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Bahrain, India enter ‘air bubble’ accord

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MANAMA: An air bubble agreement has been finalised by Bahrain and India to facilitate travel between the two countries, the Indian Embassy in Bahrain has announced.

As per the arrangement, both Indian and Bahraini national carriers will be permitted to operate specified number of flights between India and Bahrain, the embassy said in a statement.

The designated airlines for the purpose are: Gulf Air, Air India and Air India Express.

The following categories of persons will be allowed on such flights:

From Indian to Bahrain

Bahraini nationals/ residents

Any Indian national holding any type of valid Bahraini visa and destined for Bahrain only. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Bahrain with the particular visa category before issue of ticket/boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

From Bahrain to India

Indian nationals stranded in Bahrain

All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Bahraini passports, and

Bahraini nationals holding valid visa issued by an Indian mission.

The designated airlines of both sides will be permitted to sell tickets between Indian and Bahrain in each direction through their websites, sales agents and Global Distribution Systems.

Passengers can contact the specified airlines for tickets, the statement said.

-TradeArabia News Service

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