India has entered into an air bubble agreement with Australia, which will allow all eligible passengers to fly between the two countries. An air travel bubble allows the residents of the two countries that are in agreement to travel between the nations, as long as certain preset guidelines are met. These guidelines can differ for different countries.
According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, passengers can move between India and Australia as long as certain conditions are met. These conditions are:
A. From Australia to India
- Nationals of India, Nepal, or Bhutan who are in Australia or New Zealand.
- All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and PIO cardholders who possess passports of any country.
- All foreign nationals with a valid Indian visa, as per the latest guidelines.
B. From India to Australia
- Australian nationals/residents, and foreign nationals with a valid visa to enter Australia or New Zealand.
- Indian nationals or nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, who are travelling to Australia or New Zealand and have a valid visa of their country of arrival.
- Seamen of foreign nationalities and those with Indian passports, as long as they get clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.
With Australia joining the list, India now has air bubble agreements with 33 countries.