India finally extended its embargo on Japan on Tuesday by adding it to the list of countries with a “bubble” system, a means introduced as part of the coronavirus pandemic to repatriate stranded citizens. As a result, the two countries will operate regular flights between Delhi and Tokyo starting November 2.
The Indian Embassy in Japan has issued a statement that passengers no longer need to register through it to fly abroad.
“Passenger registration is no longer required at the Indian Embassy in Japan and reservations must be made directly with the relevant airlines,” she says.
“Air India has announced its bubble flight schedule from Delhi to Tokyo from November 2 to December 28, 2020 and from Tokyo to Delhi from November 4 to December 30, 2020,” the embassy said.
The “Air Bubble” agreements are temporary agreements between two countries to resume commercial passenger traffic if planned international flights are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning that airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.
Japan is the youngest of 13 new countries with which India has created bubbles for international flights.