Following this decision, the Delhi and Mumbai visa centers have now started accepting all categories of visa applications. In addition, children arriving from India will not be required to self-quarantine upon arrival in France.
However, travelers from India must fall into one of the following categories to be allowed entry into the country:
- The traveler must be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency, such as Pfizer / Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria / Covishield, and hold a type D Schengen visa valid from three to five years.
- Seven days must have passed since the traveler received their last vaccine.
- The traveler must provide a vaccination certificate proving that he has no symptoms of infection.
- The traveler is not vaccinated or is vaccinated with vaccines not yet approved, including Covaxin.
- The traveler holds a “Talent passport” or is a student or researcher. However, they must present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test 48 hours before departure.
As SchengenVisaInfo.com reported in May, the European Commission presented a proposal to apply an “emergency brake” on unnecessary travel from India, with the aim of preventing variant B.1.617. 2, first detected in this country.
European countries have decided to follow this advice, starting with Italy, which has extended its entry ban for Indians by three weeks.
India has also struggled with the CoviShield vaccine as the EMA has not approved the vaccine, so the majority of European countries have not allowed entry of travelers vaccinated with the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) to enter their country.
After SII CEO Adar Poonawalla insisted on taking the case to higher courts, the World Health Organization decided to approve the vaccine, and following that decision, 15 European countries recognized the vaccine. , like Germany, Belgium and France.
Ahead of France, Germany eased its entry restrictions for Indian travelers, as European Union officials, travel and tourism industry organizations, as well as students and employees from affected countries have urged the German government to lift its travel ban.
The latest data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that India has reported 415 deaths from the coronavirus and 29,689 positive cases with the virus. Since January 2020, the country has seen 4,170,155 deaths and 31,440,951 people have been infected with the virus.
India is implementing its vaccination campaign, with 25.6% of the population being vaccinated with a dose of COVID vaccines and 7.1% being fully immune to the coronavirus.