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Thursday, 29 October, 2020, 15 : 45 PM [IST]

India signs new air bubbles with Tanzania

India has signed air bubble arrangement with Tanzania, taking the number of countries under air bubble pact to 19. International flights from both the sides will fly between two countries. While Dar es Salaam International Airport in Tanzania will be the base for flights between the two countries, it’s not yet clear about the Indian cities from where flights to and from Tanzania will fly.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation handed out the information on Twitter stating "Attention travellers! An air bubble arrangement has been established between India and Tanzania. Designated carriers of both countries are permitted to operate flights between the two countries. Please plan your travels accordingly."

India has now formalised air bubble arrangements with a total of 19 countries adding countries like Tanzania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Oman on the list alongside earlier done agreements with countries like USA, Canada, France, Germany, among others.

Minister of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri earlier mentioned that Government is in discussion with more countries for similar arrangements.

Air Bubble agreement is a bilateral air corridor being established between various countries to ease travel restrictions amidst travel ban imposed by various countries due to coronavirus. Despite the ban, India was among the first few nations to start repatriation drive as early as May to bring back stranded Indians. Soon after, Air Bubbles were established to further ease the travel.

Till now, government has facilitated the repatriation and international travel of over 20 lakh people through different means since 6th May 2020. Minister Puri said that under Vande Bharat Mission, 17,11,128 people have travelled back to India and 2,97,536 people have travelled out of India.

As the government is easing the lockdown further to open up the economy, more and more people are flying in and out of the country for all sorts of purposes, right from business travel to education travel and even for tourist activities. These steps to ease down the lockdown are listed in monthly SOP guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). (Source: News18)

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