Amid a growing number of new mutations and variants of novel coronavirus, the Indian government has expanded the list of countries to be placed under travel restrictions. 

In an official release, India said that people coming to India from the United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and West Asia will have to give a negative RT-PCR report before boarding their flights. Additionally, travellers from these countries will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test on their arrival in India.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, "Considering the risk of mutations in SARS-CoV-2, we have added to the list of the UK, EU, and the Middle East more countries, including South Africa, Bangladesh, and others. International travelers from all these countries would now need RT-PCR negative reports to get on flights to India and RT-PCR testing upon arrival here (India),"


India imposed travel ban on these Countries;

  1. South Africa
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Botswana
  4. China
  5. Mauritius
  6. New Zealand
  7. Zimbabwe

Turkey's New Quarantine Rules For Indian Travellers;

Turkey on Saturday announced that all passengers travelling from India to Turkey or arriving in India within the last 14 days will have to submit a negative RT-PCR test taken not more than 72 hours from arrival.

The passengers who will not be able to produce the certificate will be quarantined at their residence or declared address.

Bangladesh Resume Flights From India;

Flight operations between India and Bangladesh resumed yesterday under the Air Bubble Agreement. Indigo, Air India and other domestic airlines will operate flights to Dhaka.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had said, "Passengers traveling from Bangladesh to India shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry). Therefore instead of a blanket restriction of 140 passengers per aircraft it is proposed that the capacity may be restricted to a specific percentage of the installed seat capacity of the aircraft (say 90 per cent or 95 per cent),"

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