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Heathrow and Gatwick: Latest Covid and Foreign Office travel rules for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal

Families have been reunited and bucket list destinations have been visited now that Covid travel rules have all but been scrapped. But although England has now dropped all coronavirus restrictions on international travel, flying abroad can still be complex – depending on where you are going.

While Covid cases in the UK appear to have stabilised, it is important to be mindful of the situation in other countries.

MyLondon has compiled a list of what you need to know to ensure you aren’t caught off guard by unexpected travel regulations when traveling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, which you can visit from airports in London, including Heathrow and Gatwick. All rules are correct as of May 16.

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India

India is currently experiencing a stable situation with regards to Covid-19 cases across the country, although some states have seen a slight increase in cases.

All travelers must submit a self-declaration form on the “Air Suvidha” online portal before the planned trip. Since February 24, 2022, Covid-19 vaccination certificates can be uploaded instead of a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report on this form.

If you are not vaccinated, you will need to upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report, the test having been carried out within 72 hours before undertaking the trip.

There is no longer a requirement for testing on arrival or home quarantine for 7 days. The requirement for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India has also been removed.

The only requirement on arrival is currently to self-monitor for 14 days. Other requirements may be introduced at short notice. Some travelers may be subject to random testing or temperature checks upon arrival at airports, and if you test positive, you may be subject to institutional quarantine.

Pakistan

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against travel to certain areas of Pakistan. However, as FCDO mentions, in recent years the security situation in Pakistan has improved considerably.

As for Covid, passengers aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake flights to Pakistan. Travelers to Pakistan are required to provide their details through the Pass Track app. You may also be required to complete a health declaration form upon arrival.



Pakistan is a popular destination

Bangladesh

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Bangladesh without the need to quarantine, provided your vaccination course has been completed at least 14 days prior to your arrival. Bangladesh will accept UK proof of Covid-19 vaccination card.

Arriving passengers who are unable to provide proof of vaccination or proof that their vaccination program has been completed at least 14 days before arrival, must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test based on RT PCR performed no later than 72 hours before departure. departure for Bangladesh.

If you need to test, you should no longer use an NHS PCR test and instead use a private service.

Nepal

People who have completed the Covid-19 vaccination at least 14 days before entering Nepal can obtain visas on arrival (you must bring proof of vaccination). Unvaccinated persons (aged five and over) can also obtain a visa on arrival, but must be able to show a negative PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before the first departure flight.

Nepal will accept British proof of recovery and vaccination against Covid-19 and proof of vaccination against Covid-19. Your last dose of vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before travel.

Unvaccinated people will also need, upon entering Nepal:

  • a passport with a validity of more than six months;
  • a travel insurance document that covers health, immediate crisis or rescue for the duration of your trip
  • Printed copy of International Traveler Online Arrival Form obtained after ARMS-DIMS online check-in. You should also be prepared to show proof of your original hotel reservation.

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