Few trips to destinations around the world can claim to have the same impact on travelers that trips to India have. From taking in the wonders and sights of ancient kingdoms and cultures, to experiencing its world-renowned cuisine and festivals, India checks all of the boxes – and it is open to travelers this year. Here are all the latest 2022 COVID-19 entry requirements for India all travelers need to know before booking their trip.
Entry Requirements For Countries Permitted to Visit India For Tourism
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
Travelers must have a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR result for a test taken within 72 hours prior to starting their journey to India. These must be uploaded to the country’s online Air Suvidha portal prior to arrival. Travelers arriving from countries deemed to be “at risk” will need to take a PCR test on arrival, whilst 2% of passengers on flights from non-risk countries will be randomly selected for testing upon arrival. As it stands, the US is not an at risk country. All travelers need to take a PCR on their eighth day after arrival. Children under 5 are exempt from testing.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
All travelers – from both at risk and no risk countries – must go through “home quarantine” for a period of 7 days. This can be completed in a hotel, and failure to adhere to the rule can result in punishment.
Travelers are not required to complete a health form prior to their travel to India. However, travelers will be screened for symptoms and temperature whilst at the airport.
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
Travelers are not required to have a health insurance policy with international coverage that covers Covid-19, though such a policy is recommended.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in India
People in India are encouraged to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing where possible. Masks should be worn on public transport, with the risk of fines for non-compliance. Large group gatherings are currently banned.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
At present, there are no Covid-19 vaccination requirement to enter India. Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are subject to the same entry requirements.
Visa Entry Requirements For India During COVID-19
Visa entry requirements are in effect as per usual. Many nationalities need to apply for an e-visa to visit the country, as only those from Japan, South Korea and the UAE are granted visas on arrival.
Can Americans Enter India?
Yes, Americans can enter India at present. Travelers will need to ensure they get an e-visa prior to travel to enable them to enter the country. India has been designated as a Level 2 country in terms of risk by the State Department, and as a Level 1 country by the CDC, indicating relatively low levels of risk for travelers.
India Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Submit a self-declaration and proof of negative test on the Air Suvidha portal
- Take a PCR test upon arrival where applicable
- Complete 7-day quarantine period and take a PCR test on their eighth day in the country
- Self-monitor symptoms for the duration of the rest of their trip
- The above changes are set to come into effect from January 11th
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