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By Manisha Ninani

Many international travelers have had to put their plans on hold as uncertainty looms over the COVID variant

Ajay Kumar S is a Bengaluru-based businessman operating in Ireland. For the past few months, he has been planning to visit his family by the end of December and organize a naming party for his son. But the change in travel rules and Omicron Fear forced him to postpone the plan. With the increasing toll of Omicron cases in India, many overseas Indians who were planning to return home for holidays had to change their plans.

This is diluted even during the summer holidays, many were unable to return as India was in the midst of a massive second wave at the time. They are long overdue to be reunited with families.

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Digital Marketing Analyst Booked His Trip to Bengaluru From Qatar Panicked by current quarantine guidelines. Although the Middle East countries are not in the high risk list, but with frequent changes in quarantine rules, international travelers are confused.

At first it was said that only those coming from high-risk countries needed to be tested at the airport and self-quarantined. After this, another base was brought Karnataka The analyst said all international returnees must undergo a seven-day home quarantine even if they test negative. He is scheduled to be engaged soon so he couldn’t have quarantined himself and wanted to cancel his tickets.

“However, a day later, the Karnataka state government revised the guidelines and announced that the quarantine is only for high-risk countries. It was very confusing and even more frightening is that if there is a lockdown, I will stumble.”

If the government suddenly changes the quarantine rules, it will become difficult for us. But I have to get some work done. So we take our chances

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Saudi doctor

Another passenger, a doctor by profession, has a flight from Kingdom Saudi Arabia To Bengaluru, he became nervous as the flight date approached.

“If the government suddenly changes the quarantine rules, it will become difficult for my children and me. But I have some work to do. We are taking our chances, we just hope there is no change in the rules and that the cases remain under control,” the doctor said.

student of University of Toronto, Canada, told Bangalore Mirror, “I have been in the US since last November and was planning to meet my parents in July. However, due to the second wave in India and then with the semester going on, I kept postponing my trip. I finally thought during Christmas, I would be back but After going through the current guidelines issued by the embassy, ​​I canceled tickets again.”

And there are those who booked their tickets during the last month when the number of coronavirus cases fell dramatically in India. Such a student traveling from Germany for a wedding was supposed to arrive just three days before the wedding, who will now have to follow stricter travel guidelines as well as a mandatory seven-day quarantine.

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Similar is the case NRIs Students in India trying to return to Oman and the United Arab Emirates, where international travel rules have been tightened resulting in the rescheduling and cancellation of their flights. All in all, the threat of Omicron weddings, festivals, and the holiday season has left significant scars, especially for those who live, work or study abroad.

7 cases of Omicron were detected in Karnataka

Seven new cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in Karnataka including a 76-year-old male, Bengaluru (traveled from Delhi), a 30-year-old female, Bengaluru (arrived from the UAE), a 63-year-old male, Bengaluru ( Arrived from Zambia), a 54-year-old male, Bengaluru (the primary contact for British travellers), a 21-year-old male, Bengaluru (arrived from the UK), a 62-year-old male, Bengaluru (traveled from Delhi) and 15-years-old, Bengaluru (traveled from USA). All primary and secondary contacts have been traced, traced and tested.

Booster shots from January 10 to frontline workers

On Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India will start administering booster Covid-19 injections for healthcare workers and frontline workers from January 10.

In an address to the nation, he also said that those aged 15-18 will start receiving Covid-19 vaccines from January 3.
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