Best Places to Celebrate New Year 2022

As the countdown for another year begins, many of us can't wait to visit someplace new to start 2022 with a blast. If you’ve been struggling with the ever-changing entry requirements of so many countries, we have made a list to make it easier to choose! Just don't forget to buy the best travel insurance plan once you finalize one of these countries:

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Dubai

For those looking for a luxurious getaway with no shortage of shopping and party scenes, Dubai dominates over many other places when it comes to a cosmopolitan experience. One of UAE's seven emirates, Dubai offers a memorable experience to everyone. Be it viewing the city from the world's tallest building or a lazy beach vacation, the New Year in Dubai is truly an experience!

Indians can visit Dubai for a maximum duration of 14 days on a prearranged visa. Upon arrival, they will need to undergo another COVID-19 RT PCR test at Dubai International Airport.

  • Things to Do: Don’t forget to visit Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain, Dubai Miracle Garden, Global Village, La Mer, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mosque, The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
  • Entry Requirements: All passengers are required to provide valid proof of complete vaccination, a negative RT PCR test report with a QR code not older than 48 hours or a negative rapid antigen test within 6 hours of departure.

Turkey

Home to some of the most dazzling monuments, Turkey's vibrant culture never disappoints. Be it the bustling charm of Istanbul or surreal scenes of Cappadocia, you can make a great vacation out of this country.

Indians can easily apply for an online visa to travel to Turkey. With several restrictions in place, Turkey is open to tourism and offers many immersive experiences to tourists. The country is open to fully-vaccinated visitors including Indians given that all the entry requirements are met.

  • Things to Do: Don't forget to visit the Aya Sofya Mosque, ruins of Ephesus, Topkapi Palace, Pamukkale, Patara Beach and the spectacular Sumela Monastery.
  • Entry Requirements: Duly filled Traveller Entry Form before arriving in Turkey, Negative PCR test result from the sample within 72 hours of arrival in Turkey, proof of full vaccination (2 doses) 

Greece

Among the world's most historical and beautiful places, Greece is a favourite among foreigners for its fascinating culture and stunning beauty. From ancient archaeological sites to balmy sandy beaches, the country is perfect for a much-awaited holiday at the end of the year.

Greece finally lifted its stringent restrictions this December and has included Indian citizens among the limited categories of visitors who are allowed to enter its borders. Indians can apply for a short-stay visa given that they meet all the testing and entry requirements. Travellers need to complete and submit a PLF detailing their point of departure, their previous stays etc. Visitors should download the Visit Greece app prior to their arrival in Greece.

  • Things to Do: The Acropolis in Athens, Temple of Zeus, a blue seas-filled caldera in Santorini, Mykonos' chic hotels and live music venues, Delphi- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Corfu Town and Zakynthos
  • Entry Requirements: Completed PLF, proof of complete vaccination, negative PCR test report not older than 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test up to 24 hours old.

Brazil

New Year is one of the best times to visit the largest South American country, with the promise of sunshine and festivities. The country is lined with golden beaches and colonial architecture. Starting with Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Cristo Redentor and the Carnaval that starts shortly after the New Year, you will not regret coming here!  

Brazil has announced revised entry guidelines for all international travellers requiring them to present vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test report. A yellow-fever vaccination certificate is required when Indians re-enter India.

  • Things to Do: Visit the Sugar Loaf rock peak, Iguacu Falls, Copacabana, beaches of Leblon, Amazon Rainforests, Salvador's Pelourinho, Sao Paulo Art Museum
  • Entry Requirements: Proof of negative COVID-19 test or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of boarding, duly filled Declaration of Traveller's Health (DSV) 24 hours before departure, Proof of vaccination

Phuket

One of the largest and most famous islands of Thailand, Phuket can be a perfect place to welcome the new year while you enjoy its brilliant blue waters and excellent cuisine.

Thailand allows fully-vaccinated travellers to enter the country through the Phuket Sandbox programme where no quarantine is required, given that the travellers stay in Phuket for seven days before exploring other parts of Thailand.

  • Things to Do: Relax at Patong Beach, Visit the picturesque Phuket Town, Jui Tui Shrine, Go on island boat tours, hike up to the Three Beaches Hill and more.
  • Entry Requirements: Travel health insurance of minimum USD 50,000, negative RT PCR test issued within 72 hours before departure, two post-arrival RT PCR tests required

Wrapping it up,

The season of cheer is near and the past few years have taught us to never take anything for granted. Don’t forget to follow the latest travel advisories and maintain COVID-19 appropriate hygiene throughout your trip. Finally, make sure to buy the best international travel insurance policy as soon as your New Year 2022 plans are sorted!

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