India Travel & Entry Restrictions in 2022 (Updated on March 10, 2022)

Located in southern Asia, India is the largest country in the South Asian subcontinent, bordering Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan. Like China, India has a splendid ancient civilization and is one of the oldest ancient civilizations. India is also the birthplace of Buddhism, one of the three major religions in the world. India has attracted tourists from all over the world with its splendid and diverse cultural heritage, colorful tourism resources, and unique food style, and is one of the major tourist destinations in the world. Because of the global spread of the coronavirus, can we enter India again in 2022?

 

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Who Can Enter India– Current India Entry Policy 2022

In the wake of the continuing Covid-19 scare, the government has decided to further extend the international travel and visa restrictions for another month. After having recognized the increased vaccination coverage across the globe and in consultation with the stakeholders, the Government of India has decided to resume scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India from March 27, 2022, i.e. start of Summer Schedule 2022. In this case. That means India has already prepared to the border to welcome all the tourists from the world.

 

Which visa categories are travelers allowed to use to enter India?

Fully vaccinated travelers may travel to India, provided they meet the country’s entry requirements.

 

Holders of the following types of Indian visas can travel to the country now:

  • E-Tourist visas
  • Diplomatic visas
  • UN/ international organization visas
  • Employment visas
  • Project visas
  • Business visa (excluding B-3 visa for sports)

 

 

How to Get an India Visa – India Visa Application

All visitors to India must have a valid visa.  India has allowed citizens of more than 160 countries to get an e-Visa which they can apply for online before.

 

Where to apply for an e-visa to India

You can apply for an e-visa to India at the India Government website as below: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Those who can not submit an application for an e-visa will need to contact the India embassy or consulates in your country, where you may need to apply for a paper visa before you travel to India.

 

The type of e-visa to India

There are 5 sub-categories of e-visa. They are e-Tourist Visa (for 30 days/01 year/ 05 years), e-Business Visa, e-Medical visa, e-Medical Attendant visa, and e-Conference Visa.

For e-Tourist and e-Business visas, Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply a visa online minimum of 4 days in advance of the date of arrival.

For e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant, and e-Conference visas, Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply a visa online minimum of 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then the applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan.

 

The documents required for completing the e-Visa application

  • For e-Tourist Visa
  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details
  • For short term courses, copy of letter from the institute/organization/hospital, etc. concerned on its letter-head
  • For voluntary work of short duration, copy of letter from the organization concerned on its letter-head

 

For e-Medical Visa

  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details
  • Copy of letter from the Hospital concerned in India on its letterhead which including the date / tentative date which admission have been suggested.

 

For e-Medical Attendant Visa

  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details

 

For e-Business Visa

  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details*
  • Copy of Business Card
  • Any letter of invitation if applicable from Indian parties which wish you conduct the business (optional).

 

For e-Business Visa visiting "To deliver lecture/s under Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN)"

  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details
  • Invitation of the host institute to the foreign faculty
  • Copy of the sanction order under GIAN issued by the National Coordinating Institute viz. IIT Kharagpur
  • Copy of the synopsis of the courses to be taken up by the faculty

 

For e-Conference Visa

  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details
  • Invitation from the organizer, which applicants may seek from this organizer.
  • Political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs
  • Event clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs

 

 

The digital photograph to be uploaded along with the Visa application requirements

Format:  JPEG

Size: Minimum 10 KB, Maximum 1 MB. The height and width of the Photo must be equal.

Photo should present full face, front view, eyes open and without spectacles. Center head within frame and present full head from the top of hair to bottom of the chin. The background should be plain light-colored or white background. No shadows on the face or in the background. Without borders.

 

Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details

Format: PDF

Size: Minimum 10 KB, Maximum 300 KB

 

Other documents for Business/Medical Purpose

Format: PDF

Size: Minimum 10 KB, Maximum 300 KB

 

