India is finally recovering from a devastating few months as the global hub of the new variant of the coronavirus – the Delta variant. This nearly brought the country’s health care system to a standstill.
Fortunately, those times are over. The pandemic in India is relatively under control. The CDC considers India a country with COVID-19 transmission moderate – Orange. Yet, traveling to India for leisure is still prohibited..
The country closed its borders and stopped most flights at the start of the pandemic. So far, only Indian citizens and people from certain countries with special visas can go.
Statistics and current status of COVID-19
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, India has reported more than 33 million COVID-19 boxes. At least 441,749 of them resulted in death.
At the moment there are out there 400,000 active cases and more than 40,000 new infections per day.
Coronavirus Centers in India
Vaccination progress in India
India’s vaccination program started with frontline health workers, followed by vulnerable groups. As of May 1st, everyone over the age of 18 can also have their chance. While more than 12 children are likely to be vaccinated in October.
So far, 50% of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Times of India. But only about 139 million Indians have been fully vaccinated, which is about a tenth of the entire population.
The vaccination rate is uneven across the state. The most populous state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India has managed to administer at least one dose to just 38% of its citizens. On the other hand, a less populous state like Himachal Pradesh has given almost every adult at least a chance.
Who can travel to India
As mentioned above, India is still closed to tourism. Only returning Indians and citizens of Bhutan and Nepal can enter the state. Also, those from certain countries who have different tourist visas can go.
The United States, United Kingdom and Canada have the strictest requirements. Only diplomats and those listed in government memo you may come in.
All arriving passengers must submit a self-declaration form on the website of the Air Suvidha and a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours. They also need to be quarantined for 14 days.
In addition, those arriving from the UK or the Middle East must provide their 14-day travel history and undergo further testing on arrival.
Why visit India?
We will have to wait a little longer to visit India. However, there are definitely many things to look forward to. From diverse landscapes and rich history to world-renowned food and colorful culture, India is a country not to be forgotten on any traveler’s wish list.