What to know about travelling to India from Australia during COVID-19
The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Australians travelling to India.
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In this guide you’ll find who can enter India from Australia, when the borders are set to open, the permits you’ll need and the quarantine/testing requirements needed for entry.
Can I travel from Australia to India?
India is temporarily closed to Australian tourists as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. At this point in time, only Australians who are citizens or permanent residents of India or are essential travellers can return. Keep in mind that flights to India from Australia are limited, so your travel plans may be disrupted.
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When can I travel to India? When will the India borders open?India is only allowing Australian visitors for essential travel alongside citizens and residents. If you’re a tourist from Australia who is looking to visit, check back in with this page as it will be updated with the latest news.
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Are there any exemptions for travelling to India?Australian visitors who are citizens or permanent residents of India are permitted to return at any point. Essential travellers from Australia are also allowed. The following people are allowed to travel to India:
- Overseas Citizens of India and Persons of India cardholders
- Indian nationals or citizens who want to return home after being stuck overseas
- Foreign nationals who are in possession of a valid visa for India (expired visas can be renewed) – reasons include medical treatment, business, education, conferences, research and employment
- Foreign nationals who want to visit India via by sea or air (they must enter through valid ports of immigration)
Can I travel to India if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?
Yes, if you're Australian and a permanent resident or citizen of India, you are allowed to return to your home.
Like any traveller entering the country, those coming from Australia will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.
What are the entry requirements for India coming from Australia?
Do I need a permit to enter India?All visitors from Australia must submit a Self Declaration Form prior to arriving in India. In the form, Australians must include a negative result to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.
Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?No, Australian travellers do not need proof of vaccination to enter India.
Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for India?Yes, travellers from Australia need to provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, which should be attached to your permit. Australian visitors who are travelling to India as a result of a death in the family are exempted from this rule – an exception must be applied for through Air Suvidha at least 72 hours before departure.
Visitors from Australia who have passed through or been to the following countries within the last 14 days will be separated during the flight:
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in India?Australians arriving in India from the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa or the Middle East must undertake 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own cost. Travellers from Australia will be tested on the seventh day after their arrival, allowing those with negative results to finish their quarantine at home. Travellers who test positive will be moved to a designated location.
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