According to Agoda’s recent ‘India-genous Travel’ survey, 39% of Indians anticipate traveling internationally in 2022, while Agoda’s Return to Travel survey found that their biggest concern to travel internationally was understanding restrictions and vaccination or quarantine requirements. So now we have some good news for them. As Omicron starts to subside, countries are taking tentative steps to reopen borders, easing their entry restrictions and opening their doors to international tourists, including Indians.
Fully vaccinated passengers flying to these select countries are no longer required to present a negative RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and set out for that much needed vacation.
To make things easier, Agoda has put together a list of exciting off-beat things to do in some of these destinations that will come in handy when planning your itineraries.
Travellers vaccinated with Covishield or AstraZeneca can now fly to Egypt without an RT-PCR test. All you need to do is fill a health declaration form and you’re all set. While visiting the land of the Great Pyramid of Giza, don’t forget to also check out the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and the famous Khan el-Khalili market. Sailing down the Nile River on a felluca, a traditional wooden sailboat, and the hot air balloon ride at Luxor are also must dos.
This island country situated on the Persian Gulf is now allowing tourists to enter without pre-departure PCR test irrespective of your vaccination status. There are so many exciting things for travellers to see and do in Bahrain. Visit the famous and ancient Al Jasra House and Al Bahrain site museum to indulge in the rich history and civilization of this place, wander through Manama Souq for some amazing spices, souvenirs and delicious sweets, and try out traditional Bahraini cuisines
Fully vaccinated travellers do not require a pre-departure PCR test to fly to Lebanon if they received their second jab at least six months before traveling. Explore one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman temples, Baalbek – the temple of Bacchus, the famous cedars of Lebanon in the Chouf, on Mount Barouk, and the Beiteddine Palace that dates back to the eighteenth century. Go on a boat tour at Byblos to enjoy the sunset in the birthplace of the Pheonician civilization, hike the beautiful QADISHA valley to explore old churches and monasteries and separate yourself from the outside world. Don’t miss the Batara Gorge waterfall that drops 255 metres down into the Balaa Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone.
From 12th February, France decided to scrap the requirement of the RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers. While visiting one of the most romantic destinations in the world, you will without a doubt visit the Eiffel Tower, go cruising down the Seine River, pilgrim to Mont-Saint-Michel, or wander around the Old Quarters of Paris. However, there is so much to experience in France beyond this. Run across the Lavender fields in Provence, take a helicopter ride over French Alps, take a stroll in Dijon – a walking city where cars are not allowed, explore vineyards in Burgundy, taste exquisite Champagne in Champagne, and explore Lyon city.
People vaccinated across the globe are welcomed in Turkey without an RT-PCR test. Travellers only need to fill a heath form 72 hours prior to their arrival. Turkey is the perfect destination to resume your travel post pandemic. It has the right blend of cultural influences from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East paired with unforgettable natural wonders throughout the Turkish landscapes.
Travellers vaccinated within nine months of their arrival do not need an RT-PCR test to enter Norway. In case the final dose has exceeded the period, you will need a booster shot. If you’re planning a trip to Norway, chasing the Northern Lights and seeing the Arctic circle will definitely be at the top of your itinerary. Travellers can hike to Mount Floyen, a 399-meter summit which will get you the best view of the city, explore the Geirangerfjord region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its icy Norwegian scenery, marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Arctic Cathedral, and even visit the world’s most powerful whirlpool, Saltstraumen Maelstrom.