Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Now, Sri Lanka defers air bubble with India amid Covid surge

New Delhi: Sri Lanka is learnt to have indefinitely postponed commencement of travel to and from India under an air bubble formed earlier this month amid the massive surge in Covid-19 cases. The bubble, announced on April 10, was to become operative from Monday (April 26) but now travel under the same will take place when the Covid situation in India improves, say travel industry sources. The island nation was to allow Indian tourists too, like UAE, Maldives and Russia.

The current virus mutant speeding so fast in India is something that other countries want to prevent from coming to their shores — similar to what India and other nations did when a highly infectious strain as found in UK, Brazil and South Africa last December. Accordingly, the list of countries imposing restrictions or tightening rules for travel from India is fast growing.

United Kingdom has added India to its red list of countries. As a result, Indian citizens will not be allowed to enter UK from 8.30 am (India time) on Friday. And British citizens will need have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. “If you have been in or through any of the (red list countries)in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK. If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days,” UK government website says for red list countries.

20/04/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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