Due to the new variant of coronarvirus known as Omicron, regular scheduled flights in India have been suspended. As a result, India has announced a new bubble flight agreement with Saudi Arabia. Under the new air travel bubble agreement, passengers will soon be able to fly between India and Saudi Arabia. According to the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, the agreement will take effect on January 1, 2022.
This means that beginning January 1, interested travellers may be able to travel to and from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the 34th country with which India has signed an air travel bubble agreement. Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, UAE, Australia, Ethiopia, Finland, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mauritius, Afghanistan, France, Germany, Iraq, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, and Uzbekistan are among the other 33 countries.
India’s scheduled international passenger flights have been halted until the end of January 2022. Two of the ten countries proposed by the Indian government for an air travel bubble agreement have already been confirmed: Saudi Arabia and Australia. New Zealand and Thailand are also expected to sign air travel bubble agreements with India.
“India has created an air bubble arrangement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” according to an official statement. Indian and Saudi Arabian carriers are now permitted to operate flights between the two countries and transport passengers on flights defined in the agreement. Only passengers originating from/destined for Saudi Arabia will be transported to/from India, and similarly, only passengers originating from/destined for Saudi Arabia will be transported to/from Saudi Arabia.”
Fortunately, Saudi Arabia only recently recognised India’s Covaxin as a COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, this is good news for Indian travellers who received the vaccine.
Please note that the air travel bubble is open to Indian nationals, Nepalese nationals, and Bhutanese nationals who have a valid Saudi Arabian visa and are flying to Saudi Arabia as their final destination.