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India travel restrictions

COVID-19 Vacc. -71.58%
Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: partial
Airlines Updates
Published on 20.10.2021, Air India:

Challenges abound as Tata draws up flight plan for Air India.

Published on 19.10.2021, Vistara:

India’s Vistara keen to add up to 12 destinations.

Published on 19.10.2021, Air India:

Challenges abound as Tata draws up a flight plan for Air India.

Published on 14.10.2021, Indigo:

India's IndiGo sees Tata as 'formidable competition' after Air India deal.

Published on 14.10.2021, Air India:

Air India unions threaten to go on strike from next month.

Published on 12.10.2021, Akasa Air:

India's Akasa Air gets aviation ministry nod to fly, to begin flights in 2022.

Published on 01.10.2021, Air India:

Tata wins Air India bid.

Published on 23.09.2021, Vistara:

Vistara to operate flights between Delhi and Paris from 07NOV21

Published on 14.09.2021, Jet :

Jet Airways Set To Start Domestic Flights In Early 2022

Published on 13.09.2021, IndiGo:

IndiGo aims to operate domestic flights at full capacity from Dec-21

Published on 10.09.2021, Air India:

Air India Resumes Flight Service Between Amritsar and Rome Under Vande Bharat Mission

Published on 06.09.2021, Air India:

Vistara gets final approval for US flights

Published on 18.08.2021, Air India:

IndiGo cancels all its flights to United Arab Emirates until 24AUG21 because of 'operational issues'

Published on 16.08.2021, Air India:

Air India says scheduled flights to Kabul not cancelled as of now

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Open for travel from India
Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet.
– This does not apply to passengers with a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa (excluding medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020, and tourist visas(Type T)) issued by India.
– This does not apply to:
— spouses of a national of India. They must present proof of the marriage and a copy of the Indian national’s passport.
— students if one of the parents is a national of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder.
— minors if one of the parents is a national of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder.
— spouses of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder. They must present proof of the marriage and a copy of the OCI card.
— single parents of a minor who is national of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder.
— passengers returning from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives or Nepal via India to their country of residence.

E-visas and tourist visas (Type T) are no longer valid.

Medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020 are no longer valid.

Passengers arriving in India must present a completed Self-reporting form obtained at https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19

Passengers must complete the self-declaration form at www.newdelhiairport.in before departure.

Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test must be uploaded at www.newdelhiairport.in .

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates
Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., Ukraine or United Arab Emirates are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival at their own expense.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Brazil, South Africa
Passengers arriving from Brazil, South Africa or United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival and another test on day 7 at their own expense.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in United Kingdom
Passengers arriving from United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival and another test on day 7 at their own expense.

Passengers who are arriving from or have transited through the United Kingdom must be traveling on a direct flight from the United Kingdom to India.

All international flights are suspended
Flights to India are suspended.
– This does not apply to relief, repatriation and humanitarian flights.

Quarantine is possible
Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Details can be found at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf .

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Flight Restrictions

published 27.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet arriving from Ethiopia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Rwanda or Tanzania.
– This does not apply to passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet whose journey originated from the United Kingdom.
– This does not apply to passengers with a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa (excluding Medical and Tourist visas) issued by India.
– This does not apply to:
— students if one of the parents is a national of India or OCI card holder.
— minors if one of the parents is a national of India or OCI card holder.
— spouses of nationals of India.
— single parents of a minor who is national of India or OCI card holder.
— passengers returning from a neighboring country via India to their country of residence.

E-visas, Medical Visas, and Tourist Visas are no longer valid.

Passengers arriving in India:
– are subject to medical screening; and
– must install “Aarogya Setu App” in their personal device; and
– must present a completed Self-reporting form obtained at newdelhiairport.in

All international flights are suspended
Flights to India are suspended until 31 December 2020.
– This does not apply to relief, repatriation and humanitarian flights.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site or self-isolation at home.

Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

All travellers should (i) submit self-declaration form on the online “Air Suvidha” portal before the scheduled travel (ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-10-20
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 997399032
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 4499241
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 71.58
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 3229

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: anyone (except infants up to the age of 9 months) arriving by air or sea
without a yellow fever vaccination certificate is detained in isolation for up to 6 days if that person (i) arrives
within 6 days of departure from an area with risk of yellow fever transmission, or (ii) has been in such an area
in transit (except those passengers and members of the crew who, while in transit through an airport situated
in an area with risk of yellow fever transmission, remained within the airport premises during the period of
their entire stay and the Health Officer agrees to such exemption), or (iii) arrives on a ship that started from
or touched at any port in an area with risk of yellow fever transmission up to 30 days before its arrival in India,
unless such a ship has been disinsected in accordance with the procedure laid down by WHO, or (iv) arrives
on an aircraft that has been in an area with risk of yellow fever transmission and has not been disinsected in
accordance with the Indian Aircraft Public Health Rules, 1954, or as recommended by WHO.
Countries and areas regarded as having risk of yellow fever transmission are, in Africa: Angola, Benin,
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte dʼIvoire, Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya,
Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and
Uganda; and in the Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana,
Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad only) and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic
of). Note: When a case of yellow fever is reported from any country, that country is regarded by the
Government of India as a country with risk of yellow fever transmission and is added to the above list.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due to P. falciparum and P. vivax exists throughout the year in the entire country below 2000 m.
The majority of malaria in India is reported from the eastern and central parts of the country and from states
which have large forest, hilly and tribal areas. These states includeOdisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra and some north-eastern states such as Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram. There is no
transmission in parts of the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Sikkim.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

Other country requirement(s) (2018)
Proof of oral polio vaccination at least 4 weeks before departure for resident national travellers from polioendemic countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan) and countries with poliovirus circulation following
importation (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic) is required.

