India will allow entry of international tourists from October 15, after closing its borders to tourism since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out last year.
“After considering various inputs, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to start granting tourist visas to foreigners who come to India using charter flights from 15 October,” India’s Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Thursday (7/10).
AFP reports that with this announcement, India is simultaneously ending the border closure that was set in March 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic was just spreading.
After that, India opened its doors to several categories of foreigners, such as diplomats and businessmen. However, India still prohibits foreign tourists from entering.
Despite experiencing a downward trend in Covid-19 cases in early 2021, India was hit by the second wave of the pandemic towards the middle of this year.
At its peak, India had reported 400,000 cases with 4,000 deaths from Covid-19 every day.
But then, Covid-19 cases in India gradually dropped to around 20,000 a day with an average of 200-300 deaths.
Since then, India has started to relax a number of Covid-19 prevention rules, including lifting the lockdown in the New Delhi area.