India reopens for foreign tourists after 19 months as COVID cases decline

TRAVEL NEWS, INDIA Created : Oct 19, 2021, 10:00 IST

India reopens for foreign tourists after 19 months as COVID cases decline


India recently reopened to fully vaccinated foreign travellers who are traveling on chartered flights. This move comes in the wake of the latest easing of Coronavirus-related restrictions, as COVID infections continue to register a decline in the country.

Further, as per the latest news reports, foreign travellers travelling via regular flights will be able to enter India starting November 15. This is the first time since March 2020 when it imposed its first nationwide Coronavirus lockdown, that India is allowing foreign tourists to enter the country. As of now it is still unclear if those arriving travellers will have to undergo quarantine, but they will be required to be fully vaccinated, and test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight.

The said decision that was announced by India’s Home Ministry earlier this month, comes as the country's daily infections dropped below 20000 from a peak of 400000 in May, and when more and more people are getting vaccinated every day. Reportedly, India has managed to administer more than 970 million vaccine doses until now. Further, around 70 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose of vaccine. The said move of easing travel restrictions on foreign tourists entering the country, also coincides with India's domestic tourist and festive season. However, health officials have raised concerns, who have warned against such complacency.

Earlier, the Indian Council of Medical Research, India's premier medical body, cautioned that "revenge tourism" might lead to a rise in COVID-19 infections if tourists don't abide by the COVID protocols strictly.

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