India Travel Advice: Paid quarantine exemption with COVID-19 or RTPCR test

India Travel Advice: Paid quarantine exemption with COVID-19 or RTPCR test

iVisa | Updated on Dec 02, 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Please be aware that if your visa was issued before October 7th, 2021 it is no longer valid and you will need to apply for a new visa.

The Indian government has announced new travel regulations for international visitors. Up to August 8th, 2020, India was not allowing international passengers due to COVID-19, but now the rules have changed. International travel is open in India, but there are new health procedures in place.

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The main process is to fill out the India Self-Declaration Form. This document will allow Indian authorities better control of visitors during coronavirus. You can make the Self-Declaration Form with iVisa.com and continue your journey to India. Enjoy a fast, simple, and 100% reliable service with iVisa.com.

Explore more about COVID-19 health regulations in the next FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Self-Declaration Form?

The Indian authorities have established a new requirement for international travelers called the Self-Declaration Form. This online form will help the Indian Government gather information about visitors and continue the work to stop the COVID-19 spread. International passengers must get the Self-Declaration Form before arrival.

Be aware that once you complete the Self-Declaration Form, you accept all the health guidelines dictated by the Indian government. Also, you should start your application at least 72 hours before your trip.

Which countries are on the "at risk" list?

  • Countries classed as "at-risk": Countries in Europe, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

  • Countries classed as not "at risk": The rest of the world.

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. 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-19 test prior to arrival: PCR within 72 hours
  • COVID-19 test on arrival: All arrivals from "at risk" countries and a random sample of all other arrivals.

Is there a quarantine requirement in India?

Quarantine requirements for "at risk" country arrivals: All travelers arriving from "at risk" countries will be tested on arrival.

  • Travelers who test positive on arrival test: Further testing in isolation facility for new virus variant. If the traveler tests positive for new variant they must remain in strict isolation in facility until a negative test result is obtained. If the traveler tests negative for the new variant they can leave when discharged by medical staff.
    • Travelers who test negative on arrival test: 7 days quarantine, day 8 PCR and 7 days self monitoring. If the day 8 test is positive, travelers must attend isolation facility as above.

Quarantine requirements for non-"at risk" country arrivals: 25% of travelers will be randomly selected for PCR testing on arrival.

  • If the traveler tests negative: 14 days self monitoring.
  • If the traveler tests positive: Further testing in isolation facility for new virus variant. If the traveler tests positive for new variant they must remain in strict isolation in facility until a negative test result is obtained. If the traveler tests negative for the new variant they can leave when discharged by medical staff.

Are there any exemptions to the institutional quarantine?

Yes, there are exemptions if you have an outstanding situation related to the next points:

  • You are a pregnant woman.
  • You have children under 10 years old.
  • You have a critical disease.
  • There is a death in your family.
  • You have a negative COVID-19 test or RT-PCR negative report.

If you are under these situations, then you should provide the documentation to validate it. You can upload those documents during your application for the Self-Declaration Form.

After receiving all your documents, the Indian government will decide if you can do the 14 days of quarantine at home. The decision will be final and you will have to accept it upon arrival.

What is the required information to start the process?

The Self-Declaration Form will require information about personal details and your travel information. Besides, if you are involved in one of the exemption categories, you should provide information about it.

Make sure to have the next requirements too:

  • Passport scan, showing the first page with your photo and details.
  • Email Address, to receive the communication from iVisa.com.
  • Payment, select an option between a Paypal account or with a credit/debit card.

What are the processing times?

The Self-Declaration Form can be obtained according to the next processing times:

  • Standard, the typical service to get your document.
  • Rush, a faster alternative for a fair price.
  • Super Rush, the quickest service in case your trip is very soon.

What is the Self-Declaration Form process?

You should follow the next easy steps:

  • Respond the questions in the electronic form and pick a processing time (Standard, Rush, or Super Rush).
  • Check your information and fill out any missing blank spots. Proceed to pay with Paypal or with a credit/debit card.
  • Attach the documents required, such as your passport scan and documents for the institutional quarantine exemption, if applicable.

Go here and start your Self-Declaration Form.

What is the process at the airport?

At your arrival, you should follow the health protocols mandated by the Indian government. This includes a thermal screening and a general check for COVID-19 symptoms. Then you should show your Self-Declaration Form so you can be assigned an institution for your first week in quarantine.

Finally, move forward for the second week at your home.

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I have some doubts, where can I get more info?

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