India and Sri Lanka to unite for air travel bubble

With with Sri Lanka reopening for travel, the Maldives will face competition in terms of drawing Indian tourists. Reportedly, India has emerged as the largest inbound tourism source market for the Maldives amid the pandemic.

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India has made an air bubble arrangement with Sri Lanka lately which means that one more abroad destination has been added to the list where Indians can fly to.

In a tweet, Aviation Ministry stated, "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 soon.”

At present, India has arrangements with about 27 countries, including the United States, United Arab Emirates, Bhutan, Afghanistan, France, Canada, Iraq, Germany, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Japan,  Nigeria, Qatar and the United Kingdom.

Now with Sri Lanka reopening for travel, the Maldives will face competition in terms of drawing Indian tourists. Reportedly, India has emerged as the largest inbound tourism source market for the Maldives amid the pandemic.

Furthermore, Indians might also find another neighbouring foreign destination for travel shortly and that is Thailand. Currently, regular international commercial flights are not functioning, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. India also recently extended the ban on international commercial flights till April 30.