An air bubble between countries allows citizens to travel freely between certain nations without having to submit to quarantine on arrival. India has currently authorized travel to the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Kuwait and is in talks with Canada for a similar travel agreement. Under the concept of an agreement on air bubbles between countries, citizens with valid travel documents are allowed to travel freely between countries and do not have to submit to a mandatory quarantine upon arrival. The introduction of the air bubble aims to encourage the influx of people from both sides for tourism, employment, the economy, medical emergencies, etc. IndiGo reported that, since Thursday, it had begun flights on the Kochi Male line as part of the bilateral air bubble agreement between India and the Maldives. The agreement with the Maldives was reached during a video conference between Foreign Minister Dr Jaishankar and his Maldives colleague Abdulla Shahid. During the virtual meeting, India also announced a new $400 million Indian Credit Line (LoC) and a $100 million component for the Greater Male Connectivity Project. This will be the largest infrastructure project in the Maldives and will link Male to the islands of Villingili, Gulhifalhu and Thilafushi. India signed an air bubble agreement with the Maldives on Thursday, making it the sixth country in a growing list of places where Indians can visit. The first flight to Male will depart by August 18.
“IndiGo started two weekly flights between India and the Maldives under an air bubble today,” the airline said in a press release. India has built an air bubble with Afghanistan. Indian airlines and Ariana Afghan Airlines are now allowed to offer routes between India and Afghanistan and to carry on these flights the following categories of persons: The first flight under the Air Bubble Agreement is scheduled to depart Tuesday, August 18 for Male. However, it is not yet known which airlines will operate on the line. Prior to the closure of the pandemic, IndiGo (6E), Go Air (G8) and SpiceJet (SG) had direct flights from Indian cities to Male. Once the air bubble is manufactured, it will allow the operation of a limited number of flights from certain Indian airports to the Maldives. This could be done before Indian airports are officially open to international flights. In addition to tourists, this will definitely help Indian citizens working in the hospitality, health and education sectors in the Maldives to return to the island state and return to work. In line, with its vision of strengthening international connectivity from India, IndiGo recently launched two weekly flights between India and the Maldives under the bubble. The first such agreement in South Asia was recently concluded as a result of the agreement between the two governments. IndiGo will fly twice a week on the Kochi Male Kochi line, while following all precautions and ensuring a safe and easy travel experience aboard a clean flying machine.
As part of an air bubble pact, airlines in both countries operate special international flights with certain restrictions. A contribution shared by the Maldives (@maldives) on June 20, 2020 at 1:52 p.m. PDT. The Maldives reopened to tourists on 15 July after being stranded for four months due to the coronavirus outbreak.