Because of the coronavirus, India kept its borders closed for a year and a half. The entry ban has since been lifted and a holiday to India is possible again without having to go into quarantine on arrival. Read on this page which measures against the coronavirus / COVID-19 you should still take into account. Last update: 03-05-2022.
Tourists welcome in India again
Since 15 November 2021, it is again possible to travel to India with a tourist visa. You can apply for the required Indian visa with the online application form on this website. You will then receive the visa by email. It allows you to travel to India for a stay of up to 30 days.
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Travellers with United Kingdom nationality
The online visa application process for India is, for the time being, not available to UK nationals. 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.
What else you need to bear in mind
Since 14 February 2022, it has become easier for international travellers to travel to India. Travellers no longer need to undergo quarantine on arrival. However, a vaccination or test certificate must be uploaded before departure and a health declaration must be completed. Different rules apply for travellers of different nationalities. Travellers with the nationality of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland or Spain, among others, can show a vaccination certificate or a test result upon arrival. Travellers with German, French, Luxembourgish or Italian nationality, for example, must always show a test result. A vaccination certificate alone is not sufficient for travellers of these nationalities. Below, you can read which rules British and Irish travellers have to take into account.
Uploading proof of vaccination or test
In order to be allowed to travel to India, you need to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or to have tested negative for the coronavirus before departure. Fully vaccinated British and Irish travellers can show their vaccination certificate and therefore do not need to be tested for the coronavirus. Not fully vaccinated British travellers have to show a test certificate. PCR tests are valid if they were taken up to 72 hours before departure. You must submit your proof of vaccination or test result together with a health statement via the so-called Air Suvidha Portal. Children under the age of 5 do not need to be tested or vaccinated. There is no quarantine requirement on arrival in India.
After arrival in India
Upon arrival in India, your body temperature will be measured and you may be asked to undergo a coronavirus test immediately upon arrival. The Indian government intends to randomly test 2% of all international travellers for COVID-19. After arrival, you must monitor your health for 14 days. If you develop any symptoms, you must contact a nearby medical facility. These rules also apply to travellers who travel to India by land or ship.
Do you have an electronic visa (e-visa) for India that was granted 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 corona 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.
Return to the United Kingdom and Ireland
Are you travelling from India to the United Kingdom? There are no COVID-19 rules for returning travellers. This applies whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
Similarly, travellers returning to Ireland from abroad do not need to take any special actions with regard to COVID-19.
On 14 February, the quarantine requirement for travel to India for international travellers was lifted.
Business and medical travel
Do you have a business or medical travel purpose? Then you can also apply for your visa online, but not yet via 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 embassy what measures you need to take into account because of the coronavirus / COVID-19.
Disclaimer: The coronavirus measures that affect travel to India are subject to frequent changes. The information on this page has been carefully compiled from information made available by both the Government of India 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 regarding corona / Covid-19 apply in your situation.