Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements for India coming from Australia?

Home to the iconic Taj Mahal, lively Bollywood, and the most incredible flavours that the culinary world has to offer, India offers Australian visitors a bustling escape from the everyday.
After enforcing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns and almost 20 months of shutting up shop, India is now open for tourism.

Leaving Australia (If you are fully vaccinated) 

  • All travellers should 
    • Complete your online self-declaration form via the Air Suvidha portal. You'll need to submit the following information: this is mandatory for all passengers.
      • Upload your passport details.
    • Carry printed International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. Certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination. Check if you’re considered fully vaccinated according to the Indian Government, which includes completing a course of an approved vaccine 15 days prior to travel. You will need approved documentation for travel - see more about International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates
    • Consider purchasing travel insurance.
    • Download the Aarogya Setu App.

Leaving Australia (If you are not fully vaccinated) 

  • All travellers should 
    • 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 last 14 days travel details. 
    • Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report* (The test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey). 
    • Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. 
    • Consider purchasing travel insurance. 
    • Download the Aarogya Setu App.

On arrival

  • Show a copy of your self-declaration form on arrival in India at the Air PortHealth Office (APHO) counter.
  • Show printed International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.
  • Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officialspresent at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff. 
  • 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.
  • The following protocol post arrival shall also be followed
    • A sub-section (2% of the total passengers in the flight) shall undergo random post- arrival testing at the airport on arrival. 
    • Such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). They will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport. 
    • If such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network. 
    • They shall be treated/isolated as per laid down standard protocol.
  • All travellers will self-monitor their health for next 14 days of arrival.
  • 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.
  • If not fully vaccinated or travelling from an at-risk country, you must take a COVID-19 test (at your own expense). You're encouraged to pre-book the test online on Air Suvidha Portal to facilitate timely testing. 
  • Children under 5 years of age are exempted from testing, unless symptomatic.

Do I need a permit or visa to enter India?

Yes, Australians need a visa to travel to India. This must be arranged before you arrive.

If you are travelling for tourism, business or medical reasons, you may be eligible for an electronic visa (e-Visa). The e-Visa is valid for up to 60 days of travel. You must get your e-Visa at least 4 days before your arrival in India.

Do I need proof that I'm vaccinated to travel?

No, you do not need to be vaccinated to travel to India. But if you are not fully vaccinated according to Indian Government guidelines then, you'll need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.This must be taken no later than 72 hours prior to your departure.You'll also need to upload your negative test results at the Air Suvidha website along with a self-declaration.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in India?

Any passengers arriving from Australia don’t need to quarantine unless If you have been selected to undergo testing at the airport and receive a positive result, you may need to quarantine or If you have travelled from or transited through one of the at-risk countries and receive a negative test result you will need to home quarantine for 7 days or If you receive a positive test result, you will be taken to a separate isolation facility.

Otherwise, all other travellers will be required to self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival.

Getting to India and travelling around once there.

Which entry points in India are open to travellers from Australia?

All of India’s land, sea and air borders are now open.

Keep in mind that you cannot enter through a land border with a tourist visa. If you are travelling with an e-Visa, you can only arrive through a select number of airports.

Are flights between Australia and India available?

Yes, several airlines are operating a limited schedule of flights connecting Australia to India. You can currently find flights to India from airlines such as Air India, Emirates and Qantas.

Your trip will likely include at least one stopover, so you’ll need to also meet the transit requirements for each country you transit through.

As a traveller from Australia, can I travel anywhere once I'm in India?

Yes, in general, domestic travel is allowed. However, some states may request additional testing when flying, and you may be subject to additional quarantine requirements if you do test positive.

While not related to COVID-19, there are certain parts of India that Smartraveller recommends Australians stay out of, including the north-eastern states of Assam (except Guwahati), Chhattisgarh and the border areas of neighbouring states and Nagaland and Manipur.

There is currently a “Do Not Travel” warning for the India-Pakistan border and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir due to the danger of violent demonstrations, armed clashes and terrorist activities.

Are hotels, hostels and resorts all open to tourists?

Accommodation providers are allowed to reopen, and you can expect thermal checks, reduced capacity and

What's open in India?

Each state in India is managing its own COVID-19 regulations slightly differently, especially in light of the latest variant. Before travelling around the country, keep track of local government websites and media.

In general, many beaches, restaurants and other tourist sites have been opening up to the public, but you may notice additional restrictions in place including thermal checks and limited capacity.

Cultural, political, social, and religious gatherings are not currently permitted.

Some of India's open attractions and sites that we've got on our list include:

Walking trails, parks, and beaches: Most of India's recreational sites are now open.

Shopping centres and stores: Shopping centres and stores are allowed to reopen, most at full capacity.

Restaurants, cafes, and bars: In some states, including New Delhi, seating capacity is capped at 50% in bars and restaurants.

Travel back to Australia for vaccinated Australians

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
  • Please refer to information on Travel for vaccinated Australians.
  • Children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for acceptable medical reasons will also be able to travel overseas without an exemption.

Travel restrictions and exemptions for unvaccinated Australians and permanent residents

Unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents wishing to travel overseas (apart from children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for acceptable medical reasons) are required to apply for an exemption to leave Australia. You can apply online for an exemption but you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
  • your travel is for your business/employer
  • you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
  • you are travelling outside Australia for a compelling reason for three months or longer
  • you are travelling on compelling or compassionate grounds
  • your travel is in the national interest
  • you are ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia.

You must provide evidence to support your claims. Requests may be finalised without further consideration if insufficient evidence is provided.

Please refer to information on https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/ for more information.