Destinations open from India

 

The pandemic affected tourism industry a lot, but now the situation is improving gradually. India was among the worst-hit countries around the world in the wake of the deadly second wave of the coronavirus. However, with the vaccination drive gaining momentum in the country, the situation is easing up gradually. Travelling is seeing some movement. 

 

Several countries are now opening up to international visitors, relying on testing and quarantine requirements. Once the government of India loosens up the guidelines for foreign non-essential travel, Indian globetrotters can choose any of them to explore. Quarantine and airport testing may be required upon return, depending upon the destination you’re returning from.

The Americas and Caribbean

No quarantine required for the following

  • Belize. Either a negative PCR test result or proof of having received two full doses of a COVID-19 vaccine is required.
  • Costa Rica. Testing is not necessary. Travellers must fill out the Health Pass form.
  • Ecuador. Passengers aged 2 and above must have one of the following documents. A completed “Declaracion de salud del viajero” must be presented upon arrival. Quarantine for 10 days is required only if you don’t carry negative test result a negative COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate.
  • El Salvador. Visitors need an LAMP, NAAT, RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival, or proof of vaccination. Passengers younger than 2 years and those having a diplomatic passport are exempt from this.
  • Guatemala. Arrivals need to present one of the following- COVID–19 vaccine certificate proving the vaccine was administered at least two weeks prior to arrival a negative COVID–19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival proof of having tested positive for COVID–19 and recovered within three months of arrival
  • Guyana. All passengers must take a test at least 7 days prior to arrival and have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate upon entry.
  • Honduras. You must fill an Immigration Pre-check form and present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival from a test taken in the previous 72 hours.
  • Nicaragua. Passengers are required to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result, and the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
  • Paraguay. Visitors must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 LAMP, NAAT or RT-PCR test result, taken at most 72 hours before arrival, and international medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus treatment costs. Passengers must complete a “Traveler’s Health Information” at most 24 hours before departure.
  • The Dominican Republic. Travellers are not required to take any pre-departure tests but will be subject to randomized breath testing and health screening on arrival. Quarantine is required only if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Passengers must complete an “Electronic Ticket” form.
  • Venezuela. All travellers entering Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 48 hours of boarding their incoming flight and will be subjected to a COVID-19 test at port of entry.

Quarantine required for the following

  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Mexico
  • Panama

 

Africa

No quarantine required for the following

  • Egypt. All arriving international travellers will need to present a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 taken at the most 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Ethiopia. All passengers over 10 years travelling to Ethiopia need to present a negative RT PCR test certificate for COVID-19 before boarding a flight. The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given. Quarantine is required only if you don’t carry such a certificate.
  • Gambia. Visitors must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. Quarantine is required only if you don’t carry such a certificate or test positive on arrival.
  • Ghana. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be subject to a second test on arrival. If confirmed negative, quarantine is not needed.
  • Guinea-Bissau. Arrivals must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.
  • Mali. To enter Mali, you must carry a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued not more than 7 days before arrival. A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival.
  • Mozambique. Visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Namibia. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers must present a completed epidemiological questionnaire upon arrival.
  • Senegal. Travelers will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test from the country of departure, taken not more than 5 days before departure. All travelers to Senegal must fill out a passenger locator form before entry.
  • South Africa. Passengers older than 5 years entering South Africa must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. A completed “Traveller Health Questionnaire” must be submitted not more than 2 days before departure.
  • Zambia. Visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 7 days before their arrival. Quarantine and a second test on arrival is required only if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Quarantine required for the following

  • Rwanda
  • Mauritania

 

Asia

 

No quarantine required for the following

  • Afghanistan. Travellers above 8 years of age must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result, taken at most 72 hours before departure. Quarantine is required only if you have a high temperature.
  • Armenia. Travellers are asked to present the results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or take to a PCR test at the airport.
  • Kyrgyzstan. Passengers aged 8 and above must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result, taken at most 72 hours before departure of the first embarkation point. You may be asked to do a second test upon arrival.
  • The Maldives. Travellers have to carry a negative RT-PCR test, and also submit a health declaration form on the Maldives immigration portal 24 hours before departure from their home country.
  • Sri Lanka. Only fully vaccinated Indians can enter Sri Lanka. You should have negative PCR test done within 72 hours prior to arrival. On arrival PCR test is performed at your Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure Certified’ hotel and upon a negative on arrival PCR test report, travellers can leave the bio-bubble. The travellers are required to continue the rest of their stay at 3 star or above category hotels.

 

Europe

 

No quarantine required for the following

  • Albania. Except for screening measures in the presence of medical personnel, there are no testing requirements.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival.
  • France. India has been removed from France’s Red List and if you are vaccinated, you can travel to France with no restrictions linked to health conditions. Unvaccinated traveller aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure. You must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days.
  • Germany. Indian travellers, who have been administered with both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine or who can show proof of recovering from the virus, will not be required to isolate themselves on their arrival in Germany.
  • Iceland. Travellers who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus can enter Iceland. A vaccination certificate/proof of a previous infection is a must. There are no testing or quarantine requirements.
  • Kosovo. Travellers must have a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19 done in the last 72 hours. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the certificate.
  • Russia.  Passengers entering the Federation must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
  • Serbia. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the result.
  • Switzerland. Travellers who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus can enter Iceland. A vaccination certificate/proof of a previous infection is a must. There are no testing or quarantine requirements.

EU Green Pass:

After the initial uproar over Covishield being left out of the list of vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, the jab manufactured by the Serum Institute of India is now accepted by 16 European countries as a part of the “green pass” scheme(EU Digital Covid Certificate or "green pass", aims to facilitate free movement as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. The green pass exempts individuals from travel restrictions within the EU region). These 16 countries are:

France
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Finland
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Latvia
The Netherlands
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

Quarantine required for the following 

  • Montenegro
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

 

Middle East

 

Quarantine required for the following

  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • United Arab Emirates.







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