The easing of restrictions for non-essential travel by an increasing number of countries has led to a surge in demand in the travel services industry after it bore the brunt of the pandemic for more than a year.
Countries Which Are Welcoming Foreign Tourists
Russia - Russia has now opened its borders to Indians; however, travellers need to adhere to several Covid-related guidelines to enter into the nation. For entry to Russia, you need to have an invitation from a government-mandated tourist agency, and a tourist visa that is valid for up to 30 days for single or double entry. Travellers need to produce a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival. Tests must be done within 72 hours before arrival.
Maldives - Maldives opened its borders for travellers from South Asian countries including India from July 15 onwards. The travellers need to carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report before entry to the island nation.
Turkey - Travellers from India will have to undergo a mandatory institutional quarantine of 14 days on arrival. After the quarantine period, the travellers will have to undergo a COVID test. If the test comes out as negative, then they will be permitted to leave the quarantine facility.
Serbia - Travellers from India to Serbia will need to carry a negative COVID-19 report on arrival. Importantly, the test must be taken 48 hours before the time of departure.
Egypt - For travellers arriving from countries where cases of Covid-19 Delta variant have emerged, they will need to undergo a rapid antigen test on arrival. Travellers need to undergo the 15-minute DNA test, called ID NOW, for entry to the country irrespective of the valid vaccination certificate and RT-PCR negative test report that they carry with them.
If tested positive, another RT-PCR test would be done by airport authorities. If the RT-PCR report comes positive, the passengers are sent to a designated hospital for further tests. Then, passengers bound to Egypt and transit passengers will be allowed entry only when the test reports are negative.
Since the world hasn’t gotten rid of the covid-19 virus completely, please get yourself updated with the latest health and safety guidellines whenever you make plans for your long-pending international trip.
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