India Removes Travel Restrictions For International Travellers

India Removes Travel Restrictions For International Travellers

In the latest guidelines for international travellers on 21 November, India announced the relaxation of Covid-related travel restrictions, including vaccination, which is now only preferable, not mandatory. 

As of 22 November 2022, all travellers “should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against Covid-19 in their country”, the statement reads. Travellers are no longer required to take a PCR COVID-19 test.

During travel, the wearing of face masks and physical distancing is now preferable, but not mandatory, and should be announced in flight and at all points of entry.

Passengers are also no longer obliged to fill out the Air Suvidha form, India’s passenger locator form, before departure. Until now, all travellers heading to India had to fill the declaration before being allowed to board their flights, but the measure had been increasingly criticised by both passengers and the country’s hospitality sector.

India’s Travel Protocols

Any passengers showing Covid-19 symptoms during travel will be isolated as per standard protocol, meaning they should be wearing a facemask, will be isolated and segregated from other passengers in flight and shifted to an isolation facility for follow-up treatment.

At arrival, passengers will go through a quick check from health officials at the point of entry, including thermal screening. Those who are found symptomatic during this screening will also be immediately isolated and taken to designated health facilities.

Furthermore, the government asks travellers to self-monitor their health during their entire stay in India and, in case they start having any symptoms, immediately report to their nearest health facility or call the State or National helpline numbers.

The guidelines are being revised in light of the sustained declining COVID-19 trajectory and significant advances being made in COVID-19 vaccination coverage both globally as well as in India.

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