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India borders are reopening - what does it mean?


Author: Rotem Kles

Like most countries, India closed its borders to foreign tourists at the beginning of 2020. Covid-19 hit the second-largest country badly and over 34 million people were tested positive.

After aggressive vaccination campaigns, not India is operating to support the damaged tourism sections that couldn't operate for almost 2 years. Over 39 million Indians are part of this industry as India is a very popular destination for travelers.

Who can enter India?

From mid-November, fully vaccinated tourists who were tested negative in the last 72 hours can enter India.

There is also a rule for testing upon arrival. This rule applies only to some travelers. Arrivals from countries that have agreements with India about mutual recognition of their vaccination certificates are not obligated to present the test.

These countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, and many European countries. They are not required to take another test but must monitor and check their health for the first 2 weeks of their stay.

Arrivals who are not vaccinated are required to be tested at the airport after arriving. If the test comes back negative, they are required to quarantine at home or another approved location for a week.

On the eighth day of the quarantine, they have the option to take another test. If the test results are negative, they can travel but must continue to monitor their health for another week.

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What is the Covid situation in India?

At the moment, India’s daily Covid cases are about 10,000 daily.

As for vaccination stats, more than 79% of the adult population in India has received at least one shot. About 40% are fully vaccinated.