OCI card holders can now fly to India - 13 additional countries flagged green under international air bubble

OCI card holders can now fly to India - 13 additional countries flagged green under international air bubble

List of international destinations from India and who can fly these routes is given here.
 
OCI card holders can now fly to India - 13 additional countries flagged green under international air bubble
  • Air bubble between India - UAE and India - Qatar is valid only till 31 October 2020
  • OCI card holders can now fly to India

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, in a tweet on 22 September announced that the international air bubble is in place with 13 additional countries and more will be added in due course.

Announcing that 4,186 passengers arrived in India on 21 September from various countries, he said that the air bubble includes bilateral flight arrangements with 13 countries, viz. Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, Maldives, US, UAE, UK, France, Germany, Qatar, Nigeria, Iraq and Japan. Under the air bubble, carriers from both countries will be allowed to operate between common destinations. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders can also now fly to India.

Check the SOPs of who can fly to and from India under arrangements with the above countries

AFGHANISTAN: Indian carriers and Ariana Afghan Airlines

India to Afghanistan

i. Afghanistan nationals/residents and foreign nationals holding valid Afghanistan visas, if required; and

ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from Afghanistan and destined for Afghanistan only. Airlines need to check if the visa being held by the passenger is of valid category, before issuing a ticket or boarding passes

Afghanistan to India

i. Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan;

ii. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Afghanistan passports;

iii. Foreigners and diplomats holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020 and any amendments thereon.

BAHRAIN: Air India, Air India Express and Gulf Air

Bahrain to India

i. Indian nationals stranded in Bahrain;

ii. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Bahraini passports;

iii. Bahraini nationals and diplomats holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020 and any amendments thereon.

India to Bahrain

i. Bahraini residents and Bahrain nationals;

ii. Indian nationals holding valid visa from Bahrain and destined for Bahrain only. Airlines need to check if the visa being held by the passenger is of valid category, before issuing a ticket or boarding passes.

CANADA: Indian carriers and Air Canada

Canada to India

i. Stranded Indian nationals;

ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Canadian passports; and

iii. Foreigners diplomats holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020 and any amendments thereon.

India to Canada

i. Stranded Canadian nationals/residents and foreigners with valid Canadian visa eligible to enter Canada;

ii. Indian nationals with valid visas eligible to enter Canada. Airlines need to check if the visa being held by the passenger is of valid category, before issuing a ticket or boarding passes.

iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

FRANCE: Indian and French carriers

France to India

i. Stranded Indian nationals;

ii. Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

India to France

i. Indian nationals who are permitted to travel abroad as per MHA guidelines dated 1 July 2020 and destined for EU;

ii. Stranded EU nationals/residents, foreign nationals destined for Europe and transiting through France or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise; and

iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

GERMANY: Indian and German carriers

Germany to India

i. Stranded Indian nationals;

ii. Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

India to Germany

i. Indian nationals who are permitted to travel abroad as per MHA guidelines dated 1 July 2020 and destined for European Union;

ii. Stranded EU nationals/residents, foreign nationals destined for Europe and transiting through Germany or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise; and

iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

IRAQ: Indian and Iraq carriers.

Iraq to India

i. Indian nationals stranded in Iraq;

ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Iraq; and

iii. Nationals of Iraq (including diplomats), holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020 as amended from time to time.

India to Iraq

i. Nationals/residents of Iraq;

ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from Iraq and destined for Iraq only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Iraq with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

JAPAN: Indian and Japanese carriers

Japan to India

i. Stranded Indian nationals;

ii. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Japan; and

iii. Foreigners (including diplomats), holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020 as amended from time to time.

India to Japan

i. Stranded nationals/residents of Japan and foreign nationals holding valid Japanese visas subject to the border measures and travel restrictions imposed by the government of Japan at the time of travel; and

ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa from Japan subject to the border measures and travel restrictions imposed by the government of Japan at the time of travel. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Japan with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

MALDIVES: Indian and Maldivian carriers

Maldives to India:

i. Indian nationals;

ii. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Maldivian passports, and

iii. Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020 as amended from time to time.

India to Maldives:

i. Maldivian nationals/residents and foreign nationals holding valid Maldivian visas, if required;

ii. Any Indian national. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Maldives before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

NIGERIA: Indian and Nigerian carriers

Nigeria to India:

i. Indian nationals stranded in any country in Africa;

ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Nigerian passports;

iii. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports issued by any country in Africa who are eligible to enter India as per MHA guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time; and

iv. Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020 as amended from time to time.

India to Nigeria:

i. Stranded Nigerian nationals/residents, foreign nationals destined for Africa and transiting through Nigeria or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise;

ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Nigerian visa and destined for any country in Africa. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the destination country before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and

iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

QATAR: Valid till 31 October 2020. Indian carriers and Qatar Airways.

Qatar to India:

i. Indian nationals stranded in Qatar;

ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports, and

iii. Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

India to Qatar:

i. Qatari nationals;

ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Qatar visa and destined for Qatar only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Qatar with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE): Valid till 31 October 2020. All Indian and UAE carriers.

UAE to India:

i. Stranded Indian nationals;

ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UAE passports; and

iii. UAE nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

India to UAE:

i. UAE nationals.

ii. ICA approved UAE residents destined for UAE only.

iii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid UAE visa and destined for UAE only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter UAE with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

UNITED KINGDOM (UK): Indian and UAE carriers

UK to India

i. Stranded Indian nationals;

ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UK passports; and

iii. Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

India to UK

i. Stranded UK nationals/residents, foreign nationals transiting through UK or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise;

ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid UK visa and destined for UK only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter UK with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and

iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (UAE): Indian and US carriers.

USA to India

i. Stranded Indian nationals;

ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding US passports; and

iii. Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

India to USA

i. US citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals holding valid US visas;

ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid US visa. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter USA with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and

iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping

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