Of all the trips in the world, few leave visitors with as much joy for life, reflection and spirit than a trip to India. Like many other world class destinations, what you see and taste in one area will be completely different to the next, creating a lifetime worth of exploration ahead.
After nearly two years of being closed off to the world, amid one of the most heartbreaking battles with the global pandemic, India is now looking to reopen, and that’s exciting news for eager travelers the world over. Even better, they’re looking to waive visitor fees to encourage trips.
While many key details remain scarce, here’s what we know about plans so far, and which visitors may be included in early reopening moves.
India Looks To Open Travel
A setback in planning trips to India has always been the somewhat cumbersome pre arrival visa process, which require both a bit of time and money.
The most obvious sign that India is looking to reopen, is that it’s actively discussing waiving all visa fees for visitors until March, 2022, in hopes of kickstarting the economic recovery with as many foreign visitors as possible.
The first 500,000 visitors before March 31st, 2022 would receive free entry, according to The Hindu. A full announcement of reopening plans is expected within the next week.
Final details of discussion include whether to only allow fully vaccinated visitors, only visitors from certain key tourism regions such as the UK or USA, or whether to require testing on top of vaccination from areas of concern.
Bilateral talks are currently being held with a variety of tourism partners in hopes of securing more recognition for India’s vaccination passports as well, to help streamline travel in both directions.
Currently, India is one of the countries not recognized by the UK for vaccination status in relation to travel. Even fully vaccinated visitors from India are subject to quarantine, while other vaccinated entries are not.
We’ll update this article as more details about India’s travel and tourism reopening trickle in. For now, it’s exciting news that a country is looking to welcome back visitors, perhaps better than ever. No one likes visa fees!