The second wave of coronavirus in India brought with it a lot of travel bans from several countries.
Considering the rapidly increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country, along with new variants popping up in patients, many countries across the world decided to restrict or entirely ban Indian travellers from entering their regions.
These included places such as United States, Europe, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong, and many others.
This was mostly a precautionary measure taken by these countries so that even by mistake Indian travellers could not spread the new COVID-19 variants to these places.
However, with the second wave coming in control and the new COVID-19 cases dropping steadily, slowly some countries have lifted the ban on Indian tourists.
The UAE had put a ban on passenger flights coming into the country on April 25th which was extended till June 30th 2021 and in the latest reports, it’s said that the suspension will last till 6th July.
However, there is some reprieve for UAE residents stuck outside of the country to be able to return. As per the Dubai administration inbound passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India to Dubai, will be allowed to enter the border from June 23rd onward.
The decision was given by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai. According to this order, Indian travellers with a valid UAE residence visa and confirmation of them having gotten two doses of vaccine approved by the UAE authorities is needed.
They should also show a negative test certificate from a PCR test that had been taken 48 hours before departure.
From 15th July 2021, Mauritius is opening its doors to international travellers. With a phased approach to opening, 15 July to 30 September 2021 will be the first phase where only those travellers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed entry.
However, things are not as good as they might seem. Rajiv Mehra, President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), has reportedly said that “There was some hope with countries like the Maldives, Dubai, Seychelles and Nepal opening up for Indian tourists briefly. But now we are badly hit again. Flights aren’t operating and countries aren’t even issuing e-visas.”
It still remains to be seen when the first world countries like the EU, UK, United States and more would open their doors for Indian travellers.
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