There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and cases have been confirmed in India. India has announced additional measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Restrictions vary by state. We strongly encourage all British nationals to respect this lockdown and quarantine rules wherever possible.
On 24 March, Prime Minister Modi announced a three-week lockdown across India that requires everyone to stay at home from midnight on 25 March for 21 days. Strict restrictions on movement are in now in place unless for an essential purpose. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs etc.) continue to function.
We are working with the Indian authorities and airlines to support British nationals who want to leave India and return to the UK. If you are a British national who is currently visiting India and you wish to return urgently to the UK, please email Conqry.Newdelhi@fco.gov.uk You should include:
- your full name
- the names of any family members with you
- your date of birth
- dates of birth for all named family members
- your passport number(s)
- visa status and contact details
- your exact location in India
- your date of arrival in India and
- details of the return flight that you had booked back to the UK, if applicable.
Please also inform us if you have any special circumstances such as a medical condition we may need to be aware of.
See Return to the UK
Entry and travel restrictions
To curb the spread of COVID-19, the Government of India announced that no international commercial flight would be allowed to land in India from 22 March 2020 for one week. All domestic flights have also been suspended.
It is a mandatory requirement in a number of states for foreign nationals to complete a health declaration. You may be liable for prosecution if you are symptomatic or a confirmed case and deliberately attempt to hide symptoms and/or travel history.
The Government of India has released FAQs for foreigners currently in India who are worried about overstaying their visa. If you have any queries related to your Indian visa, please visit the FRRO website.
The state Government of Kerala has advised a health clearance certificate is required for all foreign nationals before they will be permitted to board outbound international flights if/when they occur. You will need to contact your local COVID 19 District Cell to commence the process.
The Government of India announced the suspension of all existing visas due to coronavirus (COVID-19) from 12:00 GMT 13 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 at the port of departure. This does not affect the visas of foreign nationals who are already in India.
Visa free travel for Overseas Citizens of India is also suspended until 15 April 2020. This does not affect OCI holders who are already in India.
Please check with local state authorities in your current location and on where you intend to travel to, before moving around India.
For information on how to return to the UK from India, see Return to the UK
On 24 March, Prime Minister Modi announced a three week lockdown across India requiring everyone to stay at home from midnight on 24 March for 21 days. Strict restrictions on movement are in now in place unless for an essential purpose. All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs etc.) continue to function. Please visit the Ministry of Home affairs website for further guidance. Restrictions may vary between States.
We strongly encourage all British nationals to respect lockdowns and quarantines rules wherever possible. Please check with local state authorities in your current location and on where you intend to travel to, before moving around India.
There have been isolated cases of foreign nationals facing some difficulties and ill-treatment in relation to the perceived coronavirus risk they pose. Please be aware of such public places and situations where this could happen and take measures to reduce the risk. You should continue to monitor local media for the latest information, and follow instructions of the local authorities.
The situation remains fluid and we advise British nationals to continue to monitor the local advice on any state level restrictions and follow the instructions of the local authorities. The range of measures currently in place across India include restrictions on large gatherings in a number of places in addition to closures of cinemas, leisure/social facilities, educational institutions and the suspension of sporting events. Some North Eastern states are no longer allowing foreign nationals to enter while some states are encouraging tourists to leave the state. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in East and North East India are closed.
The Indian Government is monitoring the progress of coronavirus cases around the world and updating their travel restrictions regularly in response. You should check the Indian Bureau of Immigration website to see the current list of travel restrictions before making any travel arrangements.
Anyone in India seeking more information should call on +91-11-23978046 (Government of India, 24 hour helpline) or Toll Free No: 1075 or States Helpline Numbers and or visit the Ministry of Health website. or the government of India’s official channel for coronavirus comms.