Indian people traveling to Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait will be able to visit these two countries as travel restrictions have been eased by both countries. According to Singapore Airlines (SIA), fully vaccinated passengers traveling to Singapore from tomorrow on VTL flights departing from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai will have their mandatory travel history reduced from 14 to 7 days.
SIA said in a statement: “As of February 22, 2022 (Singapore time), fully vaccinated passengers traveling to Singapore on VTL flights departing from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai can join the new relaxations. The travel history requirement will be reduced from 14 to 7 days. If the traveler has been in Singapore within the last 7 days, their stay in Singapore may count towards fulfilling this 7-day travel history requirement.”
Also, “From February 22, VTL travelers do not need to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival at Changi Airport. Instead, they will be required to take a supervised self-swab rapid antigen test (ART) at any test center located across Singapore within 24 hours of arrival,” he said. A test notice with a web link to book tests will be sent to travelers upon entry to Singapore If the above ART is negative, no further ART/PCR tests are required throughout their stay in Singapore. Singapore’s VTL entry and test follow the government’s announcement last month exempting VTL travelers from all testing requirements if they had recently recovered from COVID-19 (within 7-90 days of their last infection prior to departure for Singapore) and can provide appropriate evidence of their recovery. nt.
Meanwhile, the UAE has also updated its travel guidelines for people traveling from India. These include passengers who have completed the full two-dose vaccination schedule in India are exempt from pre-departure RT-PCR testing for travel to India from the United Arab Emirates.
Passengers should also upload the COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in India on the Air Suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration).
All other passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate and upload it to the Air Suvidha portal (the test must have been taken within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time).
All passengers must submit complete and factual information in the form of self-declaration on Air Suvidha’s online portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration) before the intended journey, including travel details for the last 14 days.
All passengers will continue to be thermally screened on arrival and if they show symptoms they will be treated as per protocol.
After the United Arab Emirates, another Gulf country, Kuwait, has also announced relaxations for people traveling from India to Kuwait. The new guidelines provide that passengers (except visa on arrival in Kuwait) with valid travel documents can enter the State of Kuwait despite their vaccination status.
1) Fully Vaccinated (Only vaccines approved by the Government of Kuwait are not required to pass the RT-PCR test for travel to Kuwait.
2) Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers must take an RT-PCR test to travel to Kuwait.
(Passengers who have taken two doses of Kuwait-approved vaccine and have completed 9 months since the 2nd dose are considered partially vaccinated)
3) Children under 16 are exempt
4) Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated guests are subject to home quarantine for 7 days
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