How can citizens of the United Kingdom enter India during coronavirus?

How can citizens of the United Kingdom enter India during coronavirus?

iVisa | Updated on Nov 16, 2021

Please be aware that if your visa was issued before October 7th, 2021 it is no longer valid and you will need to apply for a new visa.

India is a favorite destination for UK citizens as these countries share plenty of history and business relationships. During these difficult times in which the coronavirus pandemic has reduced international travel to the minimum, we can see some hope with India opening its borders to citizens of the United Kingdom.

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According to the Indian government through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India is allowing international travelers to its territory. However, there are new health guidelines that must be followed by visitors. The most important requirement is the Self-Declaration Form.

Don’t worry! iVisa.com is already familiar with this process and it is now available here. The India Self-Declaration Form with iVisa.com is simple, fast, and reliable.

Keep reading about these new requirements for international passengers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Self-Declaration Form?

The Self-Declaration Form is a required document for all international travelers entering India from August 8th, 2020. This form is a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, as a way to control passengers’ information and keep the virus controlled in India. You must begin your application no less than 72 hours before your trip.

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Do I need a Self-Declaration Form as a UK citizen?

Citizens of the United Kingdom are among the select group of travelers with permission to enter India. Therefore, if you have a UK passport, you must have a Self-Declaration Form before traveling to India.

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Which countries are in Category A?

  • Countries at-risk: Countries in Europe including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore

  • Category A: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Botswana Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chad, Colombia, Dominica, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, The Bahamas, The United Kingdom, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, United States of America, Uruguay, Zimbabwe

Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter India?

  • No, you don't. COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter India, however fully vaccinated travelers from category A countries will not have to quarantine. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest India travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
  • Accepted vaccines: WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines are accepted
  • Fully vaccinated eligibility: Travelers will be considered fully vaccinated if 15 days have passed since the completion of a COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

Do I need a COVID-19 test result to enter India?

  • COVID test prior to arrival: All travelers need a PCR test result within 72 hours
  • COVID test on arrival: Unvaccinated travelers coming from "Countries at-risk" that are mentioned in the "Category A" country list and all arrivals from "Countries at-risk" but not mentioned in "Category A" need to undergo a COVID testing on arrival.
  • COVID test exemptions: Children under 5, travelers coming from countries that are not on the Countries at risk list (regardless of their vaccination status) and fully vaccinated travelers coming from "Countries at-risk" that are mentioned in the "Category A" country list do not need to undergo testing on arrival.

Can I do the 14 days of quarantine at home?

The Indian government takes into consideration the 14 days of quarantine at home only for the next cases:

  • You have a special case that doesn’t allow you to do the institutional quarantine. For example, a pregnancy, death in your family, a serious medical condition or you are a parent to children under 10 years old.
  • You have a negative COVID-19 test. The procedure is only valid if it was done 72 hours before your travel date and if you make a declaration of the test authenticity.

For both cases, you will need to provide extra information during your application so the Indian government assesses your situation and decides to grant your entire quarantine at home.

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Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter India?

No, you don't. COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter India, however now fully vaccinated travelers from category A countries do not have to quarantine on arrival. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest India travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

  • Accepted vaccines: WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines are accepted
  • Fully vaccinated eligibility: Travelers will be considered fully vaccinated if 15 days have passed since the completion of a COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

What documents are required?

You must provide information related to personal details and your trip. You should also provide the following:

  • A passport scan that will be attached to your Self-Declaration Form.
  • A valid email address to get any communication from iVisa.com.
  • A Payment option, choose between a Paypal account or a credit/debit card. Remember iVisa.com charges a minimum fee for the service.

What are the processing times to obtain the Self-Declaration Form?

  • Standard, an average waiting period with the lowest price.
  • Rush, quicker service to acquire the Self Declaration Form.
  • Super Rush, for travelers who can’t wait much time for their document.

Not sure which one to select? Contact our customer service for some help.

What steps do I need to follow?

There are only three steps to get the Self-Declaration Form:

  • Answer the questionnaire in the form and choose the waiting period (Standard, Rush, or Super Rush).
  • Review your details and correct any mistakes. Select a payment alternative with Paypal account or with a credit/debit card.
  • Upload all the documents required, like your passport scan.

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What is the process during my arrival?

The Indian government has set up medical screenings procedures at all international entry points. Authorities will check your temperature and assure you don’t have any symptoms related to COVID-19. Then, you must show your Self-Declaration Form that will confirm you comply with the health regulations. Finally, you will be assigned the facility for your institutional quarantine for the first 7 days in India. After that, you can do the last 7 days at your home.

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Where can I obtain more information?

iVisa.com has a full team of support agents waiting for your message to help you. You can also write to help@ivisa.com.

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