Ban on international flights extended until October 31

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Aviation regulator DGCA said the suspension of scheduled international flights to and from the country has been extended until October 31. Previously, overseas flights were suspended until September 30 and have been suspended since March 23.

This means that the government will continue to operate flights under the travel bubbles that the government has established with countries like the United States, Germany, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Canada and France, among others. country. More of these bilateral air bubbles will be announced soon.

After the first wave of COVID-19 ended, many countries have opened their borders to Indian tourists, particularly Dubai, the Maldives and the Seychelles. However, with the arrival of the second wave and the increase in cases, almost all countries are putting India on a red list of international arrivals. Things are now back to normal and with India succeeding in drastically reducing the infection rate, international travelers from India on tourist visas are allowed by many countries.

KENYA

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has announced the reopening of the African nation’s borders to Indian travelers on tourist visas. Kenya closed the borders in May this year due to the second wave of Covid-19. The temporary ban on passenger flights from India was revoked after a brief period of suspension, KTB said in a statement. Travelers from India are exempt from quarantine given that they are in possession of negative results from PCR-based Covid-19 tests carried out 96 hours before travel, he added.

SRI LANKA

Without a minimum length of stay, Sri Lanka has taken a big step towards allowing travelers from all over the world to enter the island nation. Fully vaccinated international Indian tourists can roam freely in Sri Lanka, after being tested on arrival as the country reopens its borders with India after an expected long wait. Only fully vaccinated Indians who have completed the recommended vaccine doses will be considered (after 2 weeks from their final vaccination), with no minimum length of stay requirement.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced that it is lifting entry travel restrictions for residents who have been fully vaccinated from September 12, provided the vaccine is approved by the World Health Organization. health. It had also allowed residents of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, from South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan to travel to the United Arab Emirates from September 12.

Dubai, from October, will open the Expo 2020 World Expo from October 1 after a year of delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is one of the largest exhibitions in the world and huge attendance is expected at the event which will last for months.

MAURITIUS ISLAND

Mauritius has opened its borders to international travelers from July 15, 2021 in phases. The first phase, from July 15 to September 30, 2021, will allow vaccinated travelers to enjoy a seaside stay on the island. Vacationers will be able to enjoy the facilities at the premises of their choice, including the swimming pool and the beach.

If guests stay longer than 14 days and have negative PCR tests during their stay at the resort, they will be able to explore the island’s attractions. Travelers to Mauritius aged 18 or over should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. They must undergo a PCR test between 5 and 7 days before departure and a negative result is required to travel to the island. Travelers will also undergo a PCR test upon arrival at Mauritius airport and on days 7 and 14 of their resort vacation, as applicable.

For phase 2, from October 1, 2021, vaccinated travelers will be able to enter without restriction upon presentation of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before departure. Unvaccinated travelers will be subject to a 14-day in-room quarantine for Phases 1 and 2 until further notice.

EGYPT

Egypt, the popular tourist destination in the Middle East, has announced that it will test visitors from countries where Delta COVID-19 variants have emerged, including India. These tourists will have to pass a quick test upon arrival. Passengers will need to stop and take the 15-minute DNA test, called ID NOW to enter the country, if arriving from any country with COVID-19 strain.

Previously, Egypt had announced that visitors would no longer have to produce a negative COVID-19 test report to enter the country. The announcement was made out of fears that tourists would cancel their plans and vacations because of it. But recently, cases of COVID-19 in Egypt have increased and the government has decided to get a little strict and test people coming from COVID-19 variant countries upon arrival.

RUSSIA

Russia is one of the few countries that has opened its doors to Indian travelers, but they have to go through a tedious process. To enter Russia, you must have an invitation from a government-mandated tourism agency and a simple hotel reservation is not enough. In addition, one can apply for a tourist visa valid for up to 30 days for single or double entry.

It is mandatory to produce an RT-PCR test carried out within 72 hours before arrival and also an on-site test on arrival. Only if you are found negative will you be allowed to enter Russia and someone who tests positive will be transferred to a COVID treatment center. Currently, there are only a few flights between India and Russia, so the price of tickets is at least 2.5 times higher than the regular air fare.

Russia recently reported an increase in cases, most attributed to the Delta variant. Russia is likely to re-lock its borders with India. It is advisable to book your tickets only if the situation is under control.

SERBIA

A former nation of the Soviet Union, Serbia, like Russia, is also open to Indian travelers, but with certain restrictions. It is necessary to provide a negative RT-PCR test performed 48 hours before the departure time and there are only limited flights operated by Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch from Mumbai to Belgrade. The prices are not exponentially high compared to Russia.

TURKEY

A popular destination among Indian travelers, Turkey now allows tourists, but you must go through a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine. A test will be performed on the 14th day of your arrival, and only if you test negative will you be allowed to leave the quarantine facility. The price of tickets is at least twice the regular air fare and flights are operated by carriers such as Air India, Emirates and KLM Royal Dutch.

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ICELAND

Iceland is the only country in the EU to allow Indians to enter the territory. The only problem is that you need to be fully vaccinated with EU approved vaccines, including Covishield by AstraZeneca. A company called Pure Luxe by KFT provides private charters and land packages to the country as India does not have an Air Bubble Pact with the country. You must present a valid vaccination certificate and a negative PCR test upon arrival.

Icelandic authorities will also test you for COVID-19 at the border and you will be exempt from quarantine if the test is negative.

UK

Going to the UK has become a tricky business, but it can be done if you are prepared to undergo quarantine. Previously, the UK did not allow Indian travelers to enter the country, stating that Covishield is not a valid vaccine under government travel policy. However, Covishield is essentially Asta Zeneca developed by Oxford and is produced in India by SII. After much outcry, the UK has listed Covishield as a valid vaccine to enter the country under quarantine. However, this is not true for Indians as the UK now has an issue with COWIN certification and as a result you have to go through a mandatory 10 day quarantine.

UZBEKISTAN

Any Indian citizen at destination and holding a valid visa for CIS countries (except Russia) is eligible to travel to Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan provides an electronic visa to Indian travelers at a nominal fee, and travelers must present a negative PCR test performed no later than 72 hours before arriving in the country. There is no quarantine and one can explore the Central Asian country in all its glory.

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