For frequent flyers for leisure or business reasons, the last year has been incredibly difficult. As the rules and regulations on travelling seem to change on a weekly, if not daily basis, you need to avail yourself of the most up-to-date information. If you are looking to travel to India, for example, you need to know everything that is required of you to qualify to depart from the UK and entry into India, including having a current India Fit to Fly Certificate.
It is okay to feel a little overwhelmed by everything, though, as it can be very complicated and confusing. With the following blog post, we aim to make things a bit easier for you to understand and to help you travel to India, both legally and safely.
Can You Travel to India?
First things first, let’s clear up, yes, you can travel to India. However, to qualify for it, you need to submit your self-declaration form through the New Delhi Airport portal 72-hours before you are due to travel.
In addition to the above, you also need to provide official evidence of a negative PCR swab test for travel that has also been obtained 72-hours before you are due to depart, along with travel history covering the last fortnight.
What Documentation Will You Receive Following Your Covid-19 Test?
A lot of what qualifies you for your departure from the UK and entry to India is the documentation that proves you have tested negative. It is a worthwhile question to ask what you will get when you get a PCR Certificate for travel to India.
As well as details about your negative PCR antigen test, UK companies like Pure Testing also provide the Fit to Fly Certificate for Covid-19 along with details about the testing facility and the related reports and audit.
Is it Mandatory for Travellers from the UK to go into Quarantine Once They Arrive in India?
At the moment, yes, quarantine is mandatory for UK travellers to India. The compulsory quarantine period lasts for 14 days and is at your own cost. The 14 days consists of 7 days in a specially-monitored governmental facility and a further 7 days at their home or accommodation.
What, if Any, Are the Quarantine Exemptions for Travellers to India During the Covid-19 Pandemic?
There are only a small number of reasons why you could be exempt from having to quarantine, either due to cause of distress or other similar, such as there are children under the age of 10 travelling with you, you have a serious illness, are going through bereavement or are pregnant.
So, if you were planning a trip to India and were worried you would have to wait until all the travel restrictions were lifted, you may still be able to make that trip. As long as your self-declaration is accepted. You need to make sure you test negative and have the documentation to prove it, but it is still possible. Obviously, on returning to the UK, you will need to go into mandatory quarantine before you are allowed to return to your home.