Poovar Island: Where Lake, River And Sea Meet

Poovar is a tourist town in the Southern tip of India. Poovar means River and Flower. The town is strategically situated that it has Lake, River and the Sea all meeting at one place. Its natural environment makes it a tourist spot.

The floating cottages like that of Ghana’s Nzulezu or Thailand’s Koh Panyi, the blue skies, sandy beach, an estuary, a stretch of coconut trees, are just some of the few reasons why one shouldn’t miss a trip to the Poovar Island once in India.

While on a boat ride on the lake, tourists enjoy birds watching, rest-stop on the lake for some coconut juice and floating restaurant to enjoy some seafood. There’s a sea side statue of the Holy Cross and an Elephant-like rock that has a cross too.

Tourists to Poovar are encouraged to add Maldives to their itinerary. Return flights from the nearest airport Trivandrum International Airport sell for less than $300. You will need a double-entry Indian visa if you intend visiting Maldives. Maldives is visa-free for all nationals. Learn how to apply for Indian Visa online.

Indian eVisa Application: Step-by-step guide

Tourists visiting India are required to hold valid International Passports along with eVisas.

The Indian eVisa application is very simple and in most cases, Visas are approved and issued within two working days.

Before you go ahead to apply, make sure you’ve already made some travel plans or have an idea of when you are traveling, airport you will be arriving and where you intend to stay. These details would be needed to complete the visa application form.

On the Visa Application website, follow these steps:

1. Click on the eVISA. Make sure you don’t select REGULAR VISA APPLICATION as this will take you through a process and ask you to submit a printed form to the Indian Mission.

2. Fill in the details requested. Choose visa type and then submit.

3. The new page issues you with a Temporary Application ID in this format: 492XA223VZ7W8FZ. Take note of the ID as you may need it in case something happens in the application process. The ID will help you retrieve your application and continue from where you left.

Not all the details on the forms may apply to you. Where it doesn’t apply to you, type in NA. NA means Not Applicable.

When done, SAVE AND CONTINUE

4. This section takes details of your address, family and employment. Key in your address, parents’ details and that of your employment as the form requests. Then SAVE AND CONTINUE.

5. This section asks for more information about your travel. Places to be visited are the cities you intend to visit while in India. In selecting the duration of your visa, note that visas would be valid for only 60 days from the time of your first entry though the entire visa may be valid for 4 months. Indian Evisas are usually double-entry visas. So take advantage and select DOUBLE ENTRIES just in case you may want to visit again soon or visit nearby country that may require you to return to India to catch a flight to your home country. Luckily, this is selected most times by default. So you won’t have to do anything.

Reference Name in India in India is the name of your hotel where you intend to stay. Provide the hotel’s details as reference. Move on to the next page.

6. Answer the simple security questions and move to the next step. Take note that the system selects YES for all. Read through and select NO where appropriate.

7. You are requested to upload passport photo of yourself. Do not crop the photograph in your passport and upload. The photo must be in JPEG Format, Minimum 10 KB , Maximum 1 MB, Minimum 350 pixels (width) x 350 pixels (height) with white background.

8. You are to upload a copy of your passport. Scan your passport photo page or take a nice picture of it. Then convert image to PDF. Make sure it meets the following:

– Format PDF
– Size Minimum 10 KB
– Maximum 300 KB
– Passport Upload- Photo page of Passport containing personal details like name,date of birth, nationality , expiry date etc. to be uploaded by the applicant.
– Photo page of Passport uploaded should be of the same passport whose details are provided in Passport Details section.
– The application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded document is not clear and as per specification.

9. Submit. Then review the information you provided. If all is well, continue. If not, edit.

10. You have option of paying immediately with visa/mastercard or save the codes provided to pay later.

Once done, a confirmation will be sent to your email and your Indian eVisa should follow in a day or two later.

VISA FEE: USD 80.

Do you have Yellow Fever Vaccination card? India requires that all travelers arriving in the country hold proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination.

Visa Free Countries For Indian Citizens

59 Countries Without Visa From India

Indian passport holders require visas to travel to at least 130 countries. The good news is that Indian citizens can still travel to 59 countries either visa-free or visa on arrival. A number of countries also allow persons from India to travel on an eVisa.

