MUSCAT: India has announced ‘air bubble’ travel arrangements with Oman for allowing flight services under pre-conditions, starting from today, October 1.
‘Air Bubble’ travel arrangements are established between two countries under a certain set of safety and passenger travelling conditions, such as high demand, legal entry and exit norms and airlines’ willingness to operate on these sectors.
Speaking to The Arabian Stories, a top official at Indian Embassy said the air bubble will run till November 30.
In a statement issued by Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said flights from both Oman and India will be able to operate scheduled flights. However, no dates have been announced yet.
India has been running repatriation flights over the last six months from Oman.
The designated carriers of both the countries are now permitted to operate services between India and Oman with the following conditions:
A. Flights from Oman to India
Both Indian and Omani airlines while operating inbound flights into India can carry the following passengers:
a) Indian nationals stranded in Oman;
b) All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Oman;
c)Nationals of Oman (including diplomats) holding a valid visa issued by an India Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.
B. Flights from India to Oman
While operating outbound flights from India, both Indian and Omani airlines can carry the following passengers:
a) Nationals/residents of Oman;
b) Any Indian national holding a valid residency permit of Oman and destined for Oman only.
It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure the Indian nationals are eligible to enter Oman before the issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.
2. The operations will be subject to strict adherence to the SOP issued by the civil aviation authorities and other COVID19 related guidelines issued by the authorities of both sides.
3. Tickets for the flights can be sold through the airlines’ website or through sales agents or the Global Distribution Systems.