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India travel alerts

India alerts and entry requirements correct as of 12:00 GMT Saturday 02nd October 2021

The full details of the requirements for travellers returning to England can be found on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england.

Always check travel advice for the country you're travelling to, even if you're returning home.

Please read all the latest Requirements to enter India

Requirements to enter India

You must check all requirements before heading to the airport.

From the 15 November 2021, all foreign nationals intending to visit India will be allowed to enter on a e-Tourist visa/Tourist Visa. This will only be applicable if your visa has been issued on or after the 06 October 2021.

Only Indian Nationals, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders, PIO cardholders holding passports of any country, and foreign nationals with valid and permitted visas will be allowed entry into India.

Paper Visas 

·        Entry (X) Visas

·        Business (B) Visas

·        Employment (E) Visas

·        Student (S) Visas

 

E-Visas (Issued on or after 30th March 2021)

·        eMedical Visa

·        eBusiness Visa

·        eConference Visa

·        eMedical Attendant Visa

All other eVisas are invalid for travel. All Tourist Visas are also invalid for travel. 

All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed, excpet for returning Indian nationals.

 

Please visit the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare- Guidelines for International Arrivals for detailed advice and requirements for entering India.

 

Health Declaration Form

You must complete an Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form* online no more than 72 hours before departure, whilst completing this you will need to upload your negative COVID-19 PCR test result to the portal. You'll receive a QR code which you can print or save to your digital device so it can be presented when arriving at the airport.

*Please ensure you are reading all instructions carefully

If you are transiting through Delhi, you must declare it when completing this form.

 

India Customer Declaration Form

This is a separate form that must be completed online* at least 9 hours before departure.

*Please ensure you are reading all instructions carefully

 

Registration with the High Commission of India

If you are an OCI Cardholder, you must also register online with the Indian High Commission.

Pre-departure tests

As you were probably expecting, you’ll need to do a pre-departure COVID-19 test. All customers, including children and infants will need to complete a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure date from London Heathrow and carry evidence of your negative result. If you need a helping hand, we have advice on private testing providers here: https://virg.in/4gMH.

The Indian authorities also advise that you must complete a self-reporting form and upload your negative COVID-19 PCR test result through the Air Suvidha portal within 72 hours of your departure. Once your documents have been approved you will receive a valid QR code for travel. Please ensure that you leave enough time to complete this as it can take up to 6 hours to process, this can be completed online here: https://virg.in/x5i

 Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

 

Effective 25th October

India authorities have set up reciprocal arrangements for travellers arriving from these countries; Europe including The United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. These measures will allow fully vaccinated customers on arrival to leave the airport without the need for an additional COVID-19 PCR test and self-monitor their health for 14 days without the need to quarantine.

To be classed as fully vaccinated 15 days must have elapsed since the completion of COVID-19 total vaccination schedule.

COVID-19 testing on arrival

As you will be arriving from the UK, you'll need to pay for a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival in India.

Find out what happens if your test results are positive on arrival here.

Transiting through Delhi and Mumbai

If you have a connecting flight, you will need a minimum of 6 hours at the entry airport to clear all the required checks.  You will be allowed to continue your journey only after confirmation of your test turning back as negative. 

For the latest news and updates, please visit: Guidelines for international arrivals and Government Update

Exit requirements

For customers departing India after 22nd May 2021, PCR test results must display a QR code.

You must take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departing India, and complete further tests upon arrival in England. More information can be found here.

Quarantine

Delhi

You will be tested on arrival and allowed to exit the airport if you test negative. You will remain in home quarantine for 7 days and regularly followed by the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).  

If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine in an institutional isolation facility. 

Mumbai

You will be tested on arrival and allowed to exit the airport if you test negative. You will remain in home quarantine for 7 days and regularly followed by the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).  

If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine in an institutional isolation facility. 

Passport

If you are a UK passport holder visiting India, your passport must have 2 blank pages for your visa, and must be valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application.

This guidance is for UK passport holders only. Passengers from other countries should check with the necessary Government department for travel information.

Visa

India's entry requirements differ depending on your nationality and the reason for your visit. If you're not an Indian national, you will usually need a visa to enter the country, which you should get before you travel.