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Full Restrictions

  • India Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to India: All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments, a limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book and for more information you should check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The aviation sector remains unpredictable and is subject to change with limited notice.
    Pre-boarding: All travellers should (i) submit self-declaration form on the online “Air Suvidha” portal before the scheduled travel (ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
    • On arrival: All travellers should compete a PCR test in the designated area and exit the airport. They will be followed up by the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP). The concerned State authorities/airport operators will collect and convey the test report to the traveller. If tested negative, they will remain in home quarantine for 7 days and regularly followed up by the concerned State/District IDSP. The travellers shall again be tested after 7 days and if negative, released from quarantine, and continue to monitor their health for a further 7 days. If tested positive they will be isolated in an institutional isolation facility.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website .
    Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries.
    OCI cardholders from the UK are now exempt from the visa & travel suspension. For more information visit the FRRO website. OCI cardholders who choose to visit India at this time should consider their return flight options to the UK. 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 subject to change at short notice.
    Overstaying on your visa is an offence. Make sure you leave the country before your visa expires or apply for an extension through the FRRO website

    Internal Restrictions:
    Civil aviation authority allows domestic flights to operate at full capacity from 18 October (Hindustan Times, 12.10.2021).
    *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants. You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation
    and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels have resumed operations. Restrictions may differ between states.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    14.10.2021
  • India After 18 months of restrictions, the Indian government will grant tourist visas to foreigners beginning October 15th. The decision was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday and comes after a gradual increase in domestic air traffic and a decrease in COVID cases in the country. Those in the tourism industry have welcomed this move, hoping for a boost in the economy through tourist dollars.

    While certainly an important decision, the Indian government hasn’t exactly opened the floodgates to tourists as of now. Starting October 15th, India will issue tourist visas to foreigners arriving on chartered flights only. All the rest who rely on regular non-charter commercial flights will be allowed to travel as tourists beginning November 15th.

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    11.10.2021
  • India Latest News: Delhi international airport to resume operations of Terminal 2 from 22 July (News18, 17.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to India: All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments, a limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book and for more information you should check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The British High Commission cannot assist with ticketing. The aviation sector remains unpredictable and is subject to change with limited notice.
    On 1st October 2021 the Indian authorities advised the following for all travellers from the United Kingdom to India:
    • Pre-Boarding: All travellers should (i) submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel (ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
    • On Arrival: Travellers irrespective of their vaccination status, arriving in India will undertake COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival at airport and on day 8 after arrival at their own cost and will undergo mandatory quarantine at home or at the destination address for 10 days after arrival in India.
    • All such passengers under isolation/quarantine shall be regularly monitored by State/District Health Authorities.
    These guidelines shall come in force from 4 October 2021 at 00.00 hrs. IST.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Pre-Boarding: All travellers should (i) submit self-declaration form on the online Ministry of Health website.
    All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit theIndian Bureau of Immigration website.
    Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries.
    For more information visit the FRRO website.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 subject to change at short notice.
    Overstaying on your visa is an offence. Make sure you leave the country before your visa expires or apply for an extension through the FRRO website

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants. You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation
    and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels have resumed operations. Restrictions may differ between states.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    01.10.2021
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    23.09.2021
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    14.09.2021
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    13.09.2021
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    18.08.2021
  • India Latest News: Delhi international airport to resume operations of Terminal 2 from 22 July (News18, 17.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to India: All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments, a limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book and for more information you should check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The aviation sector remains unpredictable and is subject to change with limited notice.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit theIndian Bureau of Immigration website.
    Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries.
    For more information visit the FRRO website.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 subject to change at short notice.
    Overstaying on your visa is an offence. Make sure you leave the country before your visa expires or apply for an extension through the FRRO website

