Delhi Metro will run at full seating capacity from July 26 (File)
A negative RT-PCR result not older than 72 hours has been made mandatory for passengers travelling to India from seven more countries, including, China and South Africa. The move comes after the discovery of a new Covid variant - C.1.2 - which could be more infectious and has shown signs of evading protection provided by vaccines.
While earlier this rule was only applicable for arrivals from the UK, Europe and Middle East, seven more countries - South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe - have been added to the list today, according to a latest guideline by Ministry of Health.
The new variant was first detected in South Africa in May. It has since been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland.
As per the new guidelines, only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flights toIndia and on arrival, they will again be tested for Covid through RT-PCR test.
Travel restrictions have been eased in several states and Union Territories across India as COVID-19 cases continue to decline after a devastating second wave.
States like Uttarakhand, Delhi and Maharashtra are among those that have removed various restrictions placed on air, rail and road travel.
Here are the Live Updates on Covid travel rules:
Goa Makes 5-Day Quarantine Mandatory For Travellers From Kerala
The Goa government has made five-day quarantine compulsory for people, specially students and those coming for work purposes from Kerala, in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the southern state, officials said, reported news agency PTI.
In a notification issued on Sunday, the Goa administration also extended the ongoing statewide curfew till September 20, continuing ban on several activities, including casinos, in the coastal state.
The 24-hour curfew was first imposed on May 9 this year and since then it has been extended regularly.
South Africa Announces 'Vaccine Passport' Plans, Eases Covid Curbs
The South African president has announced plans to introduce COVID-19 "vaccine passports" amid widespread scepticism of the jab, ahead of an easing of movement restrictions this week, reported AFP. After sluggish vaccine procurement and a delayed roll out, Africa's worst-hit country for Covid is now struggling with low take-up, particularly among men. Meanwhile, a night-time curfew will be shortened, starting at 11:00 pm instead of 10, and limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings will be increased in the country. Restrictions on the sale of alcohol will also be relaxed, although face masks remain mandatory in public.
UAE Allows Return Of Fully Vaccinated From 15 Nations, Including India
The UAE on Friday said it will allow the return of those vaccinated fully with WHO-approved COVID-19 jabs and holding valid residence visas from 15 countries previously on the suspended list, including India, from September 12.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) in a tweet shared an official statement saying that those who can return also include those who stayed abroad for over six months.
"UAE allows return of fully vaccinated (WHO-approved vaccines) holders of valid residence visa, including those who stayed abroad for over six months, starting from September 12, 2021," the statement said.
The decision covers passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan.
Giving details about the arrival requirements, it said that passengers can apply via the website of the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and complete the vaccination application in order to get the necessary approval in addition to presenting the approved vaccination certification upon departure for the UAE.
Bahrain Eases Travel Restrictions For Passengers From India From September 3
COVID-19 News: Philippines Lifts Travel Ban On India, 9 Other Countries
The Philippines on Saturday decided to welcome travellers from India and nine other countries from September 6, according to a Presidential Palace announcement, reported news agency PTI. The announcement came even as the country recorded its second highest number of COVID-19 cases with 20,310 infections on Friday, pushing the national tally to 2.04 million, The Manila Times newspaper reported. The other countries are Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, an official said.
Portugal Lifts Covid Travel Ban On Tourists From Brazil
Portugal said on Wednesday it would allow entry for tourists from Brazil, nearly 18 months after it imposed a ban on non-essential travel from the Portuguese-speaking South American nation to stem the spread of coronavirus, reported Reuters.
Although Brazilians, who make up Portugal's biggest expatriate community, were allowed access for reasons such as work, family or health, the lifting of the tourism ban has been long-awaited.
Portugal is now open to tourists from European Union who present the bloc's digital COVID-19 certificate, as well as the US, from where visitors must show a negative test result on arrival.
Italy Extends Covid Green Pass To Trains, Planes, Ferries And Coaches
Italy broadened usage of its Green Pass health document on Wednesday, making it obligatory for people to have it when travelling on high-speed trains, planes, ferries and inter-regional coaches, reported Reuters. The Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate showing whether someone has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, has tested negative or has recently recovered from the virus. Prime Minister Mario Draghi introduced the pass earlier in the summer to try to encourage people to get vaccinated.
