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COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory and Updates for India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka

LAST UPDATED: 9th June, 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 are suspended until the 30th June 2020 and subject to a review of local conditions on (15 June 2020).

This global health crisis has impacted everyone and we want to comfort and reassure you that your future travel plans are safe. We, at Unventured, are committed to supporting our customers in the best and safest way that we can.

Our detailed SOP(Standard tour Operating Procedure) to help adopt and travel in a COVID-19 world will be going live on our website by 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.

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 a quick update and overview for each region:

*Data Sources: WHO and JHU

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



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 North India is the most affected region, in the states of Maharashtra (Mumbai capital city), Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and other parts are most affected, with Tamil Nadu as the most affected state in South India. The North East of India has remained safe for most part; and below national average numbers. Some states have seen a recent spice.

India has opened up its lockdown since 8thJune, 2020 with a phased aproach to opening up schools, cinemas and other places of public gathering. With each state being given the authority to manage and givern local regulations on restricted movement. All state borders in India opened post 31stMay and interstate flights were resumed for the first time since the commencement of the lockdown in March. Individuals travelling across states, however, 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 until further notice from the government.

OUR INDIA TRAVEL ADVISORY: The rate of spread in India is well contained and managed until now, the numbers are increasing but are in localized clusters and the curve is not steep. 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 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 7 June, 2020, total number of active cases in the country is 59. The country has seen 0 death due to the virus and a total of 14 people have recovered.

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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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 1800+ cases with 11 deaths and approximately 855 active cases. Its international borders remained closed for tourist traffic however cargo flights and flights evacuating foreign nationals 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 plans on opening its borders to foreign nationals August 1st, under strict guidelines. 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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