There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon for most travellers now. Travel to some countries around the world has slowly opened up, even if it is with strict restrictions and guidelines.
These countries require travellers to produce a digital certificate of an approved COVID vaccine and a negative RT-PCR report, with the test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. They may however also have their own set of rules. Keeping this in mind, be sure to check out each country for more on their latest travel guidelines and quarantine rules.
At the moment the DGCA, India has a ban on scheduled international commercial flights till 31st July 2021 and you can keep a track of any further notifications there.
India also has bilateral air bubble agreements with selected countries which allows commercial flights to operate to and from them.
What is the ‘green pass’ scheme?
The ‘green pass’ scheme is EU’s digital COVID certificate programme. It has been designed to make the experience of travel hassle-free for people.
This digital certificate is valid across all EU countries. It proves that the person has been vaccinated against COIVD-19 or has received a negative test report conducted within 72 hours before boarding their flight. With this ‘green pass’ people are allowed to travel to 16 EU countries.
Though each country may have its own travel guidelines, ‘green pass’ carriers generally do not have to undergo quarantine on arrival in a country.
However, on arrival, they would still have to undergo a compulsory COVID test.
Holiday plans can be made in the near future.
Recently Covishield (the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India) has been accepted by these 16 European countries as a part of the ‘green pass’ scheme.
This is great news to Indian travellers who have been confined to their homes for over a year. Freedom of travel to these countries has been restored to the public. The barriers enforced due to the global pandemic have been removed.
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Which are the 16 EU countries you can travel to?
With these countries having eased travel restrictions through the ‘green pass’ scheme and opened their doors to travellers once again, it’s time to put any of them on your bucket list.
So here are the 16 EU countries and a must-go-to place of interest at each.
Innsbruck also called ‘Capital of the Alps’ is strategically located among the famous mountains. It lies on the banks of the Inn River, with 2000-meter-high mountains towering up around it. Breathtaking scenery, hiking trails, and skiing are what visitors come for.
Bruges is best known for its beautiful canals. It is one of Europe’s most well-preserved medieval towns. Visit the Markt Square belfry, which is the most famous landmark in the city, climb the 13th-century bell tower for a spectacular view of the city.
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Located in the southwestern Rila Mountains, deep in the valley of the Rilska River and at an elevation of 1,147 m above sea level is the Rila Monastery. It is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. The main church is famous for the gold-plated iconostasis walls.
Kemi, Finland (Pic Credits: Flickr )
Kemi is the location of the iconic yearly snow castle, which literally gets rebuilt every year during winter. It is the biggest fort made of snow in the whole world. Since 1996, the architecture of the fort has always been completely different from the previous year.
The French Alps
The French Alps offers some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural scenerys. The iconic snowcapped peak of the majestic Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe soars at a height of 4,810 meters. In the winter months the French Alps are famous for Alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing.
Römerberg, Germany (Pic Credits: wikimedia.org )
Römerberg is a well-preserved pedestrian-friendly city square in Frankfurt. It is well known for its Fountain of Justice, a bronze figure depicting Blind Justice. The square also has a number of fine old churches and many historic buildings like the Old Town Hall.
Peloponnese is located in the southernmost region of both Europe and Greece. This wide peninsula shaped like a large leaf is connected to the Greek mainland via a bridge. Visit the ancient ruins Olympia – where the first Olympic Games were hosted.
The Liberty Bridge, Hungary
The Danube river flows through Hungary from north to south. It passes through Budapest, splitting the city in two. The Liberty Bridge or Freedom Bridge connects these two cities of Buda and Pest. The bridge features the country’s coat of arms adorned on its side.
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland (Pic Credits: Flickr )
Just a 40 minutes’ drive from Reykjavík is Grindavík. Once there, visit the Blue Lagoon which is one of the iconic of geothermal spas. People can enjoy natural bathing in pale blue waters from the underground hot springs. The water reaches 37-39 degrees Celsius and is said to be highly beneficial for one’s health and skin.
The Ring of Kerry, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry is definitely Ireland’s most scenic route. One can start out either from Killarney or Kenmare, and end up at the same spot that you started. This is a spectacular 111-mile-long tourist route that could take under three hours – if driven non-stop. This however doesn’t happen as there’s a lot to see – the most stunning of views being those of the Atlantic Ocean.
Latvia (Pic Credits: Freepik )
Ventspils is a port town with the sea in its veins. It is also known to be a wonderful destination for the whole family. There are street sculptures and fun parks in the city for children. Visit the innovative production facilities, the interactive medieval castle and a Blue Flag beach which symbolises neatness and safety.
Rotterdam , Netherlands
Today Rotterdam is Netherlands most modern city. It is a very bike friendly city. Summertime visitors can enjoy the festivals and carnivals there. Highly unique and imposing, the Erasmus Bridge, a combined cable-stayed and bascule bridge, is regarded as a work of art. The bridge is Rotterdam’s most important landmark. It is even part of the city’s official logo.
Perched on the banks of the Savinja River is Celje – a small but one of the oldest cities in Slovenia. On the hilltop looking down over the city, is an enormous 14th century castle. Old Celje is the historic downtown with medieval era buildings and cobblestone roads.
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Spanish Canary Islands. It hosts the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife – one of the world’s largest carnivals. The highest peak in Spain Mount Teide is located there. When measured from its base, it is also the third-largest volcano in the world.
Ystad, Swedan (Pic Credits: Flickr )
Ystad is a coastal town in southern Sweden. Two of the most historic buildings there are Greyfriars Abbey-a well preserved medieval monastery and the Church of the Virgin Mary, a large medieval church. Don’t miss to check out the megalithic monument of Ales Stenar, 59 large boulders placed to form a stone ship.
The Matterhorn, Switzerland
The Matterhorn in Switzerland is one of the highest mountains in the Alps, it has an iconic pointed peak and it four steep faces lie in the direction of the compass points. Summertime sees a lot of experienced climbers coming here. Motorised vehicles are banned in the village of Zermatt, at the foot of this mighty peak. This is to preserve air quality and peaceful ambiance there.
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