COVID-19 tests when visiting India from England

Find out what tests you'll need to arrange before you depart.

Formerly an "amber" country, as of 4 October India is simply not on the red list, and comes under "Rest of world". If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a pre-departure test to re-enter England (excludes children aged 18 and under), pre-book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests for after your return, and can additionally choose to take a day 5 "Test to release", which, if negative, will mean you can end your self-isolation at that point (you will still need to take the day 8 test, however). If you have been fully vaccinated*, you must simply arrange a day 2 test for after your return from India (these must be booked and paid for before you arrive in the UK)

Before you go, check the entry requirements for getting into India.

We're updating this page regularly, but still strongly advise that you confirm the latest travel requirements at gov.uk.
* Either as part of the UK vaccine roll-out, under an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the US, or with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Albania, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda,The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Vietnam.
Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into England from non-red-list countries such as India.

COVID-19 statistics in India vs UK

Home to the Taj Mahal and the most incredible flavours that the culinary world has to offer, India offers British visitors a bustling escape from the everyday.

Major tourist attractions:

  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Taj Mahal
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Golden Temple
  • Red Fort
  • Great Rann of Kutch
  • Qutub Minar
  • Mecca Masjid
  • Jama Masjid
  • Mahabodhi Temple
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Cave Temples

Walking trails, parks and beaches:

  • Kaziranga National Park, Assam
  • Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand
  • Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Shopping centres and stores:

  • Mantri Square Mall, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru
  • LuLu International Shopping Mall, Kochi
  • Phoenix Marketcity, Mumbai

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