Day in and day out, countries are removing travel restrictions due to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Unvaccinated visitors are welcome as long as they adhere to the long list of safety requirements, but many countries only allow those who are fully vaccinated.
According to a WHO survey, nearly 6 billion people have been immunized, with India administering doses above 95.89 cr.
So if you’ve done all of your vaccinations and want to know which countries allow fully vaccinated Indians to travel for free without spending time in quarantine, here is your magic list.
UNITED STATES: According to a White House announcement that surfaced on September 20, visitors fully immune to COVID-19 and from 33 countries, including India, China, Brazil and much of Europe, will be able to boarding flights to the United States from November. The Biden administration has finally lifted travel restrictions that were implemented last year.
Canada: Canada has also eased restrictions on commercial flights from India. From Delhi there will be a direct flight to Toronto on September 22. Passengers to Delhi should have an RT-PCR test report 18 hours before their flight’s scheduled departure time with them when boarding. Many Indians who live in both the United States and Canada will be able to reconnect with loved ones after a four-month hiatus when flights resume.
Thailand: According to the Thai administration, the embassy will soon begin issuing visas to non-Thai nationals to travel to Thailand. Visas for workers, residents and students fall into this category. Tourist visa applicants, on the other hand, will have to wait several more months.
UK: The UK government has classified all countries as red, amber or green. The “orange” list imposes a list of quarantine and testing requirements, while the “red” list indicates countries with strict travel restrictions. According to a recent report, India is on the Amber List. If the vaccine is not on the approved list, the UK will only have a ‘red’ list with required quarantine standards for fully vaccinated visitors. Covishield and Covaxin, Indian vaccines, are currently not accepted by the country.
Italy: Indian citizens who have received the Covishield vaccine can now apply for a Green Card and travel to Italy. Following a conference between Roberto Speranza and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, the Embassy of India based in Rome endorsed this report on September 12. Itlay has a list of recognized vaccines including Moderna, Vaxzervria AstraZeneca, Comirnaty Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Now Indian developed Covishield is also on the list.
France: Travel restrictions to France for fully vaccinated Indians have recently been relaxed, allowing them to visit the country without being quarantined. Those who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated must show a negative result to the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR test) 72 hours before their departure for France, and will be sequestered for 10 days at their arrival.
Finally, students and those with pre-planned travel plans breathe a sigh of relief after these travel restrictions are lifted. So what are you waiting for, I’ve heard that Paris is beautiful this time of year.