Ukraine is the 17th country in the air bubble arrangement with India It is different from return flights which are only a possibility and passengers must check in at the embassy to board such flights. Hardeep Singh Puri also announced that India was negotiating with 13 other countries to resume international air operations. These include Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Kenya, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. Such regulations will also enable group members to reconnect with each other and stimulate sectors such as travel and tourism. The Baltic countries, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, were the first to create an air bubble that allowed free travel between themselves while limiting external people. i. stranded Canadian nationals/residents and foreigners with valid Canadian visas who are allowed to enter Canada; After the necessary discussions, The Minister of Tourism, Yogesh Bhattarai, presented the agenda for joining the air bubble programme at the meeting of the Covid-19 crisis management centre. In the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, the government decided to extend the closure of the borders with India until 15 December. Previously, the border was scheduled to open on November 15. There are 20 crossing points divided by India and Nepal, but apart from a few of them, they have been closed since March 24, when the closure was imposed in Nepal. With some European countries reporting a second wave of infection, air bubbles allowing citizens to travel freely between certain nations under a reciprocal agreement appear to be the "new normal", even if demand for international air travel remains low.
The EU`s civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, said India was negotiating air bubble agreements with 13 other countries. The Ministry of Tourism has again proposed to sign an "air bubbles" agreement with India, more than a month and a half after its first proposal was rejected by the government amid sour relations with the southern neighbour due to border disputes. Prior to this recent development, India had air bubble agreements with Bangladesh, Oman, Bhutan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ukraine and the United States. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has previously said the government is discussing similar agreements with other countries. India has just concluded an air bubble agreement with the Netherlands and Tanzania. With the addition of these two countries, the country`s air bubble now extends to 20 tourist destinations.