European Union Removes US From Covid Safe List For Non-Essential Travel
The European Union today removed six territories including the US from its list of countries exempted from restrictions on non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic, reported AFP. "Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and the United States of America were removed from the list," a statement from the European Council said.
The recommendation from the Council, which represents the member state governments, is not binding on national capitals, which may yet choose to allow fully vaccinated US travellers to visit despite concerns about rising numbers of Covid cases in the country. But most EU members have followed Brussels' travel advice during the crisis so far.
Update: Travel Curbs At Kerala-Karnataka Border To Continue, Says Official
Restrictions on the movement of people enforced at the border with Kerala will continue as there has been no change in the Covid-19 situation in Kerala, Dakshina Kannada (Karnataka) district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said, according to PTI. Giving a clarification on reports claiming that the Centre has lifted the requirement of RT-PCR certificates to cross the border, he said the Karnataka government's order mandating the RT-PCR test negative certificates for those coming to the district from Kerala is still in force. The order is meant to contain the spread of Covid-19 and the district administration will continue to implement the same, he said.
Bihar's Mahabodhi Temple Reopens For Public After 5 Months
The world heritage Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar's Gaya reopened for the general public after nearly five months on Friday. The shrine had been closed since April this year due to the COVID-induced lockdown in the state.
Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) secretary Nangzey Dorjee said that the temple will remain open from 5 am to 9 pm on all days in the week.
Cases Still High, Sunday Lockdown In Kerala To Continue
The Kerala government today announced that it will continue with the Sunday lockdown in the state as there is no dip in the number of Covid cases, news agency ANI reported. Over the past two weeks, the state government had given an exemption to the Sunday lockdown.
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: Goa Extends Virus Curfew Till August 30
The coronavirus-induced curfew in Goa was on Sunday extended till August 30, officials said, according to news agency PTI. As per a notification issued in the evening, restrictions on the opening of auditoriums, community halls as well as ban on operation of river cruises, spas, massage parlours and casinos will continue as earlier. The curfew was first imposed in May this year amid a spike in cases and has been extended routinely since then.
Taj Mahal to reopen for night viewing from Saturday
After remaining closed for over a year for night viewing, the Taj Mahal will open from August 21 for visitors who want to explore the marble monument under moonlight, officials said on Friday.
Night viewing of the monument had closed on March 17, 2020 during the first lockdown due to COVID-19.
ASI Superintending Archaeologist (Agra Circle) Vasant Kumar Swarnkar told PTI that night viewing will be allowed on August 21, 23 and 24 as the monument is closed every week on Friday and the lockdown is in effect on Sunday.
He said there are three time slots for visitors. From 8:30-9 pm, 9-9:30 pm and from 9:30-10 pm.
"In every slot, 50 tourists would be allowed as per guidelines of the Supreme Court," he added.
"The tickets can be booked a day in advance from ASI office's counter on 22 Mall Road in Agra," Mr Kumar said.
Punjab Makes Full Vaccination, Negative RTPCR Report Mandatory For Entry From Monday
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered mandatory full Covid vaccination or negative RTPCR report for all those entering the state from Monday, with strict monitoring particularly of those coming from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, which are showing increased positivity.
IndiGo to start daily flights connecting Gwalior with Indore, Delhi from Sep 1
IndiGo will start daily flights connecting Gwalior with Indore in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi from September 1 onwards, Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Friday.
"IndiGo will start daily flights from Madhya Pradesh from September 1: Delhi-Gwalior-Delhi; Gwalior-Indore-Gwalior; Indore-Gwalior-Indore; Gwalior-Delhi-Gwalior," he said on Twitter.
Mr Scindia had on Thursday flagged off IndiGo's Bareilly-Mumbai flight that would operate under regional connectivity scheme UDAN.
"Under the guidance of our visionary Prime Minister, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is determined to facilitate the movement of citizens across the country and give wings to their development," the minister tweeted on Friday.
Bengal COVID-restrictions extended till August 30, night curbs relaxed
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that local trains could have been allowed to operate if the state received enough vaccines to inoculate the rural people with at least one dose.
"If we get vaccines, we can at least ensure one dose of vaccine for the rural population and then we can allow local trains," she said.
Those trains can start operating if at least 50 per cent of people in neighbouring districts of Kolkata can be inoculated, the chief minister said.
