Which countries have eased Covid restrictions, and what are the entry rules?
France: Those who have taken the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines can enter France after showing proof of vaccination. However, vaccinated visitors from outside Europe and a few green countries will still be asked for a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, or a negative antigen test of no more than 48 hours. Tourists are banned from 16 countries including India, South Africa and Brazil.
Italy: Looking to travel to Italy? you’ll have to be on a “Covid-tested” flight or quarantine yourself for 10 days upon arrival. “Covid-tested” flights from the US started in December and have also been operating since May from Canada, Japan and the UAE. This means that passengers are tested before and after the flight and must fill out documents about their whereabouts to facilitate contact tracing if required.
Greece: Greece which is heavily tourism reliant started opening to American travellers back in April, and now visitors from Britain, China and 20 other countries are also allowed to visit for nonessential travel. However, travellers have to provide a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test and fill in a passenger locator form on their plans in Greece.
Spain: Spain has relaxed restrictions in recent weeks to lure in visitors. Americans and most other non-Europeans need an official vaccine certificate by a US health authority, in English. Spain accepts those who were inoculated with the four EU-approved vaccines as well two Chinese vaccines authorised by the WHO — as long as visitors are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before the trip. Besides vaccination certificates, one can also show a certificate proving they recently recovered from Covid-19, or a negative antigen or PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival. Arrivals from Brazil, South Africa and India are banned at the moment because of high infection rates.
United Kingdom: United Kingdom: Britain has a traffic-light system for assessing countries by risk. For countries in the green list, one has to take a coronavirus test on or before their day of arrival. For people arriving from countries in the amber list, one has to quarantine in the place one is staying and take two Covid-19 tests. For those belonging to the red list, one must quarantine in a hotel and take two Covid-19 tests. Travellers can check which list their country belongs to here: UK Border Control
Russia: This is one of the few countries that is allowing Indians to arrive with tourist visas. However, they have to get themselves tested for Covid-19, once upon arrival and then again 5 days after. Travellers have to remain in quarantine at their place of stay until they receive a negative test result.
Turkey: This is another country where Indians are allowed to travel to. However, one has to quarantine oneself for 14 days upon landing. Travelers will have to undergo an RT-PCR test on the 14th day and only on testing negative will they be allowed to leave the facility.
Thailand: Tourism industry leaders have asked the Central Government to hurry up the necessary approval from WHO. Similarly, they've asked the government to clear the way for vaccinated foreigners to arrive in India and not insist on negative RT-PCR reports.
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