COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory and Updates for India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka

LAST UPDATED: 12th August, 2020

 

Owing to the current global health crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent repercussions of the closing of International borders, Unventured has suspended its long duration tours until 30thSeptember 2020. City tour operations in Mysuru and Bengaluru were suspended until the 30th June 2020 and subject to a review of local conditions on (15 June 2020). While our culture tours in the CITY remains suspended, active outdoor experiences such as hikes and bike rides in the countryside have been added and are available for people to book.

In the wake of the ongoing conditions, Unventured has launched a set of new nature based and active tours which are available to book and can be found on our website.

We have detailed a Safety and Support SOP (Standard tour Operating Procedure) to adapt to  travel in a COVID-19 world is live on our website since June 15th, 2020. There are a lot of learnings coming in and we are consulting many experts along with helping our partners, transport teams and local homestays to understand this pandemic and to adopt safety measures that will ensure greater transparency, trust and safety on tours we organize.

Please do go through the City Tour SOP and the Weekend/ Multi-day Tour SOP to get a detailed insight into how we ensure your safety on an Unventured experience.

We will continue to monitor and update our travel advisory page for India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka to provide our guests with the latest information pertaining to travelling and local lives in these regions. We are working alongside our local partners, government authorities and trade bodies to ensure we have the latest information and understand all measures being taken for the safety of people in the region.

Here is an update from each country and measures being taken by local authorities

*LAST UPDATED ON : 12th AUGUST 2020

INDIA

India began its efforts in managing COVID-19, on 22 March 2020, by observing a 14-hour voluntary public curfew. The government followed it up with a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, the biggest lockdown in the world for a population of 1.3 billion. On 14 April, the prime minister of India extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown until 3 May which was further extended untill 8 June 2020, while enforcing restrictions in specific containment zones.

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The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, in its report based on data from 73 countries, reports that the Indian Government has responded more stringently than other countries in tackling the pandemic. It noted the government’s swift action, emergency policy making emergency investment in healthcare, fiscal measures, investment in vaccine research and active response to the situation, and scored India with a “100” for its strictness.

CURRENT STATUS: Geographically, most of the cases in India are clustered in a few states namely Maharashtra, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, while majority of the North East India remain unaffected and safe. The recovery rate in India currently stands at 70%.

India has opened up its lockdown since June 1st, 2020 and is currently in the unlocking phase 3, with interstate travel and flights resuming, and the openings of dining places and shopping centres, while schools and colleges continue to stay shut until further notice. Individuals travelling across states, however, still have to quarantine for a period of 14 consecutive days on reaching their destination. Most restrictions from movement inside a state has been lifted, except for that in containment zones. but all International flights and borders continue to remain suspended for tourism purpose until further notice from the government.

OUR INDIA TRAVEL ADVISORY: The rate of spread in India is increasing at a fast pace, the recivery rate and death toll in proportion to global number is significantly low. We advise NO TRAVEL to India until September 30, 2020. Please contact us for any further information and local insights into specific regions you wish to travel through.

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BHUTAN

Bhutan reported its first case on 6 March, a 76-year-old US male who travelled to the country via India. The government immediately shut borders to foreign visitors for two weeks and now extended it indefinitely until further notice. Another Bhutanese national a student had returned from the United Kingdom was found to be positive for COVID-19, the third case in the country.

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Around 90 people who came directly in contact with patient 1, along with his 59-year-old partner, driver, and guide were quarantined. The tiny, land-locked country, famous for measuring Gross National Happiness has emerged as a popular tourist destination in recent years.

CURRENT STATUS : After witnessing the returns of several Bhutanese citizens primarily from the middle east, cases have seen a slight hike. As of August 12th2020, total number of active cases in Bhutan have risen to 113, and on account of a locally transmitted COVID case led to the Bhutanese govt. imposing the first nationwide lockdown on August 11th, to be continued for a period of three weeks.

OUR BHUTAN TRAVEL ADVISORY : Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the government along with the current King of Bhutan have proactively ensured necessary contact tracing and effective measures to contain any spread, along with closing border indefinitely. We advise NO TRAVEL to Bhutan until September 30, 2020. We continue to monitor the situation in Bhutan and keep this section updated on a regular basis. Please contact us for any further information and local insights into specific regions you wish to travel through.

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SRI LANKA

The COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed in Sri Lanka on 27 January 2020. Nearly 3,500 people have been under quarantine in 45 quarantine centers which also include 31 foreigners from 14 countries. Sri Lanka has been ranked 9th best country in the world for its successful immediate response on tackling the virus. Sri Lanka used a effective method of contact tracing and cluster identification in local areas to avoid long durations of Nationwide lockdowns.

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The government allowed normalcy to return to the citizen and lifted the nationwide curfew on 18 May 2020, which had been placed on the country since 20 March 2020. On 18th March Sri Lanka suspended all passenger arrivals from all countries. However, cargo, departures and transit have been continued.

CURRENT STATUS: Sri Lanka has reported 2880 cases with 11 deaths and approximately 200 active cases. Its international borders remain closed for tourist traffic however cargo flights and repatriation flights are operating from its national capital Colombo.

OUR SRI LANKA TRAVEL ADVISORY : The rate of spread is well managed until now, the numbers are in localised clusters and the curve is flattening. Sri Lanka received the Safe Travels Stamp from World Travel & Tourism Council as reported on August 11th, 2020. We advise NO TRAVEL to Sri Lanka until September 30, 2020. We will monitor the situation in Sri Lanka and will keep this section updated on a regular basis. Please contact us for any further information and local insights into specific regions you wish to travel through.

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