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Travel to India during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

At a glance

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

TBC

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination: This requirement is yet to be confirmed by the destination.
Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

You must present a negative COVID19 PCR test taken no earlier than 3 days (72 hours) before arrival into India.

On arrival:

Before Planning for Travel:

i All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.

ii. They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

iii. Only for compelling reasons/ cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days.

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.newdelhiairport.in/
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to England, Scotland or Wales.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from.

 

Green list countries

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is on the green list then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.

 

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is currently on the green watch list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.

 

Amber list countries

if you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is on the Amber list then alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  

 

Red list countries

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.

 

There are currently different regulations for Northern Ireland and at present, international leisure travel is not permitted.

Quarantine on return:

From 4am on Friday 23rd April 2021, visitors who have been in or transited through India in the previous 10 days cannot enter into England.  British and Irish nationals, and third party country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving into England from India will need to quarantine in a government approved hotel for a period of 10 days at your own cost.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india
Local regulations:

The wearing of facial or cloth masks is compulsory in all public places.  There are also strict restrictions on large gatherings.  

 

Restrictions vary from state to state.  There is a phased re-opening of a limited number of activities and services but these vary from place to place.  You may also find that states or cities implement regional lockdowns or curfews at short notice to help ease the spread of the virus.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 30.04.2021 at 16:57