Fully vaccinated travellers from countries with whom India has entered into reciprocal agreements, from 25th October, will be allowed to leave the airport and will not have to undergo home quarantine and testing, according to the revised guidelines issued by authorities on 20th October
The travellers must take the final dose of the vaccine 15 days prior to travelling. They have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal and upload a negative RT-PCR report, conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. They need to self-monitor their health for 14 days post-arrival.
Partially or not-vaccinated travellers have to submit a sample for the Covid-19 test before leaving the airport, undergo home quarantine for seven days, take a retest on the 8th day, and if negative, self-monitor for 7 more days.
India currently has reciprocal agreements with eleven countries for mutual acceptance of nationally or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines. These countries include the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, and Serbia.
These revised guidelines for international arrivals supersede all other relevant guidelines issued on and after February 17, 2021, said the Union Health Ministry. The guidelines apply to airlines and at points of entry (airports, seaports, and land borders) for risk profiling of passengers. Based on this assessment, the guidelines will be reviewed from time to time.