International travel: 4 important updates you must know

If you are planning to travel international anytime soon, then here are a few updates you must  know about.

Key Highlights:

* India-Dubai flights from 15th July

* Qatar opens its border for fully vaccinated travellers

* Air India Express opens booking for flights to Singapore

* Maldives reopening from 15th July

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India-Dubai international flights to start from 15th July 

Those planning a trip to Dubai will be able to do so as flights between India and Dubai are set to commence from 15th of July. However, Abu Dhabi is expected to re-open flights for Indian passengers from 21st July.

Flight tickets are available for India-Dubai on ixigo.

One can opt for airlines such as Vistara, IndiGo & SpiceJet for their India-Dubai flight.

According to news reports, cities like Mumbai & Hyderabad are setting up rapid PCR and lab tests to handle passengers between the two countries.

Travel between India and Dubai was suspended on 24th April 2021 due to the 2nd wave of coronavirus.

Explained: Here’s how you can link your passport number with your vaccination certificate

Qatar opens for fully vaccinated travellers

The State of Qatar has decided to open its borders for fully vaccinated travelers and is issuing family and tourist entry visas from today.

Is quarantine required?

Travellers can enter the country without quarantine if they are fully vaccinated with approved vaccines, including Covishield. One must complete 14 days after their second dose of the vaccine to be considered fully-vaccinated. Also, children below 3 years are also exempted from quarantine as long as their parents are fully vaccinated.

A negative RT-PCR test taken minimum 72 hours of arrival is mandatory. Passengers must also mandatorily register on ehteraz.gov.qa at least 12 hours before travel. 

Read complete details here:

Air India Express opens bookings for flights to Singapore

Air India Express, the low-cost arm of Air India, announced flight services to Singapore from Chennai, Trichy, Kochi & Hyderabad.

You can check the schedule here:

Air India Express
You can book the above flights on ixigo. 

Maldives welcomes you back 

Travellers cheer up! Maldives is reopening from 15th July. A negative RT-PCR certificate is mandatory which is:

> issued from an ICMR-approved lab or a certified lab on https://www.icmr.gov.in/

> issued no more than 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Male (96 hours counted from swab collection)

> in English and in print or electronic form

Other requirements:

1) All travellers must submit the Traveller Health declaration form via (https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd) IMUGA portal within 24hrs of arrival to the Maldives.

2) All travellers must have a pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation and confirmed onward/return tickets 

Please note: Tourists traveling from South Asian countries are not permitted to check-in or stay at tourist facilities in inhabited islands until 30th July 2021.

Read the complete advisory here.

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