Guidelines for International Arrivals in India
In the context of COVID-19, the Government of India has introduced various schemes to simplify travel procedures. Please read below.
OBTAINING AN INDIAN MEDICAL VISA
The government has restored the issuance of Electronic Visa (e-Visa) under sub-categories other than e-Tourist Visa. Vide MHA's O.M. No. 25022/28/2020-F.I dated 30.03.2021, e-Visa under the following categories viz. e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa, e-Medical Attendant visa and e-Conference Visa has been restored with immediate effect.
Who Can Apply For Indian Medical Visa?
A medical Visa is issued for patients seeking medical treatment in reputed, specialized hospitals or treatment centres in India. The foremost requisite to be eligible for a medical visa is that the hospital/treatment centre you wish to seek medical treatment has to be approved by The Government of India.
Patients seeking Ayurveda treatment are eligible for an Indian Visa (medical e-visa)
Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online, minimum of 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then the applicant can select the arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd January.
LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR A MEDICAL VISA
Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months and have at least 3 blank visa pages.
A photocopy of the data page of the passport.
Two passport size photographs (2X2 inch). Photos should be glued to the form: the first on page 1 in the box provided and the second on the bottom right-hand corner of page 2.
An Indian Government visa application form duly filled in online.
Copy of letter from the Hospital concerned in India on its letterhead which including the date / tentative date which admission have been suggested.
The application form for a Regular/ Paper visa can be found on the official website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Your form should be signed in the box under the photograph on page 1.
This signature should match the signature on your passport.
You should validate the data on your form and accept the declaration by signing at the bottom of page 2.
Easy steps to procure an Indian medical visa.
For the convenience of tourists, India is offering free online medical visas to the first 500 thousand applicants.
Here’s what you need to do if you are planning a trip right now.
Apply for Online Medical Visa at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/
All travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically after arrival at the respective health counters.
Travellers may seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative PCR test report (in English). This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration.
Filling the Air Suvidha Form on www.newdelhiairport.in
Take another PCR self-paid test after arriving at the airport in India.
A sample of how to fill online self declaration form. Please click on the image to enlarge.
ARRIVAL GUIDELINES (Updated 14th February 2022)
Published by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
A.1. Planning for Travel
i) All travellers should
a. Submit complete and factual information in self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration) before the scheduled travel, including the last 14 days travel details.
b. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report* (The test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey)
Certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19vaccination**.
c. 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.
ii. They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority any post-arrival requirement to undergo home/institutional quarantine/ self-health monitoring, as warranted.
A.2. Before Boarding
iii. Do’s and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the airlines/agencies concerned.
iv. Airlines to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in all the information in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report or Covid -19 vaccination certificate of having completed the primary vaccination schedule**.
v. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.
vi. All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
A.3. During Travel
vii. In-flight announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports and in flights and during transit.
viii. During in-flight crew shall ensure that COVID appropriate behaviour is followed at all times.
ix. If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during flight, he/she shall be isolated as per protocol.
x. Proper in-flight announcements should be made by the airlines regarding the testing requirements and people who need to undergo such testing to avoid any congestion at the arrival airports.
A.4. On arrival
xi. De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.
xii. Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff.
xiii. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol#.
xiv. The following protocol post arrival shall also be followed
a. A sub-section (2% of the total passengers in the flight) shall undergo random post-arrival testing at the airport on arrival.
b. Such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferablyfrom different countries). They will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport.
c. If such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network.
d. They shall be treated/isolated as per laid down standard protocol.
xv. All travellers will self-monitor their health for next 14 days of arrival.
xvi. If travellers under self-health monitoring, develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, they will immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number.
*Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre- and post-arrival testing. However, if
found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring period, they shall
undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol.
International travellers arriving at seaports/land ports
xvii. International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently.
xviii. Such travellers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of Government of India at seaports/land ports on arrival.