Countries where Indians can’t travel amid COVID-19

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Air bubbles are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger service at a time when regular international flights across the world are suspended.

 

The civil aviation ministry has entered into air bubbles with as many as 14 countries where Indians are allowed to fly.
But there are some countries where Indians are not allowed to fly at this moment, implying that no air bubble can be set up with these countries as of now.

Talks are on with several other countries to facilitate two-way international travel. 

Destination where Indians can’t fly to

As the countries are opening international travel gradually, the governments are in the process of identifying high-risk and safe countries. 

It can be seen that the European Union didn’t identify India as a safe country. However, India has air bubble with Germany and France.

South Africa: From October 1, South Africa will resume international travels. It is likely that the government will not allow Indians to travel to the country.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia has barred all flights to and from India in its effort to check the Covid-19 situation there.

Hong Kong: This month, Hong Kong placed a bar on Air India flights blaming Indian travellers for an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong. 

As per the report, this bar will be lifted soon. However, there are other airlines operating to Hong Kong.

Destinations where Indians can fly to

As India is reeling under the threat of COVID-19, Indians can fly to 14 countries including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, the UAE, the UK and the US.

Air bubbles

Air bubbles are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger service at a time when regular international flights across the world are suspended.

International flights were suspended in March as all countries imposed lockdown to combat the spread of Covid-19. 
Repatriation flights resumed in May, but these flights are different from air bubble flights as repatriation flights can’t carry passengers both ways.

Meanwhile, with an increase of  85,362 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the coronavirus count in India has crossed 59- lakhs mark.

In the past 24 hours, India has recorded 85,362 coronavirus cases, taking its total count to 59,03,933.

Meanwhile 1,089  patients succumbed to the deadly contagious disease, taking the fatalities count 93,379.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of active cases in the country is 9,60,969. Meanwhile 48,49,585 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.

 

With inputs from media reports

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