Germany, Italy, and Maldives join list of countries that ban Indian tourists

RT-PCR test on arrival, separate isolation for COVID positive cases: Centre's SOPs for UK flyers
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Amid rising COVID-19 cases in India, Bangladesh, Germany, Italy, Thailand and Maldives have added India to their list of banned countries for travellers. 

Several countries including the UK, UAE, New Zealand, Canada etc had imposed a ban on travellers from India in view of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today said the suspension would remain in place until at least May 15 due to "clearly present" risks of travel from India, leaving thousands of Australians, including high-profile cricketers stranded.

Bangladesh borders closed 

Bangladesh has closed its borders with India for two weeks. Germany on the other hand has announced that only German citizens from India are allowed in their country. 

Meanwhile, Italy has declared that neither Indians nor foreigners who have visited India in the last 14 days will be allowed to visit their country.

Maldives, which used to be a popular destination for Indian celebrities has banned Indian tourists starting from Tuesday. 

Ever since the ban, various tourists are trying to reach their countries via Sri Lanka and Nepal. The Indian Embassy of Nepal has announced that they are removing that earlier clause of requiring special permission to travel from India through Nepal. There are chances of Nepal prohibiting tourists from India shortly.

Qatar makes hotel quarantine mandatory 

Qatar has made hotel quarantine mandatory for Indians, including those who have been vaccinated. India, along with 6 other nations has to undergo this mandatory ten-day hotel quarantine. The bookings should be made through discover Qatar website. Those who have been vaccinated also should carry out an RT-PCR test within 48 hours before arriving in the country.


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