According to Agoda’s recent India Travel Survey, 39% of Indians plan to travel abroad in 2022, while its Return to Travel Survey found that their biggest concern for traveling abroad was understand restrictions and vaccination or quarantine requirements.
Countries are now taking tentative steps to reopen borders, easing their entry restrictions and opening their doors to international tourists, including Indians. Fully vaccinated passengers traveling to these selected countries are no longer required to present a negative RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and head off on a well-deserved vacation. Here is a list of exciting and offbeat destinations that will come in handy when planning your itineraries.
Egypt – The Gift of the Nile
Travelers vaccinated with Covishield or AstraZeneca can now travel to Egypt without an RT-PCR test. All you have to do is fill out a health declaration form and you’re done. When visiting the land of the Great Pyramid of Giza, be sure to also visit the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, as well as the famous Khan el-Khalili market. Sailing the Nile on a felucca, a traditional wooden sailboat, and the hot air balloon ride in Luxor are also must-sees. Travelers can also visit Sahara el Beyda, the White Desert National Park, or head to Hurghada to experience Egypt’s vast underwater marine life. You can take a submarine ride or even opt for scuba diving. If you want to soak up some of the complex cultures of the country, you absolutely must visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
While in Egypt, travelers can choose from a multitude of Agoda accommodations to stay at the following hotels: Concorde El Salam Hotel Cairo, Kempinski Nile Hotel, Al Masa Hotel.
Bahrain – The Best Kept Secret in the Middle East
This island country located on the Persian Gulf now allows tourists to enter without a PCR test before departure, regardless of their vaccination status. There are so many exciting things for travelers to see and do in Bahrain. Visit the famous and ancient house of Al Jasra and the Al Bahrain Site Museum to indulge in the rich history and civilization of this place, stroll through the Manama souk to discover spices, souvenirs and delicious sweets, and try traditional Bahraini cuisines such as Machboos, meat or fish served with fragrant rice cooked in a spicy broth or sweet Muhammar rice with dates, across the island. Plan time for snorkeling in the world’s largest underwater theme park, Dive Bahrain, and for kayaking and other water sports on the Nurana Islands.
While in Bahrain, travelers can choose from a multitude of Agoda accommodations: Panorama Hotel, Atiram Jewel Hotel Bahrain, Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention and Spa.
Lebanon – Small in size, big in adventure
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need a pre-departure PCR test to travel to Lebanon if they received their second shot at least six months prior to travel. All you have to do is upload your vaccination certificate on the Ministry of Health website.
Lebanon has so much to offer with its geographically diverse country providing you with mesmerizing vistas, rich history and architecture, and delicious cuisine that will make your trip a truly memorable one. Explore one of the best preserved Greco-Roman temples, Baalbek – the Temple of Bacchus, the famous cedars of Lebanon in the Chouf, on Mount Barouk and the Beiteddine Palace which dates back to the 18th century. Take a boat trip to Byblos to enjoy the sunset in the cradle of Phoenician civilization, hike through the beautiful QADISHA Valley to explore ancient churches and monasteries and separate yourself from the outside world. Don’t miss the Batara Gorge waterfall which descends 255 meters into the Balaa Pothole, a Jurassic limestone cave.
While in Lebanon, travelers can choose from a multitude of Agoda accommodations to stay at BURJ ON BAY Hotel, Lancaster Raouche Hotel, Le Commodore Hotel.
France – The land of wine and love
From February 12, France has decided to remove the requirement for the RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers. While visiting one of the most romantic destinations in the world, you will undoubtedly visit the Eiffel Tower, take a cruise on the Seine, pilgrimage to Mont-Saint-Michel or stroll through Old Paris. However, there is so much to experience in France beyond that. Run through the lavender fields in Provence, take a helicopter ride over the French Alps, stroll through Dijon – a pedestrian city where cars are not allowed, explore the vineyards of Burgundy, taste exquisite champagne in Champagne and explore the city of Lyon, renowned for its delicious cuisine.
During your stay in France, here are some Agoda accommodations in which you can stay: Villa Opera Drouot Hotel, Victoria Palace Hotel, The Hoxton – Paris.
Turkey – The land of four seasons
People vaccinated across the world are welcomed to Turkey without an RT-PCR test. Travelers only need to complete a health form 72 hours prior to arrival. Turkey is the perfect destination to resume your post-pandemic trip. It has the right blend of cultural influences from Asia, Europe and the Middle East coupled with unforgettable natural wonders across the Turkish landscapes. Relax in the thermal pools of Lake Pamukkale, the pure white travertine terraces cascade down the slope, resembling a displaced snowfield amidst the verdant landscape; explore one of the oldest cities in the world, Konya, inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC, and Kaymakli – an underground city in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey; take a hot air balloon ride to discover the surreal rocky valleys of Cappadocia; and unwind with a traditional hammam (Turkish bath) experience.
Travelers can choose from a multitude of Agoda accommodations to stay in Turkey: The Marmara Taksim Hotel, Bricks Hotel Istanbul, Hotel DeCamondo Galata.
Norway – Land of the Midnight Sun
Travelers vaccinated within nine months of arrival do not need an RT-PCR test to enter Norway. In the event that the final dose has exceeded the period, you will need a booster injection. If you are planning a trip to Norway, chasing the Northern Lights and seeing the Arctic Circle will definitely be at the top of your itinerary. Besides that spectacular view in the sky, this Scandinavian country is home to majestic mountains, glaciers, museums and a whole host of activities to do during your trip. Travelers can hike to Mount Floyen, a 399-meter peak that will give you the best view of the city, explore the Geirangerfjord area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its icy Norwegian landscapes, s marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Arctic Cathedral, and even visit the world’s most powerful whirlpool, Saltstraumen Maelstrom.
Travelers can choose from a host of Agoda accommodations to stay in Norway: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo, Hotel Continental, Clarion Hotel Oslo.