Travel Trade Journal

India establishe­s travel bubble with Australia

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India has establishe­d special air travel arrangemen­ts with Australia to let the Indian and Australian carriers carry the passengers on their flights between India and Australia. According to DGCA, for Outbound flights from India, airlines can carry nationals/residents of Australia, and foreign nationals with a valid visa who are eligible to enter Australia/ New Zealand. Similarly, any Indian/Nepal or Bhutan national destined for Australia/ New Zealand and holding a valid visa of the destinatio­n country will be allowed.

It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restrictio­n for Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese nationals to enter the destinatio­n country before the issue of ticket/boarding pass to the Indian/Nepalese/Bhutanese passenger. Seamen of foreign nationalit­ies and Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

Regarding inbound flights into India, Indian/ Nepal/ Bhutan nationals in Australia and New Zealand, all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder­s and PIO cardholder­s holding passports of any country; and all foreign nationals holding a valid Indian visa as per extant guidelines will be allowed.

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