Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for India on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

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.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in India.

More information and detailed guidelines for International Arrivals are available on the Ministry of Health website.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. More details on testing labs is available on the Indian Council of Medical Research website.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in India

COVID-19 cases are currently low and falling across the country. Indian States are relaxing restrictions, including night and weekend curfews, and slowly reopening educational institutions. There still might be 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 are in place in containment zones.

The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are limitations 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 and Family Welfare. Some states may have quarantine requirements in place and these may differ between states. Follow the advice of the local authorities. For Travel Tips, Air Travel and Travel Smart information, passengers may check Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) website. All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended.

All 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 most activities and services but large gatherings are still prohibited. Restrictions vary between states. You should follow the instructions of local authorities.

Healthcare in India

India is now witnessing a downturn in cases and test positivity across the country, with daily cases decreasing in all major cities. The healthcare system is not currently under significant strain, and critical care capacity is currently available for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 care. RT-PCR testing is also available but you should monitor the situation before travel.

More information and detailed guidance is available on the website of the Ministry of Health. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (coughing and fever and/or shortness of breath) and would like to get tested and get more information, contact a registered medical practitioner. A government supported central help line number +91-11-23978046 can be used to re-direct you to a medical practitioner. Testing is now also available on demand from private laboratories in the country. See additional guidance on testing. You may be liable for prosecution if you’re symptomatic or a confirmed case and deliberately attempt to hide symptoms and/or travel history.

For contact details for hospitals, including those with English speaking doctors, visit our list of hospitals.

View Health for further details on healthcare in India.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in India

We will update this page when the Government of India announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Indian national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca (Covishield) and Covaxin vaccines. On Monday 9 August, the Government of India announced that British nationals resident in India are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of India’s Vaccination Website

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in India, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

India Coronavirus information:

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British High Commission or Consulate. Alternatively use these contacts, the telephone numbers are all 24/7:

  • New Delhi: +91 (11) 2419 2100
  • Kolkata : +91 (33) 4082 2200
  • Chennai: + 91 (44) 4219 2151
  • Mumbai: +91 (22) 6650 2222
  • Goa: +91 (832) 663 6800 / +91 (22) 6650 2222