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Holiday destinations for Indians in Covid times

Indians have been at the receiving end of the worst second phase of Covid-19. Most nations closing their borders to Indians after new variants emerged first from India which was reportedly more aggressive and lethal.

Slowly and steadily, after months of stringent travel restrictions for people from India, there are countries that have started to ease restrictions. There were only a few nations like Russia and Serbia that continued to welcome Indian visitors even during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.

While some have announced opening their airspace for flights from India, there are conditions to be followed; for many other countries, entry from India is still based on privileged visas.

So, for those who intend to pack their bags and head to a foreign destination for a much-needed holiday — a Covid respite — here is a lowdown:

Russia

Russia has been open for Indian travellers. Some tour operators even offered vaccination trips to Russia and back along with a holiday package.

Passengers entering the Federation must have a printed negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival.

There are also quarantine requirements since Moscow has been on lockdown because of rise in Covid cases. Self-isolation of seven days at home or hotel room.

Serbia

Though Serbia is open to Indian travellers, travelling to Belgrade and looking for flight options could be a tough ask.

Visitors must provide a negative RT-PCR test taken up to 48 hours before departure. Not applicable to passengers below the age of 12 years.

Egypt

Egypt has opened up to Indian travellers although flights could be difficult to find.

While Cairo and surrounding areas would not be a problem, reports suggest that restrictions continue to remain for tourists arriving in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh, to travel to other governorates in Egypt.

Travellers would have to present a negative RT-PCR test, no older than 72 hours and all arrivals are required to fill in a health…

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