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India has seen a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and the death count has also gone up. This has resulted in many countries announcing a ban on Indian travellers.
Here is a list of countries that have issued orders to ban travel to and from India.
India faces the longest country-specific travel ban imposed by Canada. The country has banned all passenger flights from India for 30 days due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. The flight ban was enforced at midnight on April 22.
Suspending flights from India and Pakistan to Canada for 30 days will help manage the elevated risk of imported cases of COVID-19 and variants of concern into Canada during a time of increasing pressure on our health care system. Learn more: https://t.co/h9pt5zyL2L— Omar Alghabra (@OmarAlghabra) April 22, 2021
The UAE has banned travellers from India for 10 days from April 24 which will take effect from 11.59 pm. The ban is subject to review after 10 days. Passengers who visited India in the last 14 days will also not be allowed to board from any other country to the UAE.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have announced the suspension of all inbound flights for national and international carriers coming from the Republic of India.#TogetherWeRecover pic.twitter.com/XzCHhvfqJH— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) April 22, 2021
The UK recently included India in its travel red list imposing a ban on entry for all except British or Irish residents. The travel ban on India will be included in the list from 4 am local time on April 23.
France is all set to impose new restrictions on travellers entering from India. The French government has enforced a mandatory 10-day quarantine for travellers arriving from India.
Singapore has announced that people flying from India will have to serve a 21day Stay-at-Home Notice at a designated facility due to the emergence of a new virus strain in the country.
The Hong Kong government activated an “emergency circuit breaker,” banning passenger flights from India for 14 days from April 20.
Oman has anounced a complete ban on travellers coming from India from April 24 including those who have entered the country in the last two weeks.
Our neighbouring country has also imposed a ban on travellers arriving from India for two weeks from April 19.
Bangladesh has also closed its borders with India for the next two weeks.
One of the most visited destinations by Indians, Thailand has also put a ban on travellers from India. The Thai embassy in India has suspended certificates of entry for non-Thai nationals travelling from India.
The Health Ministry of Iran has also decided to ban all flights to and from India.
Following in the footsteps of several nations who have banned air travel from India, Australia, too, suspended all direct passenger flights to the country. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the decision on Tuesday, April 27, adding that the ban will be reassessed on May 15.
The Czech Republic has also added India to its list of countries that pose a great risk of the spread of the new variant of the deadly virus.
An all-time favourite of Indian travellers, Spain has not put a ban on travellers from India but a 10-day quarantine is mandatory.
Hoping that the measure would be “very temporary”, Belgium has also banned travel from India along with Brazil and South Africa and other countries hugely hit by the new variants of the virus.
All flights to and from India will remain suspended till May 1 in the Netherlands.
The Transport Ministry of Malaysia has halted the entry of Indian nationals. The country is also implementing stringent controls for ships arriving from India at its ports.
Malawi’s Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has also announced a ban on travellers from India with an aim to guard the country against the threat of the coronavirus’ new variant.
Boss Mustapha, chairman of Nigeria’s presidential steering committee on COVID-19 has said in a statement that the country will ban travellers coming from India from May 4.
Israel too has temporarily banned its citizens from travelling to India and six other countries due to the surging number of virus cases in these countries.
As more and more countries continue to report cases of the new variant identified in the Indian subcontinent, Taiwan is the latest to join other countries in putting a ban on travellers from India.
Philippines, which is known for its strong bilateral ties with India, has also banned travellers from India. Anyone who has travelled to India in the last 14 days before his or her arrival in Philippines will not be allowed entry in the country.
As the number of new coronavirus cases continue to surge in both India and Cambodia, travellers from India have been banned by the Cambodian government.
India's friendly neighbour Sri Lanka has also announced that it is banning all arrivals from India with immediate effect. Till now, Sri Lanka was serving as a transit hub for travellers from India, who were headed to West Asian countries and Singapore.
This story was first published on April 23 and is being regulalry updated for our readers.
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