Who are eligible for eVisa to India

Afghanistan

Denmark

Liechtenstein

Russia

Albania

Djibouti

Lithuania

Rwanda

Andorra

Dominica

Luxembourg

Saint Christopher and Nevis

Angola

Dominican Republic

Macedonia

Saint Lucia

Anguilla

East Timor

Madagascar

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Antigua & Barbuda

Ecuador

Malawi

Samoa

Argentina

El Salvador

Mali

San Marino

Armenia

Equatorial Guinea

Malta

Senegal

Aruba

Eritrea

Marshall Islands

Serbia

Australia

Estonia

Mauritius

Seychelles

Austria

Fiji

Mexico

Sierra Leone

Azerbaijan

Finland

Micronesia

Singapore

Bahamas

France

Moldova

Slovakia

Barbados

Gabon

Monaco

Slovenia

Belarus

The Gambia

Mongolia

Solomon Islands

Belgium

Georgia

Montenegro

South Africa

Belize

Germany

Montserrat

Spain

Benin

Ghana

Mozambique

Suriname

Bolivia

Greece

Myanmar

Swaziland

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Grenada

Namibia

Sweden

Botswana

Guatemala

Nauru

Switzerland

Brazil

Guinea

Netherlands

Taiwan

Brunei

Guyana

New Zealand

Tanzania

Bulgaria

Haiti

Nicaragua

Thailand

Burundi

Honduras

Niger Republic

Togo

Cambodia

Hungary

Niue Island

Tonga

Cameroon Union Republic

Iceland

Norway

Trinidad & Tobago

Cape Verde

Ireland

Oman

Turks & Caicos Island

Cayman Island

Israel

Palau

Tuvalu

Chile

Italy

Palestine

UAE

Colombia

Jamaica

Panama

Uganda

Comoros

Japan

Papua New Guinea

Ukraine

Cook Islands

Jordan

Paraguay

Uruguay

Costa Rica

Kenya

Peru

USA

Cote d'lvoire

Kiribati

Philippines

Vanuatu

Croatia

Laos

Poland

Vatican City-Holy See

Cuba

Latvia

Portugal

Venezuela

Cyprus

Lesotho

Republic of Korea

Vietnam

Czech Republic

Liberia

Romania

Zambia and Zimbabwe


 

 

Do I need a negative COVID test for entry to India – Documents to prepare before entry to India

All travelers should Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report or Certificate of completing the full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 Vaccination.

The COVID-19 RT-PCR test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.  Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre-and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per laid down protocol.

 

There are countries that have an agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of Nationally recognized or WHO recognized vaccines. Similarly, there are countries that presently do not have such an agreement with India, but they exempt Indian citizens fully vaccinated with Nationally recognized or WHO recognized vaccines. On the basis of reciprocity, the travelers from only such countries that provide quarantine-free entry to Indians will be allowed for relaxation under the Certificate of completing the full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination. The listing of such countries is available on the website of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (mohfw.gov.in) and the link of the same will be available at the website of the Ministry of External Affairs and Air Suvidha Portal. This is also a dynamic list and will be updated from time to time. The travelers from such countries only are considered for allowing entry based on vaccination certificate & shall upload their fully vaccinate certificate on the Air Suvidha portal.

 

List of Countries/Regions in respect of which primary vaccination schedule completion and the certificate is allowed to be uploaded (updated on 10th February 2022)

 

1

Albania

42

Mali

2

Andorra

43

Mauritius

3

Angola

44

Mexico

4

Antigua & Barbuda

45

Moldova

5

Australia

46

Mongolia

6

Austria

47

Myanmar

7

Azerbaijan

48

Namibia

8

Bangladesh

49

Nepal

9

Bahrain

50

New Zealand

10

Belarus

51

Netherlands

11

Botswana

52

Nicaragua

12

Bulgaria

53

North Macedonia

13

Canada

54

Oman

14

Cambodia

55

Paraguay

15

Chile

56

Panama

16

Columbia

57

Portugal

17

Commonwealth of Dominica

58

Philippines

18

Costa Rica

59

Qatar

19

Croatia

60

Romania

20

Cuba

61

St. Kitts and Nevis

21

Cyprus

62

San Marino

22

Denmark

63

Saudi Arabia

23

Estonia

64

Serbia

24

Finland

65

Sierra Leone

25

Georgia

66

Singapore

26

Grenada

67

Slovak Republic

27

Guatemala

68

Slovenia

28

Guyana

69

Spain

29

Hong Kong

70

Sri Lanka

30

Hungary

71

State of Palestine

31

Iceland

72

Sweden

32

IranPage

73

Switzerland

33

Ireland

74

Thailand

34

Israel

75

The United Kingdom

35

Kazakhstan

76

Trinidad & Tobago

36

Kyrgyzstan

77

Turkey

37

Latvia

78

Ukraine

38

Lebanon

79

United States of America

39

Liechtenstein

80

Venezuela

40

Malaysia

81

Vietnam

41

Maldives

82

Zimbabwe

 

 

Randomly check COVID-19 antigen or RT-PCR for inbound tourists at a rate of 2%. Those who are from some risk countries (European countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Israel, Congo, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Zambia) need to submit a negative nucleic acid report before arrival, and check the nucleic acid on the ground after arrival

 

Other documents to be prepared:

  • Valid passport (same as the one for visa application)
  • Valid visa
  • The Air Suvidha self Declaration Form (should be completed online at https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration , then print it)
  • A printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result (Passengers without valid proof of vaccination, issued at most 72 hours before departure)
  • Valid vaccination certificate

 

 

Do I need quarantine after entry- India Quarantine Measure

Fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to quarantine on arrival in India. They must self-monitor for symptoms for the first 14 days of the trip.

 

Non or partially vaccinated travelers must self-isolate for 7 days, test on day 8, then continue to monitor their health for a further 7 days.

 

Can I travel around India freely after entry - India Travel Restrictions in 2022

It is essential to maintain social distancing and wear a mask to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus. Good hygiene practices are recommended.

Masks: Required in public spaces.

Restaurants: Open with restrictions

Bars: Open with restrictions

 

Aside from coronavirus, international visitors should beware of the vaccines needed to travel to India with their healthcare practitioner a few weeks before their departure.

 

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