After remaining closed for almost a year, some countries have opened their border for international tourists. However, some of them, like Canada and the United States, have not permitted travellers from India. But Indians can still visit some beautiful destinations for several countries that are open to Indian tourists. However, certain regulations and pre-requisites are applicable. 

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Here are the countries open for travellers from India: 

Russia: The Winter Palace of St Petersburg, St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum can be visited by Indian tourists after Russia lifted its travel restrictions. Indian travellers will have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. Antibody tests are not accepted.

Egypt: Indians with a negative PCR test certificate are allowed in Egypt. Tourists will also have to undergo a  rapid DNA upon arrival and remain under quarantine till they receive a negative test result. 

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Turkey: Istanbul has granted entry to Indian travellers with a negative PCR test result taken not more than 72 hours before boarding the flight. The tourist will have to quarantine for 14 days and may have to undergo random PCR testing. 

Iceland: The land of fire and ice is open to tourists from all around the world. The country requires proof of previous infection and recovery, a vaccination certificate, or a negative PCR test result. Tourists have to undergo COVID-19 screening and quarantine till another test is carried out five days later. The quarantine period ends after the second test result is negative. 

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South Africa: Cape Town is currently facing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only five airports have been kept open for international travel. For tourists, a negative PCR test result, taken not more than 72 hours before the date of travel is mandatory. In case one fails to produce the certificate, an antigen test will be done upon arrival. If a traveller tests positive, he/she will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine.