As situation is going back to normal, many countries have started to allow Indian travellers on tourist visa, but with restrictions and conditions. Here’s an updated list.
World Tourism Day 2021. Countries Welcome Indians on Tourist Visa. After the first wave of COVID-19 ebbed, many countries welcomed tourists from India, notably Dubai, Maldives and Seychelles. However, with the arrival of the second wave and increasing cases, almost every nation put Indian travellers on a red list. Now things are getting normal and India has managed to reduce infection rate drastically. Many countries are admitting international travelers from India on tourist visas.
As the world enjoys World Tourism Day 2021, we have compiled a list of nations allowing flyers from India holding tourist visas. Check here –
Kenya Tourism Board has asserted that it will reopen the boundaries of the African nation for the Indian travellers on tourist-visa. It closed its borders in May this year due to the second wave of Covid-19. The travellers from India are exempted from quarantine as they possess negative PCR-based Covid-19 test results obtained 96 hours before travel.
Without a minimum stay, Sri Lanka has determined to permit travellers from across the globe to enter the island nation. Fully vaccinated international Indian tourists can move freely around Sri Lanka after an entry test. Fully vaccinated Indians can stay (after 2 weeks from their final vaccination), with no minimum stay.
UAE has lifted travel restrictions on entry for residents who have been fully vaccinated flyers from September 12. Provided that the jab is approved by the WHO. It allowed residents from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia. Also from Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Authorities allowed to fly into the UAE from September 12.
Dubai, October onwards, will resume the Expo 2020 World Fair starting 1st October. The event is one of the biggest expos in the world and a huge footfall is expected at the program that will stay for months.
Mauritius opened its outskirts from 15 July 2021 in phases.
Mauritius opened its outskirts from 15 July 2021 in phases. The first phase (15 July to 30 September), will allow vaccinated travellers to enjoy a resort holiday on the island. Tourists will be accessed to enjoy facilities within their chosen resort premises, including the swimming pool and beach.
Guests covering 14 days, possessing negative PCR tests during their stay, will be accessed to explore the island’s attractions. Guests aged 18 years or over must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Travellers will also have a PCR test on arrival at the airport, and on day 7 and 14 of their resort holiday, as applicable.
For Phase 2 (1st Oct), travellers are allowed entry upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. Unvaccinated travellers will be subject to 14 days in-room quarantine for both Phases 1 and 2 until further notice.
Egypt has declared to test those visitors arriving from the countries where Delta COVID-19 variants have approached, including India. Such guests will have to conduct a rapid test upon arrival. The foreigners will have to stop and examine the 15-minute DNA test, called ID NOW to enter the country.
Earlier, Egypt had claimed that visitors will not have to produce any negative COVID-19 test report to enter the country. But recently, the cases of COVID-19 in Egypt have been escalating. The government decided to get a little strict and probe people coming from COVID-19 variant countries at the time of arrival.
Guests to produce RT-PCR test done within 72 hours prior to arrival and also an on spot test at the arrival. Detected negative will be permitted to enter Russia, tested positive will be transferred to a COVID treatment facility. Currently there are only a few carriers from India to Russia. Therefore, the ticket prices are at least 2.5 times the regular airfare.
Russia has recently reported a hike in the cases, most of them attributed to the Delta variant. There’s a probability that Russia might block its borders once again with India. It’s advisable to book your tickets only if the situation is under control.
Russia welcomes the Indian travellers, but they have to go through a tedious process. To enter Russia, an invitation letter required from a government mandated tourist agency and providing mere hotel reservations doesn’t satisfy. Also, one can apply for a tourist visa that is legal for up to 30 days for single entry or double entry.
Serbia is also open to Indian travellers, but with certain restrictions.
Serbia is also open to Indian travellers, but with certain restrictions. There’s a need to provide a negative RT-PCR test taken 48 hours before the time of departure. There are limited carriers being operated by Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch from Mumbai to Belgrade.
Turkey is now allowing tourists but you have to undergo mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine. Management will conduct one screening test for COVID-19 on the 14th day of arrival. Detected negative will exempt you from quarantine.
ICELAND is the only EU nation allowing Indians to enter the territory. Guests vaccinated with the approved vaccinations by the EU including Covishield by AstraZeneca. You will have to present a legal vaccination certificate and a negative PCR test upon arrival.
Icelandic management will conduct one screening test for COVID-19 at the outskirts . Detected negative will exempt you from quarantine.
After arrival in the UK, you have to undergo quarantine.
After arrival in the UK, you have to undergo quarantine. The UK earlier wasn’t allowing Indian travellers to enter the country stating Covishield is not a valid vaccine under the government’s travel scheme. Covishield is crucially Astrazeneca developed by Oxford, produced in India by SII. The UK listed Covishield as a legal vaccine to enter the country with quarantine. This, however, doesn’t continue for Indians as the UK now has a problem with COWIN certification and hence, you have to undergo compulsory 10 days quarantine.
Indian citizen holding a legal visa for CIS countries (excluding Russia) is eligible to travel to Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is providing e-visa facility to Indian travellers at a nominal fee. Travellers must present a negative PCR test done within 72 hours prior to arrival in the country. There’s no quarantine and one can explore the central Asian country in its full glory.
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