COVID-19 travel restrictions: India

Travel Restrictions

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This article has been written on the February 11, 2022 and contains accurate information. However, we highly recommend you check the latest travel requirements before you book a trip since covid regulations are constantly updating.

Can I enter India?

In November 2021, India reopened its borders to all foreign tourists. Nevertheless, several COVID-19 restrictions are still in place in India.

Before going to India, complete the form on the Air Suvidha portal and upload all your covid-related documents there before your flight.

Can I enter India if I am vaccinated?

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You can enter India if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated at least 14 days after completing your vaccination course.

As of January 2022, there are ten vaccine drugs approved in India:

  • Biological E Limited
  • Novavax
  • Zydus Cadila
  • Moderna
  • Sputnik V
  • Sputnik Light
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Covaxin

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated, present both documents:

  • A certificate confirming vaccination status

Please note that the Indian government does not any longer require testing from vaccinated travelers. 

In addition, a list of countries which have agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates has been formed. These countries are:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan 
  • Bangladesh
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium 
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Botswana
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cambodia 
  • Chile 
  • Colombia
  • Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia 
  • Cuba 
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland 
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kingdom of Morocco
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao PDR
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malaysia
  • Maldive
  • Mali
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico 
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman 
  • Paraguay
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles 
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic 
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka 
  • State of Palestine
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria 
  • Thailand 
  • The United Kingdom 
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Ukraine 
  • United States of America
  •  Venezuela
  • Vietnam 
  • Zimbabwe

Can I enter India if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter India if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, you have to present one of the following documents:

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 that is less than 180 days old
  • A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before crossing the Indian border

Traveling to India from “at-risk” and other countries

Currently, the Indian government categorizes all countries into “at-risk” countries and other countries.

Travelers from other countries (not on the “at-risk” list) do not have any COVID-19 restrictions other than mentioned above.

However, travelers from “at-risk” countries are subjected to self-paid testing at the airport upon arrival in India, then wait for their result. If it is negative, they will be allowed to leave the airport.

As of January 7, 2022, the “at-risk” countries list includes:

  • All European countries
  • The UK
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Botswana
  • China
  • Ghana
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Zimbabwe
  • Tanzania
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Tunisia
  • Zambia

Can I leave India?

There are no COVID-19-related restrictions for leaving India. Please ensure that you’ve learned the demands of your destination country concerning COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travelers. Several countries, such as the US, demand tests anyway.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A document confirming vaccination status

Please check all the requirements about the language of documents and data included, and approved vaccines of your destination ahead.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in India currently

As of January 2022, international travel to India is safer compared to the previous months. However, please adhere to all COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place to ensure your safety.

FAQs

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Is it safe to travel to India right now?

Currently, India is not the safest place to travel in Asia. Nevertheless, your travel will be safer if you follow the main regulations:
  • Wearing masks
  • Abiding by curfew hours for public venues

Is Mumbai open for travel now?

Mumbai is open for travel now. It is possible to visit the city’s main attractions provided you follow the countrywide regulations.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to India?

Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers are obliged to undergo a seven-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in India. You must perform a PCR test on day 8 and your isolation can end upon receiving a negative result.

How do I get a health pass to travel to India?

Foreign arrivals can use the Air Suvidha portal to digitize all the essential COVID-19 documents when traveling to India.

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