India forms air bubble with Sri Lanka

at 4:02 pm
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi (NVI): Opening a yet another overseas tourist place for people who want to travel after being at home for at least one year, India has built an air bubble with Sri Lanka, the ministry of civil aviation announced today.

According to available information, till now, a few places were open for overseas tourists, including Indians – namely Maldives, UAE, Seychelles and Russia.

“India has finalised an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka, making it the sixth such arrangement in SAARC region and 28th in total. All eligible passengers will be able to travel between the two countries in the near future,” the aviation ministry tweeted.

Sri Lanka reopening will be a serious competition for Maldives in terms of cost for Indian tourists.
India emerged as the single largest inbound tourist source market for Maldives during the pandemic.

Relatively distant Seychelles is more expensive due to costlier air tickets.

According to reports, Indians may soon find another favourite neighbouring foreign destination, Thailand, reopening for them if they have got the Covid jabs.

Thailand government is in talks with India for creating an air bubble so that flights can resume between the two countries.

Earlier this month, Thailand has started reopening in phases for vaccinated international arrivals by reducing the quarantine period to a week in its six major tourist provinces including Phuket, Krabi and Pattaya.