India establishes ‘air-bubble’ with Bahrain to facilitate flights
The designated airlines for the purpose include Gulf Air, Air India and Air India Express
India has finalized another ‘air-bubble,’ this time with Bahrain in order to facilitate air travel between the two countries, Indian Embassy in Bahrain has announced.
Announcing the same on Twitter, the Embassy wrote, “We are happy to inform that both the governments have agreed to operationalisation of Air bubble agreement between India and Bahrain.”
We are happy to inform that both the governments have agreed to operationalization of Air bubble arrangement between India and Bahrain. @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @MoCA_GoI @HardeepSPuri @MOS_MEA @DrSJaishankar @bahdiplomatic @MTT_Bahrain pic.twitter.com/sw4scFofVi— India in Bahrain (@IndiaInBahrain) September 11, 2020
According to the statement released by the embassy, the designated airlines for the purpose include Gulf Air, Air India and Air India Express.
People who are allowed to travel from India to Bahrain include Bahraini nations and residents, any Indian national holding any type of valid Bahraini visa and destined for Bahrain only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Bahrain with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/boarding pass to the Indian passenger.
Similarly, people who are allowed to travel India from Bahrain include Indian nationals stranded in Bahrain, all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Bahraini passports, and Bahraini nationals holding valid visas issued by an Indian mission.
An air bubble agreement is a temporary agreement between two countries which allows countries to restart commercial international air travel when the regular air travel is suspended in a limited manner.
With the newly established air bubble agreement with Bahrain, India now has such agreements with a total of 10 countries. These countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Afghanistan, France, Germany, Canada, Maldives and Qatar.