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India has fully reopened to vaccinated tourists without quarantine after 20 months of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Monday, foreign tourists entered the nation on regular commercial flights for the first time since the pandemic began. The news comes as COVID-19 cases have dropped significantly, hovering at around 10,000 cases per week nationwide. 

Lake Pichola and City Palace in India

“The pandemic devastated the industry but things will return to normal once foreign tourists start to arrive,” said the President of the Travel Agents Association of India, Jyoti Mayal.

India is the second-worst hit nation worldwide after the United States with a reported 35 million COVID-19 cases. The emergence of the Delta variant caused global concern over the winter, but the reopening of international borders is an excellent sign as the nation returns to normality. 

Humayun Tomb New Delhi

The Entry Requirements From November 15 

India will reopen — without quarantine on arrival — to travelers from 99 approved nations. These nations include the following:

  • United States 
  • The United Kingdom 
  • All nations within the EU 
  • New Zealand 
  • Australia 
  • Canada 
  • The U.A.E

Upon arrival, tourists coming from the U.K, France, Germany, Nepal, the Philippines, and Australia can enter Australia without further testing arrangements. That’s because India has agreed on mutual recognition of the vaccine certificate for fully immunized visitors from these countries. 

Hindu sadhu sitting on a boat overlooking Varanasi city architecture at sunset

The Union Health Ministry said on November 11, “there are countries which have an agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines. 

“Similarly, there are countries which presently do not have such agreement with India, but they exempt Indian citizens fully vaccinated with nationally or WHO recognised vaccines. On the basis of reciprocity, the travelers from all such countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians are allowed certain relaxations on arrival (Category A countries).”

Panoramic aerial day light, blue skyline view of central New Delhi near central park Connaught please, New Delhi

If travelers are fully vaccinated and from one of the category A countries, the Union Health Ministry say “If a traveler is coming from a country which India has reciprocal agreements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines (Category A): If fully vaccinated: They shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor for 14 days’ post-arrival.”

All travelers visiting India need to upload a negative 72-hour COVID-19 test on the Air Suvidha Portal.  They will also need to upload their proof of vaccination certificate on the Air Suvidha Portal. 

Unvaccinated travelers can visit India, but they will need evidence of a 72-hour negative COVID-19 test and will have to undergo 7-days of mandatory self-isolation within their hotel.

Taj Mahal

The COVID-19 Situation In India

Following the massive Delta variant outbreak at the start of 2021, India has reduced COVID-19 cases throughout the country. The current 7-day case average is 11,507, which is down from a peak of around 400,000 cases per day in April. 

India has fully vaccinated 26.8 percent of its population after administering over 1.12 billion vaccine doses since the beginning of 2021. India has had 463,655 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. 

Women covering her face with pollution mask for protection

The Current COVID-19 Restrictions Within India

Restrictions in India vary depending on the state. New restrictions can involve city-wide restrictions and curfews. Other measures may include negative COVID-19 tests to enter certain states, random testing in public areas, and mask-wearing laws in all public places. 

However, the wearing of a facial or a cloth mask is compulsory in all public places and there are restrictions on all large gatherings nationwide. The government can penalize you with on-the-spot fines if you break restrictions. 

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All essential services continue to run nationwide, including groceries, ATMs, and pharmacies. What’s more, India has resumed a limited metro and rail service around the country. 

The Indian government does introduce strict measures in containment zones, and travelers should be vigilant of the restrictions in the city/state they’re visiting. 

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Philippe

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Not mentioned; the country only gives tourist visas for one month for the moment, really too short !

garrytravel

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

I have been wanting to go to India for yoga, but the 30 day visa limitation is not enough time.