With some countries opening their borders to Indians, inquiries for travel to international destinations saw an average increase of 80-85% in July compared to June this year.

As Maldives, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Qatar, Turkey, Iceland, Costa Rica, Nepal and France have opened travel for non-essential travel.

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, regular international passenger flights in India are suspended with effect from March 23, 2020. However, cargo and special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission and under bilateral air arrangements with select countries since May last year.

MakeMyTrip said international travel is gradually increasing as countries ease travel restrictions and quarantine rules for Indian outbound travellers.

As per company, Maldives and Russia currently rank high on the list of favorite holiday travel destinations. Switzerland and Qatar are the two countries that have made complete vaccination mandatory for Indian travellers.

Ixigo said it expects more countries to gradually lift restrictions in the coming months.

"With India seeing an overall decline in the number of active Covid-19 cases, countries are evaluating and reconsidering their current travel restriction policies for Indian travellers. Recently the US state department has lowered its Covid-related travel advisory for India to ‘Level 3 – Reconsider Travel"

Jyoti Mayal, president of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), said that at present most of the international travel is being done by students.


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