Australia has downgraded travel advice to India from Level 4 to Level 2.
After almost 20 months, Australia has downgraded travel advice to India from Level 4 to Level 2, lifting the ban on Australians to travel to India without seeking any exemptions.
“COVID-19 infection rates remain high in some states. Lockdowns and curfews have been imposed in some states to curb transmission. Penalties may be imposed if you breach the restrictions. India’s ban on international commercial flights remains in place. Monitor media and follow the advice of local authorities” reads the latest advice on SmartTraveller.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at Level 2, there are more or higher risks than what you would typically find in a large Australian city.
“We’re not saying ‘don’t go’ to this location. But you should do your research and take extra precautions,” Level 2 advice suggests adding, “The level may reflect a weak law-and-order system, where violent crime is common. The destination may lack some key public services, such as a responsive police force.”
This is good news for travellers to India. According to the SmartTraveller website, “Destinations with advice levels 1 and 2 are usually covered by travel insurance. Destinations with advice level 4 usually are not. It varies with level 3. It’s important to check the reason that the country is under advice level 3, as you may not be covered for it. International travel has become more complex and uncertain. Always check details of your insurance coverage.”
Australia had closed its borders in March last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The borders are opening from 1 November, allowing Australian citizens and permanent residents to travel in and out of the country.
According to a statement by the ministry, with millions of Australians now fully vaccinated and more joining them every day, the Morrison Government can safely welcome fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents across Australia’s international border in increasing numbers.