Travelers from India will be permitted to visit Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kuwait, as both nations have relaxed travel restrictions.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that fully vaccinated travellers flying to Singapore on VTL flights from Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai beginning tomorrow would have their travel history requirement reduced from 14 to 7 days. According to SIA, fully vaccinated passengers travelling to Singapore on VTL flights from Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai can take advantage of the new relaxations from February 22, 2022 (Singapore time).
The required travel history will be lowered from 14 to 7 days. If the tourist has travelled to Singapore within the recent seven days, his or her stay in Singapore can be used to complete the seven-day travel history criterion.
VTL passengers will no longer be required to perform an on-arrival Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at Changi Airport beginning February 22. Alternatively, they will be required to undergo a supervised self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at any of Singapore’s test centres within 24 hours of arrival. Upon arrival in Singapore, visitors will be given a testing notification with a link to book tests.
If the previously mentioned ART test is negative, no additional ART/PCR tests are necessary throughout the patient’s stay in Singapore. The new VTL entry and testing requirements in Singapore follow the government’s official statement last month exempting VTL travellers from all test procedures if they had recently recovered from COVID-19 (within 7 to 90 days of their last infection before departure to Singapore) and can provide adequate documentary proof of their recovery.
The UAE has also amended its travel requirements for Indian visitors. Passengers who have completed the full immunization regimen of both doses in India are exempt from RT-PCR testing prior to departure from the UAE for travel to India.
Passengers must additionally upload a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in India to the Air Suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration).
All other travellers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate with them and upload it to the Air Suvidha webpage (The test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to the scheduled time of departure). Before the scheduled flight, all passengers must submit complete and accurate information in a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration), including travel details from the previous 14 days.
On arrival, all passengers will be subjected to thermal scanning and, if symptomatic, will be treated according to protocol.
Following the lead of the UAE, another gulf country, Kuwait, has announced some relaxations for persons travelling from India to Kuwait. According to the new criteria, passengers with valid travel documents (save for visas on arrival in Kuwait) can enter the country regardless of their immunization status.
- Fully immunized (only vaccines approved by the Kuwaiti government are exempt from the RT-PCR test).
- Passengers who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated must take an RT-PCR test before travelling to Kuwait. (Passengers who have received two doses of Kuwait-approved immunization and have completed 9 months since the second dose are considered partly vaccinated.)
- Minors under the age of 16 are exempt.
- Guests who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated are subject to 7-day home quarantine.
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