List Of Visa-Free Countries For Indian Passport Holders 2021

Below is the enviable list of countries Indian citizens can travel without a visa:

 

Bhutan Nepal
Indonesia Seychelles (permit on arrival)
Jamaica Senegal
Serbia Trinidad and Tobago
Haiti (for up to 90 days) Micronesia
Ecuador Dominica
Vanuatu Svalbard
Saint Kitts and Nevis Grenada (for up to 90 days)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (for up to 30 days) Montserrat (for up to 180 days)
Turks and Caicos (for up to 90 days) El Salvador
Macau

 

Visa On Arrival Countries For India

The countries below grant Indians an entry visa at the point of entry. With visa on arrival, Indians do not have to obtain visas prior to their travels but are granted them at the border upon arrival.

Below are the countries holders of Indian passport can obtain a visa on arrival:

Thailand Maldives
Laos Mauritius
Cambodia Bolivia
Hong Kong (Need to do pre-arrival Registration) Fiji
Palau Macedonia
Saint Lucia Ethiopia
Tuvalu Mauritania
Comoros Guinea Bissau
Guyana Togo
Cabo Verde Angola
Barbados Cook Islands
Iran (apply online & obtain ‘Submission Notice’ before departure) Kiribati
Nigeria (only pre-approved VOA) Samoa
Suriname Tunisia
Somalia Kenya
Zimbabwe Rwanda
Jordan

eVisa For Indian Citizens

The list of countries below grant Indians eVisas. The visas are applied online and obtained before embarking on the trip. Evisas are relatively easier to obtain.

Below are the countries that Indians can apply for evisas:

Malaysia (eNTRI Note) Sri Lanka
Myanmar Turkey (at the border of Europe and Asia)
Zambia Tanzania
Madagascar (landing authorisation) Ivory Coast
Uganda Georgia (lying at the intersection of Europe and Asia)
Sao Tome and Principe Bahrain
Moldova Gabon
Djibouti East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Vietnam

READ ALSO: Things to note before traveling to a visa-free country

COVID 19 Entry Requirements India

India has become an epicentre of a new wave of worldwide COVID-19 cases and as such many countries have banned flights and issued guidelines for passengers travelling from India.

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Quarantine rules in India for international travellers

  • All passengers must submit an undertaking form on the online portal agreeing to undergo mandatory 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self‑monitoring of health.

COVID‑19 RT PCR test will be conducted during the 5th to 7th day at the hotel and all related costs are to be borne by the passenger.

  • All passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa are advised to quarantine at home for 7 days. Passengers must take a COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on the 7th day of arrival.

If they test negative, they can be released from quarantine and continue to monitor their health for 7 days.

  • All other passengers will be allowed to leave the airport/take transit flights and will be required to undertake self‑monitoring of their health for 14 days.

Passengers under the following exceptional circumstances would be considered for exemption from the 7‑day mandatory institutional quarantine. The exemption will be decided upon arrival and verification of supporting documents.

  • Elderly passengers over 65 years old
  • Pregnant women in advanced stages of pregnancy
  • Both parents accompanying children below 5 years old
  • Passengers with supporting documents for a serious illness and who require medical attention or medical conditions that require immediate admission to a medical institution
  • Extreme family distress, severe injury or death of immediate family member
  • Passengers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID‑19 and can provide a vaccination certificate and complete a self‑declaration form.
  • Unvaccinated children travelling with vaccinated parents must undergo institutional quarantine with one accompanying adult passenger. Exemption from institutional quarantine for accompanying children can be requested under the Air Suvidha section on the online portal, subject to approval from authorities.
  • Medical professionals with proof from medical institutions that they are travelling to perform life‑saving surgeries or attending critical patients

Air India covid-19 test requirements

Travel to India is restricted to specified categories of passengers and tourists are not yet permitted. Flights to India will be restricted only to the following passengers:

  1. Indian Nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in UAE or in any country in South America or Africa;
  2. All overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and person of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country;
  3. UAE nationals and foreign nationals (from any country in South America or Africa only) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist visa.
  • All passengers must carry a hard copy of a negative COVID 19 RT‑PCR certificate test at the time of departure. Digital copies will not be allowed. The certificate should be in English, specifying the name of the passenger and the outcome of the test.
  • All passengers, including children and infants, must upload their COVID‑19 RT‑PCR results on the Air Suvidha online portal for a test taken within 72 hours prior to the start of their journey.

