With travel restrictions in full swing, many countries have closed their borders to Indian travellers owing to the daunting rise of COVID-19 patients in the country. This travel ban has restricted Indian passport holders from entering countries (like the US, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, UAE, Thailand), putting an end to all summer plans. But few other countries have given Indian travellers the green light
Presenting a health declaration form, and having health insurance that can cover the cost of COVID-19 related emergencies or accommodations is mandatory for Indian travellers. Additionally, a negative RT-PCR report has to be presented before boarding and on arrival, both. If found positive, one can choose between returning to the home country or self-isolating for 14 days. If travellers arrive from countries holding certain variants, such as the B.1.617.2 strain, it will be necessary to take a rapid DNA test.
Albeit with fewer flights in operation, Russia has kept its borders open for Indians. It will be necessary to undertake an RT-PCR test upon arrival, followed by a series of health check-ups and mandatorily self-quarantining till the results prove negative. A similar negative report in either English or Russian will have to be furnished before boarding the flight, taken not before 72 hours prior to boarding. Other formalities such as registration on the public services portal and the health declaration form will have to be fulfilled as well.
Indian tourists are permitted to travel freely within Turkey by presenting a negative RT-PCR report upon arrival and self-isolating for 14 days.
With limited flights and port entries, entering South Africa requires a negative RT-PCR report, taken 72 hours prior to the flight. If the test cannot be produced, a compulsory 10-day quarantine will be enforced, especially if one shows COVID-19 symptoms. A travel health questionnaire must be filled, and travellers must also go through screenings and check-ups. Although South Africa hasn’t imposed travel bans, the country is reportedly under curfew Level 1 and is most likely unsafe for travel at the moment.
Source: Travel and Leisure India