September 29, 2022

India travel rules change as quarantine and Covid testing scrapped for vaccinated Britons

India’s latest travel rule updates include Covid testing and scrapped quarantine requirements for vaccinated UK travelers – but there are still rules in place if you want to visit

India has relaxed travel rules for vaccinated travelers

India is the latest destination to join a series of countries scrapping Covid testing for vaccinated Britons.

Fully vaccinated British travelers no longer need a PCR test if they want to visit India, nor will they be subject to a seven-day quarantine or an eighth-day test.

Instead, they will simply need to complete a pre-travel declaration form, present proof of full vaccination with one of the approved vaccines, and then undergo a “14-day self-monitoring”.

Arrivals in the UK who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will still need to show proof of a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival, and will also be exempt from quarantine.

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It should be noted that the flight offer is still limited for those planning a trip.

According to the UK Foreign Office: “Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating between India and the UK under a bilateral agreement, but these arrangements may be changed at short notice. “.

It should also be noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs currently advises against travel to certain parts of India, including:

  • the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah
  • Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu and (iii) travel within the territory of Union of Ladakh

These areas include some tourist destinations such as Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, Srinagar City and Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

India is not the only country to have recently eased restrictions for Brits who are stung.

Where can I go on holiday from the UK at the moment?

Greece and Portugal announced similar measures before mid-term, while France also scrapped Covid testing rules this week for fully vaccinated Britons. Meanwhile, Tunisia has also relaxed Covid testing and quarantine rules for travellers.

There are also many other destinations open to Britons for a holiday, including Cyprus, the United States and Barbados, although these still have testing requirements in place.

Meanwhile, UK travel rules have recently changed.

Fully vaccinated arrivals will not need Covid tests on their return to the UK, although they will need to complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours of their departure for the UK.

For those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, self-isolation and eighth-day testing has been waived. This means that travelers will need to complete the form, take a Covid test before departure, and then also take a test after arrival.

Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest India travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you book or travel.

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