Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases are in flux across the globe. Health officials caution that staying home is the best way to stem transmission until you’re fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on May 11.
Scheduled commercial international flights resumed on March 27.
What’s on offer
The question is: What isn’t on offer in India? This vast country has an astonishing range of landscapes, architecture, cultures and religions. Most first-timers stick to the “golden triangle” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, but other big hitters for newbies include the Kerala waterways, beaches of Goa and Mumbai, one of the world’s most thrilling cities.
Who can’t go?
Entry for group tourism using charter flights commenced October 15, with individual visits allowed from November 15. Scheduled commercial flights recommenced March 27.
Arrivals must possess a tourism visa or e-visa granted after October 6, 2021. Those granted previously but not used are not currently eligible for entry.
Note that you cannot use a land border to enter on a tourist visa.
Arriving at an airport, all arrivals are screened. Anyone showing symptoms will be taken to a medical facility. There is also random testing on passengers — at a rate of 2% of arrivals — which is done at travelers’ expense.
Anyone showing symptoms will not be allowed to board their flight. Expect thermal screening before boarding.
Since February 14, those vaccinated with WHO-recognized vaccines, or in countries which have agreements of mutual recognition of vaccine certificates with India, have not needed to present a test on arrival. This covers 89 countries, including the US and the UK. You must upload your documentation alongside your self-declaration form.
Those who do not qualify, or who do not have the right documentation, must upload a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
You will not be allowed to board your flight if you have not uploaded your documents.
On arrival, quarantine is no longer required. Instead, international passengers are requested to “self-monitor their health” for 14 days following their arrival.
US CDC travel advisory:
Level 1: Low. Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to India. There have been over 43.1 million infections and 524,157 deaths as of May 11.
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