"We have decided a few relaxations -- such as full lockdown during the night will now be from 11 pm to 5 am, instead of 9 pm to 5 am," she said.
She said that theatre halls and swimming pools will be allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity.
Ms Banerjee said that the number of coronavirus cases is not increasing in the state and any report to the contrary is wrong.
Delhi Metro feeder e-buses begin operating; entry only through smart cards
In a first for DMRC, state-of-the-art feeder electric buses began operations in the city from Thursday to boost last-mile connectivity for commuters with the Delhi Metro network.
Only passengers having a Delhi Metro smart card or metro DTC smart card will be allowed to avail the services of these e-buses, officials said.
They can use smart cards to pay for their cashless travel since these buses are operating in fully contactless way, and will not have a conductor on board, enabling entry and exit through turnstiles on the bus by using the smart card, they said.
The metro smart card is already being used in DTC buses by commuters. No cash payment will be permitted and services will be available for metro commuters only, the DMRC said.
The DMRC tweeted on Thursday to announce the starting of the services.
E-pass facility for travel in Mumbai suburban trains launched
The Maharashtra government on Thursday launched an online facility to enable citizens who have completed 14 days after second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to obtain passes to travel in suburban trains in Mumbai from August 15.
A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release said, "A ''Universal Travel Pass'' system has been developed to make it possible for citizens to obtain an e-pass conveniently and smoothly."
On Sunday, the state government had announced that fully vaccinated people can board suburban trains, considered Mumbai's lifeline, from August 15 provided they have completed 14 days after the second dose of the vaccine, a step that marks a major relaxation in coronavirus curbs.
On Wednesday, the civic body had started an offline COVID-19 vaccination certificate verification process for issuing passes to fully inoculated people to enable them to board local trains.
The BMC has set up 358 help desks at 53 suburban stations falling under its jurisdiction to issue offline passes.
Canada extends ban on direct flights from India till September 21
Canada on Monday extended the ban on direct flights from India till September 21 due to risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada has extended its ban on direct passenger flights from India until September 21 amid the South Asian country''s enduring struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19 within its borders, Transport Canada said, reported Sputnik.
"Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT," the department said in a statement.
The ban was first imposed on April 22 and has already been rolled over several times. It is the fifth time the ban has been extended.
The ban was set to expire on August 21, but will now remain in place till September 21.
Free travel on Raksha Bandhan for women, children in Haryana
As a gift of Raksha Bandhan ahead of the festivities, the Haryana government announced free travel for women and children aged up to 15 years on August 22, informed the office of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday.
"Offering a gift on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan this year as well, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has decided to give free travel facility to women and children up to the age of 15 years in the state so that sisters can go to their brothers'' homes and tie rakhi," tweeted CMO in Hindi.
Raksha Bandhan, which falls on August 22 this year, is a celebration of the unique bond between brothers and sisters.
₹ 4 Lakh For Economy Ticket: Regulator DGCA Seeks Details On India-UK Flights
Aviation regulator DGCA has asked the airlines to submit details about the airfares they have been charging for India-UK flights during August, a senior official said on Sunday.
On Saturday, Sanjeev Gupta, Secretary, Inter-State Council Secretariat, Union Home Ministry, had complained on Twitter that an economy-class ticket on British Airways's Delhi-London flight for August 26 was priced ₹ 3.95 lakh. (Read full story here
Starting Today, UK Eases Travel Restrictions For Travellers From India
The UK on Sunday eased travel restrictions for India by moving the country from its "red" to "amber" list, which means fully vaccinated Indian passengers will no longer be subjected to a compulsory 10-day hotel quarantine on their arrival in Britain.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that all arrivals from India who have been vaccinated in India, which is on the amber list as at 4 am local time on Sunday, are required to isolate at home or their designated location mentioned on the compulsory locator form.
While the requirement for a compulsory 10-day self-isolation in a government-approved facility at an additional cost of 1,750 pounds per head will no longer apply, only travellers vaccinated in the UK or Europe would qualify for an exemption of the home quarantine requirement.
COVID-19: More Relaxations On Way Including Decision On Local Train Travel, Says Maharashtra Chief Minister
The Maharashtra government is planning to relax more COVID-19 curbs in the coming days but with utmost caution and will also take a call regarding the local train travel, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday.
