Indonesia – United Arab Emirates: Indonesia`s Foreign Minister has announced a travel bubble agreement with the United Arab Emirates to facilitate major business travel including official and diplomatic visits. The two countries reached an agreement after consultation with the related government authorities and their counterparts in the United Arab Emirates. The travel bubble agreement is exclusively for important business trips like businessmen and diplomats, but not for tourists. The agreement would free them from a two-week quarantine measure during trips between the two countries. Travellers would continue to be asked to follow strict health protocols. However, the New Zealand Prime Minister has hinted that a pragmatic travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia could be at stake by January 2021. If Australia is able to count 28 days without community transmission, the much-anticipated free quarantine trip will be implemented. 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. The advent of coronavirus has caused an unprecedented and multifaceted crisis, as the world has seen global equities soar, unemployment soars and oil prices plummet. Faced with the risk of a global recession, it is no exaggeration to say that the global economy in general is currently in an emergency situation.
As passengers cancel their holidays and business trips due to the grounding of airlines and the closure of borders, the travel industry is one of the companies most affected by the onslaught and now faces seemingly insurmountable quotas. Tourism accounts for a considerable percentage of a country`s annual GDP, and losing such a large share of the pie has been quite damaging. That`s why governments around the world are struggling to find sophisticated ways to restore inoperable cash flows from international tourism and travel, leading us to a small “travel bubble.” The project has a deadline until 2023 and the company said it was in regular contact with the Uttar Pradesh government. There is currently no “air bubble” agreement between India and Switzerland or with Malaysia. Hong Kong has resumed talks with Japan and a handful of other countries on setting up travel bubbles, Chief Trade Officer Edward Yau said Monday: english.kyodonews.net While travel bubbles are far from the ideal solution, this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. As more and more of these celestial bridges appear, we can be sure that countries around the world are doing a great job in flattening the curve. Spain has reciprocal travel agreements with Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay. In all cases, a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival in Spain is mandatory when travelling from a high-risk country or area (from 23 November). Since October, Thailand has allowed foreign tourists to visit the island of Phuket, provided they are ready to undergo 40 14 days on arrival. Once the quarantine requirement has been completed, travellers are allowed to visit other parts of the country, as are Thai nationals arriving from abroad.
This scheme was announced following the suspension of many travel bubble plans. Vistara`s announcement comes a day after low-cost airline SpiceJet announced plans to offer flights from India to Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong using bilateral traffic rights as part of the air bubble pact starting November 5. The Thai government is also considering a plan for a quarantine-free travel bubble with China. Officials hope that in this