The Indian government has announced the end of the travel ban that was introduced due to the coronavirus. Are you planning to travel to India after 15 November for a holiday or to visit friends or relatives? Then you can already apply for your visa online.
Tourist visas available from 15 November
You can apply for a tourist visa for India right now using this online application form. However, your application will not be approved before 15 November. At this time, it is not possible to apply for urgent/express delivery. Delivery times as communicated elsewhere on this website do not apply until at least 15 November.
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Changed validity period
Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist visas for India were valid for one year and could be used for a maximum stay of 90 consecutive days. The Indian government has shortened the validity period. For now, tourist visas will be valid for 120 days, with a maximum stay in India of 30 days.
Travellers with United Kingdom nationality
For the time being, the online visa application procedure for India is not available for travellers with United Kingdom nationality. They will have to use the old application procedure for paper visas (sticker visas). These are more expensive than electronic visas, and the application process is more time-consuming and complicated. A paper visa for India can be applied for at VFS Global. It is not yet known if and when British travellers will again be able to use the online application procedure for the e-visa for India.
Quarantine policy in India
Have you been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus at least 15 days before your arrival in India, and are you a national of a country on the ‘Category Aʼ list? Then you do not need to undergo quarantine upon arrival in India.
The Indian government only recognises coronavirus vaccines that have been approved by the WHO, including those of Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
|The ‘Category Aʼ list of India|
|Warning: the Indian government may change this list at any time. This page was last updated on 22 October 2021. Any changes made by the Indian government to the Category A list after this date are not reflected on this page.|
If you need to be quarantined
Have you not been fully vaccinated with a WHO approved coronavirus vaccine 15 days prior to your arrival in India? Or is your nationality not on the ‘Category Aʼ list above? Then you have to get another PCR test upon arrival at the airport in India. You will then have to go directly to a quarantine location of your choice, where you will have to stay for at least 7 days. This may, for example, be a hotel or a home of friends or family. After these 7 days, you must be tested again. If the test is negative, you will have to monitor your health for another 7 days.
What else should you bear in mind?
Coronavirus test mandatory
Before leaving for India, you must be tested negative for the coronavirus. Only PCR tests are permitted, and these must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure. You must submit the test result together with a health declaration via the Air Suvidha Portal. On arrival in India, another coronavirus test will be conducted. You may only arrive in India by air, so not by a land or sea border crossing.
Do you have an electronic visa (e-visa) for India that was issued before 6 October 2021? Then that visa is no longer valid, and you must apply for a new visa. Do you have a paper visa for India that was granted before the coronavirus pandemic? Your visa may also be invalid. Apply for a re-confirmation from an Indian embassy or consulate before making new travel plans, or apply for a new visa.
English government travel advice
The English government recently eased travel restrictions for travellers from India. Like most countries in the world, there is a realistic chance of coronavirus infection when in India, so travellers are recommended to take appropriate protective measures. Follow the latest guidance on social distancing and face coverings, including any local requirements, and maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene at all times.
When returning to the UK, you must book and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken before the end of day 2 of your return. You must also complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before your return. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take 2 additional COVID-19 tests: one before departure and another one on day 8 of your return.
After a coronavirus travel ban of more than a year, tourist trips to India are possible again.
Business and medical travel
Are you travelling for business or a medical reason? Or are you travelling with a tourist group? Then you do not have to wait until 15 November. You can already apply for your visa for India, but not yet with the application form on this website.
Travellers of Indian origin
Do you have Indian nationality? Then you can travel with your Indian passport. If you do not have a passport but are an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), you can travel with your OCI card. If you do not have a passport and no OCI card, but you are a ‘Person of Indian Originʼ (PIO), then in most cases you may travel with your PIO card. In all these cases, you do not need a visa. Before booking your trip, check with the High Commission of India what measures you should take into account because of coronavirus/COVID-19.
Disclaimer: Coronavirus measures affecting travel to India are subject to regular change. The information on this page has been carefully compiled from information made available by both the Indian government and various European governments. Nevertheless, no guarantee can be given that all the information on this page is up-to-date and complete at all times, and no rights can be derived from this page. Are you planning to travel to India? Please check with your airline and travel agent which regulations you need to take into account. As mentioned on this page, you must register via the Air Suvidha Portal before leaving for India. Also check in that portal which rules concerning coronavirus/Covid-19 apply in your situation.