Travel and entry requirements:
Foreign nationals are permitted to enter India by water routes or by flights including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘Air Bubble’ (Bilateral Air Travel Arrangements) Scheme or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation:
All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and PIO cardholders holding passports of any country.
All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except on Tourist Visa.
All existing visas that were previously cancelled are restored, except electronic visas (e-Visa), Tourist visa and Medical Visa, which remained suspended. If the eligible visas have expired, the foreign national may obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category/sub-category from the Indian Mission/Post.
Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to come to India from any country (including any third country).
Travelers must submit self-declaration form at Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before departure.
All travelers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time. It must be uploaded at Air Suvidha portal.
Travelers from United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil shall be subjected to confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at their own expense and another test on 7th day.
All other travelers from Europe and Middle East (except United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil) shall be subjected to confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at their own expense.
Due to surge of COVID-19 in India, the following countries banned flights/issued guidelines for passengers travelling from India: Iran, Kuwait, Indonesia, France, UAE, USA, Israel, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Qatar, Bahrain, Maldives, Germany, Bangladesh, Italy, Oman, Malaysia, Philippines, Belgium, Thailand, Czech Republic, Malawi, Netherlands.
Quarantine and Health Requirements:
Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test shall be allowed to leave the airport or take transit flights and will be required to self-monitor their health for 14 days.
Travelers from United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil are required to home quarantine for 7 days.
Travelers from Europe and Middle East (except United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil) are required to self-monitor their health for 14 days.
Passengers can only apply for exemption of COVID-19 RT-PCR test in case of 'Death in a Family'.
Travelers are required to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices upon arrival in India for contact tracing. It requires an Indian sim card.
Different states may consider additional requirements with regards to testing, quarantine and isolation as per their risk assessment.
Updated as at 27 April 2021:
Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19, there has been a constant change in terms of work permit process, timeline, travel restrictions, quarantine period, medical tests as well as insurance requirements etc. All these requirements can change by the respective authorities in both country of work and candidate’s home country from time to time. The process, timeline and costs that Innovare provides is a guideline and is subject to change if any process is being changed. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure its accuracy at the time of communication, Innovare cannot guarantee nor be liable for such change in timeline or costs arising from any pandemic related factors so please take note of the potentially volatile situation during this period.
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