Australia is constantly in the news after reopening its borders for the world. Recently, India and Australia have signed the Air Bubble Agreement allowing safe and easy travel to eligible passengers of both the countries. This is excellent news for students aiming to study in Australia in the upcoming February/July 2022 intakes.
What is an Air Bubble Agreement?
Transport Bubbles or Air Travel Arrangements are temporary arrangements between two countries to restore commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits.
Eligible Travelers for Air Bubble Agreement
- Indian nationals or nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, who are travelling to Australia or New Zealand and have a valid visa of their country of arrival.
- Seamen of foreign nationalities and those with Indian passports, as long as they get clearance from the Ministry of Shipping.
The flights between Sydney and New Delhi have been recently started by the Australian airline Qantas. The air passenger carrier is also set to start flights between New Delhi and Melbourne before 25th December. Air India is the only airline offering non-stop direct flights between Australia and India before scheduled international flights were suspended by the Indian government.
The agreement elated the spirits of the bridging visa holders and Indian students who want to study in Australia in the upcoming sessions. Many are planning to return to Australia to complete their ongoing courses. The agreement relieved those who suffered huge costs due to suspension of flights as per the notifications earlier. The students looking for admission in the upcoming intakes of the Australian Universities can start working on their applications and Visas.