India Travel Reopening Updates: April 12th, 2021
India is currently going through its second surge of the coronavirus and is now hovering at positive caseloads that are about one and a half times what it experienced during the previous peak in September 2020. This makes the vast nation of close to 1.4 billion residents one of the worst affected country at the current time. There is widespread testing available in the urban areas, and fatality rates are far below what western nations have recorded. Although India started vaccinating much after the west, about 100 million people (out of more than 1.3 billion) have been vaccinated in a massive drive of the available two 1 shot vaccines.
When will India reopen for tourism?
India closed its borders for international tourism in the middle of March, 2020. As of now, no date has been announced for its reopening. Based on informal conversations with India’s tourism authorities, our India offices believe that their nation’s borders should open for tourists by late spring 2021, or early summer.
When will India reopen for tourism from other countries?
India closed its borders for international tourism in the middle of March, 2020. As of now, no date has been announced for its reopening. Based on the resurgent virus and informal conversations with the government’s tourism department, our India offices believe that their nation’s borders should open for tourists by early fall 2021. Please note that domestic tourism has been flourishing in India over the past 6 months, and has shown little sign of abating during the current (second) coronavirus surge.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in India will initially require some level of testing prior to arrival. As vaccines are administered around the world, proof of credible vaccine inoculations may also be a way for travelers to get access for tourism in India.
Is it safe to visit India?
It is safe to visit India as the country has a very sophisticated private medical infrastructure, and excellent care will be available for all Easy Tours travelers for any healthcare requirements.
Luxury Tour availability
Easy Tours offers escorted private luxury tours in the Indian subcontinent for travel dates starting on November 1st, 2021 with flexible terms as outlined below, although earlier dates can be tentatively booked for those interested in doing so. Easy Tours will not operate our Small Group Tours in India until fall 2022 as we are not comfortable facilitating joint travel for guests who are not from the same household or family/friends circle before then.
Cancellation options related to Covid-19.
Cancellations due to freshly imposed entry or other significant travel restrictions by the Indian Government: During 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 travel ending by December 1st, 2021, 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 by December 20th, 2022 as long as 45 days remain before their tour start date. If less than 45 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are after December 1st, 2021, our standard cancellation costs will apply, and refunds, if any are applicable, will be processed according to our standard terms and conditions. Along with our luxury hotel partners, we expect tourism to boom from late 2021 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these three protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Lodging: 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, screening of incoming guests, very vigorous ongoing sanitizing procedures and practices, availability of on-call physicians, and a lot more.
2. Guides: You will be assigned one Accompanying Tour Director 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’s, and these colleagues will be screened before starting their services with you.
3. 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.