India: COVID-19 Travel Policies by Country/RegionUpdated on 13:31, Apr 20, 2021 UTC+8
Track Policy Changes
Entry into IndiaPartially restricted
All persons must present proof of a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
All previously suspended visas are now restored except electronic visas (e-Visa), tourist visas, and medical visas, which remain suspended.
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering India for tourism. This policy does not apply to Bhutanese and Nepalese nationals. Foreign nationals seeking to travel to India must hold a valid entry visa. All persons holding a previously-issued visa are advised to verify their visa status with a local Indian embassy or consulate prior to making travel arrangements. Persons seeking to travel to India for family emergencies should apply for authorization at an Indian embassy or consulate abroad, which will evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis.
All persons (including Indian nationals and transit passengers) must use the "Air Suvidha" system to submit an online health declaration form and proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. Travelers must further agree to abide by all regulations concerning quarantine and self-isolation issued by appropriate Indian government authorities. All persons must monitor their health status for 14 days following arrival in India. Travelers arriving on flights originating in Europe (including the United Kingdom) or the Middle East must undergo testing for COVID-19 upon arrival. All persons traveling aboard flights originating in Brazil, South Africa, or the United Kingdom must self-isolate for 7 days, undergo an additional test for COVID-19 following the self-isolation period, and monitor their health status for a further 7 days. Persons who at any point test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated and sent for treatment. All persons are advised to install the "Aarogya Setu" mobile application for contact tracing purposes. Health declaration forms are available at the following URL: https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration
Be advised, some state-level authorities in India have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions. More information on current national guidelines is available at the following URI: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom.
From January 26, 2021, all persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.