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants. You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation
    and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels have resumed operations. Restrictions may differ between states.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    16.08.2021
  • India Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to India: All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments, a limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book and for more information you should check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The British High Commission cannot assist with ticketing. The aviation sector remains unpredictable and is subject to change with limited notice.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of
    Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants. You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation
    and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels have resumed operations. Restrictions may differ between states.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    30.06.2021
  • India Latest News: Government imposes lockdown in Bihar from 5-15 May (Outlook India, 04.05.2021). Civil aviation authorities extend ban on scheduled international passenger flights until 31 May (Airport Technology, 03.05.2021). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown in Delhi until 10 May (India Today, 01.05.2021). COVID-19 restrictions in Maharashtra extended to 15 May (Xinhua, 30.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Restrictions in response to coronavirus: *Entry to India. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under a bilateral agreement between the UK and Indian governments, a limited number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book and for more information you should check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The British High Commission cannot assist with ticketing. The aviation sector remains unpredictable and is subject to change with limited notice.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants. You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation
    and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels have resumed operations. Restrictions may differ between states.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    05.05.2021
  • India Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown in Delhi until 10 May (India Today, 01.05.2021). COVID-19 restrictions in Maharashtra extended to 15 May (Xinhua, 30.04.2021). COVID-19-related suspension of scheduled international passenger flights extended until 31 May (The Hindu, 30.04.2021). Tamil Nadu government extends state-wide night curfew and complete lockdown on Sundays until further notice because of COVID-19 (Live Mint, 29.04.2021). Karnataka will enter two-week lockdown (Hindustan Times, 26.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants.
    You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states.
    If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. If you have nowhere to go and you need urgent help, contact the nearest British consulate:
    • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
    • Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151
    • Mumbai/Goa: +91 (22) 6650 2222
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    29.04.2021
  • India Latest News: Weeklong lockdown begins in New Delhi as COVID-19 virus surges; travel to airports, train stations in capital reportedly allowed (AP News, 19.04.2021). Lockdown extended in Bhopal until 26 April because of COVID-19 (Free Press Journal, 17.04.2021). Travelers from Maharashtra, Punjab and Kerala will now have to produce negative COVID-19 at Patna International Airport (Hindustan Times,15.04.2021). Authorities impose weekend lockdowns in New Delhi to curb steep rise in COVID-19 infections (Reuters,15.04.2021). Indian-Nepal Border will be closed from 24 April because of health and security issues (Tegulu Bulletin, 12.04.2021). Government imposes lockdown in Raipur between 9-19 April; airports and railway services will function (Ommcomnews.com, 07.04.2021). Maharashtra government announces stringent COVID-19 restrictions, including complete lockdown on weekends (Reuters, 04.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants. You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed.
    All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. If you have nowhere to go and you need urgent help, contact the nearest British consulate:
    • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
    • Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151
    • Mumbai/Goa: +91 (22) 6650 2222
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    20.04.2021
  • India Latest News: Authorities impose weekend lockdowns in New Delhi to curb steep rise in COVID-19 infections (Reuters,15.04.2021). Indian-Nepal Border will be closed from 24 April because of health and security issues (Tegulu Bulletin, 12.04.2021). Government imposes lockdown in Raipur between 9-19 April; airports and railway services will function (Ommcomnews.com, 07.04.2021). Maharashtra government announces stringent COVID-19 restrictions, including complete lockdown on weekends (Reuters, 04.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews, weekend curfew and/or the imposition of Section 144 restricting the assembly of groups of people in public spaces. Other measures may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls and restaurants. You should monitor local media and follow any procedures put in place by local authorities. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May 2020 but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states.
    If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. If you have nowhere to go and you need urgent help, contact the nearest British consulate:
    • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
    • Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151
    • Mumbai/Goa: +91 (22) 6650 2222
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    15.04.2021
  • India The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flight services till April 30. Scheduled international flight operations were suspended from March 23 last year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

    The aviation regulator, however, said that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.

    Amid the suspension, special international flights have been allowed under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with select countries since July.

    India has formed air bubble pacts with several countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France, among others.

    Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories.

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    24.03.2021
  • India Latest News: Visitors to Rajasthan must have negativ COVID-19 test, night curfew imposed in eight areas of the state (Xinhua, 21.03.2021). Government will lift ban on non-essential travel abroad from 19 April (Xinhua, 21.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. Coronavirus cases in many parts of India are currently on the rise. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states.
    New restrictions may involve the requirement to present Covid-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at malls and restaurants and night curfews. Before undertaking inter-state travel in India you should check local media and guidance issued by local authorities on entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed.
    All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states.
    If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. If you have nowhere to go and you need urgent help, contact the nearest British consulate:
    • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
    • Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151
    • Mumbai/Goa: +91 (22) 6650 2222
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    22.03.2021
  • India Latest News: Passenger flights expected to resume as Indian government forms special arrangement with Seychelles and Uzbekistan (Outlook India, 02.03.20). Authorities in Tamil Nadu extend COVID-19 restrictions until 31 March; international passenger flights remain banned during lockdown period (Xinhua, 01.03.2021). Government extends ban on international commercial flights until 31 March because of COVID-19 (Live Mint, 26.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. The guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 28 February to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives.
    Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed.
    All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. If you have nowhere to go and you need urgent help, contact the nearest British consulate:
    • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
    • Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151
    • Mumbai/Goa: +91 (22) 6650 2222
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    19.03.2021
  • India Latest News: Indian government to test travelers from UK, South Africa and Brazil because of concerns about new COVID-19 strains (Reuters, 17.02.2021). Government lifts COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of domestic flight operations at airports in Tamil Nadu (The Hindu, 17.02.2021). Air traffic between India and Russia expected to resume on 13 February (Russian Aviation, 04.02.2021). Government extends suspension of scheduled commercial international flights through 28 February; aviation authority issues modified order (Live Mint, 28.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited.
    More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on the Ministry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. The guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution> issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 28 February to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives.
    Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. If you have nowhere to go and you need urgent help, contact the nearest British consulate
    • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
    • Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151
    • Mumbai/Goa: +91 (22) 6650 2222
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    19.02.2021
  • India India has now notified a new set of requirements for international arrivals into India, which will be put in force on February 22, 2021, 2359 Hours IST. The new requirements are a very long document, so I have summarised the key details:

    Here on, all travels will need to fill up a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) along with a negative RT-PCR CoVid-19 report, where the test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. Earlier, this system was optional if anyone wanted to skip the quarantine. However, now it is compulsory for everyone who wants to arrive in India.
    Arrival in India without negative report shall be allowed only for those travelling to India in the family’s exigency of death. However, even these passengers will need to apply for exemption on the same Air Suvidha portal. On arrival in India, they will be tested at the arrival airport and allowed to exit the airport or catch a connecting flight.
    For all international travellers coming/transiting through flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, will additionally need to provide their travel history for 14 days before boarding the flight back to India on the Air Suvidha portal. This means anyone flying in from/via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, etc., will have to submit additional information.
    All the travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or the Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory RT-PCR tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry). The entry made in the SDF regarding telephone number and address would be reconfirmed. Apart from those arriving from the UK, Brazil and South Africa, everyone can leave after giving their samples on arrival.
    Those who arrive from the UK, Brazil and South Africa will be allowed to catch their connecting flight after their RT-PCR reports are negative, which could take between 6-8 hours. Those who will exit the airport, they can give their samples and leave. In both cases, a home quarantine of 7 days is applicable.

