India has suspended overseas passenger flights since March in the wake of the covid19 outbreak. Likewise, several nations have closed their borders to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some cargo flights and evacuation flights were allowed to continue their services to bring back stranded Indian passengers’ home, under the Vande Bharat Mission.
This was predicted to severely affect the overseas and lateral hiring schemes that were running in and through the HRO industries of India. But there seems to be good news, which has arrived well on time.
Now, after 6 months the world is in the ongoing process of gradually resuming international flights. India has created an air travel arrangement with Canada which is known as An Air Bubble Arrangement.
An air bubble is a bilateral arrangement between two countries under which airlines from both countries can operate international flights with a set of regulations and restrictions.
India’s civil aviation minister (Hardeep Singh Puri) has added 13 more destinations to the list of countries where Indians can fly. The other nations with which India has signed an air bubble agreement include the USA, France, Germany, UK, Maldives, UAE, Qatar, Afghanistan, and Bahrain.
What does this actually do for the HRO Industry?
Well, essentially the visa processes and restrictions have been eased off – temporarily in the air bubble agreement – to promote trade and movement between countries.
Here is what the ministry of civil aviation said
What is an OCI card?
The Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) is an immigration status permitting a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work indefinitely.
The OCI was introduced in response to demands for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora. particularly in developed countries.
The lifting off of restrictions, and the encouragement of the agreement – would definitely breathe some fresh air into the outsourcing lungs of the country – the same industry that was short of breath after earning 6 Billion USD just last fiscal year, is now taking deep breaths to fill its pockets – slipping away with the economy.