Travel to India: latest Covid rules and practical guidance as the country reopens to UK tourists

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India has now reopened to tourists. As of November 15, fully vaccinated Britons can enter on commercial airlines without needing to quarantine on arrival.

However, you must ensure you read up on the testing requirements and have all the certificates required for travel. Read on for more information on travel to India. 

Can I go to India?

Yes. As of November 15, India is now allowing tourists to visit independently on commercial airlines. Testing requirements apply (see below). Up until now, arrivals have only been able to enter on a chartered flight as part of a group tour.

To get into India, British tourists must apply for a visa on indianvisaonline.gov.in and declare their test results on the online Air Suvidha portal. It is estimated that the Indian government will issue half a million tourist visas between now and March 2022.

Are flights operating to India?

Yes. Air India, Vistara and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights to India. Other airlines are operating indirect flights.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive?

If you are fully vaccinated, no. You simply need to ‘self monitor’ your health for 14 days. If unvaccinated, you must enter a seven-day home quarantine, with a test at the airport and another test on your eighth day after arrival.

Do I need to take tests to travel to India?

Yes. Regardless of vaccination status, you must take a PCR test within 72 hours of travel.

Is there any paperwork required?

All arrivals must submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal before they travel, and upload your negative PCR result (taken 72 hours before travel). You will also need to print evidence of your full vaccination status.

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