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    18.02.2021
  • India Latest News: Air traffic between India and Russia expected to resume on 13 February (Russian Aviation, 04.02.2021). Government extends suspension of scheduled commercial international flights through 28 February; aviation authority issues modified order (Live Mint, 28.01.2021). Indian government extends restrictions on flights between India and U.K. until 14 February (Hindustan Times, 27.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on theMinistry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on theMinistry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. The guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 28 February to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives.
    Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed.
    All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.
    The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states.
    If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. If you have nowhere to go and you need urgent help, contact the nearest British consulate:
    • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
    • Chennai: + 91 (44) 42192151
    • Mumbai/Goa: +91 (22) 6650 2222
    • *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    15.02.2021
  • India Latest News: Government extends suspension of scheduled commercial international flights through 28 February; aviation authority issues modified order (Live Mint, 28.01.2021). Indian government extends restrictions on flights between India and U.K. until 14 February (Hindustan Times, 27.01.2021). Kempegowda International Airport will partially shut operations from 30 January until 5 February as Aero India closes Bengaluru’s airspace (New India Express, 25.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on theMinistry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on theMinistry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. The guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 28 February to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives.
    Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    29.01.2021
  • India Latest News: On 2 January, the Government of India confirmed that: Flights from India to the UK will resume from 6 January. Flights to India from the UK will resume from 8 January (Gov.uk, 02.01.2021). Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until 31 January 2021 (Xinhua, 30.12.2020). Flight suspension between UK and India extended until 7 January (Reuters, 29.12.2020). Karnataka government imposes seven-day quarantine for travelers from Denmark, Netherlands, U.K. (Live Mint , 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on theMinistry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on theMinistry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. The guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 31 January to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    22.01.2021
  • India Latest News: On 2 January, the Government of India confirmed that: Flights from India to the UK will resume from 6 January. Flights to India from the UK will resume from 8 January (Gov.uk, 02.01.2021). Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until 31 January 2021 (Xinhua, 30.12.2020). Flight suspension between UK and India extended until 7 January (Reuters, 29.12.2020). Karnataka government imposes seven-day quarantine for travelers from Denmark, Netherlands, U.K. (Live Mint , 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on theMinistry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: Detailed guidance on quarantine requirements are available on theMinistry of Health website.
    *Data collection: Passengers may need to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you’re currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. hereThe guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 31 January to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    18.01.2021
  • India Latest News: On 2 January, the Government of India confirmed that: Flights from India to the UK will resume from 6 January. Flights to India from the UK will resume from 8 January (Gov.uk, 02.01.2021). Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until 31 January 2021 (Xinhua, 30.12.2020). Flight suspension between UK and India extended until 7 January (Reuters, 29.12.2020). Karnataka government imposes seven-day quarantine for travelers from Denmark, Netherlands, U.K. (Live Mint , 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel. The immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah (currently closed due to coronavirus).
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    If you are flying into Mumbai from the UK, other European countries, South Africa or the Middle East, you will have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine at designated hotels at your own cost. You will be tested on day seven following your arrival. If you test negative, you may leave the institutional quarantine but will have to home-quarantine for another seven days. If you test positive, you will be moved to a designated facility for further evaluation and treatment.

    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. hereThe guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 31 January to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    15.01.2021
  • India Latest News: On 2 January, the Government of India confirmed that: Flights from India to the UK will resume from 6 January. Flights to India from the UK will resume from 8 January (Gov.uk, 02.01.2021). Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until 31 January 2021 (Xinhua, 30.12.2020). Flight suspension between UK and India extended until 7 January (Reuters, 29.12.2020). Karnataka government imposes seven-day quarantine for travelers from Denmark, Netherlands, U.K. (Live Mint , 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    If you are flying into Mumbai from the UK, other European countries, South Africa or the Middle East, you will have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine at designated hotels at your own cost. You will be tested on day seven following your arrival. If you test negative, you may leave the institutional quarantine but will have to home-quarantine for another seven days. If you test positive, you will be moved to a designated facility for further evaluation and treatment.

    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. hereThe guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 31 January to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    06.01.2021
  • India Latest News: On 2 January, the Government of India confirmed that: Flights from India to the UK will resume from 6 January. Flights to India from the UK will resume from 8 January (Gov.uk, 02.01.2021). Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until 31 January 2021 (Xinhua, 30.12.2020). Flight suspension between UK and India extended until 7 January (Reuters, 29.12.2020). Karnataka government imposes seven-day quarantine for travelers from Denmark, Netherlands, U.K. (Live Mint , 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones. hereThe guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs have been extended to 31 January to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    04.01.2021
  • India Latest News: India to lift ban on flights from U.K., resume limited operations from 8 January (India Live, 01.01.2021). Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown restrictions until 31 January 2021 (Xinhua, 30.12.2020). Flight suspension between UK and India extended until 7 January (Reuters, 29.12.2020). Karnataka government imposes seven-day quarantine for travelers from Denmark, Netherlands, U.K. (Live Mint , 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 December. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    31.12.2020
  • India Latest News: Karnataka government imposes seven-day quarantine for travelers from Denmark, Netherlands, U.K. (Live Mint , 21.12.2020). Maharashtra government will impose night curfew until 5 January 2021, makes 14-day quarantine mandatory for all arrivals from Europe, other West Asian countries (Xinhua, 21.12.2020). Indian government to suspend flights from U.K. through 31 December (India.com, 21.12.2020). Ban on direct flights from Delhi to Kolkata lifted (Times of India, 15.12.2020). Authorities extend state-wide curfew in Punjab until 1 January (Live Mint, 11.12.2020).


