Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights to and from Malaysia have been temporarily suspended following imposed travel restrictions for India. Air India Express said on 2 May 2021, “As per the latest notification from the Malaysian government, flights to/from Kuala Lumpur are temporarily suspended till further notice. The high commission of India in Kuala Lumpur had said on 27 April 2021: “Consequent to the Government of Malaysia’s decision to impose temporary travel restrictions to and from India, VBM flights would be suspended till further notice.

What

  1. So far almost 20 countries like the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia have in the last 10 days imposed restrictions like flight suspensions from India or implemented stricter entry norms for travellers from here.
  2. Vande Bharat Mission flights are very different from air bubbles. They do not have a recurring schedule and are special one-off or ad-hoc flights that have been arranged by the government for specific purposes.
  3. The flights are mainly operated by airlines such as Air India and Air India Express.
  4. A handful of other Indian carriers have also been allowed to fly as part of the Vande Bharat Mission.
  5. The VBM flights operate from time to time, depending on the requirement and bookings. Information concerning the flights is published on the official website of the airlines.
  6. An air bubble is a special bilateral agreement arranged between two countries to enable seamless travelling with scheduled flights and a set of regulations and restrictions.
  7. The countries agree to schedule flights that are specially approved by the countries.