When can you travel to India? Updated September 1st, 2021
India Travel Reopening Updates: September 1st, 2021
Covid-19 Current Conditions: The vast nation of 1.4 billion residents is currently reporting between 30,000 and 40,000 cases daily, a very low number based on its population. India started vaccinating after the west but has since upped its vaccination efforts. About 640 million shots have been administered so far, and on August 31st India broke a daily record by giving 11.6 million doses. 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.
When will India reopen for tourism from other countries?
Based on what the Indian authorities are publicly saying and what our India based colleagues are hearing on the ground, we believe that the nation’s borders should open for select vaccinated tourists by the end of 2021. India closed its borders for international tourism in the middle of March, 2020.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in India will require proof of credible vaccine inoculations. Some level of testing may also initially be required.
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 December 15th, 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.
Is it safe to visit India?
Not including the pandemic, 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: 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 February 28th, 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 45 days remain before their tour start date. If less than 45 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are after February 2022, 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 early 2022 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Vaccinated Service Providers: All our colleagues (Tour Directors, Guides, Chauffeurs) and the luxury hotel staff who you will encounter are already completely vaccinated with credible and highly rated vaccines. 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, screening of incoming guests, 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’s, 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.