Arrival in India without a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test report will only be allowed in cases of exigency of death in the family. Passengers can apply for such an exemption on the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

  • All passengers, including infants and children, without any exception, are to undergo self‑paid molecular tests upon arrival at the Indian airports (port of entry). Passengers must carry adequate funds for the same.
  • All passengers can leave their entry point in India after taking the on‑arrival molecular tests except for the following:
    • Passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa and arriving at Bangalore airport must wait for their results before leaving the airport or connecting to another flight.
    • Connecting passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa and transiting at Indian airports must wait 8‑10 hours at the entry airport in India before taking their connecting flights.
  • All passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 during the on‑arrival molecular tests will undergo treatment per standard health protocol.

If they’re travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa they will be isolated in an institutional isolation facility coordinated by the respective state health authorities.

Travel to USA from India during Covid-19

  • Passengers who have been physically present in India 14 days preceding their trip are not permitted to travel to the USA.

Exemptions are granted to

  • any lawful permanent resident of the United States;
  • any noncitizen national of the United States;
  • any noncitizen who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;
  • any noncitizen who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • any noncitizen who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21;
  • any noncitizen who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications
  • any noncitizen travelling at the invitation of the United States Government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus

 

Is Goa Open For Tourists?

In the wake of the damaging COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Goa has also set certain precautionary measures in place to battle the disease wave.

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Given the current COVID-19 situation in the country, the government of Goa has decided to continue with a lockdown at all the prime tourist hotspots in the western Indian state.

Do you need a PCR test to enter Hawaii?

Yes. No persons are permitted to enter into Goa state unless they possess a COVID Negative certificate obtained within 72 hours from the time they seek entry into the state.

However, persons with medical emergencies have been exempted from the restriction. They should produce proof of medical emergency or should be travelling in an ambulance. Drivers of vehicles carrying essential goods are also exempted.

  • Tourists not carrying a valid COVID-19 negative certificate will be directed to undergo testing for COVID-19 at designated testing centres/hospitals. Thereafter, they will have to go into self-isolation till the test results are received.

The isolation facilities will be provided by the accommodation units themselves, where the tourist made a pre-booking. Once results are received, only and if found COVID-19 negative, the tourist shall be allowed to travel outside the isolation facility.

  • All arrivals are screened. Anyone showing symptoms upon arrival will be taken to a medical facility and will be subjected to a COVID-19 test at designated testing centres/hospitals at the tourist’s cost.
  • As of February 22, all travellers must upload a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal, as well as a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the journey. They must also declare via the portal that they will quarantine at home for 14 days on arrival.
  • Travellers arriving from the UK or the Middle East must fill in the same form, declaring their travel history of the past 14 days, and any connecting flights on arrival in India, as well as provide a negative PCR test. They will be segregated in-flight or while disembarking and must undergo a further PCR test on arrival at their own expense. They must stay at the airport until they get their results.

Here is a link to the Air Suvidha Portal: https://www.newdelhiairport.in/

Quarantine restrictions in Goa

  • There is currently no quarantine restriction in place for travellers arriving at Goa. However, in case any tourist is found to be COVID-19 positive, the accommodation unit will act as per the extant protocol issued by the State Health Department. All costs for COVID-19 tests including the stay at the isolation/quarantine facilities shall be borne by the tourist themselves.
  • Transit passengers coming from the UK or the Middle East who test negative can catch their connecting flights but must quarantine at home for seven days, and take a test at the end of the quarantine period.

Which countries are banned from entering Goa?

No country has actually been banned, however, tourists are not yet permitted to enter Goa. Only Indian nationals, those moving to the country as residents, and those from certain countries who qualify for visas other than tourist visas may go.

  • From the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, only diplomats and those listed in a government memorandum may travel. Other visa holders from the European Union, Africa and South America may also travel as long as it is not on a tourist visa.