Speaking at a function organised by the BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) undertaking to induct more electric buses into its fleet, the chief minister also said he met with the representatives of hotels and restaurants, who demanded further relaxations in timings beyond 4 pm, and explained to them that the curbs will be eased step by step.
"The Maharashtra government is going to grant more relaxations, but we are taking every step cautiously. A decision will be taken for local train passengers as well. We need to ensure that these relaxations do not trigger another wave of COVID-19," Mr Thackeray said.
Expedite Process Of Issuing Visa To International Students: Senators To US Government
A bipartisan group of influential senators on Friday urged the Biden Administration to accelerate the process of issuing visas to international students, a move likely to benefit thousands of Indians who want to join their classes this Fall.
In India, for instance in Delhi, only emergency visas are currently being issued by the US Embassy, as a result of which a large number of Indian students are uncertain about their academic future for the next session beginning this Fall.
There are over 100,000 Indian students in the US and they contribute significantly to the American economy.
"We write to express our concerns regarding the slow pace of processing student visas as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," two dozen senators wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Tony Blinken.
Negative Covid report or full vaccination mandatory for visiting temples during coming festival in Himachal Pradesh
The Himachal Pradesh government has made mandatory a negative RT-PCR report or full vaccination for visiting temples in the state during ''Shrawan Ashtmi Navratras'', according to an official order.
The order issued by Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh said that people intending to visit various state temples during ''Shrawan Ashtmi Navratras'' from August 9 to August 17 will be allowed to enter the state and district borders only if they possess a full vaccination certificate (both doses) or an RT-PCR negative report not older than 72 hours.
The decision has been taken in view of the concern regarding a third wave of COVID-19, he said in the order.
There is a possibility of thousands of pilgrims assembling at various temples and religious shrines during the said period in all the districts which may lead to huge gatherings, he added.
Consider Issuing "Common Card" To Fully Vaccinated People For Unrestricted Travel: High Court To Maharashtra, Centre
The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to think about identifying and separating those who have taken both doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the rest, and provide a "common card" to the fully inoculated people to allow them unrestricted travel and work.
The court said the state government should consider allowing people who have received both doses of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine to travel by local trains, and carry on with activities that were permitted before the pandemic.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni also said the state and the Union government must consider issuing a "common card" that identifies a citizen as fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and permits him or her to travel and work unrestrained.
The bench was presiding over a bunch of public interest litigations seeking permission for lawyers, judicial clerks and staff, journalists, and other fully vaccinated people to travel in local trains in Mumbai.
Days after neighbouring Karnataka imposed travel restrictions on persons from the state in view of the COVID-19 situation, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said the fresh curbs were against the directive of the Centre in this regard. As per the order issued by the Union Home Ministry, states should not impose travel curbs closing their borders, he said. "The Karnataka government has imposed the new restrictions against the Central government's directive," he told the state Assembly.
COVID-19 Latest Travel Update: UK Eases Entry Restrictions From India
Fully vaccinated passengers from India will no longer be subjected to compulsory 10-day hotel quarantine as the UK moved the country from its "red" to "amber" list
, reported news agency PTI
. Under Britain's traffic light system for international travel, returning from amber list countries means a 10-day quarantining at home. The change, announced by the Department for Transport, comes into effect from 4 am local time on Sunday.
Kerala Government Relaxes Lockdown Curbs; Shops To Stay Open 6 Days
The Kerala government on Wednesday announced an easing of the lockdown curbs, imposed in the state in view of the spread of COVID-19. Health Minister Veena George, who made a statement in this regard in the state Assembly, said it would be a triple lockdown for shops located in an area, where over 10 of the 1000 people of the population are infected in a week. "In other places, shops will be allowed to operate six days in a week considering the current general situation in the state and the progress of the vaccination," she said, adding that it can function from 7 am till 9 pm.
Japan To Tighten Arrival Norms For Finland, US, Other Countries: Report
The Japanese government on Monday informed it will tighten the borders for travellers coming from several countries, including US and Finland, according to news agency ANI. The changes have been made to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. Travellers from Georgia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Luxembourg and five Russian oblasts including Astrakhan would also have to go through the same process after their arrival in Japan, Kyodo News reported. Travellers coming from these regions would have to stay in government-designated facilities for three days after arrival and take additional virus tests on the third day. The set of changes to border control measures will take effect from Thursday.
