When entering India, you must comply with the applicable entry regulations. Here's what you have to pay attention to before and after crossing the border and which documents you need for a trip to India.
For your entry into India, you will need to present a number of documents at the border. These include:
If you are traveling to India with minor children, take the following documents with you:
There are increased checks on travelers with children to protect minors, especially if one parent is traveling alone with them.
You will only find out if you meet all the requirements for entry into India at the border because the officials decide whether to approve your entry. This decision is made on the basis of the following questions:
Be prepared for a brief interview by the border guard and answer all questions briefly, accurately, and truthfully. If you have any difficulty understanding, let the officials know, and they will consider it.
To ensure the safety of travelers and the Indian population, arriving visitors to India must submit a number of personal details. This includes the "Self Declaration Form" and the "Arrival Card" to be filled out before the trip.
The Indian Ministry of Health requires all travelers to complete an Air Suvidha Self Declaration before traveling to India. The data requested are:
You will usually be asked by your airline to complete the Self Declaration. Print a copy for your travel records to present to border officials upon entry.
You will receive the Arrival Card to fill out during your trip or at the latest in the airport's waiting area. This card will ask for the following information:
Present the completed card to border officials upon arrival, along with the rest of your travel documents.
In addition to filling out the Self Declaration Form, your airline will also ask you for your Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) details. The data requested here includes name, gender, date of birth, nationality, place of residence, passport details, and your first overnight address in India.
Before entering India, you must fill out a customs form (Indian Customs Declaration Form) in which you state who you are and what goods you intend to bring into the country. The following data will be requested:
There are currently no mandatory vaccinations for travel to India unless you have been in a yellow fever area prior to your trip. In this case, you must provide proof of vaccination against yellow fever. Additional immunizations against COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and the standard childhood vaccinations are recommended.
For entry to India, no insurances are mandatory. However, we recommend that you obtain travel health insurance that will provide you with sufficient protection on the ground.
After being questioned by the border officials, you must make sure that they give you a stamp in your passport documenting the date of your entry and planned exit. This is important because, without the stamp, you can get into trouble when leaving the country.
After you have picked up your suitcase from the baggage carousel, you must pass through customs. The information on your Customs Declaration determines which of the two customs channels you will pass through:
Be sure to follow the import regulations and over-declare rather than under-declare, as there are stiff penalties for making false declarations on your Customs Declaration. Customs officials have the right to search all your luggage.
The import of food, plants, jewelry, and other goods into India is strictly regulated. You must also allow for quarantine periods, e.g., when bringing animals.
Means of payment of $ 5,000 or more must be declared when you enter India.
High-value items such as cameras, monitors, and computers must be declared.
Bringing two pets per passenger is allowed for people who are transferring their residence to India and have not been in the country for at least two years before. However, be aware of the required health certificates and quarantine periods when doing so.
You may only import certain plants into India, which the Plant Quarantine Information System has compiled into various lists. Visit the Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage database for information on regulations for plants you plan to bring into India.
When entering India, you must declare any meat, meat products, fish, dairy, poultry products, as well as the fruit you are bringing with you.
Carrying certain items and goods is strictly prohibited for foreign visitors traveling to India. These include:
You need a special permit to import some items, plants, or animals in India. These include:
There are certain exceptions to import regulations for Indian nationals, such as monetary amounts or the importation of weapons and ammunition.