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International borders opening up for Indians; different protocols of concerned countries

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Nearly two years after covid pandemic clamped down on international travel, multiple countries — along with the USA and United Kingdom — are cautiously starting up their borders to tourists throughout the globe. Months of isolation have wreaked havoc on economies, in particular people who commonly rely upon tourism.

Report by UNCTAD

A current document of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development pegged the loss of GDP at $4 trillion for the years 2020 and 2021. While the document cautioned that worldwide tourism is not likely to attain its former ranges till 2023 or later, the developing percent of vaccinated residents have triggered a few nations to loosen up their border regulations in time for the tourist-heavy seasons in December and January. 

A vaccination proof against Covid-19, RT-PCR test results and quarantine measures had been installed in the region to ensure stability among tourism and protection against covid 19 for visitors and locals. 

Countries relaxing their borders for Indians

These are the number of countries who are relaxing their borders for Indian tourists.

Airport protocol

United States

The US has announced that it’ll be commencing its borders for vaccinated travellers from next month onwards. From November 8, visitors can fly to America only after they show a negative RT-PCR test and proof of complete vaccination. Further instructions, which include the time range of the test , are anticipated to be introduced in the coming days. Provisions for tours for unvaccinated people have not been announced yet.


Thailand will reopen for vaccinated visitors of selected countries from November 1. Fully vaccinated residents of 10 countries deemed to be “low-risk” will be allowed to go into the country without quarantine, provided they should travel through air. They will, however, have to present a negative RT-PCR test result on arrival, and any other one in Thailand. China, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States are at the list. India is not.

Vaccinated visitors from India will have to quarantine themselves for seven days on arrival. They too have to go through the RT-PCR test all through their quarantine, the first test on arrival and the second one on days 6-7. Certificates of vaccination have to be carried as well.

United Kingdom

Covid-19 protocols for Indians touring to the UK was much-mentioned in the wake of the Covishield controversy. However, following talks among the 2 governments, it’s now understood that Indians who’re full-vaccinated will now no longer be required to go through any quarantine protocol. Travellers will have to hold vaccination certificates and take an RT-PCR check on the 2nd day of arrival.

Sri Lanka

Fully vaccinated travellers need to bring with them negative RT-PCR test results not more than 72 hours previous to embarkation. They must bring with them the original vaccination certificate. Non-vaccinated travellers are required to go through a 14-day quarantine at a government-accepted resort and RT-PCR tests on arrival and exit of quarantine.


Travellers travelling to Dubai will also have to show a negative RT-PCR test results before arrival. The tests should be done within 96 hours of travel to the country


Visitors, inclusive of the ones from India, are allowed to get a visa on arrival in Maldives.


Tourists can journey through Chile provided they have to be fully vaccinated. A negative Covid-19 test result too is needed upon arrival in the country. Bear in mind that the vaccine which has been taken by the visitor needs to be accepted by the Chilean Public Health Institute (ISP), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Covid protocol


Bahrain lets in access for vaccinated visitors from certain  international locations without quarantine. (Full listing to be had at 

For fully vaccinated Indians who are eligible to achieve an on-arrival visa, RT-PCR tests are required upon arrival, at the 5th day after arrival and at the 10th day after arrival.


Travellers from India are required to take an RT-PCR test on arrival in Egypt. The test should be done within 72 hours prior arrival. The requirement is obligatory regardless of vaccination status. However, kids below six are exempted from this protocol.



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