US Recommends Avoiding Travel To Greece, Ireland, Iran Over Virus Risk
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued an advisory placing Greece, Ireland, Iran, Kazakhstan and the US Virgin Islands in the category of highest risk for COVID-19 and advising Americans not to travel there, reported news agency ANI.
The updated advisory also recommends avoiding travel to Isle of Man in the United Kingdom, which has been on the "Do not travel" list of countries since July 19. According to the CDC advisory, if a country is found on the highest, fourth level of the coronavirus risk, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of getting and spreading the coronavirus variants.
Morocco To Extend Night Curfew To Prevent COVID-19 Surge
Morocco will lengthen its night curfew, starting two hours earlier at 9 pm (2000 GMT) from Tuesday, as it tightens restrictions to counter a surge in coronavirus infections, the government said on Monday, according to news agency Reuters. The business and tourist hubs of Casablanca, Agadir and Marakech will be closed except to holders of the vaccine pass or those on necessary travel, the government said in a statement. The move is expected to hurt tourism business which pinned hopes on the summer season to attract national tourists after travel receipts dropped 70% in the first half this year.
Goa government extends COVID-19 curfew till August 9
The Goa government on Sunday extended till August 9 the ongoing coronavirus-induced curfew in the state.
The previous curfew deadline was scheduled to end on August 2.
The administration issued the extension order, in which it said that all the COVID-19-related curbs will continue in the state and no fresh relaxation has been granted.
The coastal state on Sunday reported 59 fresh coronavirus positive cases and one death, taking the tally to 1,71,205 and the toll to 3,148, the health department said.
Tamil Nadu makes negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people coming from Kerala
Negative RT-PCR report has been made mandatory for everyone coming from Kerala to Tamil Nadu from August 5, informed Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramaniyan on Sunday.
"RT-PCR report is mandatory for people coming from Kerala to Tamil Nadu from August 5," he said.
Earlier, On July 30, Subramaniyan has said that COVID-19 cases have been increasing in the state.
"No of Covid cases has been increasing in the last three days. RT-PCR tests have increased. Many people are not wearing face masks. Vigilance in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is increased," said the minister.
Kerala has been witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases.
RT-PCR negative test report mandatory for travellers from Kerala and : Karnataka
No Multilateral Protocol At Present On International Travel Of Covid Vaccinated People: Government
International travel is not directly linked to possession of Covid vaccination certificates and there is no multilateral protocol at present on the travel of vaccinated people, Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, normal international travel services remain suspended. International air travel is taking place through special arrangements, including air bubble and Vande Bharat Mission, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply.
"While there have been multilateral discussions, including under the framework of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), regarding COVID-19 vaccination certificates, no multilateral arrangements in this regard have been reached so far.
"India has been part of ongoing discussion to ensure that Indian manufactured vaccines are recognized in any multilateral arrangement. India is also engaging with countries for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates," the reply stated.
COVID-19: Philippines extends travel ban to India, nine other countries till August 15
The Philippines on Friday extended travel restrictions for those coming from India and nine other countries till August 15 to check the spread of Delta COVID-19 variant amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to extend the travel restrictions currently imposed to 10 countries starting August 1 until August 15, 2021, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Facebook post.
The countries include India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, he said.
The Philippines imposed the travel ban on India initially on April 29 which was extended. On July 14, the government extended the travel ban, which covers India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, UAE, and Oman till July 31.
Maharashtra Favours Allowing Those Vaccinated On Local Trains: Minister
The Maharashtra disaster management department is in favour of allowing people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel in local trains in Mumbai, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. However, a final decision would be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Mr Tope told a TV channel before a meeting called by the Chief Minister with the state COVID-19 task force.
So far, only people engaged in essential and emergency services, as categorised by the government, are allowed to travel in local trains as part of the state's efforts to check the spread of COVID-19.
Issue Of Normalising Foreign Travel Of Indian Citizens Being Taken Up: Centre
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said the issue of normalising foreign travel of Indian citizens is being taken up with authorities of various countries and noted that some of them have taken positive steps on it in view of the significant improvement in the Covid situation in India.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government will continue to push for further measures from countries to ease Indians' travel abroad.
