Union Health Ministry, India issued fresh travel guidelines for international passengers. The new guidelines came into effect from February 22, 2021 until further orders. The norms were issued keeping in view the spread of three SARS-CoV-2variantsviz-a-viz (i) UK variant (ii) South Africa variant and (iii) Brazil variant,whichhave been found in 86, 44, and 15 countries, respectively.
The new guidelines apply to all international travellers flying/transiting through flights originating from the United Kingdom, Middle East and Europe. For the next 14 days, international travellers arriving from these three countries will have to reveal their travel history.
The guidelines are:
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, currently, international flights to and from India are only being operated per the air bubble agreements with different countries. All other international flights remain suspended. Domestic flights resumed in India from May last year.
An air bubble is a temporary agreement between two countries to allow their national airlines to carry passengers without restrictions. This helps travellers avoid quarantine and COVID-19 testing rules upon arrival. The Air Bubble Agreement is a bilateral air corridor between various countries to ease travel restrictions put in place by different countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.
India has formal air bubble agreements with 22 countries. Tanzania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Oman have been recently added to the list. The previous additions included countries such as the United States, Canada, France, Germany, among others. Review the rules and guidelines adopted by these countries before making your travel plans.
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