After ceasing tourist visas since March 2020 due to the pandemic,
India’s borders have reopened, allowing quarantine-free travel for fully
vaccinated foreign visitors from 99 countries.
In updated guidelines released on 11 November, India has specified ‘Category A’ countries, which either:
Have agreements with the Indian government for reciprocal recognition
of their vaccination certificates for travellers immunised with
nationally or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines, or;
b) Haven’t established such agreements, but allow fully vaccinated Indians to bypass their travel restrictions
Vaccinated travellers entering India from any of these countries on
its Category A list are permitted to bypass post-arrival Covid-19 tests
and a minimum seven-day quarantine requirement, being instructed only to
monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days following their arrival.
Travellers coming from Category A countries will be allowed to bypass
quarantine as long as they’re fully vaccinated, even if the country
from which they’re originating has been designated “at-risk”.
Unvaccinated travellers coming from Category A countries remain
subject to additional requirements upon arrival in India, including a
post-arrival test, seven days’ mandatory quarantine, another test taken
on their eighth day, and (if the second test is negative)
self-monitoring for symptoms for a further seven days.
Some of the world’s major economies made it onto the Category A list,
including the United States, UK, Germany, France, Singapore, Australia