    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 December. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    23.12.2020
  • India Latest News: Flights between Kathmandu and New Delhi will resume from next week (ANI News,01.12.2020). Eastern Railway to resume non-suburban passenger train services from 2 December (MCN, 28.11.2020). Government extends suspension of scheduled international flights through 31 December (AA,27.11.2020). Indian government reaches agreement to operate flights with Ethiopia, may do same with Nepal (Outlook India, 23.11.2020).


    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 December. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    03.12.2020
  • India Latest News: Indian government reaches agreement to operate flights with Ethiopia, may do same with Nepal (Outlook India, 23.11.2020). Air, rail travelers to Maharashtra from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan will need a negative COVID-19 report from 25 November (Times of India, 23.11.2020). Passenger trains into Punjab to restart 24 November after blockade ends (Outlook India, 22.11.2020). Hong Kong bans Air India flights from Delhi until 3 December after several passengers tested positive for COVID-19 post-arrival (NPI, 20.11.2020)


    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 30 November. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    23.11.2020
  • India Latest News: Suburban train services of Eastern, South Eastern Railway resume in West Bengal (Live Mint, 11.11.2020). Aviation authorities extend suspension of international commercial flights through 30 November (Money Control News, 28.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 30 November. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    09.11.2020
  • India Latest News: Aviation authorities extend suspension of international commercial flights through 30 November (Money Control News, 28.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended. However, under bilateral agreements with the Indian Government some airlines have announced their intention to run a limited number of flights. To book and for more information please check airline websites, which contain important guidance prior to travel.
    *Entry to India: To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals.
    *Screening on arrival: Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health.
    *Data collection: Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app.
    *Testing on departure: You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    *Visas: The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines permitting all OCI and PIO card holders to visit India. All other foreign nationals intending to visit India may visit on any visa except for a Tourist Visa, which still has not been re-instated. For information categories and process, visit the Indian Bureau of Immigration website. Visit the FRRO website if you have any visa-related queries. Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating under bilateral agreements with other countries but these arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in India: There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 30 November. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train and metro rail services have resumed. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.
    *Accommodation: Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist.
    *Public places and services: India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

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    02.11.2020
  • India Latest News: Aviation authorities extend suspension of international commercial flights through 30 November (Money Control News, 28.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights resumed on 25 May. There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train services have resumed andmetro rail servicesare permitted to start from 7 September. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states.

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    28.10.2020
  • India Latest News: Flights between Goa, London resume under bilateral agreement (NDTV, 19.10.2020). Tejas Express trains will restart from 17 October on some routes (Business Today, 17.10.2020). Flights between India, Bangladesh will resume from 28 October (Executive Traveller,15.10.2020) Mumbai will gradually resume metro train service from 19 October (Xinhua, 14.10.2020). Government to increase domestic flights in Chennai, Mumbai (Times of India, 05.10.2020); Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 31 October; all trains within the state restarts (Zee News, 30.09.2020). Aviation authority extends suspension of international flights until 31 October (Times Now, 30.09.2020). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu to 31 October (Business Standard, 29.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended.
    Limited train services have resumed andmetro rail servicesare permitted to start from 7 September. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states.

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    20.10.2020
  • India Latest News: Mumbai will gradually resume metro train service from 19 October (Xinhua, 14.10.2020). Government to increase domestic flights in Chennai, Mumbai (Times of India, 05.10.2020); Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 31 October; all trains within the state restarts (Zee News, 30.09.2020). Aviation authority extends suspension of international flights until 31 October (Times Now, 30.09.2020). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu to 31 October (Business Standard, 29.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed andmetro rail servicesare permitted to start from 7 September. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states.

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    14.10.2020
  • India Latest News: Government to increase domestic flights in Chennai, Mumbai (Times of India, 05.10.2020); Maharashtra government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 31 October; all trains within the state restarts (Zee News, 30.09.2020). Aviation authority extends suspension of international flights until 31 October (Times Now, 30.09.2020). Government extends COVID-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu to 31 October (Business Standard, 29.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Regular international flights to remain suspended until 30 September.
    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed andmetro rail servicesare permitted to start from 7 September. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew lifted in Srinagar; COVID-19 restrictions expected to continue (One India, 05.08.2020).

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    05.10.2020
  • India Kolkata airport to allow air travel from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Nagpur in a limited manner from September. (Republic World, 28.08.2020)
    Government extends lockdown in Bihar until 6 September (HT, 17.08.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Regular international flights to remain suspended until 30 September.
    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedguidelinesforInternationalArrivals02082020.pdf]. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines [https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/Unlock3_29072020.pdf] to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed andmetro rail servicesare permitted to start from 7 September. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew lifted in Srinagar; COVID-19 restrictions expected to continue (One India, 05.08.2020).

