India’s Latest Guidelines on International Travel

PUBLISHED July 29, 2021 | updated July 29, 2021 03:14

After a huge surge in the covid cases in India, travel restrictions are gradually being eased, although tourists are not yet permitted. The Indian borders are closed for those except Indian Nationals, people moving to the country as Nationals and people from certain countries who qualify for visas (Medical & Business purposes). Apart from that, some of the countries are now open to travelers from India, given the requirements for vaccination and RT-PCR test are completed.

Maldives has allowed the entry of Indian travelers including those traveling for non-essential needs. The suspension of scheduled international flights from India have also been extended till July 31, 2021 which does not apply to international all-cargo operation flights and international scheduled flights on selected routes that have been approved by the authorities based on individual cases. 

Air India has also announced their flights to Maldives as well as other countries such as Malaysia and several international flights to Middle Eastern countries. As part of Vande Bharat Mission, Air India is expected to operate international flights to Maldives from July 28, 2021. There will be non-stop flights operating from Mumbai to Male’, Delhi to Male’ via Mumbai every Wednesday and Saturday. Air India flights will also operate every Monday and Thursday between Bengaluru to Male’ via Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), from July 29, 2021. 

In addition to this, India has signed an air bubble agreement with 24 countries that permits them to operate flights to and from India. So far, US, the UK, France, Germany, UAE, Canada, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Netherlands, Bhutan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Maldives, Ethiopia, Kenya, Kuwait, Nepal, Japan, Rwanda, and Tanzania have been signed under this agreement. 


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