"We attach great importance to these issues of easing travel restrictions. The issue of normalising travel of Indian citizens abroad has been and is being taken up with the concerned authorities in other countries," he said at an online briefing.
Cambodia Imposes Travel Curbs Along Thailand Border Over Delta Fears
Cambodia has imposed fresh coronavirus restrictions Thursday for eight provinces bordering Thailand, clamping down on the movement of millions of residents to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, according to AFP. In recent weeks, scores of Cambodian migrant workers have returned home from Thailand, which is battling a Delta-fuelled Covid-19 wave.
The clampdown in northwest Cambodia curbs travel to and from Thailand, and between the eight impacted provinces, according to an announcement by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday. It will remain in place until August 12, and affects a quarter of Cambodia's population of 16 million.
While the import of goods will continue from Thailand, Cambodian migrant workers wishing to return would have to wait until after the two-week period is over, the announcement said.
West Bengal Extends COVID-19 Curbs Till August 15. Here's What Is Allowed
Keeping in mind the warning of experts about a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Bengal government today extended the existing restrictions till August 15, but also announced certain relaxations. The administration allowed government programmes at indoor facilities with 50 per cent seating capacity, according to an order. Buses, taxis, autorickshaws have been permitted to operate with 50 per cent capacity.
Discussed travel challenges amid Covid with US: S Jaishankar
"We discussed travel challenges resulting from COVID-19", says Foreign Minister S Jaishankar after talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Saudi Arabia announces three-year travel ban for citizens visiting "red list" countries, including India
Saudi Arabia has announced a three-year travel ban and hefty penalties on citizens who visit countries on the kingdom's COVID-19 red list, including India.
"Travelling to the banned countries is an obvious violation of COVID-19 related travel restrictions and the Kingdom's updated instructions," the Gulf News on Tuesday quoted a report by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as saying.
The SPA report said an official at the Saudi Ministry of Interior has warned Saudi citizens against travelling to countries that have been put on the no-travel list recently as these nations are currently witnessing a surge in cases of COVID-19 and its variants. The red-list countries include the UAE, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Belarus, India and Vietnam.
India-UAE flights to remain suspended till 2 August: Reports
Security tightened along Haridwar borders to stop Kanwariyas from entering
Security was beefed up along the borders of Haridwar district on Saturday to prevent Kanwariyas from entering, as Uttarakhand has suspended the Kanwar Yatra this year in view of a looming threat of a third Covid wave.
Though the pilgrimage has been suspended, the possibility that Kanwariyas may still try to enter Haridwar, which shares borders with Uttar Pradesh, to collect waters from the Ganga and offer prayers to Lord Shiva remains.
The Uttarakhand Police has issued orders to put Kanwariyas under forced quarantine for 14 days if they dare violate the ban on the yatra.
However, there will be no restriction on the entry of tourists who have a negative RT-PCR test report and are registered on the smart city portal.
Vaccinated travellers allowed to visit Bengal
The West Bengal government had earlier said that travellers who can provide a certificate that shows that they are fully vaccinated are allowed to enter the state.
Fully Vaccinated Flyers No Longer Need Negative Covid Report To Enter Mumbai
Domestic passengers flying to Mumbai, Maharashtra, who have received both the shots of COVID-19 vaccine no longer need to carry negative RT-PCR test reports.
Uttarakhand To Allow Fully Vaccinated Flyers Without Covid Test Report
The Uttarakhand government has announced that fully vaccinated air travellers will be allowed to enter the state without a mandatory negative RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test report. Uttarakhand Minister Subodh Uniyal said, "If passengers coming by air have got both the vaccine doses, then they will be allowed to come to the state without negative RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test report."
As per the fresh relaxations issued by the government, the people of Uttrakhand now do not need to carry RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen negative test reports for travelling from plain to hilly districts in the state.
Delhi metro to run at full capacity from tomorrow
Delhi Metro officials said its services will now run with full seating capacity from July 26, but there would still be no provision for standing travel for commuters.
The DMRC is running trains with 50 per cent seating capacity since June 7 when the services had resumed after a long hiatus.
In view of the latest guidelines issued on Saturday by the city government regarding Covid containment, the general public will now be able to travel in the Delhi Metro with "full seating capacity of its coaches (which is around 50 person per coach) from July 26 onwards till further orders," a senior official said.