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    01.09.2020
  • India Aviation authority extends suspension of international flights to 30 September (CNBCTV18, 31.08.2020). Delhi Metro to resume operations from 7 September, open air theatres have also been permitted to reopen from September 21 (Josh, 31.08.2020). Kolkata airport to allow air travel from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Nagpur in a limited manner from September. (Republic World, 28.08.2020)
    Metro train services expected to resume in various cities from 1 September as ‘Unlock 4’ phase begins. (The Asian Age, 25.08.2020). Government extends lockdown in Bihar until 6 September (HT, 17.08.2020). Government extends lockdown in Manipur until 31 August (news18.com, 15.08.2020). Authorities in Punjab extend night curfews (Tribune, 14.08.2020). West Bengal govt withdraws state-wide lockdown on 28 August and imposed a curfew on August 20 instead. Hence, the statewide lockdown will only be observed on 20, 21, 27 and 31 August (Times of India, 13.08.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Regular international flights to remain suspended until 30 September.
    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedguidelinesforInternationalArrivals02082020.pdf]. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines [https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/Unlock3_29072020.pdf] to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Indian Railways suspended all regular passenger train services indefinitely as of 11 August. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew lifted in Srinagar; COVID-19 restrictions expected to continue (One India, 05.08.2020).

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    31.08.2020
  • India West Bengal govt withdraws state-wide lockdown on 28 August and imposed a curfew on August 20 instead. Hence, the statewide lockdown will only be observed on 20, 21, 27 and 31 August .(Times of India, 13.08.2020). All flights at Kolkata airport remain suspended on following lockdown days as announced by West Bengal government until 31 August. (Live Mint, 11.08.2020). Government extends lockdown in Manipur to 15 August (East Mojo, 06.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Regular international flights to remain suspended until 31 August.
    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedguidelinesforInternationalArrivals02082020.pdf]. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines [https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/Unlock3_29072020.pdf] to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Indian Railways suspended all regular passenger train services indefinitely as of 11 August. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew lifted in Srinagar; COVID-19 restrictions expected to continue (One India, 05.08.2020).

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    13.08.2020
  • India Indian Railways suspends all regular passenger train services indefinitely (Business Standard, 11.08.2020). All flights at Kolkata airport remain suspended on following lockdown days as announced by West Bengal government until 31 August. (Live Mint, 11.08.2020). Government extends lockdown in Manipur to 15 August (East Mojo, 06.08.2020) Curfew lifted in Srinagar; COVID-19 restrictions expected to continue (One India, 05.08.2020). Regular international flights to remain suspended until 31 August (Josh, 31.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedguidelinesforInternationalArrivals02082020.pdf]. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines [https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/Unlock3_29072020.pdf] to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states.

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    11.08.2020
  • India Government extends lockdown in Manipur to 15 August (East Mojo, 06.08.2020) Lockdown extended in Budgam till August 10 ( Kashim Reader, 06.08.2020). Curfew lifted in Srinagar; COVID-19 restrictions expected to continue (One India, 05.08.2020)Curfew imposed across Kashmir until 5 August (South China Morning Post, 03.07.2020). Regular international flights to remain suspended until 31 August (Josh, 31.07.2020). All flights at Kolkata airport remain suspended on following lockdown days as announced by West Bengal government: August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31. (Hindustan Times, 30.07.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international flights are suspended. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended however certain eligible foreign nationals are able to travel to India via Vande Bharat flights or third country flights. Availability of options for international transportation remain limited. More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedguidelinesforInternationalArrivals02082020.pdf]. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. You must comply with all instructions and screening requirements. All travelers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Travelers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later).

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines [https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/Unlock3_29072020.pdf] to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. Limited number of hotels have resumed operations in a few states. Restrictions may differ between states. If your hotel asks you to leave, ask them to provide alternative accommodation, or talk to the police who can assist. India has put measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. There is a phased re-opening of limited number of activities and services but large gathering are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states.

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    07.08.2020
  • India Curfew lifted in Srinagar; COVID-19 restrictions expected to continue (One India, 05.08.2020)Curfew imposed across Kashmir until 5 August (South China Morning Post, 03.07.2020). Regular international flights to remain suspended until 31 August (Josh, 31.07.2020). All flights at Kolkata airport remain suspended on following lockdown days as announced by West Bengal government: August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31. (Hindustan Times, 30.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All international flights are suspended. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals.pdf]. Government rules international travelers must take 14-day quarantine upon arrival starting 1 August One week of this fortnight’s quarantine shall be at institutions in India, paid for by the passengers, followed by a second week of “isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.” Receiving States can in exceptional cases assess the situation and may permit home quarantine for the entire 14 days. These are cases of human distress, serious illness, death in the family, pregnancy and parents flying in with children below 10 years of age.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August.
    The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.
    Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Thursday extended the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus till August 31. Public transport, trains and metro services will not function. (Mumbai Mirror, 30.07.2020)

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    The Srinagar administration on 4 August announced the lifting of curfew as the situation remained incident-free, but strict restrictions would continue in areas which have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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    05.08.2020
  • India Regular international flights to remain suspended until 31 August (Josh, 31.07.2020). All flights at Kolkata airport remain suspended on following lockdown days as announced by West Bengal government: August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31. (Hindustan Times, 30.07.2020). Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Thursday extended the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus till August 31. Public transport, trains and metro services will not function. (Mumbai Mirror, 30.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international flights are suspended. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals.pdf]. Government rules international travelers must take 14-day quarantine upon arrival starting 1 August One week of this fortnight’s quarantine shall be at institutions in India, paid for by the passengers, followed by a second week of “isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.” Receiving States can in exceptional cases assess the situation and may permit home quarantine for the entire 14 days. These are cases of human distress, serious illness, death in the family, pregnancy and parents flying in with children below 10 years of age.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August.
    The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.

