The Indian Government has announced that international tourists will be able to travel to the country again from 15 October. This marks the end of the travel ban introduced a year and a half ago because of the coronavirus. Last update: 11 October 2021
Tourist travel to India possible again
The Indian government has announced that tourists on chartered flights will be able to travel to the country again from 15 October. Tourists on commercial flights will be permitted from 15 November. Tourist e-visa can already be applied for on this website, but will remain on hold until at least 1 November. Keep an eye on this page to stay informed on the latest developments.
You can already apply for a tourist visa here
Business travellers already welcome, travel still discouraged
The government of India has already started issuing business visa again (eBusiness visa). However, as long as the situation in India remains uncertain due to the coronavirus, business visas cannot be applied for with the online application form on this website. The same applies to medical visas.
Travellers with the nationality of an EU country
Business travellers with the nationality of a country in the European Union can apply for their electronic visa (e-visa) through the English language website of the Immigration Department of India. Although these applications are usually approved quickly, due to the relatively high risk of infection with the coronavirus, the English government and most countries in the European Union are currently advising against business travel to India.
Travellers with United Kingdom nationality
In response to the entry restrictions imposed by the English government on travellers from India due to COVID-19, the Indian government has decided to exclude UK nationals from the online electronic visa application system. As a result, travellers with UK citizenship have to use the old application procedure for paper visas (sticker visas) again. 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 UK travellers will be able to use the online application procedure for the e-visa for India again.
On 14 October, India dropped the 10-day quarantine restriction for people travelling to India from the UK. Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK no longer need to still go into quarantine if tested negative for COVID-19.
India on the amber travel list
India is currently on the amber travel list of the English government. This means that travel is no longer highly discouraged, as is the case with red list countries. However, travellers returning to the UK from India are still subject to coronavirus measures. If you have been in an amber list country in the 10 days before your return flight, you must:
- take a COVID-19 test, at maximum 3 days before you are set to travel
- book and pay for COVID-19 test, to be taken after arrival
- complete a passenger locator form
These rules apply to all travellers, even those that are fully vaccinated. However, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must also go into self-quarantine for 10 days on your return. Fully vaccinated travellers that are tested negative for COVID-19 do not have to go into quarantine.
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Do you already have a visa for India?
Have you obtained a business or medical visa through the website of the Indian immigration service? Then you may only travel with this eBusiness or eMedical visa if you take a coronavirus test before departure. This must be a PCR test, which must not have been taken more than 72 hours before departure to India. You must submit the test result together with a health declaration via the so-called Air Suvidha Portal (via the website of New Delhi airport). On arrival in India, another coronavirus test will be administered. Check with your travel company or airline before you leave whether you will need to undergo quarantine after arriving in India. The quarantine regulations differ per state in India.
Do you have a paper visa for India that was issued before the coronavirus pandemic? Then your visa is not necessarily still valid. Apply for a re-confirmation at an Indian embassy or consulate before making new travel plans. Do you have an electronic visa (e-visa) for India issued before 22 October 2020? If so, that visa is no longer valid, and you must apply for a new visa.
Going on holiday to India is still not possible due to the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19
Exceptions for 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 Origin (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 Indian embassy what measures you need to take into account because of coronavirus/Covid-19.
When in India
The wearing of face masks is mandatory in public places and in cars throughout the country, and there is a ban on gatherings of large groups. In addition, you must use the "Aarogya Setu" app when travelling by public transport or using an airport in India. Travelling between states is not always easy, sometimes a negative coronavirus test or quarantine period is required. The rules for this vary from state to state.
Disclaimer: The coronavirus situation in India is changing rapidly, and the immigration service, as well as other government agencies in India, are not forthcoming with information on the rules and consequences for the use of visas in the near future. Therefore, no rights can be derived from the information on this page, which, although carefully compiled, is not guaranteed to be current or complete.