When can you travel to India? Updated November 8th, 2021
India Travel Reopening Updates: November 8th, 2021
India is Open for Vaccinated Visitors from the United States! After 20 months of not permitting any tourism visitors from abroad, India is now open for vaccinated visitors from select nations, including the United States. Charter tourism flights were permitted from October 15th, and general tourism from November 15th, 2021.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
For the foreseeable future, our tours will rigorously follow the following protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Vaccinated Service Providers: All our colleagues (Tour Director Guides, Chauffeurs) and ALL the luxury hotel staff who you will encounter are already completely vaccinated with credible and highly rated vaccines, and will continue to get booster shots as needed and recommended. They will always wear masks around you and ample disinfectant will be used in your vehicle on a daily basis. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available throughout your day as you experience India, and at your hotels.
2. Hotels & Dining: We only offer the top luxury hotels and resorts, all of whom have established, and proven, a very strong commitment to the wellbeing of guests and staff. This currently includes daily screening of all staff, very vigorous ongoing sanitizing procedures and practices, availability of on-call physicians, and a lot more.
3. Guides: You will be assigned one Accompanying Tour Director (Expert Licensed Guide for either North or South India) who will greet you when you arrive, and then facilitate all your activities, including serving as your expert guide, throughout your time with us. Our previous guests know that Easy Tours has the best Tour Director Guides, and these colleagues will be screened before starting their services with you.
4. Vehicles and chauffeurs: Your vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each morning, and hand sanitizer will be available to you in your vehicle at all times. You will have the same chauffeur and vehicle throughout your tour, unless your tour includes multiple regions/countries that require a flight.
Covid-19 Current Conditions: The vast nation of 1.4 billion residents is currently reporting between 9,000 and 12,000 cases daily, an extremely low number based on its population. India started vaccinating after the west but has since upped its vaccination efforts. Well over 1 billion shots have been administered so far, India’s government hopes to have all of its adult population vaccinated by the end of the year. The silver lining on the horrible surge that the nation underwent during spring has also led to a high level of immunity in the general population – a large national serological study in early summer, before most of the vaccinations, showed that more than two thirds of the population had antibodies, without about 90% of the participants being vaccinated.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
Visitors are required to undergo a PCR Covid-19 test before departure and at the airport upon arrival (short, very inexpensive, and easy process – they only contact you later if you test positive), with no quarantine requirements after that.
Luxury Tours & Vacations Availability
Easy Tours is currently offering private luxury tours and luxury escorted vacations in the Indian subcontinent for travel dates starting on November 15th, 2021 with flexible terms as outlined below. Easy Tours will operate our Small Group Tours in India starting January 2022 and, as per India’s tourism reopening requirements, these will only be available to fully vaccinated explorers.
Is it safe to visit India?
India has always been a safe destination. The country has a very sophisticated private medical infrastructure, and excellent care is available for all Easy Tours travelers for any healthcare requirements.
Cancellation options related to Covid-19.
Cancellations due to freshly imposed entry or other significant travel restrictions by the Indian Government: For travel dates before December 31st, 2021, if Easy Tours is forced to cancel your tour due to entry restrictions imposed by the Indian government, Easy Tours will inform our guests within 2 business days of our in-country offices becoming aware of this fact, and all guest payments will be credited towards future India travel with Easy Tours. Please note that this does not apply to international flight costs, the contract for which exists solely between the guest(s) and the airline.
Guest Decision to Cancel Travel: For private travel between Now and December 20th, 2021, and between Jan 5th and March 31st, 2022, if a guest decides that they are not comfortable in traveling to India for any reason, including the virus, they will have the option to have their payments credited for India travel before December 20th, 2023 as long as 35 days remain before their tour start date. If less than 35 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are between December 20th, 2021 and January 5th, 2022, our standard cancellation costs will apply, and refunds, if any are applicable, will be processed according to our standard terms and conditions. For our India small group tours our standard cancellation costs apply. The Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in India have been enjoying extremely high occupancy since late summer 2021 due to affluent Indian travelers and the pent-up demand, and, along with our luxury hotel partners, we expect tourism to surge even further from December 2021 onward with the influx of visitors from abroad.