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To tourists vaccinated without quarantine after 20 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, foreign tourists entered the country on regular commercial flights for the first time since the pandemic began. The news comes when COVID-19 cases have dropped significantly, around 10,000 cases per week nationwide.
“The pandemic devastated the industry, but things will return to normal once foreign tourists start arriving,” said the president of the Association of Travel Agents of India, Jyoti Mayal.
India is the second most affected nation in the world after the United States with 35 million reported cases of COVID-19. The emergence of the Delta variant caused worldwide concern during the winter, but the reopening of international borders is an excellent signal for the nation to return to normal.
Access requirements from November 15
India will reopen, without quarantine on arrival, a travelers from 99 approved nations. These nations include the following:
United States The United Kingdom All EU countries New Zealand Australia Canada The United Arab Emirates
Upon arrival, tourists from the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, the Philippines and Australia can enter Australia without further ado. This is due to the fact that India has agreed to mutual recognition of the vaccine certificate for fully immunized visitors from these countries.
The Union Ministry of Health said on November 11 that “there are countries that have an agreement with India on the mutual recognition of nationally recognized or WHO-recognized vaccine certificates.
“Similarly, there are countries that do not currently have this agreement with India, but exempt fully vaccinated Indian citizens with nationally or WHO-recognized vaccines. On the basis of reciprocity, travelers of all these countries that offer free quarantine entry to Indians can relax on arrival (category A countries).
If travelers are fully vaccinated and from one of the category A countries, the Union Ministry of Health says, “If a traveler comes from a country in which India has reciprocal agreements for mutual acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines approved by the WHO (Category A): if fully vaccinated: vaccinated: they will be allowed to leave the airport and self-monitor for 14 days after arrival. ”
All travelers visiting India must hang a negative COVID-19 test of 72 hours to the Air Suvidha portal. They will also have to upload theirs vaccination test certified on the Air Suvidha portal.
Unvaccinated travelers can visit India, but will need tests for a 72-hour negative COVID-19 test and will have to spend 7 days of mandatory self-isolation at their hotel.
The situation of COVID-19 in India
Following the massive outbreak of Delta variants in early 2021, India has reduced COVID-19 cases across the country. The current average of 7-day cases is 11,507, which descends from a surrounding peak 400,000 cases per day in April.
India is fully vaccinated 26.8 percent of its population after administering more than 1.1 billion vaccine doses since early 2021. India has had 463,655 killed by COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
The current restrictions of COVID-19 in India
Restrictions in India vary by state. New restrictions may involve citywide restrictions and curfews. Other measures may include negative COVID-19 testing to enter certain states, random testing in public areas, and laws on the use of masks in all public places.
However, the use of a face mask or cloth is mandatory in all public places and there are restrictions on all large meetings across the country. The government can sanction you fines on the ground if it violates the restrictions.
All essential services continue to operate across the country, including groceries, ATMs and pharmacies. In addition, India has resumed limited metro and rail service across the country.
The Indian government is introducing strict measures in the containment areas and travelers should be aware of the restrictions on the city / state they are visiting.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions are subject to change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Please contact your consulate and / or local authorities to confirm your nationality entry and / or any change in travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse travel against government warnings