Check the COVID-19 Travel Rules in India

Check the COVID-19 Travel Rules in India

iVisa | Updated on Jun 17, 2022

Please be aware that if your visa was issued before October 7th, 2021 it is no longer valid and you will need to apply for a new visa.

With so many ongoing changes in terms of the Coronavirus environment worldwide, it is only wise to check the COVID-19 travel rules in India and be updated on them before you travel. The basic requirement is that all international travelers must submit a Self Declaration Form before traveling to India. In addition, all travelers must download the Arogya Setu App. It is no longer mandatory to be fully vaccinated to travel to India, but it is highly recommended for international travel. If you have a recognized vaccination certificate, you are exempted from testing requirements.

Moreover, travel rules can vary between the different states within India. Don’t forget to check guidelines to enter the particular state you’re concerned with. And, don't forget that the Self Declaration Form does not replace a visa, if you need a visa to enter India you can find out more here and apply for it with iVisa.com.

Keep reading below for more on how to obtain the Self Declaration Form and what you need to know about the COVID requirements to enter India.

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WHY SHOULD I APPLY IN ADVANCE?

Traveling entails many crucial and sometimes complicated steps. Applying in advance helps you ensure that you have followed all the steps correctly. This gives you a tension-free travel experience and also proves to be a more economical option. Moreover, it will also enable you to get your pre-travel documents ready in time for departure.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO OBTAIN A SELF DECLARATION FORM?

The application process with iVisa.com is as easy as it can be. Don’t forget that the India Self Declaration is part of the India COVID entry restrictions and travel rules to enter India. All you need to do is:

  • Go to iVisa.com.

  • Fill your form carefully, with the information requested. It shouldn't take longer than 5 minutes.

  • Select your processing time. (Standard, rush or super rush)

  • Make sure to scan and attach any required documents to your form before submitting it.

  • Make the payment for your application using a credit or debit card.

Our team will take care of the rest, and they will notify you once the form is ready by sending it to your email address. Make sure you save a copy somewhere safe and easy to access so you can show it to immigration on arrival to India.

WHAT IS THE PROCESSING TIME AND PRICE?

The following options are available with iVisa.com :

  • Standard Processing; which allows you to get your documents in time for your departure at a more economic price. USD 20.00 - 24 hours.

  • Rush Processing; you will get your documents quicker than the standard processing time with a little extra charge. USD 35.00 - 8 hours.

  • Super Rush Processing; In case of urgency you can get your documents immediately, for a cost of USD 60.00 - 4 hours.

WHAT IS THE INDIAN SELF DECLARATION FORM?

The Self Declaration Form is a screening travel document designed to collect information from arriving visitors to India. It is mandatory for all travelers, regardless of age, to fill out this form. Remember that this does not replace a visa, if you need to obtain a visa you can also do so with us.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO TRAVEL TO INDIA?

Carefully check the COVID-19 Travel Rules in India beforehand or use our Visa checker tool on the homepage to find out what your nationality's specific requirements are.

Anyone who is planning to travel to India and will apply for an Indian Visa with us will also have to apply for the Self Declaration form, you can add this to your Visa application form when applying with iVisa.com. Otherwise you can solicit the form separately, it is mandatory for anyone who wishes to enter India.

DO I NEED A COVID VACCINE OR VACCINATION CERTIFICATE TO ENTER INDIA?

  • It is not mandatory to be fully vaccinated to travel to India, but it is highly recommended for international travel. If you have a recognized vaccination certificate, you are exempted from testing requirements.
  • Vaccine certificates from Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Fiji, Republic of Korea, Romania, Rwanda, St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, The United Kingdom, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe are accepted.
  • Travelers will be considered fully vaccinated if 15 days have passed since the completion of a COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest India travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST RESULT TO ENTER INDIA?

  • COVID-19 test prior to arrival: PCR within 72 hours.

  • COVID-19 test on arrival: 2% of arrivals will be tested on arrival at the airport.

  • COVID-19 test exemptions: Children under 5 and travelers with recognized proof of vaccination are exempted.

IS THERE A QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT IN INDIA?

There are no quarantine requirements in India.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY?

While applying via iVisa.com for your Self Declaration Form, the following documents will be required:

  • A legally valid photo ID

  • Passport: A valid passport that does not expire for at least 3-6 months is an absolute necessity.

  • Proof of Accommodation in India

  • Email Address: A functioning email is required to remain updated about the progress of your application and to receive your documents.

  • Credit card/Debit card: These will be required to make payments for your form so it is important to attach a valid payment route.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO CARRY ON THE JOURNEY?

Check the most recent COVID-19 Travel Rules in India on our FAQ page to make sure you carry all necessary documents for your travel to India. You will need:

  • Negative pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test result (if applicable)

  • Medical proof of COVID-19 vaccination (if applicable)

HOW SAFE IS IVISA.COM?

iVisa.com holds responsibility for your travel documents and promises utmost discretion of them. Take a look at our website to see what our clients have to say about our policies and services.

WHAT IF I NEED MORE INFORMATION?

In case you check the COVID-19 Travel Rules in India and still need more information our customer support team is employed 24/7 to solve all your queries. You can also visit iVisa.com for more information.

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