Africa: India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation establishes air travel bubble with Nigeria

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The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), has announced that it has established an air travel bubble with Nigeria to facilitate the transportation of passengers between both countries.

According to nairametrics.com, the Indian High Commission in Nigeria had facilitated a Delhi-Lagos-Delhi flight on Sunday,, November29, 2020.

The high commission had disclosed this via its Twitter handle on Sunday.

It explained that the “Transport Bubbles” or “Air Travel Arrangements” are temporary arrangements between the two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.

What you need to know
India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), via its official website, had announced on September 17, 2020 that it established an air travel bubble with Nigeria.

What it means
Indian and Nigerian carriers are now permitted to operate flights between India and Nigeria and carry the following categories of persons on such flights:

A. From India to Nigeria:
i. Stranded Nigerian nationals/residents, foreign nationals destined for Africa and transiting through Nigeria or spouses of these persons, whether accompanying or otherwise;
ii. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Nigerian visa and destined for any country in Africa. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the destination country before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger; and
iii. Seamen of foreign nationalities; Seamen holding Indian passports would be allowed subject to clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.

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