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    31.07.2020
  • India All flights at Kolkata airport remain suspended on following lockdown days as announced by West Bengal government: August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31. (Hindustan Times, 30.07.2020) Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Thursday extended the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus till August 31. Public transport, trains and metro services will not function. (Mumbai Mirror, 30.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international flights are suspended. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed for movement of people, except returning Indian nationals. More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals.pdf].

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 August.
    The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May but some states may have restrictions on flight operations. Check with airlines before booking flights. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. All international flights remain suspended. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.

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    30.07.2020
  • India All flights at Kolkata airport suspended on 25, 29 July after West Bengal imposes bi-weekly total lockdown (India.com, 24.07.2020). The government of India has agreed to allow U.S. air carriers to resume passenger services in the U.S. – India market starting July 23 (Reuters, 18.07.2020). India has established individual bilateral bubbles with France and the U.S. that will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate international flights (The Print, 16.07.2020). India has extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Only cargo and flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed (NDTV, 03.07.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international flights remain suspended. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed. For those flights arriving, thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.The Indian authorities have introduced new measures in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional security measures have been implemented at airports across the country. If you’re travelling through an airport you should allow additional time to complete check-in and security as you and your baggage may be required to undergo random x-rays and baggage checks. You should allow sufficient time for transiting between flights if you need to change from international terminals to domestic terminals, even if you’re using the airport shuttle service.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals.pdf].

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights operations restricted until 24 November 2020. There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Movement is currently restricted between 10 pm to 5 am except for essential activities or medical emergencies. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.
    Kashmir: Shops shut, public transport off roads as lockdown in Kashmir enters second day (New India Express, 23.07.2020). Lockdown imposed in Manipur, Bhopal, other states starting 23 July as COVID-19 infections increase (One India, 23.03.2020). Seven-day lockdown imposed in some areas of Chhattisgarh from 22 July because of COVID-19 cases (Hindustan Times, 20.07.2020). Government extends complete lockdown in Bihar until 31 July (The Hindu, 14.07.2020).
    West Bengal government extends total lockdown in containment zones. Notably, the West Bengal government had imposed a bi-weekly total lockdown, Thursday (July 23), Saturday (July 25) and Wednesday (July 29) July. There will be no flights operating to and from Kolkata between July 25 and July 29 in view of the total lockdown imposed in West Bengal to contain the surging coronavirus cases. (India.com, 24.07.2020)
    Authorities order complete lockdown in Patna from 10-16 July (Deccan Herald, 08.07.2020). The Odisha government on Thursday announced a 14-day complete lockdown in four districts including Ganjam, Khorha, Cuttack and Jajpur along with entire Rourkela Municipal Corporation area, from 9 p.m. on Friday to midnight of July 31.

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    24.07.2020
  • India The government of India has agreed to allow U.S. air carriers to resume passenger services in the U.S.-India market starting July 23 (Reuters, 18.07.2020). Ban On Flights From 6 Cities To Kolkata Extended Till July 31 (NDTV, 17.07.2020)
    India has established individual bilateral bubbles with France and the U.S. that will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate international flights (The Print, 16.07.2020). Government extends complete lockdown in Bihar until 31 July (The Hindu, 14.07.2020). West Bengal government extends total lockdown in containment zones until 19 July (NDTV,14.07.2020). Authorities order complete lockdown in Patna from 10-16 July (Deccan Herald, 08.07.2020). India has extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Only cargo and flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed (NDTV, 03.07.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international flights remain suspended. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed.
    For those flights arriving, thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    The Indian authorities have introduced new measures in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional security measures have been implemented at airports across the country. If you’re travelling through an airport you should allow additional time to complete check-in and security as you and your baggage may be required to undergo random x-rays and baggage checks. You should allow sufficient time for transiting between flights if you need to change from international terminals to domestic terminals, even if you’re using the airport shuttle service.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals.pdf].

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Odisha government on Thursday announced a 14-day complete lockdown in four districts including Ganjam, Khorha, Cuttack and Jajpur along with entire Rourkela Municipal Corporation area, from 9 p.m. on Friday to midnight of July 31. Domestic flights resumed operations.
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Movement is currently restricted between 10 pm to 5 am except for essential activities or medical emergencies. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.

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    18.07.2020
  • India Authorities order complete lockdown in Patna from 10-16 July (Deccan Herald, 08.07.2020). India has extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Only cargo and flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed. (NDTV, 03.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international flights remain suspended. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed.
    For those flights arriving, thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials at arrival. All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Passengers may be required to provide contact details and be asked to download Arogya Setu app. You will not be able to travel if you are currently showing coronavirus symptoms (you will need to self-isolate and travel later). You should comply with any additional healthcare screening measures put in place by the authorities prior to your departure.
    The Indian authorities have introduced new measures in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional security measures have been implemented at airports across the country. If you’re travelling through an airport you should allow additional time to complete check-in and security as you and your baggage may be required to undergo random x-rays and baggage checks. You should allow sufficient time for transiting between flights if you need to change from international terminals to domestic terminals, even if you’re using the airport shuttle service.
    More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of Ministry of Health [https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals.pdf].

