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India travel alerts

India alerts and entry requirements correct as of 12:00 GMT Monday 29 November 2021

Customers flying on Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow to Delhi or Mumbai should check in at Zone G in Heathrow Terminal 3 instead of Zone A, which is on the ground floor of the Departures area. See this map of Heathrow T3 (page 2) for directions to Zone G.

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.

All foreign nationals will be allowed to enter India on a new e-Tourist Visa/Tourist Visa. The new Tourist Visa can be used within 120 days of being granted for a single trip to India (single entry) with a maximum stay of 30 days. If your visa was issued before 06 October 2021 you must reapply as the Indian immigration service has cancelled this visa type. 

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

 

Proof of Vaccination

To be classed as fully vaccinated, you must be able to provide proof that you have completed a full course of a nationally recognised or WHO approved vaccine. 15 days must have elapsed since your final dose.

Indian nationals/residents can download an international travel certificate by visiting www.cowin.gov.in. International Travel Certificates are generated within 2 hours of your request. You can download your certificate 2 hours after applying.

 

 

Pre-departure tests

All customers aged 5 and above will need to complete a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure 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.

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

 

 

Pre departure forms

Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form

You must complete this form online no more than 72 hours before departure and upload your negative COVID-19 PCR test result to the portal. If you are transiting through Delhi, you must declare it when completing this form.

Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form

 

India Customer Declaration Form

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

India Customer Declaration Form

 

Registration with the High Commission of India

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

 

Mumbai Health Declaration

For any customers travelling to Mumbai, please print and complete the Health Declaration, as you’ll need this on arrival into Mumbai.

 

COVID-19 testing on arrival

As you will be arriving from the UK, you'll need to pay for a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in India and await the results before leaving the airport or continuing with your onward journey.

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 arrival test being negative.

If you're arriving into Delhi you need to book an arrival PCR Test. You have the option to book a Standard PCR and it will take approx. 6 hours for you to recieve the result, alternatively, you can book a Rapid PCR test where you should recieve your results in approx. 90 minutes. 

Book your Delhi PCR Test 

Customers arriving into Mumbai have the option to book either a Standard PCR, where you can expect your results in approx. 6-8 hours. If you wish to take a Rapid R-T PCR test, your result will take approx. 1 hour.

Book your Mumbai Standard PCR Test

Book your Mumbai Rapid PCR Test

If tested positive, customers will be taken to a hospital or dedicated facilitites where they'll be required to isolate and assessed by health officals. 

Quarantine

Delhi and Mumbai have seperate quarantine requirements when entering the country, please ensure you're aware of the what you'll need to do when arriving at your destination. 

Delhi
Customers arriving into Delhi from an at-risk country (including the United Kingdom) with a negative post-arrival test result will be required to self quarantine at home for 7 days and complete a PCR test on Day 8. Customers with a positive post-arrival test result must follow quarantine in a separate isolation facility as per protocol issued by the Indian Government.

Mumbai

Travellers arriving into Mumbai from an at-risk country (including the United Kingdom) with a negative post-arrival test result will be required to complete 7 day home quarantine. On the 8th day customers will have to complete an RT-PCR test and continue to self monitor for a further 7 days. Customers with a positive test result must follow quarantine in a separate isolation facility as per protocol issued by the Indian Government.

 

Exit requirements

You must take a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departing India. The Indian Authorities have provided further guidance that PCR test results must display a QR code.

If you’re travelling to the UK, you’ll be permitted to show proof of vaccination which includes your name, date of birth, vaccine brand and manufacturer, date of vaccination(s) and country/territory or certificate issuer. To comply with this requirement, Indian nationals can download an international travel certificate by visiting www.cowin.gov.in.

 

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.

Pre-departure tests

All customers aged 5 and above will need to complete a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure 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.

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

 

Pre departure forms

Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form

You must complete this form online no more than 72 hours before departure and upload your negative COVID-19 PCR test result to the portal. If you are transiting through Delhi, you must declare it when completing this form.

Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form

 

India Customer Declaration Form

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

India Customer Declaration Form

 

Registration with the High Commission of India

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

 

Mumbai Health Declaration

For any customers travelling to Mumbai, please print and complete the Health Declaration, as you’ll need this on arrival into Mumbai.

COVID-19 testing on arrival

As you will be arriving from the UK, you'll need to pay for a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in India and await the results before leaving the airport or continuing with your onward journey.

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 arrival test being negative.

If you're arriving into Delhi you need to book an arrival PCR Test. You have the option to book a Standard PCR and it will take approx. 6 hours for you to recieve the result, alternatively, you can book a Rapid PCR test where you should recieve your results in approx. 90 minutes. 

Book your Delhi PCR Test 

Customers arriving into Mumbai have the option to book either a Standard PCR, where you can expect your results in approx. 6-8 hours. If you wish to take a Rapid R-T PCR test, your result will take approx. 1 hour.

Book your Mumbai Standard PCR Test

Book your Mumbai Rapid PCR Test

If tested positive, customers will be taken to a hospital or dedicated facilitites where they'll be required to isolate and assessed by health officals. 

Quarantine

Delhi and Mumbai have seperate quarantine requirements when entering the country, please ensure you're aware of the what you'll need to do when arriving at your destination. 

Delhi
Customers arriving into Delhi from an at-risk country (including the United Kingdom) with a negative post-arrival test result will be required to self quarantine at home for 7 days and complete a PCR test on Day 8. Customers with a positive post-arrival test result must follow quarantine in a separate isolation facility as per protocol issued by the Indian Government.

Mumbai

Travellers arriving into Mumbai from an at-risk country (including the United Kingdom) with a negative post-arrival test result will be required to complete 7 day home quarantine. On the 8th day customers will have to complete an RT-PCR test and continue to self monitor for a further 7 days. Customers with a positive test result must follow quarantine in a separate isolation facility as per protocol issued by the Indian Government.

 

Exit requirements

You must take a PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departing India. The Indian Authorities have provided further guidance that PCR test results must display a QR code.

 

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)

View airport guide

Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International (BOM)

View airport guide