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India Covid-19: borders open to vaccinated foreign tourists

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New Delhi (CNN) – India opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists entering the country on commercial flights for the first time in nearly two years on Monday.

Tourists entering the country must be fully vaccinated, test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight and follow all Covid-19 protocols, according to the Department of Health.

Travelers from countries that have mutual agreements with India on the recognition of vaccination certificates, including the United States, the United Kingdom and several European countries, can leave the airport without undergoing a Covid-19 test . However, they must monitor their health for 14 days after arrival.

Partially or unvaccinated travelers will be required to submit a sample for a Covid-19 test at the airport. They will then be allowed to leave the airport and are required to self-quarantine at home for a week. On the eighth day, they will need to have another test and, if they are negative, continue to monitor their health for an additional week.

This is the first time India has allowed foreign tourists on commercial flights to enter the country since March 2020, when it imposed one of the world’s toughest lockdowns in a bid to contain the pandemic.

Fully vaccinated tourists on charter flights have been allowed entry from last month.

Top image: People wait for their relatives and friends to exit Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on November 15, 2021. Credit: AP Photo / Rishi Lekhi

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