A quick glance at the COVID-19 cases tally shows that the infections in the USA spiked nearly 1.6 times in the last three days, whereas cases in India more than doubled. France, on the other hand, went from reporting 67,000 cases to 3.32 lakh cases between January 3 and January 5. Countries like the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and France are facing the brunt of this new COVID-19 variant and are, therefore, imposing new regulations to do as much damage control.
Instead of making travel tougher, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to do away with pre-arrival COVID-19 tests for overseas traveller. This means, a person would not need a negative COVID-19 test in order to travel to the UK.
The British government is also lifting the requirement for international travellers, including those flying from India, to self-isolate on arrival in England until receiving a negative PCR test result.
France has also banned all non-essential trips regardless of the person’s vaccination status. Only French nationals as well as residents of France can travel to the country. The French Interior Ministry has also confirmed that British citizens living in the European Union are allowed to travel through France to return to their homes from the UK
Singapore has suspended all quarantine-free travel in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants. Overseas travelers must take a PCR test upon travel as well as a daily rapid antigen test for the first week in Singapore.
Hong Kong has banned all flights coming from 8 countries — including India, France, Pakistan, France, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, UK and US — as it is fearing the absolute worst.