Several countries have banned travelers from India to set their feet on their lands amid the deadly 2nd wave of coronavirus that saw a spike in severe COVID cases in the country. The international COVID travel ban has destroyed many people’s dreams of travelling abroad in 2020 and beyond. However, don't be disheartened as there are still a handful of countries that have left their doors open to visitors from India.
Here is a list of countries that Indians can now travel to amid COVID pandemic
Turkey is now open for travellers from India; however, a 14-day institutional quarantine is mandatory for those arriving into the country. 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 quarantine facility. Passengers above the age of 6 are also required to submit a negative RT-PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure.
Russia is one of the few countries that is still open to people from India. Indians can apply for a tourist visa that is valid for up to 30 days for single entry or double entry. The traveler needs to provide an RT-PCR test, dated no less than 3 days prior to arrival. Passengers will also have to undergo a test on arrival. They will be permitted entry only if found negative. If found positive, you will be transferred to a COVID treatment facility.
Also, vaccine tourism isn’t happening anymore. Russia has denied giving vaccines to foreigners. The vaccine tourism concept has been discontinued because it is illegal for travelers to get a vaccine in Russia.
Currently, South Africa has not imposed any COVID travel restriction on people from India but flight options remain limited. Travelers are expected to produce an RT-PCR test no older than 72 hours. If found to be symptomatic, they will undergo a test on their own expense. And if found positive, the traveler will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine.
Egypt is one of the popular destinations which is now open to travelers from India. However, all those arriving from India and other countries affected by COVID-19 will have to take a rapid DNA test upon arrival. The result will be shared in approximately 15 minutes and if found positive, travelers will either be asked to return to their point of departure or will be isolated for at least 2 weeks.
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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