New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: All international flights to and from India have been banned after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on March 24 a national closure to break the highly contagious coronavirus chain. However, as the situation improved slightly, the centre set up an air bubble with several countries, allowing international passengers to resume their flights in India. South African Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane explained the possibility of reopening regional borders, creating travel bubbles with regional countries. Kubayi-Ngubane said that in coordination with regional partners, the minister believed that South Africa could create a regional travel bubble. However, data and other details are not yet available. The bubble currently only applies to the state of New South Wales and the Northern Territory, but Australian officials have said they hope to expand to other states soon. By opening a travel bubble, citizens of each country can travel freely without having to submit to a quarantine on arrival. The first open travel bubble between Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was a pioneer in the concept of allowing citizens to travel in a controlled but easy way. Indian nationals who have a valid visa of at least one month, with the exception of the tourist visa, are allowed to travel. In addition, the government has now allowed all OIC cardholders to travel to India. Foreign airlines have also been allowed to carry passengers wishing to travel in their country, provided that the destination country authorizes travel to their borders.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has published detailed guidelines on people who can travel from India to these countries, as well as criteria for travel to India from those countries. On July 30, India expanded the scope of its travel bubble, which appeared earlier this month, with the United States and France. Bilateral air services agreements have been signed with the United Kingdom and Germany, which has streamlined air traffic between India and these countries. "We are frustrated by travel restrictions that limit freedom of movement from India to Australia. We are working with the Indian government to work on this issue, we are working with Air India, but we have restrictions imposed by national and international regulations, and we will continue to work on that," he said. As Australia and New Zealand continue their talks, China and South Korea have been building their own Corona Bridge since May 2020. The travel bubble, strictly controlled, applies only to selected cities in both countries, including Seoul to Shanghai. China`s bubble seems to be expanding as there are plans to integrate Taiwan, Hong Kong and even Macau into the secure zone.