Indian government discusses air bubble deals with Saudi government. The central government informed parliament that the agreement between India and Saudi Arabia is being finalized.
Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, in a written response to a question on the matter, said the government had discussed finalizing the air bubble deal with Saudi Arabia. This will allow people from both countries to travel without any problems during this period. He also informed that the finalization could not take place due to the suspension of the travel of Indian passengers to Saudi Arabia due to the increase in cases of the new COVID variant.
The minister added that as the situation improved, the issue would be raised with the Saudi government. According to reports, more than 7.16 lakh of Indian workers have returned from Arabia to India during the pandemic so far.
At present, India has concluded air bubble deals with 28 countries around the world. From Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE) India has organized trips with all air bubble arrangements between India and Saudi Arabia within the framework of the countries under discussion.