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WHY ARE COUNTRIES RESTRICTING TRAVEL TO AND FROM INDIA?

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WHY ARE COUNTRIES RESTRICTING TRAVEL TO AND FROM INDIA?

Currently, India is one of the worst-affected countries in the world by COVID-19. There are 21,57,538 active cases as of now. So, several countries are drawing a line for people travelling to and from India.

On Monday, 19th April, United Kingdom added India to its travel ‘red-list’. Following this, the US Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory stating, “Travellers should avoid all travel to India.”

Hong Kong also banned all passenger flights coming from India for a 14 days period, starting from 20th April. Along with this, New Zealand also suspended the entry of all travellers from India.

Why are countries restricting travel to & from India?

UK clarified that since 103 cases of COVID from Indian variant were detected in the UK, so India is put up on the travel ‘red list’. Hong Kong also banned flights from India for two weeks, for preventing the spread of mutated COVID strain coming from India.

The US CDC’s advisory came up saying India’s COVID cases rose from level 3 to level 4, with a 1 lakh + jump in daily cases.

What does India being in the UK’s red-list mean?

According to the UK Government rules, if any traveller from India enters the UK on Friday, 23rd April before 4 am, then he/she needs to self-isolate for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on the second and the eighth day from arrival.

However, from 4 am, Friday 23rd April onwards, if a person had been in India in the past 10 days, then he/she will be allowed to enter the UK if he/she is a British, Irish, or third-country national having residency rights. Even if you are having a residency, you will need to get quarantined in a managed hotel.

What does US CDC’s advisory on travel to India mean?

US CDC’s notice tells us that even if a traveller is fully vaccinated, he/she must avoid all travel to India, due to the current situation over there (India). Even though if someone desires to travel to India, then he/she must get fully vaccinated, wear a mask, avoid crowds, stay 6 feet away from others, and keep sanitizing/washing hands frequently.

Travel options for US and UK

Travel options are available between India, UK, & the US connecting stations like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, London, and New York.

 Airlines:

– Air India

– Vistara

– British Airways

– United

Source: The Indian Express

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