating with 13 more countries to establish air bubble arrangements for international travel.
These include Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. “The ongoing negotiations will benefit stranded Indians and nationals of these countries,” said Puri.
Air bubbles have also been proposed with our neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan.
Currently, India has set up bilateral travel agreements with the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, the UAE, Qatar and the Maldives.
Meanwhile, the Indian government is also further strengthening the reach and scope of the repatriation drive, Vande Bharat Mission which will enter its sixth phase from September 1, 2020.