Travel restrictions to India

Last updated: 16 August 2022

Who can travel?

The following passengers are permitted to enter India:

  • Citizens and residents of India;
  • Citizens of Bhutan, the Maldives and Nepal;
  • Passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet (if OCI is issued against an old passport, passenger must carry both new and old passports);
  • Passengers with a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card;
  • Passengers with a diplomatic passport and a NOC (No Objection Certificate) issued by the Ministry of External Affairs

With immediate effect, foreign citizens with e-tourist and type T tourist visas, both paper and sticker, issued before 06 October 2021, can now enter India except for citizens of China and Afghanistan.

  • citizens of the United States of America and Japan holding old and valid long-duration sticker visas (valid for 10 years). Regular tourist visas are restored and remain valid for entry.
  • long-duration regular tourist visas (sticker visas) issued to citizens of Canada before March 2020 remain suspended.
  • medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2021 are no longer valid.

Tourist visas issued to citizens of China (People's Rep.) are no longer valid.

Tourist visas with a validity of 10 years are no longer valid. This does not apply to citizens of Japan and the United States of America.

E-tourist visas

E-tourist visas are valid for the following passengers:

  • citizens of Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Isl., Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (Rep.), Lao People's Dem. Rep., Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Isl., Tuvalu, USA, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  • passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport;
  • passengers with "the Palestinian Authority" passport.
India covid travel restrictions
 

PCR and vaccination documents needed for travelling

  • All passengers are allowed to enter India with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival, or they have to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 CRISPR, RT-LAMP or RT-PCR test result certificate from a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure of the first flight of their itinerary.
  • The test result must be uploaded at www.newdelhiairport.in
  • COVID-19 CRISPR, RT-LAMP or RT-PCR test does not apply to:
    • children below 5 years
    • passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Isl., Chad, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Columbia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives., Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Palestinian territories, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Palestine, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Isl., the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Isl. (British) and Zimbabwe.
    • Passengers must upload their vaccination certificate on the Air Suvidha platform at www.newdelhiairport.in.

Documents required

  • All passengers must download the Aarogya setu app on their mobile devices.
  • Passengers must complete the self-declaration form before departure. They must select ‘Air Suvidha' in the top right corner at www.newdelhiairport.in.
  • Passengers must present a hard copy of their negative COVID‑19 CRISPR, RT-LAMP or RT-PCR test or vaccination certificate at the time of departure.
  • Digital copies will not be accepted for travel.
  • The certificate should be in English, specifying the name of the passenger and the result of the test or vaccine taken.

PCR test on arrival and quarantine requirements

  • Passengers are subject to random testing on arrival at the airport.
  • Passengers selected for testing will submit the samples and be allowed to leave the airport.
  • Passengers who test positive will be treated/isolated according to current health authorities' guidelines.

Travel requirements to India from UAE

  • Passengers travelling to India from the UAE must make sure that their negative COVID-19 PCR test result is issued by an authorised laboratory in the UAE.
  • PCR test result certificates issued from any other country will not be accepted for travel.

Transiting via India

  • Foreign citizens with international connections from any airport in India are required to hold a pre-approval from the connecting airline before departure from their originating point.
  • If pre-approval can’t be obtained, passengers must hold a valid visa (not a tourist visa) to enter India and follow the PCR requirements and state regulations.
  • Foreign citizens with onward domestic connections must hold a valid India visa and follow the PCR and state quarantine regulations.
  • Citizens of Nepal and Bhutan are exempt from this requirement.

Additional requirement for travel to Hyderabad (HYD)

Please note:

The above requirements are subject to change without prior notice. Please check the IATA Travel Centre website before your flight to get the latest updates on the requirements of the country you are travelling from and arriving to.

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