Hardeep S Puri – Union Civil Aviation Minister :
We continue to further strengthen the reach & scope of VBM.
Air Travel arrangements are already in place with USA, UK, France, Germany, UAE, Qatar & Maldives.
We are now taking these efforts forward & are negotiating with 13 more countries to establish such arrangements.
These countries include Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Bahrain, Israel, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea & Thailand.
The ongoing negotiations will benefit stranded Indians & nationals of these countries.
Air bubbles have also been proposed with our neighbors Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal & Bhutan.
Going forward, we will consider such arrangements with other countries also. It is always our endeavour to reach out to every stranded citizen. No Indian will be left behind.