Which countries have lifted travel ban on Indians?

Following the widespread of Covid-19 vaccinantion programmes globally, several countries have now eased travel restrictions on passengers from India. This week, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have relaxed their international travel rules for Indians, allowing certain people travelling from India to enter their jurisdiction.

Spain has now opened the doors for fully vaccinated citizens from India. Indians who have been fully inoculated by WHO or the European Medicines Agency approved vaccine, including Covishield of Serum Institute of India are allowed to travel to the country. A new advisory has said that the Indian travellers must have a Schengen visa or apply for a Spanish visa.

UK has removed India from the ‘Red’ list and moved to the ‘Amber’ list which means fully vaccinated Indians have no need to be quarantined for 10 days. However, before travelling to the United Kingdom, vaccinated people should take tests again, three days prior to the scheduled travelling date and then on or before day 2 after reaching the country.

Meanwhile, Covaxin and Covishield are not recognised by the UK government. Unvaccinated Indians should remain under quarantine for 10 days and have to take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and then on or after day 8 again.

Indians are now allowed to travel to the UK but they may not get the waiver for the vaccinated individuals since UK has not recognised Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V. This change will be effective from August 8.

The UAE has lifted travel ban on Indians but they have to fall into specific categories, identified by the UAE officials. UAE residents, professionals working in UAE government and students, are allowed to travel back to the UAE from India. Travellers with negative RT-PCR reports are also permitted to travel from India. The United Arab Emirates had barred all flights from India, in wake of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. Even UAE residents stuck in India were not allowed to come back, only diplomats were permitted to fly.

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