India has finalised an air bubble agreement with Ukraine.

Following this, India now shares bilateral travel arrangements with 17 countries including Kenya, Bhutan, Oman Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, UAE, UK and the US.

Civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, “To further widen the scope of international air connectivity, an air bubble arrangement is now in place for flights between India and Ukraine, taking the number of such arrangements to 17.

“Carriers of India and Ukraine will operate between the two countries.”

Categories of passengers eligible to fly under the new air bubbles include:

From India to Ukraine:

  •  Nationals/residents of CIS(Commonwealth of Independent States) countries (excluding Russia);
  •  Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa of Ukraine including diplomatic and official passport holders and destined for CIS countries (excluding Russia). It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the country concerned with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Ukraine to India:

  •  Indian nationals in CIS countries (excluding Russia);
  •  All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports issued by Ukraine;
  •  Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports issued by any country of CIS (excluding Russia and Ukraine) who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time; and
  •  Nationals of CIS countries excluding Russia (but including diplomatic and service/official passport holders) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under MHA guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.