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Maldives ban India tourists: Maldives Tourism says ‘all resorts on standalone islands welcoming guests from India’ | India Business News

NEW DELHI: Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Maldives and Bangladesh have restricted entry of travellers from India with immediate effect due to the Covid situation here.
Maldives tourism minister tweeted on Sunday: “With effect from April 27, (Maldives’ health authorities) suspends tourists travelling from India to Maldives from staying at tourist facilities in inhabited islands.” Maldives Tourism Board representative in India, Think Strawberries, clarified “this (restriction) is for islands which have local population. All resorts (as they are on standalone islands) are welcoming guests from India.” So Maldives remains open for rich Indians.
Germany: Now, only German nationals and holders of a German resident permit travelling from India are allowed to enter there. Lufthansa and Air India say they are not suspending flights between the two countries.
Netherlands has suspended all passenger flights from India between 6 pm Monday (April 26) and May 1 unless extended further.
Italy has barred foreign travellers who have been in India in the past 14 days from entering the country. Italian residents in India will be allowed to return with a negative test result before departure and on arrival, when they will have to go into quarantine.
The highly infectious Coronavirus mutant in India has led to several countries in past few days barring or restricting travellers from the country. These include UK, UAE, Canada, Kuwait, Oman, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Indonesia.
German health minister Jens Spahn tweeted (English translation) on Saturday: “The newly discovered virus mutation in India worries us very much. In order not to jeopardise our vaccination campaign, travel to India must be significantly restricted. Therefore, the federal government will shortly declare India a virus variant area. From Sunday night, only Germans from India are allowed to enter, they must also be tested before departure and immediately after entry into a 14-day quarantine.”
Under the new rules for travel from India to Germany, “transit via Germany to any Schengen destination is only permitted for German nationals and holders of a German resident permit. Transit to any non-Schengen destination is permitted for all nationalities. Holders of German short and long term visas are not allowed to enter Germany. Students on new German student visa and not holding a resident permit of Germany are not allowed to enter Germany… Members of a foreign diplomatic mission or Consular office and their accompanying close family members whose appointment and arrival into Germany has been notified to the German Federal Foreign Office are allowed to enter Germany.”
All passengers must hold a negative Covid-19 test result at time of departure. The sample given for proof of negative Covid-19 test must not be older than 48 hours from the planned arrival into Germany.• All passengers must register under the following link https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/ ,” the new rules say.
A Lufthansa spokesman said in the airline “will continue operations between India and Germany. The new entry restrictions for flights from India to Germany set by the Federal Government of Germany will be implemented accordingly. Maintaining flights between India and Germany, among other things, ensures a minimum level of connectivity. In this way, people are still able to perform socially, economically important tasks or to simply get home. Additionally, diplomats are relying on our flights. Furthermore, Lufthansa is using the belly capacities on its passenger aircraft for essential cargo and to maintain important value chains.”

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