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Overseas nationals intending to travel India for medical treatment can now apply afresh for a medical visa which must include their medical attendants.

New Delhi: Since nations across the world are waiving travel restrictions from India in a graded way under air bubble arrangements, both foreign and Indian airlines are providing a number of options for people who want to travel to countries like United States, United Kingdom, France, Japan, etc.

"Air Travel Arrangements" or "Transport Bubbles" are temporary arrangements established between two countries intended at resuming commercial passenger services when regular international flights are banned as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 infection epidemic.

Additionally, they are reciprocal in nature, which means airlines from both countries experience similar advantages. 

Who is allowed to enter India from foreign nations?

It was decided in the last week that the centre was determined to restore with immediate effect all existing visas, except tourist, electronic, and medical categories, almost 8 months after their ban following the COVID-19 outburst and following imposition of a nationwide lockdown.

In case the validity of such visas has expired, then fresh visas of appropriate categories can be received from Indian mission or post concerned. Additionally, foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment are eligible for a medical visa, including for their medical attendants.

Thus, this decision will allow overseas nationals to come to India for different purposes like business, research, medical purposes, conferences, employment, studies, etc.

Moreover, the government has also allowed PIO and OCI cardholders along with all other overseas nationals wanted to travel to India as of any purpose, except on a tourist visa, to enter by water or air routes via authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts.

Airlines operating flights from/to India

  • Air India
  • Air France
  • Air Canada
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Lufthansa
  • United

Things travellers need to keep in mind while flying abroad

Those passengers who are ready to fly abroad have to keep in mind some precautions.

Issuing a set of guidelines for overseas arrival, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked travellers to submit a self-declaration form on http://www.newdelhiairport.in which should be filed before 72 hours before the scheduled travel.

Besides, flyers also require to submit an undertaking on the portal they will follow compulsory isolation for 14 days i.e. 7 days institutional isolation at their own cost, followed by seven days quarantine with self-monitoring of health.

In contrast, many countries have different quarantine and testing rules and regulations. For instance: DCAA (Dubai Civil Aviation Authority) stated Air India Express to deny COVID-19 negative test reports of travellers from four Indian laboratories.

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