Indian travelers are no longer barred from entering France, with the latter putting the country on its yellow list due to India’s low COVID-19 infection rates, TheSchengen.com reports.
Following the decision, the visa centers in Delhi and Mumbai have now started accepting all visa categories applications. Also, children from India will not be required to undergo quarantine upon their arrival in France.
However, travelers from India must fall into one of the following categories to be allowed to enter the country:
The traveler must be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, such as Pfizer / Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria / Covishield, and be the holder of a Schengen visa type D, valid for three to five years. It must have been seven days since the traveler received the last vaccination. The traveler must present a certificate of vaccination proving that he does not have any symptoms of infection. The traveler is not immunized or has been vaccinated with vaccines that are not yet approved, including Covaxin. The traveler holds a “talent passport”, a student or a researcher. However, they must submit a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test 48 hours prior to departure.
As TheSchengen.com reported in May, the European Commission has made a proposal to implement an “emergency brake” for non-essential travel from India, in an effort to prevent the B.1.617.2 variant, which was first discovered in that country.
European countries decided to follow this advice, starting with Italy which extended the entry ban for Indians for another three weeks.
India has also struggled with the CoviShield vaccine since the EMA did not approve the vaccine, and thus the majority of European countries did not allow travelers vaccinated with a vaccine manufactured from the Serum Institute of India (SII) to enter their countries.
After SII CEO Adar Poonawalla insisted on moving the matter to higher cases, the World Health Organization decided to approve the vaccine, and after this decision, 15 European countries recognized the vaccine, such as Germany, Belgium and France.
Ahead of France, Germany eased entry restrictions for Indian travelers, as EU officials, travel and tourism sector organisations, students and employees from the countries concerned urged the German government to lift the travel ban.
The latest data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that India has reported 415 deaths from the coronavirus and 29,689 cases of the virus. Since January 2020, the country has seen 4,170,155 deaths, and 31,440,951 people have contracted the virus.
India is implementing its own vaccination campaign, with 25.6 per cent of the population being vaccinated with a single dose of COVID vaccines and 7.1 per cent fully immunized against the coronavirus.