I am an Indian national (passport issued by Indian government) residing in Norway with a residence permit issued by Norwegian government. I want to travel to India to visit my family as it has been 2 years. I was looking at air bubbles between India and certain countries and I am not sure whether I can transit through Sri Lanka.
- Sri Lanka
India has created an air bubble arrangement with Sri Lanka. Indian and Sri Lankan carriers are now permitted to operate flights between India and Sri Lanka and carry the following categories of persons on such flights:
A. From India to Sri Lanka:
a. Following categories of Indian nationals. It would be for the airlines concerned to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Sri Lanka before issue of ticket / boarding pass to the Indian passenger.
i. Indian businessmen on a Business visa.
ii. Indian healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians for technical work at Sri Lanka health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories.
iii. Indian engineering, managerial, design or other specialists travelling to Sri Lanka on behalf of Indian business entities located in Sri Lanka.
iv. Indian technical specialists and engineers travelling for installation, repair and maintenance of Indian-origin machinery and equipment facilities in Sri Lanka, on the invitation of a registered Sri Lankan business entity.
v. Indian tourists visiting Sri Lanka on leisure / pleasure purposes.
b. Nationals / residents of Sri Lanka.
B. From Sri Lanka to India:
i. Indian nationals and nationals of Nepal or Bhutan;
ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and Person of Indian Origin cardholders holding passports of any country;
iii. Nationals / residents of Sri Lanka (including diplomats) and foreigners (including diplomats) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist Visa.
Does this mean I can transit through Sri Lanka if I am traveling from Norway to India but I cannot transit through Sri Lanka when I am returning from India to Norway?