India Opens Up Borders: Passengers From These 99 Nations Allowed Without Quarantine!

The world is moving away from the pandemic now. Not only public spaces all over the world but borders across the nations are also opening up. International Travelling is back to before pandemic levels. So, to ease the process of international travel easier, governments throughout the world are collaborating like never before. Recently, many countries across the globe have started recognizing Indian Vaccination certificates as valid proofs of vaccinations.

In what might be termed as a reciprocating measure, the Indian Government has also announced free passage to visitors from some 99 nations.

Passengers from these countries won’t have to undergo quarantine while entering India

According to a recently updated notification by the Union government, travelers from 99 countries, who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), have been exempted from mandatory quarantine on arrival in India.

Even though travelers from these 99 nations have been exempted from mandatory quarantine, they will have to follow certain norms that remain the same for all travelers.

The United States, Great Britain, Israel, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Bangladesh, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey and Nepal are some of the countries that feature in the ‘Category A’ list released by the government.

Following are the protocols that travelers from the ‘Category A’ list need to follow

Travelers from the 99 nations must submit a self-declaration of their fully vaccinated status on the Air Suvidha portal. They also need to produce a negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before. Notably, the passengers also need to submit a declaration related to the authenticity of the RT-PCR report and will be liable to criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.

Fully vaccinated travelers from ‘Category A’ countries won’t have to undergo compulsory quarantine. However, they will have to self-monitor their health for the 14 days starting from the date of arrival in India. If they start showing any signs and symptoms of Covid-19 or test positive for the infection on re-testing, they will immediately have to self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call the National helpline number (1075)/State Helpline Number.

Countries are also categorized as ‘Countries at risk by India

As many as 10 countries have been added to the list of ‘Countries at risk’ by India. This list includes South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Zimbabwe, Singapore, New Zealand, Mauritius, Bangladesh, and the UK.

It should be noted that the relaxations have been effective since November 12 and will remain in place till further orders. However, the government has also decided to review  “risk assessment” guidelines from time to time.

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