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Last updated 15 June 2021

After being confined to their homes for a year, travellers around the world are now seeing a glimmer of hope. With many countries easing their restrictions and a few jettisoning them altogether, holiday plans don’t seem that far down the lane.

Can Indians travel now? Where can they fly to? Which countries are welcoming Indians? Read on to find out.

Can Indians travel right now?

Apart from the Vande Bharat Mission, scheduled commercial flights have been suspended by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) till 30 June. India has established air bubbles with 28 countries but for the most part, international travel remains restricted.

Moreover, several countries across the globe have put a travel ban on India owing to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. This means, even if the Indian authorities were to allow international leisure travel, the doors of these destinations would still be closed to Indian tourists.

 

Where can Indians travel?

Several countries are now opening up to international visitors, relying on testing and quarantine requirements. Once the government of India loosens up the guidelines for foreign non-essential travel, Indian globetrotters can choose any of them to explore.

Keep in mind that quarantine and airport testing may be required upon return, depending upon the destination you’re returning from.

The Americas and Caribbean

No quarantine required

  • Belize. Either a negative PCR test result or proof of having received two full doses of a COVID-19 vaccine is required.
  • Costa Rica. Testing is not necessary. Travellers must fill out the Health Pass form.
  • El Salvador. Visitors need an LAMP, NAAT, RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival, or proof of vaccination. Passengers younger than 2 years and those having a diplomatic passport are exempt from this.
  • Guatemala. Arrivals need to present one of the following-
    • COVID–19 vaccine certificate proving the vaccine was administered at least two weeks prior to arrival
    • a negative COVID–19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival
    • proof of having tested positive for COVID–19 and recovered within three months of arrival
  • Guyana. All passengers must take a test at least 7 days prior to arrival and have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate upon entry.
  • Honduras. You must fill an Immigration Pre-check form and present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival from a test taken in the previous 72 hours.
  • Paraguay. Visitors must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 LAMP, NAAT or RT-PCR test result, taken at most 72 hours before arrival, and international medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus treatment costs. Passengers must complete a “Traveler’s Health Information” at most 24 hours before departure.
  • The Dominican Republic. Travellers are not required to take any pre-departure tests but will be subject to randomized breath testing and health screening on arrival. Quarantine is required only if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Passengers must complete an “Electronic Ticket” form.
  • Venezuela. All travellers entering Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 48 hours of boarding their incoming flight and will be subjected to a COVID-19 test at port of entry.

Quarantine required

  • Barbados. Travellers (regardless of vaccination status) need a valid PCR test result on arrival. They need to take two more tests, on at the arriving airport and a second on day 8. Quarantine for 7 days is mandatory.
  • Bermuda. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 5 days before arrival. They need to quarantine for four days until receiving a negative result from the COVID-19 test. A travel authorization needs to be obtained at most 3 days before departure.
  •  Ecuador. Passengers aged 2 and above must have one of the following documents. A completed “Declaracion de salud del viajero” must be presented upon arrival.
    • a negative COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR test taken at most 3 days before arrival
    • a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, or a
    • COVID-19 recovery certificate.
  • Mexico. There are no testing requirements. A completed “Cuestionario de identificacion de factores de riesgo en viajeros” must be presented to immigration upon arrival.
  • Panama. Travellers have to show a negative COVID-19 PCR, RT-PCR, or Antigen test result, taken at most 48 hours before arrival and need to take a second test on arrival. A completed “Declaracion Jurada de Salud” must be presented upon arrival. Quarantine is necessary for 3 days on arrival.

 

Africa

No quarantine required

  • Egypt. All arriving international travellers will need to present a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 taken at the most 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Ethiopia. All passengers over 10 years travelling to Ethiopia need to present a negative RT PCR test certificate for COVID-19 before boarding a flight. The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given. Quarantine is required only if you don’t carry such a certificate.
  • Gambia. Visitors must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. Quarantine is required only if you don’t carry such a certificate or test positive on arrival.
  • Ghana. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be subject to a second test on arrival. If confirmed negative, quarantine is not needed.
  • Guinea-Bissau. Arrivals must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.
  • Mali. To enter Mali, you must carry a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued not more than 7 days before arrival. A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival.
  • Mauritania. You must take a PCR test less than 5 days before arrival and show evidence of the negative test result. Quarantine is required only if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Mozambique. Visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Namibia. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers must present a completed epidemiological questionnaire upon arrival.
  • Nicaragua. Passengers are required to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result, and the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
  • Senegal. Travelers will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test from the country of departure, taken not more than 5 days before departure. All travelers to Senegal must fill out a passenger locator form before entry.
  • South Africa. Passengers older than 5 years entering South Africa must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. A completed “Traveller Health Questionnaire” must be submitted not more than 2 days before departure.
  • Tanzania. There are no testing requirements in place, however all international arrivals are screened thoroughly. Quarantine is required only if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Zambia. Visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 7 days before their arrival. Quarantine and a second test on arrival is required only if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Quarantine required

  • Rwanda. All arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 120 hours of departure. It is mandatory to quarantine at a designated hotel for 24 hours whilst awaiting the results of a second COVID-19 test conducted on arrival.

 

Asia

No quarantine required

  • Afghanistan. Travellers above 8 years of age must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result, taken at most 72 hours before departure. Quarantine is required only if you have a high temperature.
  • Armenia. Travellers are asked to present the results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or take to a PCR test at the airport.
  • Kyrgyzstan. Passengers aged 8 and above must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result, taken at most 72 hours before departure of the first embarkation point. You may be asked to do a second test upon arrival.

 

Europe

No quarantine required

  • Albania. Except for screening measures in the presence of medical personnel, there are no testing requirements.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival.
  • Kosovo. Travellers must have a negative RT-PCR test certificate for COVID-19 done in the last 72 hours. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the certificate.
  • Russia.  Passengers entering the Federation must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.
  • Serbia. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival. Quarantine is mandated only if you don’t carry the result.

Quarantine required

  • Montenegro. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. This doesn’t apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they have received the second dose at least 7 days before arrival and those with a positive serological -IgG antibodies test result issued at most 30 days before arrival.

Note that in most European countries, non-essential travel is possible only for residents and citizens of EU/Schengen countries, and their family and partners. If you fit into these criteria, please check the country’s travel advisory.

 

Middle East

Quarantine required

  • Bahrain. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure. They will also have to take a second test on arrival, except if they have recovery certificate. Quarantine is required till test results are delivered.