It’s been over a year since we took an international vacation. We all miss going to airports and flying to our favorite international destinations. Fortunately, with the improvement of the COVID-19 situation in most countries, some countries have resumed their tourism activities. Here is the list of countries that are now open to Indian travelers.
We love the Maldives for its incomparable beaches, glamorous resorts, crystal clear waters and rich aquatic life. The many islands of the country have something to soak up. If you have higher budgets, you can savor some of the best luxury resort experiences in the world.
COVID-19 Requirements – Tourists arriving in the Maldives must undergo a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 96 hours before departure. The test result should be submitted on the IMUGA portal. The test results must be in the possession of tourists at all times. The government of Maldives recommends that Indian travelers install the TraceEkee contact finder app. Quarantine on arrival is not mandatory unless you have symptoms.
Its vast open desserts, verdant mountains, clean beaches, numerous adventure sites, amazing wildlife and multicultural environment make South Africa a tempting destination. Take part in lion watching or take a history class at one of the country’s many museums, South Africa will offer you a plethora of experiences.
COVID-19 Requirements – Travelers must provide a negative PCR test result performed 72 hours prior to departure. Tourists must complete the South Africa Health Questionnaire (TQH) which collects visitor history. The South African government recommends that you install the COVID-19 Alert SA app for contact tracing.
Kenya’s beautiful landscapes, rich culture and abundant wildlife make it a popular tourist destination in Africa. Nairobi National Park, Mzima Springs and Fort Jesus are among the most popular tourist destinations in this East African country.
COVID-19 Requirements – Tourists visiting Kenya must provide a negative PCR test issued 96 hours before departure. You must complete the Travel Health Surveillance Form and present it upon arrival. Quarantine is not mandatory for those who have no symptoms.
Much like the Maldives, this African island nation is blessed with white sand beaches and clear waters. You can indulge in water sports, diving, hiking and exploring wildlife. Mauritius also promises an exceptional dining experience and world-class luxury accommodation.
COVID-19 Requirements – From July 15, Mauritius will allow international travelers in two phases. A negative PCR test is mandatory regardless of your vaccination status. The test must be carried out 5 to 7 days before arrival in Mauritius. In phase 1 (July 15, 2021 to September 30, 2021), fully vaccinated adults can enjoy a 14-day stay in a resort bubble. They will be allowed to use all facilities of the complex, including the swimming pool. From October, it will no longer be compulsory for fully vaccinated people to join the stay in the bubble of the complex. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people will need to quarantine for 14 days at a hotel designated for both phases.
Zambia is another African country that never ceases to amaze us. Wildlife is the main attraction of this vast nation. Canoeing the Zambezi River and admiring the mighty Victoria Falls are equally tempting activities.
COVID-19 Requirements – You need a negative PCR result issued 72 hours before you arrive in Zambia. India is on the list of ‘high risk’ countries, which means you will be tested again upon arrival. Fully vaccinated adults may be spared the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The largest country in the world offers several exceptional tourist sites. From historic towns to vast and empty countryside, you will always explore something new. Admire the country’s many palaces or embark on a luxury train journey or hike around Lake Baikal, there is so much to do in Russia.
COVID-19 Requirements – Travelers arriving in Russia must present a negative PCR test result, issued 72 hours before arrival.
This little nation packs a punch. Iceland’s small population, stunning natural beauty, and unpolluted air make it the ultimate destination to soothe your senses. You can dive into a geothermal lagoon or marvel at a roaring volcano. When you are done with the outdoors, you can enjoy an evening of music in Reykjavik.
COVID-19 Requirements – Iceland recently lifted travel restrictions for fully vaccinated adults. You must ensure that 14 days have passed since your second dose and present the fully immunized certificate. The PCR result is not necessary for vaccinated adults. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people will have to show a negative PCR result 72 hours before their arrival in Iceland. They will be tested again on arrival. Quarantine is mandatory for five days followed by another test.
Its rich architecture, delicious cuisines, catalog of festivals and wild nature make Serbia a country not to be missed. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is famous for its nightlife. Apart from this, you can explore Studenica Monastery, Petrovaradin Fortress, Vratana Gates and Uvac Canyon.
COVID-19 Requirements – Tourists must present negative PCR results issued 48 hours prior to arrival in Serbia. The requirement is not necessary for those under 12 years old.
Egypt is a historic power. Pyramids, sand-covered domes, great temples and ancient ruins take you back in time. The country is also blessed with many natural beauties in the form of rugged desserts, magnificent coral reefs, and stunning beaches.
COVID-19 Requirements – A negative PCR certificate taken 72 hours before arrival is mandatory. Fully vaccinated adults do not need to show the PCR result but must present the vaccination certificate. 14 days must pass after your full immunization status.
Outdoor adventure, wildlife, natural beauty, a dining experience, and upbeat locals, Costa Rica has it all. There is so much to see and do that even after a long vacation you will want more days. The Montezuma Waterfalls, Punta Cathedral and Venado Caves are must-sees in Costa Rica.
COVID-19 Requirements – All you need to do is complete the Health Pass 72 hours before departure from your country. The form must also be completed by minors. Fully vaccinated tourists are exempt from filling out the form. However, health insurance is compulsory. No PCR testing is required.
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