India has opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists visiting the country on commercial flights for the first time in nearly two years since March 2020, when it imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to contain the pandemic. According to the Health Ministry, tourists entering the country must be fully vaccinated, have a COVID-19 negative certificate within 72 hours of their flight, and follow all Covid-19 protocols.
Travellers from countries with mutual agreements with India on recognising vaccination certificates, including the United Kingdom, United States and multiple European nations, can leave the airport without undergoing a COVID-19 test. However, they must monitor their health for fourteen days after their arrival.
Travellers who are partially or not vaccinated will have to submit a sample for a COVID-19 test at the airport. They will then be allowed to leave the airport and are required to quarantine for a week. On the eighth day, they will be required to take another RT-PCR test, and if negative, continue to monitor their health for another week.