As India gradually recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and gains some kind of normalcy in these tough times, several countries are easing travel restrictions and giving nod to resume international commercial flights. India, on the other hand, has extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights till October 31. However, bilateral air bubble pacts with 18 countries are allowing tourists to travel to around 50 international destinations, including the UK, Kenya, Bhutan, France, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates.
With the help of the air bubble agreement, you can travel to specific international cities. But do you know which countries have recently opened their borders or will resume operation of international passenger flights for travellers across India soon? If not, read on!
The United States of America
The United States of America will open its door to fully vaccinated Indians beginning November under a new international travel system that includes strict protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from passengers flying into the US while protecting Americans and making international air travel safer. Foreign nationals, including Indians flying to the US, will be required to be fully vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination before boarding a US-bound airplane.
After over 18 months, Australia is going to ease travel restrictions on fully vaccinated international travellers, including Indians and Chinese. It has also recognised the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and China’s Sinovac vaccines. With about 80% of its population getting inoculated, Australia will welcome international tourists back from November. Under the reopening plan, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will have to quarantine at home for seven days upon the arrival.
The Philippines has lifted the travel ban for all inbound travellers from India and nine other countries on September 6. Passengers have to be fully vaccinated and meet the mandatory quarantine requirements of 14 days upon the arrival.
The United Kingdom
The UK has resumed operation of international passenger flights from October 4. It has also recognised India-made Covishield by the Serum Institute of India. However, the country made it clear that Indian travellers have to be quarantined for 10 days upon the arrival.