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights resumed operations.
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued new guidelines to regulate activities in this period. Movement is currently restricted between 10 pm to 5 am except for essential activities or medical emergencies. Other restrictions vary between states and zones, so it is important to follow local directives. Domestic flight operations resumed on 25 May. More information and detailed guidance is available on the websites of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health. Some states have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Limited train services have resumed, but metro rail services remain prohibited. Limited inter-state movements of passenger vehicles and buses is now permitted this will vary from state to state within India.
    All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function. The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalised if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states.

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    10.07.2020
  • India India has extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Only cargo and flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed. (NDTV, 03.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations. Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad will not land in Kolkata till July 19, authorities said on Saturday as the West Bengal government stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
    In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all the regular passenger trains till August 12. However, special passenger trains including 200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains that have been operating from May 12 and June 1 will continue to function. (Live Mint, 26.06.2020)
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July.
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020) New COVID-19 lockdown guidelines implemented in Guwahati until 12 July (Indian Express, 26.06.2020).
    In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, the state government has decided to impose a total lockdown in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits. The lockdown will start from 8 pm 4 July till 5 am on Monday 6 July. (Zee News, 04.07.2020)
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

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    04.07.2020
  • India India has extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Only cargo and flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed. (NDTV, 03.07.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all the regular passenger trains till August 12. However, special passenger trains including 200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains that have been operating from May 12 and June 1 will continue to function. (Live Mint, 26.06.2020)
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July.
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020) New COVID-19 lockdown guidelines implemented in Guwahati until 12 July (Indian Express, 26.06.2020).
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

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    03.07.2020
  • India International Flight Operations To And From India To Remain Suspended Till July 15 (ABP, 27.06.2020). New COVID-19 lockdown guidelines implemented in Guwahati until 12 July (Indian Express, 26.06.2020). Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 15 July (Outlook, 26.06.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all the regular passenger trains till August 12. However, special passenger trains including 200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains that have been operating from May 12 and June 1 will continue to function. (Live Mint, 26.06.2020)
    There is a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions. This may vary by state. Lockdown restrictions remain in containment zones until 31 July.
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020)
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    Read more
    30.06.2020
  • India Flights rae suspended until 15 July. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Scheduled international flights to remain suspended until 15 July (Outlook, 26.06.2020).
    Starting from 7 May, 15,000 Indian nationals from abroad will be repatriated back to India. Citizens who arrive via the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will be screened and divided into three categories: those with COVID-19 related symptoms will be sent to hospitals, while those who have been in contact with COVID-19 patients will be required to undergo 14 days quarantine at government facilities. The rest of the returning citizens will be required to fill up a declaration form and self-quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
    All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are prohibited from entering the country through air, sea, land, rail and river ports. Vehicles/Trains carrying goods and essential supplies are exempted, along with crew, driver, helper, cleaner, etc. who are subject to screening upon entry.
    Visas from all countries are suspended until 31 May. The visa-free travel mechanism for Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders are suspended until 31 May. Visas and validity of OCI remain valid for those already in India. Travellers holding diplomatic, official, UN/ international organisations, employment, and project visas are exempted.
    The Sikkim government has suspended the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for foreign travellers, including Bhutanese nationals. The ILP is an official document that the state government issues to a foreign visitor planning to enter the state and is valid for a limited period.
    The Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Mizoram governments have temporarily suspended the issuance of Protected Area Permits (PAP) to foreign travellers until further notice. The PAP is an official document required for all foreign travellers who want to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.
    Manipur and Mizoram states have sealed their borders with Myanmar. Manipur has also sealed its borders with Bangladesh. Movement via land borders will remain restricted to designated check posts including robust screening processes. Details of these facilities should be confirmed with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
    The Indian government has announced that it is possible to extend online free visa procedures for foreign nationals staying in India, whose visas expire between 1 February and 3 May. Those who wish to apply for such an extension should email the relevant Foreign Registration Office listed on their website.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Indian Railways has decided to cancel all the regular passenger trains till August 12. However, special passenger trains including 200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains that have been operating from May 12 and June 1 will continue to function. (Live Mint, 26.06.2020)
    Tamil Nadu government has again declared total lockdown in state capital Chennai and certain areas under it, including areas in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts, from June 19 to 30. (NDTV, 15.06.2020)
    Domestic flights resumed operations from 25 May. Major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have a severe cap on the number of fights they can handle. Passengers are experiencing difficulties due to flight cancellations.
    Commencing 4 May restrictions are partially relaxed depending on the designated area code of ‘Green’, ‘Orange’ or ‘Red’
    The authorities have designated various areas as ‘containment zones’ within urban centres, completely sealing them off and closely monitoring the situation. These zones will be determined based on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and demarcated by states/union territories/district administration.
    On 17 May, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a partial relaxation of restrictions in the ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ zones, barring the ‘Containment’ zones across the country.
    Under the latest directives, restrictions will be relaxed for non-containment zones. Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate. All shops, except those in malls will be allowed to operate. Non-essential items are now permitted to be delivered. Restaurants are allowed to open for take-away. While inter-state movement has been permitted, this measure requires individual state authorities to establish agreement. Medical professionals and emergency services are allowed to move across states without any restriction. More details will emerge in the coming days.
    While the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the general guidelines to partially ease the restrictions, state- and union territory-level governments can refuse to implement the relaxation or amend the easing of measures depending on their specific situation.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Curfew suspended on 31 May in Karnataka state (Live Mint, 30.05.2020)

    Read more
    26.06.2020
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Ministry of Civil Aviation/
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