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Monday, 25 October 2021

Flying to India? Know the Updated Guidelines for International Arrivals

Here's where to find the updated guidelines for international arrivals to India.

Are you visiting India from some other country? Then you'll need to know the updated guidelines for international arrivals in India.

Flying to India? Know the Updated Guidelines for International Arrivals
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As India opens to foreign tourists, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India, updates its guidelines for international arrivals, that is, guidelines for people travelling from other countries and arriving in India.

The existing guidelines for international arrivals in India is reviewed by MoHFW, considering the increasing vaccination coverage and the changing nature of the pandemic across the world.

MoHFW says that the guidelines and related documents will be reviewed and updated from time to time based on the risk assessment.

Where to find these updated guidelines?

The Latest Guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Air Suvidha Portal.

You can see the Latest Guidelines in the Air Suvidha FAQ page on the New Delhi Airport website for details. Details related to guidelines for international arriving or transiting passengers, such as : guidelines and modification to the guidelines, list of countries designated as "Countries At Risk", list of countries designated as "Category A" countries, etc., and other related information can be accessed under the Latest Guidelines tab in the Air Suvidha FAQ page.

Alternatively, these updated guidelines, in full details (in PDF files), and also a handy Algorithm which is a pictorial flowchart to easily understand how these guidelines, can also be found on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Govt. of India's official website https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

Links to the updated guidelines can be found under the Travel Advisories tab in the Resources section on the official MOHFW website.

On the official MoHFW website, under the Resources section, see the Travel Advisories section, you should find the latest updated guidelines there along with the dates. Look for the following, whichever is the latest dated that's available over there.

  • Guidelines for International Arrivals
  • List of Countries to be referred to in context of 'Guidelines for international arrivals'
  • Algorithm for 'Guidelines for International Arrivals'

These updated guidelines may either be in the PDF format or PPTX (Microsoft Power Point Presentation) format on the MoHFW website. So, depending on your web browser and its settings, they may either open in the browser or the guidelines files may get downloaded to your device.

Important : As these guidelines are subject to change from time to time, you need to keep yourself updated before planning your travel.

Keep yourself updated

As the guidelines for international arrivals are subject to be reviewed and changed from time to time, you should visit the FAQs related to Air Suvidha or visit the official website of MOHFW for the latest guidelines for international arrivals.

Earlier guidelines were also posted to their official websites and any future updates or changes to the guidelines will also be posted there; so, you may want to bookmark their websites, in case you need it in the future.

Important : As the lists of countries to be referred to in context of 'Guidelines for international arrivals' (Countries at-risk and Category A list of countries) may be reviewed and from time to time by the ministry, you will need to check the latest list of countries too, in addition to checking the latest guidelines on their official website or on the Air Suvidha portal.

Recent Updates to these guidelines

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India, issues and updates the guidelines for international arrivals. MoHFW states that these guidelines and related documents will be reviewed and updated from time to time based on the risk assessment.

These guidelines and any changes or updates to them, including the lists of countries to be referred to in context of these guidelines, can be found on MoHFW website under Resources > Travel Advisories, and they're also available on the Air Suvidha portal and the Latest Guidelines in their FAQ section.

India opens to foreign tourists

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year, and considering the easing COVID situation in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) began granting fresh Tourist Visas to foreigners coming to India through chartered flights earlier this month since the 15th of October.

It was also announced that foreign tourists travelling to India by flights other than chartered aircraft would be able to do so on fresh tourist visas, from 15th of November this year in 2021.

Sources:
[1] FAQs related to Air Suvidha, Air Suvidha Portal.
[2] MoHFW - Travel Advisories - MoHFW - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Govt. of India.
[3] Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to begin granting fresh Tourist Visas to foreigners coming to India - Ministry of Home Affairs, on Press Information Bureau.
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