Travelling in most of these countries are subject to Covid-19 testing upon arrival. They are then instructed to stay in quarantine for longer periods of time before they travel to enjoy the diverse sights and sounds of exotic locations. Travel
It is now a great time to take that much-needed vacation abroad, with Covid-19 vaccinations slowly being shipped around the globe and lockdown regulations gradually easing. To beat the pandemic blues, Indian passport holders have access to more than a dozen destinations around the world because the government has created “air bubbles”.
What are your options? India opened “travel corridors” to other countries in an effort to reduce quarantine and testing requirements at various locations. Many of these countries, including Nigeria, UAE, Bahrain, and the Maldives are now open to non-essential travel.
Tourists are required to be quarantined for longer periods of time in order to enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of many of these countries.
After a four-month closure due to the pandemic, Maldives was reopened for tourists on 15 July. Indian tourists have begun to travel to Maldives, which is known for its luxurious resorts and white sand beaches.
Although quarantine and testing at arrival are not mandatory, all tourists must have confirmed reservations in a registered tourist establishment with the Ministry of Tourism. A negative PCR test for Covid-19 must be submitted by all tourists 96 hours before the departure time.
As early as August, Qatar lifted Covid-19 lockdown restrictions to reopen its borders to foreign travelers and opened them up for business. If you plan to travel to the Middle East, prepare for a Covid-19 screening upon arrival. Also, be aware of the mandatory quarantine period.
Tourists will be required to sign a formal promise, stating that they will quarantine at the hotel for one week at their expense. If they are negative, they will be tested again. If a traveller is positive for the disease, they will be moved to isolation at a government facility.
Quarantine packages are offered by hotels in the country.
Oman announced it would exempt citizens from 103 countries (including India) from the requirement for an entry visa in order to allow them to stay in Oman for up to ten consecutive days.
Tourists arriving in the country must provide details about their stay, including details of their hotel and return tickets.
Thailand is a popular tourist destination and is currently reeling from the coronavirus epidemic. The holiday season is fast approaching and the country is trying to repair some of the damage that was done in the last year.
It has granted entry to tourists from all over the world. However, there are strict regulations. Tourists must submit a negative PCR result 72 hours prior to arrival. A second Covid-19 test will be required upon landing. Tourists will still need to be subject to a mandatory 2-week hotel quarantine.
The country invites tourists to apply for a Special Tourist Visa that will allow them to stay for up to 90 days.
On July 7, 2020, Dubai opened its doors to tourists and visitors returning from abroad. All passengers who arrive in Dubai must take a PCR test at least four days before their travel date. Indian tourists will need to pass another test upon their arrival.
The test is not required for passengers with severe or moderate disabilities and children under 12 years of age
After closing its borders in March, South Africa eased its restrictions on Indian tourists’ travel. Indian passport holders must present a negative Covid certification, which should have been taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in South Africa. Travellers who are unable to provide a negative test result will be required to self-isolate at their expense within 72 hours of landing.
Only South African travelers will be allowed to book flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban airports. Indians must submit their passports, visa application, bank statement and proof of hotel booking. They also need to provide daily itinerary details and tickets. A cover letter detailing the details and duration of their trip will be required.
You can plan a safari in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, or just enjoy a relaxing break on Mombasa’s white sands. India and Kenya have an agreement that allows any Indian citizen to visit Kenya with a valid visa.
Travellers will need to have a negative PCR based Covid-19 testing done up to 96 hours prior. A tourist must complete a self-declaration form to help the public health authorities conduct contact tracing in case of emergency. According to the Kenyan Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Indians won’t have to self-isolate upon arrival.
Indian tourists are now able to enjoy the rich heritage of Nigeria thanks to an “air bubble” agreement between the two countries. Travellers must have a negative test for Covid-19 within 120 hours of arriving to the country.
All international travelers must register online on Nigeria’s international portal for travel. They will need to upload a copy their negative Covid test results and a detailed health statement. A payment will also be required for a second Covid testing, which will take place once they arrive in Nigeria.
Passengers arriving in Nigeria will be required to complete a mandatory seven-day self-isolation period. During this time, they will not be able to contact their family, friends, or colleagues.