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COVID-19 travel conditions: All international passengers travelling to India

Posted on: September 11, 2020 | Back | Print

Important Information (updated on 13/04/2021)

1) All Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services shall remain closed till April 30, 2021

2) Indian nationals and eligible Foreign nationals in EU countries may travel to India on flights operating under "Vande Bharat Mission" and "Air Transport Bubbles".

3) Following categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter India

a) All OCI Cardholders and PIO Cardholders holding passports of any country. 

b) All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependents visa) except those on Tourist visa

4) Relaxation of Visa restrictions:

a) All existing visas (except e-Visa, Tourist visa and Medical visa) shall stand restored with effect from 21/10/2020. If the validity of such visa has expired, the foreign national may obtain fresh regular visa. Click here to Apply for Regular Visa

b) Medical Visa (including visa for Medical attendant) for medical treatment in emergencies may be considered. 

c) If a foreign national is required to visit India due to any family emergency, he/she may apply for "Entry Visa (X-Misc.)".   

d) Nationals of Bhutan and Nepal are permitted to come to India from any country. 

5) All categories of e-Visa except e-Tourist visa has been restored (vide MHA's OM dated 30.03.2021).

6) Currently, foreign nationals cannot apply for fresh e-Tourist Visa and Tourist visa as they remain suspended.

7) Flights from European Union countries: India has signed "Air Transport Bubbles" agreements with 24 countries including France, Germany, Netherlands. Indian nationals and eligible foreign nationals in EU countries may travel to India from France / Germany / Netherlands. International passengers travelling to India are required to register, as below: 

FRANCE: Register with the Embassy of India, Paris and carry a printout of the confirmation email. Air India and Air France are operating flights from/to India. For flights details and purchase of tickets, kindly visit website of Air India / Air France. 

GERMANY: Register at Repat portal. Air India and Lufthansa are operating flights from/to India. For flights details and purchase of tickets, kindly visit website of Air India / Lufthansa.   

NETHERLANDS: Register with the Embassy of India, The Hague. Air India and KLM are operating flights from/to India. For flights details and purchase of tickets, kindly visit website of Air India / KLM.   

8) Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to board the flight. During the journey, all these passengers would have to follow the protocols, such as the Health Protocols, issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

9) AIR SUVIDHA Portal: All international passengers travelling to India (including transiting passengers) have to mandatorily submit at Air Suvidha Portal (www.newdelhiairport.in): (i) "Self Declaration Form (SDF)" before the scheduled travel and declare their travel history of past 14 days. Please carry five (5) printed copies of this form received over email. (ii) Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report which should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure. Please carry five (5) copies of this test report during journey.

     All travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in United Kingdom, Europe or Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the airports concerned (port of entry). Entry made in the SDF regarding telephone number and address would be reconfirmed. All travellers from Europe and Middle East (other than those in flights originating from Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom) who have to exit the destination airport or take connecting flights to their final domestic destination: (a) shall give samples at the designated area and exit the airport, (b) the concerned state authorities/airport operators will collect and convey the test report to the traveller. If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days. If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.

10) All international passengers travelling to India have to download and register on the Aarogya Setu app

11) All international passengers travelling to India are advised to read Guidelines for International Arrivals in India issued on 17.02.2021 and Flow chart on international arrivals

1. Schedule of Vande Bharat Mission flights

2. Laboratories for RT PCR test in Romania

3. Guidelines for International Arrivals in India issued on 17.02.2021

3A. Flow chart on international arrivals

4. Air Suvidha portal

5. COVID-19 Updates

6. State-wise quarantine regulations

7. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India

8. Standard Operating Protocol dated 22.08.2020

                                                    

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