India Ends Testing and Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated International Travelers

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India has ended testing and quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers and dropped its list of ‘at risk’ countries.

Exciting news has been announced for those looking to visit multicultural, spiritual and fascinating India—the country has dropped testing and quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers.

As of February 14, visitors to India from 82 countries, including Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom will be allowed to enter provided they fill out a pre-travel declaration form and “self-monitor” for the first 14 days after arrival.

India will accept a certificate proving full vaccination in place of a negative PCR test. Travelers must also submit a declaration on the authenticity of the vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to take a pre-travel PCR test but the mandatory quarantine has also been replaced with the same requirement to “self-monitor” for 14 days.

Full guidelines are available via India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website. The bulletin, which was posted February 10, confirms that India has also abandoned its previous classification of “at risk” countries, which were initiated in an effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant.

India initially reopened to international tourists on November 15, 2021, with extensive testing and quarantine rules in place.

Those looking to travel to India, the world’s second-most populous country, should note that they will also require a valid passport, an Indian visa and a return/onward ticket. If you’re visiting as a tourist and your period of stay is no longer than 30 days, you can apply for ‘Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)’. To learn more about ETA, visit the official website of the Indian Government and be sure to apply online prior to arrival.

Andrew Taylor

For Andrew, travel is so much more than just learning history or taking photos. Rather, the value of travel is witnessing a lifestyle, bonding with locals, and gaining rich cultural experiences. That’s why he founded the Luxury Wanderer; a place to share itineraries, offer advice, swap stories, and foster a like-minded community of curious travellers.

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