For more information and advice, contact the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and visit the FRRO website

Apply for an Indian visa

If you need an Indian visa, we can help. We've partnered with VisaCentral, the global visa and passport experts, where for a fee they will apply on your behalf. And if you're a Flying Club member, you'll also earn two miles for every £1 you spend.​

Apply for your visa now

You can also apply for your visa through the Indian High Commission in London:

High Commission of India

Tel: 020 7836 8484

Opening hours Mon - Fri, 09:15 - 17:45

Information for visitors returning to India within 2 months

If you’re planning on returning to India within two months of your last visit, you will need special permission from a local Mission Post or Embassy (such as the Indian High Commission in London). Without this permission you could be denied entry, and returned to your country of origin at your own expense.

Health Declaration Form

You must complete an Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form* online no more than 72 hours before departure, whilst completing this you will need to upload your negative COVID-19 PCR test result to the portal. You'll receive a QR code which you can print or save to your digital device so it can be presented when arriving at the airport.

*Please ensure you are reading all instructions carefully

If you are transiting through Delhi, you must declare it when completing this form.

 

India Customer Declaration Form

This is a separate form that must be completed online* at least 9 hours before departure.

*Please ensure you are reading all instructions carefully

 

Registration with the High Commission of India

If you are an OCI Cardholder, you must also register online with the Indian High Commission.

Pre-departure tests

Delhi

All passengers including children and infants  – must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before your flight to India*. You should submit your test report on the portal www.newdelhiairport.in under Air Suvidha.

*If you are travelling on a connecting flight prior to your flight to India, your test must be taken within 72 hours of the flight to India. Not the connecting flight. 

Mumbai

All passengers including children and infants  – must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before your flight to India*. You should submit your test report on the portal www.newdelhiairport.in under Air Suvidha.

*If you are travelling on a connecting flight prior to your flight to India, your test must be taken within 72 hours of the flight to India. Not the connecting flight. 

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

COVID-19 testing on arrival

As you will be arriving from the UK, you'll need to pay for a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival in India.

Find out what happens if your test results are positive on arrival here.

Transiting through Delhi and Mumbai

If you have a connecting flight, you will need a minimum of 6 hours at the entry airport to clear all the required checks.  You will be allowed to continue your journey only after confirmation of your test turning back as negative. 

For the latest news and updates, please visit: Guidelines for international arrivals and Government Update

Exit requirements

For customers departing India after 22nd May 2021, PCR test results must display a QR code.

You must take a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departing India, and complete further tests upon arrival in England. More information can be found here.

Quarantine

Delhi

You will be tested on arrival and allowed to exit the airport if you test negative. You will remain in home quarantine for 7 days and regularly followed by the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).  

If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine in an institutional isolation facility. 

Mumbai

You will be tested on arrival and allowed to exit the airport if you test negative. You will remain in home quarantine for 7 days and regularly followed by the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).  

If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine in an institutional isolation facility. 

Passport

If you are a UK passport holder visiting India, your passport must have 2 blank pages for your visa, and must be valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application.

This guidance is for UK passport holders only. Passengers from other countries should check with the necessary Government department for travel information.

Visa

India's entry requirements differ depending on your nationality and the reason for your visit. If you're not an Indian national, you will usually need a visa to enter the country, which you should get before you travel.

For more information and advice, contact the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and visit the FRRO website

Apply for an Indian visa

If you need an Indian visa, we can help. We've partnered with VisaCentral, the global visa and passport experts, where for a fee they will apply on your behalf. And if you're a Flying Club member, you'll also earn two miles for every £1 you spend.​

Apply for your visa now

You can also apply for your visa through the Indian High Commission in London:

High Commission of India

Tel: 020 7836 8484

Opening hours Mon - Fri, 09:15 - 17:45

Information for visitors returning to India within 2 months

If you’re planning on returning to India within two months of your last visit, you will need special permission from a local Mission Post or Embassy (such as the Indian High Commission in London). Without this permission you could be denied entry, and returned to your country of origin at your own expense.

Following the latest government, World Health Organisation, and industry regulatory guidance, you must wear a face mask or face covering at all times onboard the flight and throughout the airport.

You may only remove the face mask for the following reasons:

  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • To eat or drink where it is reasonably necessary to do so, or to take medication

There are some exemptions that apply to the wearing of face masks or face coverings:

  • If you can't put on, wear, or remove a face covering without severe distress, or due to any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
  • If you're travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • Children 11 and under unless you are travelling to/from the US*

*Customers travelling to or from the USA aged 2 and over must wear a face mask at all times in the airport and onboard the flight. The same exemptions apply.

You must download the ‘Aarogya Setu’ app.

Airport guides

Delhi

Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

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Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International (BOM)

View airport guide