Latest travel rules for India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh including PCR testing rules, quarantine requirements and other Covid rules for UK passengers
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British travel options are increasing with more and more countries opening up to British travelers for non-essential reasons such as holidays.
However, the majority of destinations continue to have their own travel restrictions in place, such as PCR testing requirements, quarantine rules, and in some cases their borders remain completely closed to foreign visitors.
Often Covid travel rules also depend on your vaccination status, with some countries relaxing the rules for those who are fully vaccinated.
Here we take a look at the latest travel rules for India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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Travel restrictions are correct at the time of writing but can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a destination before planning or departing on a trip.
All international flights to and from India remain suspended, but there are a limited number of flights between India and the UK.
There are strict entry requirements such as a requirement to submit an online pre-travel declaration form and to have proof of a negative Covid PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight. Once in India, there are strict rules for arrivals in the UK, including a mandatory seven-day home quarantine and another PCR test on the eighth day of your arrival.
It’s also worth noting that apart from any Covid rules, the UK Foreign Office advises against traveling to certain parts of India – you can read more in the advice here.
All travelers aged six or over must have a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of travel.
For passengers aged 15 and over, you will also need to be fully vaccinated against Covid to fly into Pakistan.
Arrivals are subject to rapid antigen tests at airports in Pakistan – if you test positive you will be moved to a quarantine facility for 10 days and you will be required to pay the cost.
Regardless of Covid-related rules, the UK Foreign Office advises against travel to certain areas of Pakistan – you can find out more here.
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Entry rules to Sri Lanka depend on your vaccination status and PCR tests before departure. All UK travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, must complete an online form before travel and have proof of Covid travel insurance (this is mandatory).
If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit without quarantine and do not need a PCR test upon arrival.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to stay in a “flexible bio-bubble” or one of the approved hotels for at least seven nights.
Unvaccinated children under 12 can travel with fully vaccinated parents.
Unvaccinated children 12 to 18 years old should take a PCR test on day one at an approved facility and quarantine until they receive a result. If the result is negative, they can be released from quarantine and return home/to a hotel with a fully vaccinated relative.
It should be noted that children who have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be considered fully vaccinated.
All passengers arriving from the UK must present the following:
- A medical certificate showing a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure (for passengers aged 12 or over)
- Confirmation of your vaccination status – you will need to have received the full course at least 14 days prior to entry for any quarantine exemptions
- A completed health declaration form and passenger locator form provided by the cabin crew.
Fully vaccinated Britons who have received their full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival can visit without quarantine.
If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. (It does not need to be in a government facility).
In addition to Covid-related advice, the UK Foreign Office advises against non-essential travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts, excluding Chittagong City or other parts of Chittagong Division. Learn more here.