The latest in the list of countries relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for international travellers, South Korea will remove the quarantine mandate for admission into the country, starting April 1. However, this relaxation in protocol is only for those who have completed their vaccination schedule or received a booster dose in the past six months. Travellers from Ukraine, Pakistan, Myanmar and Uzbekistan still have to undergo the mandatory week-long quarantine.
Unvaccinated international travellers will be able to enter the U. K. without restrictions Friday, March 18 onwards. They will also not be required to submit the passenger locator form any longer. Two major airlines and the Heathrow Airport in London are also dropping mask mandates Friday onwards, marking the end of all pandemic restrictions in the country.
Starting April 1, Malaysia will also reopen to international travel, albeit with a few restrictions in place. Travellers will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative RT-PCR test report (not more than two days old). Passengers who haven’t completed the full schedule of vaccination need to undergo a five-day quarantine. Upon entry into the country, travellers will also need to undertake an RTK-Ag test within the next 24 hours. Before departure, passengers must download the MySejahtera app and complete the signup process.
Starting March 16, Singapore, too, has relaxed the quarantine requirement for Indian travellers. Earlier this month, Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for Indian travellers was expanded to include passengers flying in from all Indian cities.
As part of a larger program to enhance tourism and connectivity within the state, the Madhya Pradesh plans to introduce helicopter circuits from Khajuraho to Panna Wildlife Sanctuary and Jabalpur to Kanha Tiger Reserve, among other major destinations. The plan was announced at the launch of the Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad flight route, which will connect Madhya Pradesh with Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Starting this week, France dropped several pandemic protocols, including masking up in public places (except in public transport, hospitals and care homes) and vaccine passes.
Expressing the desire to attract more business travel and film projects among other tourists from India, the South African Tourism Hub Head announced plans to start an e-visa facility for travellers from the country. The African nation is expecting a 64% year-on-year growth in inbound travel from India.
Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.