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Traveling to India – COVID-19 Updates

Not only is India the world’s foremost spiritual gathering-place, where people from all walks of life go to find themselves, it also offers you a huge array of cultural and historical delights to sink your teeth into. There truly is nowhere in the world quite like India: whether it’s seeing the Taj Mahal, checking out Delhi’s backstreets, or floating in the Ganges for some soulful healing.

Of course, right now India is unfortunately being absolutely ravaged by the covid-19 pandemic, and it is one of the worst-hit countries in the world. If you are wondering about traveling to India right now or in the near future, you will need to take great care.

In this post, we’ll show you everything you currently need to know about where you currently stand with regard to traveling to India, including all the relevant updates that are in place right now.

Travel From India Banned

As of the 4th of May 2021, the US resolutely banned all foreign nationals from entering the US from anywhere if they have been in India in the past 14 days. That means that this applies even if you are not coming directly from India, so you can’t circumvent it by changing elsewhere first. Many other countries have put similar restrictions in place on travel from India.

No Foreign Entry Into India

As far back as March 2020, right at the start of the pandemic, India instantly put a ban on all foreigners entering the country. As of yet, this has not changed, and it is unlikely to change at the moment with India experiencing such a terrible surge of the virus. The only flights operating into or out of India are for humanitarian or aid needs, and travel which is considered truly essential.

Some Business Travelers Allowed – But Very Few

There are some business travelers being allowed into India, but very few and the chances are extremely low of being allowed in this way to enter India. In order for an American to visit India at all right now, they need to have either emergency authorization or a business visa, which is hard to get hold of at present.


If you do manage to travel there, you will also need to take a covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and show it to be negative. You will also need to fill out a self-declaration, and may be tested again upon arrival in India. You are strongly urged to receive both doses of the vaccination before considering traveling to India.

Level 4

India is currently regarded in the US as Level 4. In other words, the formal declaration to Americans regarding India is: Do Not Travel.

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