India reopens its borders to mass foreign tourism

Published on : Saturday, November 20, 2021

Foreign tourists looking to visit India can finally do so from now on with the country reopening its borders to mass foreign tourism, thereby ending a 20-month shutdownwith declining of the coronavirus infections across the country.

Since last month, tourists on chartered flights have already gained entry and Indian authorities expanded that to arrivals on commercial flights as well.

After postponing tourist visas in March last year, India is now allowing quarantine-free entry to fully vaccinated travelers from 99 reciprocating countries. The Indian government only requires tourists from these countries to observe their health for 14 days after arrival.

In 2020, India suspended all visas granted to foreign travelers last due to the growing Covid-19 situation in the country.

India also imposed several other restrictions on international travel, including limiting the number of flights and constituting special ‘air bubble’ arrangements with countries with positive situations for travel. However, with the gradual betterment of the pandemic situation, foreign travelers were later allowed to get any other kind of Indian visa, except a tourist visa, to facilitate their entry and stay in India.

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