From Kenya, Sri Lanka to Turkey, Indians can travel to these countries on a tourist visa.
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After the deadly second wave of coronavirus, as things are slowly returning to normal, people are now taking revenge on tourism. What is revenge tourism? Well, it’s a revenge travel phenomenon, which refers to the desire to go on vacation after a long period of confinement, while people were locked inside their homes. This new trend has, in fact, led to the most popular tourist poles being overcrowded with visitors. However, many of them are heading to quirky destinations to beat the pandemic blues. Read also – International flights: Air India resumes flight services to Canada and Vancouver | Check out the full schedule here
Here we have compiled a list of countries that allow travelers from India on tourist visas. Check them :- Also Read – Latest update on international flights: center extends ban until October 31 | Check details here
If you have an Indian passport, you can travel to these countries on a tourist visa
Recently, the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) announced the reopening of its borders to Indian travelers on tourist visas. Earlier in May this year, Kenya closed its borders due to the deadly second wave of Covid-19. However, now the temporary ban on passenger flights from India has been revoked after a brief period of suspension, KTB said in a statement. The good news is that Indian travelers are exempt from quarantine provided they produce negative Covid-19 PCR test results taken 96 hours before travel, the statement added.
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) are in second place, as they recently announced that they are lifting Covid-induced travel restrictions on entry for residents who have been fully vaccinated from September 12, provided that the Covid vaccine be approved by the World Health Organization. (WHO). It had also allowed residents of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, from South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan to travel to the United Arab Emirates from September 12. .
Meanwhile, from October 1, Dubai will open the Expo 2020 World Expo after a year of delay due to the global Covid-19 health crisis. The event, which will last for months, is expected to gain popularity.
In good news, Sri Lanka has allowed entry of travelers from all over. Fully vaccinated international travelers from India can move freely around the island nation, after being tested on arrival as the country reopens its borders with India after a long expected wait. Only fully vaccinated travelers who have completed the recommended vaccine doses will be considered (after 2 weeks from their final vaccination), with no minimum length of stay requirement.
For the uninitiated, Mauritius has opened its borders to international travelers from July 15 in phases. In a first phase, from July 15 to September 30, it will allow vaccinated travelers to enjoy a seaside stay on the island. Vacationers will enjoy facilities at any location of their choice, including the swimming pool and the beach.
Notably, if guests stay longer than two weeks and have a negative PCR test report during their stay at the resort, they will be able to explore other attractions on the island as well. Note that travelers to Mauritius aged 18 or over must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. They must undergo a PCR test between 5 and 7 days before departure and a negative result is required to travel to the island. Travelers will also undergo a PCR test upon arrival at Mauritius airport and on days 7 and 14 of their resort vacation, as applicable.
For phase 2, that is to say from October 1, vaccinated travelers will be able to enter without restriction on presentation of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before departure. For those who are not vaccinated, they will be subject to a 14-day in-room quarantine for phases 1 and 2 until further notice. Keep this in mind before planning your trip.
A popular travel destination among Indian tourists, Turkey now allows entry for international travelers. However, you must undergo a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine. A test will be done on the 14th day of your arrival, and only if you test negative will you be allowed to leave the quarantine facility. The price of tickets is at least twice the regular airfare and flights are operated by carriers such as Air India, Emirates and KLM Royal Dutch.
According to reports, to enter Egypt, travelers from countries where Delta COVID-19 variants have appeared, including India, will need to take a rapid test upon arrival. Passengers will need to take the 15-minute DNA test, called ID NOW to enter the country, if arriving from any country with COVID-19 strain.
Previously, Egypt had announced that visitors would no longer have to produce a negative COVID-19 test report to enter the country. The announcement was made out of fear that tourists would cancel their plans. However, recently cases of COVID-19 in Egypt have increased and the government has decided to require rigorous testing and to test people coming from COVID-19 variant countries upon arrival.
Even though you can now travel to Russia from India, travelers will have to go through a tedious process. To enter Russia, according to reports, you must have an invitation from a government-mandated tourism agency and remember that simply providing hotel reservations will not be enough. In addition, you can apply for a tourist visa valid for up to 30 days for single or double entry.
Notably, travelers must produce an RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival and will also undergo an on-site test upon arrival. Only if you are found negative will you be allowed entry into the country and someone who tests positive will be transferred to a COVID treatment center. Currently, there are only a few flights between India and Russia, so ticket prices are at least two and a half times higher than the regular air fare.
The good news is that Serbia, like Russia, is also open to travelers from India; however, with some restrictions. You must provide a negative RT-PCR test performed 48 hours before the departure time and there are only limited flights operated by Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch from Mumbai to Belgrade. The prices are not exponentially high compared to Russia. Consult them before preparing your travel plan!
Iceland has also opened its borders to Indian travelers. However, travelers must be fully vaccinated with EU-approved vaccines, including Covishield by AstraZeneca. You will also need to present a valid vaccination certificate and negative PCR test upon arrival. Notably, the Icelandic authorities will also test you for COVID-19 at the border and you will be exempt from quarantine if the test is negative. Come on, pack your bags!
You can visit the UK from India, but quarantine is mandatory. Previously, the UK did not allow Indian travelers to enter its borders, stating that Covishield is not a valid vaccine under government travel policy. However, Covishield is essentially Astra Zeneca developed by Oxford and is produced in India by SII. Following strong criticism from India over the UK’s refusal to recognize Covishield, London has included the vaccine in its updated international travel advisory. As the country has an issue with COWIN certification, travelers from India will need to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Any Indian citizen with a valid visa for CIS countries (except Russia) can travel to Uzbekistan. Period. Note that Uzbekistan provides an electronic visa to travelers from India at a nominal fee and they must present a negative PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the country. Much to the relief of travelers, there is no quarantine and therefore one can explore the Central Asian country at will.
Interestingly, Italy has also recognized the COVID-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India, Covishield. Now fully vaccinated Indian tourists can travel to the European nation and are also eligible for a green pass, the Indian embassy in Italy has said.
Remember to check the latest Covid-related guidelines on government websites before planning your trips, as these are subject to change depending on the current Covid situation.