Under the air bubble arrangement, India and Nepal have agreed to start one flight daily from Delhi to Kathmandu and back
By Nikita John| December 10, 2020
Reportedly the Indian foreign ministry has agreed to a proposal by the Nepal government to restart flights in a phased manner between the two countries to ensure that both countries are not put at the risk or rising COVID-19 cases.
India and Nepal Governments approve the resumption of regular scheduled flights between Delhi and Kathmandu under Air Transport Bubble mechanism. Air India and Nepal Airlines shall be operating these daily flights: Embassy of India in Kathmandu
— ANI (@ANI) December 10, 2020
This agreement is believed to be an outcome of the visit to Nepal by the Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla last month. The visit was to reset ties between the two nations after a bitter row over a Nepalese map that had shown Indian territories lying within Nepal’s boundaries.
Under the “air bubble” arrangement there will be two flights a day between Kathmandu and New Delhi, one each by Air India and Nepal Airlines. Both flights can bring in Indian and Nepalese citizens, India (OCI) card holders and Persons Of India Origin card holders. Diplomats and third country nationals will only be allowed to travel under certain conditions.
Travelers to Nepal will have to fill up a form and carry a negative covid-19 test that is issued not more than 72 hours prior to landing in Kathmandu.
Tickets for the flights can be sold through the airlines’ websites or through sales agents.