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India opens borders to 99 countries for quarantine-free leisure travel

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Travellers from countries like United States, UK, Germany, France, Singapore and Australia are able to enter India’s borders without the need for quarantine.
Travellers from countries like United States, UK, Germany, France, Singapore and Australia are able to enter India’s borders without the need for quarantine. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Roop_Dey

After ceasing tourist visas since March 2020 due to the pandemic, India’s borders have reopened, allowing quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated foreign visitors from 99 countries.

In updated guidelines released on 11 November, India has specified ‘Category A’ countries, which either:
a) Have agreements with the Indian government for reciprocal recognition of their vaccination certificates for travellers immunised with nationally or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines, or;
b) Haven’t established such agreements, but allow fully vaccinated Indians to bypass their travel restrictions

Vaccinated travellers entering India from any of these countries on its Category A list are permitted to bypass post-arrival Covid-19 tests and a minimum seven-day quarantine requirement, being instructed only to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days following their arrival.

Travellers coming from Category A countries will be allowed to bypass quarantine as long as they’re fully vaccinated, even if the country from which they’re originating has been designated “at-risk”.

Unvaccinated travellers coming from Category A countries remain subject to additional requirements upon arrival in India, including a post-arrival test, seven days’ mandatory quarantine, another test taken on their eighth day, and (if the second test is negative) self-monitoring for symptoms for a further seven days.

Some of the world’s major economies made it onto the Category A list, including the United States, UK, Germany, France, Singapore, Australia and Brazil.

Source: TravelPulse



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