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Guidelines on International Arrivals to India (as on 11/11/2021)

Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Guidelines for International Arrivals

(in supersession of all guidelines issued on the subject on and after 20th October 2021) Introduction

The global trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations. The need to monitor the continuously changing nature of virus and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) must still remain in focus. The existing guidelines (issued on 17th February 2021 with subsequent addendums) for international arrivals in India have been formulated taking a risk-based approach. In view increasing vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic, the existing guidelines for international arrivals in India have been reviewed.



This document provides protocols to be complied with international travellers as well those to be followed by airlines, points of entry (airports, seaports and land border) for risk profiling of passengers.

This Standard Operating Procedure shall be valid w.e.f. 12th November 2021 (00.00 Hrs IST) till further orders. Based on the risk assessment, this document shall be reviewed from time to time.


A.1. Planning for Travel

  • All travellers should
    1. Submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal ( before the scheduled travel
    2. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report*. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the
    3. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise
  • They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-health monitoring, as
  • Continuing with the earlier approach, travellers from certain specified Countries (based on epidemiological situation of COVID-19 in those Countries) are identified for additional follow These include need for additional measures as detailed in para (xv) below. The listing of such specified Countries is a dynamic exercise based on evolving situation of COVID-19 across the world and will be made available on the websites of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, ( and the link of the same will be available at website of Ministry of External Affairs and Air Suvidha Portal.
  • There are Countries which have agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of Nationally recognised or WHO recognised Similarly, there are Countries which presently do not have such an agreement with India, but they exempt Indian citizens fully vaccinated with Nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines. On the basis of reciprocity, the travellers from all such Countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians are allowed certain relaxations on arrival (Category A Countries). The listing of such


Countries is available on websites of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare ( and the link of the same will be available at website of Ministry of External Affairs and Air Suvidha Portal. This is also a dynamic list and will be updated from time to time. The travellers from Category A Countries shall upload their fully vaccinated** certificate on the Air Suvidha portal.


A.2. Before Boarding

  • Do’s and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the airlines/agencies
  • Airlines to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal, uploaded the negative RT-PCR test
  • At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal
  • All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.


A.3. During Travel

  • In-flight announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports and in flights and during
  • During in-flight crew shall ensure that COVID appropriate behaviour is followed at all
  • If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during flight, he/she shall be isolated as per


A.4. On arrival

  • Deboarding should be done ensuring physical
  • Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health
  • The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol#.
  • Travellers from specified Countries at risk [as mentioned in para (iii) above] will follow the protocol as detailed below:
    1. If traveller is coming from a Country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines (Category A):
      1. If fully vaccinated**: They shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self- monitor their health for 14 days’ post
      2. If partially/not vaccinated: The travellers need to undertake the following measures:
        • Submission of sample for post-arrival COVID-19 test* at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport,
        • Home quarantine for 7 days,
        • Re-test on the 8th day of arrival in India* and if negative, further self- monitor of their health for next 7 days.
      3. If traveller is coming from a Country excluding those covered under Category A, they would be required to undergo the measures as mentioned in para a (ii) above, irrespective of their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Travellers from Countries excluding those Countries at risk, will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post This is applicable to travellers from all Countries including Countries with which reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines also exist.
  • Travellers under home quarantine or self-health monitoring, if develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 on re-testing, they will immediately self- isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number.


International travellers arriving at seaports/land ports

  • International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently.
  • Such travellers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of Government of India at seaports/land ports on



* Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre- and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol.

** 15 days must have elapsed since completion of COVID-19 vaccination schedule

# Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3 rows behind along with identified Cabin Crew. Also, all the community contacts of those travellers who have tested positive (during home quarantine period) would be subjected to quarantine for 14 days and tested as per ICMR protocol.



List of Countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing (Countries at-risk)

(Updated as on 9th November 2021)

  • Countries in Europe including The United Kingdom
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Bangladesh
  • Botswana
  • China
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Zimbabwe
  • Singapore


Category A: List of countries with which Government of India has agreement for mutual recognition vaccination certificate for individuals fully vaccinated with Nationally recognized or WHO recognized COVID-19 vaccine and those exempting Indian citizens fully vaccinated with Nationally recognized or WHO recognised vaccines

(Updated as on 9th November 2021)

  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Angola
  4. Antigua & Barbuda
  5. Argentina
  6. Armenia
  7. Australia
  8. Austria
  9. Azerbaijan
  10. Bahrain
  11. Bangladesh
  12. Belarus
  13. Belgium
  14. Benin
  15. Botswana
  16. Brazil
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Canada
  19. Chad
  20. Columbia
  21. Commonwealth of Dominica
  22. Comoros
  23. Costa Rica
  24. Croatia
  25. Czech Republic
  26. Dominican Republic
  27. Egypt
  28. El Salvador
  29. Estonia
  30. Eswatini
  31. Finland
  32. France
  33. Georgia
  34. Germany
  35. Ghana
  36. Greece
  37. Guatemala
  38. Guyana
  39. Haiti
  40. Honduras
  41. Hungary
  42. Iceland
  43. Iran
  44. Ireland
  45. Jamaica
  46. Kazakhstan
  47. Kuwait
  48. Kyrgyz Republic
  49. Lebanon
  50. Liechtenstein
  51. Malawi
  52. Maldives
  53. Mali
  54. Mauritius
  55. Mexico
  56. Moldova
  57. Mongolia
  58. Montenegro
  59. Namibia
  60. Nepal
  61. Netherlands
  62. Nicaragua
  63. Nigeria
  64. Oman
  65. Panama
  66. Paraguay
  67. Peru
  68. Philippines
  69. Poland
  70. Qatar
  71. Romania
  72. Russia
  73. Rwanda
  74. Serbia
  75. Sierra Leone
  76. Slovak Republic
  77. Slovenia
  78. South Sudan
  79. Spain
  80. Sri Lanka
  81. State of Palestine
  82. Sudan
  83. Sweden
  84. Switzerland
  85. Syria
  86. The Bahamas
  87. The United Kingdom
  88. Trinidad & Tobago
  89. Tunisia
  90. Turkey
  91. UAE
  92. Uganda
  93. Ukraine
  94. United States of America
  95. Uruguay
  96.  Zimbabwe



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