List of At-Risk Countries Updated: 8 New Countries Added

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List of At-Risk Countries Updated 8 New Countries Added

Coronavirus cases are in flux around the globe. Health officials warn that staying home is the best way to stop transmission until you are fully vaccinated. But if you still plan to travel then below is the information on what to know if you still plan to travel. 

India has just emerged from a catastrophic 2021, in which it was the global center of the new surge of the pandemic. It also brought the health system of India close to collapse. India swiftly closed its borders at the start of the pandemic, banning all scheduled flights, but has recently opened its doors for international travelers. You can book your business class tickets to India from airfarebooking.com and all you need to follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare India to enjoy the trip without any worries. 

With the cases of new variant Omicron being detected in India, the ministry of civil aviation has updated its list of ‘at-risk’ countries for international arrivals and added eight new countries to the list.

India’s new list of ‘at risk’ countries:

  • Countries in Europe including The United Kingdom
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • China
  • Botswana
  • Tanzania
  • Zimbabwe
  • New Zealand
  • Mauritius
  • Congo
  • Israel
  • Hong Kong
  • Kenya
  • Kazakhstan
  • Ethiopia
  • Zambia
  • Nigeria
  • Tunisia

The list of countries is being updated regularly based on the prevalent epidemiological situation of Covid-19 in these countries including circulation of variants of concerns. 

Travelers who have last minute flight tickets to India from the above-cited countries are requested to follow additional measures in comparison to travelers from not-at-risk countries. These include on arrival self-paid Covid-19 test home quarantine for 7 days, RT-PCR test on 8th-day post quarantine, and submitting a report of past 14 days of travel on the Air Sewa portal. 

All the passengers need to show a negative test report not older than 72 hours on arrival. If people are arriving at any of the six major airports of India, namely, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi they need to pre-book their Covid-19 tests before the departure of the flight from the origin airport. For those passengers who do not pre-book their tests, concerned airlines will be responsible for booking tests for them. 

Last week, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had revised the guidelines for international arrivals into India which are effective from 11 January 2022. As per revised guidelines, passengers transiting/originating from ‘at risk’ countries shall have to undergo stringent isolation if tested positive on arrival. The guidelines have been revised on the basis of a risk-based approach as the country is facing a new threat of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus. If you are willing to visit India then you can book cheap international flights from US to India from airfarebooking.com and follow the guidelines.

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