Date Updated

03/23/2022

  • COVID-19 Testing Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers Passengers vaccinated in these countries which have mutual recognition of vaccination certificates may upload a copy of their certificate (applicable only to those who have completed full vaccination schedule) on the Air Suvidha Portal instead of presenting proof of RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Random testing will also be applicable to vaccinated travellers. Any passenger found to be symptomatic and/or positive for COVID-19 upon arrival will be required to follow standard protocol of the destination state. Each receiving Indian state has the autonomy to implement its own protocol with regards to quarantine, health and entry requirements. A random sample of 2% of passengers from each arriving flight will be tested at the airport upon arrival. Such passengers will be allowed to exit the airport once samples have been collected. Pre-arrival RT-PCR COVID-19 testing within 72 hours prior to scheduled departure and a negative report/certificate must be uploaded on the Air Suvidha portal. Children under 5 years of age are exempt from pre-and post-arrival testing. International travelers arriving through sea/land ports will also have to undergo the same testing protocol. Indian nationals being evacuated from Ukraine are exempt from uploading vaccination certificates on the Air Suvidha portal prior to departure from Ukraine. Fully vaccinated evacuees will be allowed to leave the destination airport without undergoing a postarrival COVID-19 test. Non-vaccinated Travelers Any passenger found to be symptomatic and/or positive for COVID-19 upon arrival will be required to follow standard protocol of the destination state. Each receiving Indian state has the autonomy to implement its own protocol with regards to quarantine, health and entry requirements. A random sample of 2% of passengers from each arriving flight will be tested at the airport upon arrival. Such passengers will be allowed to exit the airport once samples have been collected. Pre-arrival RT-PCR COVID-19 testing within 72 hours prior to scheduled departure and a negative report/certificate must be uploaded on the Air Suvidha portal. Children under 5 years of age are exempt from pre-and post-arrival testing. International travelers arriving through sea/land ports will also have to undergo the same testing protocol. Indian nationals being evacuated from Ukraine are exempt from uploading pre-arrival RT-PCR test reports on the Air Suvidha portal. Indian evacuees arriving from Ukraine, who are not fully vaccinated and unable to complete pre-arrival RT-PCR requirements, will have to undergo COVID-19 testing at the port of arrival in India. Quarantine Requirements Each receiving Indian state has the autonomy to implement its own protocol with regards to quarantine, health and entry requirements. All arriving passengers must self-monitor health for a period of 14 days.
  • Visa services have resumed across most consular jurisdictions Foreign nationals from eligible countries may apply for all categories of Electronic Visas to enter India. Please contact your Fragomen consultant to understand the operational status of specific Indian missions. Travel Restrictions Scheduled incoming and outgoing international flights to resume on March 27, 2022. Current suspension to continue until March 26, 2022. Travel to and from India will be facilitated via non-scheduled flights under the Vande Bharat Mission, air transport bubble arrangements or other chartered flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation until March 26, 2022. Several countries have imposed a ban or published travel advisories in relation to outbound travel from India. Please reach out to your relevant Fragomen consultants for further information. Previously suspended long-term five and ten-year Electronic and Regular Tourist visas have been restored. Long-term e-Tourist visas will be limited to nationals from 156 countries and the tenyear Tourist visas will be limited to U.S. and Japanese nationals. Please contact your Fragomen consultant for further information regarding eligibility for the five-year regular tourist visas. New applications for these long-term visa categories will be processed for applicants from eligible countries. India has signed bilateral air travel agreements with Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uzbekistan to allow limited international flights under air transport bubbles. Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to enter India from any country. Visa and travel restrictions have been relaxed to allow more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who seek to travel to and from India. Under the relaxed policies, all OCI, PIO card holders and foreign nationals intending to travel to India for any purpose are permitted. Inbound and outbound travel remains conditional per the eligibility criteria defined by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


  • • IKAN teams are able to provide face-to-face services in most cities across India, except in Mumbai and Pune; will need to follow restrictions regarding no more than 2-3 passengers in a car. In cases in which family sizes exceed this number, a second car will need to be arranged, based on prior approval of the client.

    • Social physical distancing norms need to be followed.

    • Wearing masks is mandatory.


  • • Some temporary accommodations (hotels/ serviced apartments) options are open for bookings for transit guests.

    • facilities of hotels/ serviced apartments will be functional as per approvals from the Government of India.


  • • Students headed back to school in Maharashtra state in early March 2022, a sign of normal life resuming as infection rates fall. Still, hundreds of millions of students across India have received little to no in-person instruction with schools intermittently shut down since the start of the pandemic. As pandemic restrictions are lifted, then reimposed, schools are often the first places to close and the last to reopen.


  • • signs of life resuming its normal pace abound across the country. Roads and trains are once again congested as people return to offices, movie theatres are reporting a surge in foot traffic, and in the city of Gurugram near the capital, New Delhi, restaurants and gaming parlours are packed. Almost two years after India went into the world's biggest lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, students headed back to school in Maharashtra state on Wednesday, a sign of normal life resuming as infection rates fall.


  • • Metro Rail & Suburban rail service currently not open.

    • Taxi, cab, rickshaw, private 4 -wheeler service is allowed with one passenger only.

    • Domestic Flights are operational.

    • International Flights for outbound evacuation only. A ban on international flights has been extended indefinitely despite a sharp drop in its daily COVID cases, disappointing the tourism industry that was expecting the government to welcome foreign travelers back this month after two years of restrictions.
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    Yes Day to Day resume for delivery and packing

    Freight Availability/Cost
    Air - Omicron spread is impacting the airfreight market with many flight cancellations          
    Sea - Most states lift overnight or weekend curfews, but other domestic measures continue. Domestic covid measures enforced, as needed. Mundra is facing extended port stays and therefore delays in berthing. The feeder delay situation at Tuticorin is improving. Other Ports, Terminals and ICDs continue to work normally.

    Road Availability
    Subject to availability please check from time to time

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No

Entry Restrictions

Normal

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