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The Indian government allowed fully vaccinated foreign tourists from 99 countries to enter the country from Monday without having to quarantine. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, India had stopped issuing tourist visas in March 2020, but had resumed the service from October 15 only for passengers arriving on charter planes.

In a revised set of guidelines issued by Union health ministry, the government has asked fully vaccinated foreign tourists to self-monitor their health for 14 days after arriving in India. They will also have to upload a Covid-19 negative test result taken within 72 hours of departure and submit a self-declaration form.

“On the basis of reciprocity, the travelers from all such countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians are allowed certain relaxations on arrival (Category A Countries),” the release said.

India has signed agreements for mutual recognition of nationally or World Health Organization-recognised Covid-19 vaccines with several countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Nepal.

Countries with which India does not have a reciprocal arrangement on vaccines, but exempt fully-inoculated Indians from restrictions will also not need to quarantine, according to guidelines issued in October.

Both these group of countries fall under the Category A in the health ministry’s guidelines.

Meanwhile, according to the health ministry guidelines, travelers who have not been…

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