Because of the coronavirus, India kept its borders closed for a year and a half. The travel ban has now been lifted, and a holiday to India is possible again. Read on this page which coronavirus/COVID-19 rules you still have to take into account. Last update: 30-11-2021.

Warning: India is again imposing a quarantine requirement due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus/COVID-19
This measure is effective from 30 November 2021. Developments follow each other in rapid succession. Please check carefully what rules apply before you book a trip, and do so again just before you travel.

Quarantine mandatory in India

To prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, mandatory quarantine is again in force as of 30 November 2021. You must take a PCR test immediately on arrival in India. If the results are negative, you must spend a week in self-isolation and then be tested again. If all test results are negative, you will be released from quarantine one week after arrival in India. If you test positive, you will have to go to a quarantine location managed by the Indian government. This applies to all travellers from the United Kingdom and Europe, including if your nationality is on the ‘Category Aʼ list.

Tourists welcome again in India

Since 15 November 2021, it is again possible to travel to India with a tourist visa. The required visa for India can be easily applied for online.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, tourists could use a visa that was valid for one year for an unlimited number of trips to India, each with a maximum stay of 90 days. The Indian immigration service has cancelled this visa type. A new type of visa has been introduced in its place. The new tourist visa can be used within 120 days of being granted for a single trip to India (single entry) with a maximum stay of 30 days.
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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.

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.

Pre-coronavirus visa

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 from India, you must book and pay for a pre-departure COVID-19 test (to be taken in the 2 days before your return flight) and a post-arrival PCR test. You must also complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before your arrival. You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying until you receive the test result. If the test result is negative, you can end your quarantine. If the test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days. The day you took the test counts as day 0.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must book and pay for an additional test (to be taken on day 8 after your arrival) and quarantine at home for 10 days.

Travelling to India has not become any easier because of corona/covid-19 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? Then you can also submit your visa application online, but not yet 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.