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Pandemic Travel Alert

CLOSED TO LEISURE TRAVEL

Most recent update: 2021-03-30 - The e-Business, e-Conference, e-Medical and e-Medical Attendent visas have been restored

Entry

General Policy
  1. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reports: "NO SCHEDULED INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT SHALL TAKE OFF FROM ANY FOREIGN AIRPORT FOR ANY AIRPORT IN INDIA AFTER 0001 UTC OF 22 MAR 2020 TILL 1829 UTC OF 30 APR 2021".
  2. Effective 30 June 2020, in addition to Indian nationals, the following categories of travellers related to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders are permitted entry:
    • Minor children who hold OCI cards and whose parents are Indian nationals
    • OCI cardholders who wish to enter because of emergency in immediate family
    • Married couples where one spouse holds an OCI card and the other is an Indian national
    • Students who hold OCI cards, if a parent holds an OCI card or is an Indian citizen
  3. As of 08 February 2021, 27 countries have reciprocal flight arrangements with India that allow travel to India for travellers in the category specified in that country's arrangement (in some cases, for any passport and any purpose except travel on Tourist Visa): Uzbekistan, US, UK, UAE, Ukraine, Tanzania, Seychelles, Rwanda, Russia, Qatar, Oman, Nigeria, Netherlands, Nepal, Maldives, Kuwait, Kenya, Japan, Iraq, Germany, France, Ethiopia, Canada, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, and Afghanistan.
Sources:
  1. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  2. Ministry of Home Affairs Guidelines [PDF download]
  3. Ministry of Civil Aviation: About Air Transport Bubbles
Business/Employment Travel
  • Starting 30 March 2021, e-Business Visa and e-Conference Visa have been restored.

(Source: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (eVisa))

Medical Travel
  • Starting 30 March 2021, e-Medical Visa and e-Medical Attendent Visa have been restored.

(Source: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (eVisa))

COVID-19 Related Entry Requirements

(Source: Guidelines for International Arrivals - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare [PDF download] )

Visa
  • Starting 30 March 2021, e-Business Visa, e-Conference Visa, e-Medical Visa and e-Medical Attendent Visa have been restored. The e-Tourist Visa is currently suspended.

(Source: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (eVisa))

Testing
  1. All travellers must upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report of test conducted within 72 hrs prior to departure. Exemption allowed only for cases of death in the family, but must apply to the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding, and will be tested upon arrival.
  2. Travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Brazil and South Africa will be subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival.
  3. Travellers from Europe and Middle East (other than those in flights originating from Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom) exit airport, or transit to connecting flights, after giving samples. The test report will be conveyed to the traveller.
  4. Travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa exit airport, or transit to connecting flights, only after confirmation of negative test report, which may take 6-8 hours. These travellers shall again be tested after 7 days.
  5. States may have additional testing requirements: refer to State specific official websites.
Data Collection
  1. All travellers must submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before departure and also submit a declaration of the authenticity of the COVID-19 RT-PCR report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
  2. All travellers shall be advised to download contact tracing app.
Quarantine
  1. Travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa who tested negative will remain in home quarantine for 7 days, then tested again. If negative, they will be released from quarantine and advised to continue to monitor their health for a further 7 days.
  2. All other travellers from Europe and Middle East (other than those in flights originating from Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom) will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days if the test report is negative.
  3. All other travellers will be allowed to leave the airport/take transit flights, and will be required to undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 days.
  4. States may have additional quarantine and isolation requirements: refer to State specific official websites.

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Pre-pandemic visa rules

Requirements

Passport Validity
6 months
Other Documents
Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight-seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, or attending a short-term yoga program may apply for a Tourist eVisa. Those seeking short duration medical treatment may apply for Medical eVisa, those planning a casual business visit may apply for Business eVisa. The eVisa is an online pre-authorization of visa: the actual visa is affixed to passport on arrival. The Tourist eVisa and Business eVisa permit multiple entry, the Medical eVisa allows triple entry. Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during stay in India.
Transit
- Holders of confirmed onward tickets are permitted transit without visa in international transit area for up to 24 hours.
- Hotel facilities are available in Terminal 3 at Delhi if holding a boarding card for the connecting flight.
- Transit Visa is valid for single or double entry, within 15 days from date of issue, entry from any port of immigration check post (Airport, Seaport). Duration of stay during each visit should not exceed 3 days. Visa application requires confirmed air ticket for onward journey and valid visa for final destination.
Dual Nationality
Embassy of India, Washington D C, USA states: 'Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and Citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously. The Government of India has decided to register Persons of Indian Origin of certain category as...Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Cardholder. It is basically a life long Visa and with some other privileges attached which can be seen on the Ministry of Home Affairs' web site. It is reiterated that holding an OCI card in no way entitles its holders to claim the status of dual citizenship.'
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. An e-Medical Visa extension may be granted for up to 6 months on case to case basis.
  2. Travellers needing longer stay can apply for visas valid for 6 months, 1 year, or longer through the authorized Service Provider for the Embassy of India and its Consulates
  3. The eVisa page states: "International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission."
  4. The visa policy of India has frequently changed in the last few years, therefore it is strongly recommended that travellers planning a visit seek authoritative sources - and check early, check often.
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