India's latest guidelines on International travel - NgTraveller
What are India's latest guidelines on international travel? - What can you do, where you can go!
Don't have fingers to count how many times you've wanted to wake up to watch the ocean in the Maldives, the Bahamas or the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland? Unfortunately, there are no more bouncing photos to post on a trip, even in the past!
Who would have thought that the pandemic would leave us so miss the great-tasting food served on flights and the unique aroma of the airport?
Fortunately, since the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the situation has begun to improve and the dream of embarking on that long-awaited journey seems even closer. Many countries will soon reopen their borders to Indian tourists as the number of virus cases is decreasing. However, international travel guidelines are still changing rapidly with the number of virus cases and the severity of the pandemic. India is currently on the "red list" of countries whose residents are prohibited from entering the international borders of the following countries.
Due to the new type of COVID, Delta, the following countries with India's Air-Bubble deal have banned flights to and from India.
Some of these countries are Singapore, UAE, Bangladesh, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Germany, Canada, Oman, USA and UK.
There are exceptions to the travel ban to the USA. US students and citizens, and those who have been sanctioned by the authorities at the US Embassy under the national interest exception may travel to the US despite the ban.
After the State Department spoke with some countries to ease the travel ban for Indians, Canada will allow Indian travelers to enter its country from September 7, 2021.
The United Arab Emirates extended the ban until August 1. Among the six countries whose flights the UAE has banned, India is one of them. Diplomats and people with golden passports are excluded from this ban. They will only need a negative RT-PCR test 48 hours after boarding in the UAE.
The United Kingdom (UK) will also reopen after 1 August 2021. Quarantine in a government approved hotel after arrival will be mandatory. Only fully vaccinated Indians will be able to travel to the UK.
New Zealand has also banned flights to and from India until further notice.
Even after the travel ban is lifted, it will be necessary to receive two doses of the vaccine to travel abroad. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises taking all necessary precautions even after vaccination to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. The World Health Organization recommends that you carry a digital document proving that you have been fully vaccinated with a negative RT-PCR report before boarding the plane.
The EU Green Corridor certification will now allow Indian travelers who have received the Kooshi Shield vaccine to enter and travel to European countries. The Green Pass will serve as proof of vaccination, test certificate and redemption certificate. This digital certificate will allow Indian travelers to move safely in European countries. Although carrying this green certificate is not mandatory, it will definitely make your travel plan a little easier.
Despite the countries that have banned flights to and from India, some of them receive Indian passengers, but with certain conditions and protocols that must be followed before boarding the flight and after arrival.
The following countries do not have any ban on Indian passengers entering their borders: South Africa, Maldives, Afghanistan, Armenia, Ghana, Egypt, Russia, Iceland, Venezuela, Paraguay, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Turkey, Guyana, Qatar, Honduras, Zambia and Mozambique Kyrgyzstan and Montenegro.
Countries that require quarantine upon arrival are Bahrain, Rwanda, Mali, Guatemala, Bermuda, Barbados and Panama. The quarantine period varies from country to country. Passengers will need to be quarantined in government approved hotels/accommodations
Countries where quarantine is not mandatory require a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of boarding the plane in India. Protocols for passenger arrivals also differ from country to country. If passengers test positive on arrival, they will need to be quarantined at a government approved hotel until they recover. Passengers must sign a self-certification form, without which airlines can prevent the passenger from boarding the plane. Passengers who do not adhere to all necessary protocols will be labeled "rebels" and asked to get off the plane. It is recommended to visit the website of the Immigration Office for more information on visas and travel restrictions.
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