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Corona in India: All information about the situation on site. Is a vacation possible? What is the number of Covid19 cases? Information on entry, restrictions, curfews.

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Update: May 10th, 2021 - The number of infections in India has long remained at a comparatively moderate level if you put it in relation to the number of inhabitants (approx. 1.366 billion). But since mid-March 2021, the numbers have increased dramatically. The health system is overloaded. In addition, India was declared a virus variant area.

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Coronavirus India: Cases & Infection Numbers

Status on May 10th, 2021:

  • 22,700,000 proven cases (+ 390,000 compared to the previous day)
  • 246,000 deaths (+3,769 compared to the previous day)
  • 18,700,000 recovered

Source: John Hopkins University

Coronavirus India: Vaccinations

Proportion of the population with at least one vaccination (in percent):

Coronavirus: Visa and Entry to India (Changes and Restrictions)

Since March 13, 2020, all issued Visa invalid. Commercial travel to India is generally prohibited. However, there are individual flight connections, for example with Lufthansa.

It is currently not possible for tourists to obtain an India visa.

According to the Foreign Office, exceptions to the entry ban are subject to regular changes and are limited to visas for specific purposes of residence, including official travel ("official"), for gainful employment ("Employment") or for OCI card holders.

Upon entry, you will need:

  • negative PCR test (max. 72 hours old)
  • Completed self-declaration form (including upload of the negative PCR test result)
  • Registration printout
  • Passport copy

The Aarogya Setu Covid19 contact tracking app must also be used.

The Foreign Office recommends the website of New Delhi Airport for up-to-date information on entry modalities, test and quarantine regulations.

After arriving in India, another, chargeable PCR test must be carried out. The arrival area may only be left after receiving the test result.

A Visa extension for Germans who are already in India, an application must be made online via the locally responsible Foreigners Regional Registration Office. According to the FRRO, tourist visas are to be extended free of charge, and there will be no overstay fee for departures up to 30 days after re-authorization for commercial travel.

The Foreign Office warns against unnecessary trips to India and recommends German citizens who are currently in India to consider a temporary return to Germany until the tense situation in the health care system has improved again.

The German embassy has one Hotline set up for German citizens:

Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: +91 (0) 11-44199 199;

Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: +91 (0) 11-44199 251; +91 (0) 11-44199 252; +91 (0) 11-44199 253; +91 (0) 11-44199 254

Entry from India to Germany

Since April 26, 2021, India has been an area with particularly high risk of infection (Virus variant area).

Therefore, before entering the country:

If one of the conditions is not met, the airlines are not allowed to take the passenger with them.

After entering Germany:

  • Quarantine obligation 10 days (duration may vary depending on the state)

Air travel to India

Since March 23, 2020 all commercial flight connections set to and from India. This measure has been extended several times, now until further notice. However, there are flights with special permits.

In addition to Air France, KLM and Air India, Lufthansa usually offers return flights from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore three times a week. Travelers stranded in the country looking for repatriation should contact the German embassy in India.

National borders

India's national borders are closed. Entry or departure / onward travel by land is therefore not possible.

Corona in India: Information on the current situation in the country

Curfews

On March 25, 2020, the Indian government issued a nationwide curfew for the first time. This was extended several times and later adapted to the local infection process. In so-called “containment areas” (red zones with high numbers of COVID-19 infections) there is a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. There may be loosening or even stricter rules locally and regionally.

Due to the sharp increase in the number of infections since March 2021, there are more curfews again.

Public life

There were already many restrictions in place during the first wave, including shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, attractions and schools.

Over time, more and more restrictions were lifted, in part despite the increasing number of cases, in order to stop the collapse of the economy.

In principle, restrictions and easing of the situation are adapted to the local situation. In some cases, very different regulations apply in the individual federal states. It is therefore advisable to inform yourself regularly, as there is a risk of penalties for violating regulations.

The use of the Covid-19 tracking app "Aarogya Setu" is partly mandatory.

In some public places, quick tests (for a fee) are carried out that are not voluntary.

Transport and traffic

At times, the borders between the states were closed, there was no more domestic air, bus or rail traffic. In the meantime, domestic air, bus and rail traffic has resumed to a limited extent.

In some states, there is a mandatory quarantine for arriving passengers.

India vacation despite Corona?

When can I go on vacation to India again?

It is currently not possible to enter India as a tourist. India has suspended the validity of all visas issued to foreigners until the ban on commercial international travel is lifted.

There is still no official date from when destinations such as Mumbai, Jaipur or Delhi can be visited again. Due to the sharp increase in the number of infections and a health system that is on the verge of collapse, a quick opening is not to be expected.

It is questionable whether international tourists can travel to India again before 2022.

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04/26/2021 India is considered a virus variant area as of today

Since April 26, 2021, India has been classified as an area with a particularly high risk of infection (virus variant area). For travelers returning from India, there is therefore an obligation to register before entering Germany. In addition, a negative Covid19 test (according to the quality standards of the RKI) is required.

If one of the conditions is not met, the airlines are not allowed to take the passenger with them.

After arriving in Germany, there is a ten-day quarantine obligation (the duration may vary depending on the federal state).

India has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of infections since mid-March 2021. The health system is on the verge of collapse. Many hospitals can no longer accept patients.

 

11/27/2020 Flight ban remains in place

India has extended the ban on international flights until December 31, 2020. Scheduled flights on certain routes can, however, be approved on a case-by-case basis. There are also special rules with 18 states.

 

11/23/2020 India: More than 9 million corona cases

In India, the total number of proven corona cases exceeded 9 million over the weekend.

  • Positive: The number of new cases that occur every day has been falling continuously for weeks.
  • Cons: In New Delhi's hospitals, the available intensive care beds with ventilators are becoming scarce. 90 percent are already occupied.

In the capital, the fine for not wearing a mask four times has now been increased to 2,000 rupees (approx. 27 USD).

 

11/11/2020 India: No regular air traffic until March 2021?

Earlier this month, India extended the ban on international commercial scheduled flights to November 30th. The portal The Indian Express now points to sources in the aviation industry that, given the development of the pandemic, it is likely that regular commercial operations in international sectors will remain suspended until March 2021.

India has meanwhile closed travel bubbles with 19 states, which allow air traffic between the two countries. However, these are primarily transport flights. There are also individual passenger connections that are used for repatriations and business travelers. Tourist visas are still not issued.

 

07/17/2020 Infection numbers rise sharply

As of today, India has more than 1 million proven corona infections.

Due to the increasing number of cases, there are again restrictions. In Goa there is again a night curfew, the city of Bangalore was cordoned off and around 125 million people in the state of Bihar had to go back into lockdown.

Meanwhile, India has agreed a number of flights between India and France and India and the US for the second half of July. Talks with Germany are also close to being concluded.

 

07/05/2020 International scheduled flights remain prohibited

The ban on commercial passenger flights to and from India has been extended again, this time until (at least) July 31, 2020. It will be decided in mid-July whether international flights will resume in August.

 

06/29/2020 The ban on international flights remains in place.

Recently there has been speculation about the resumption of international flights. However, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has now announced that all commercial flights to and from India will be suspended until July 15.

However, it is possible that individual flights on selected international routes will be approved after an examination.

The ban on international passenger flights to India has been in effect since March 22, 2020.

 

05/31/2020 International flights remain prohibited

The Indian aviation authority DGCA has announced that international commercial passenger flights to India will remain banned until at least June 30, 2020. Domestic flights have been possible again this week.

 

May 21, 2020 From June 1st, trains will run again

Train traffic in India will also be resumed, albeit with a reduced supply. Tickets for the 200 trains that will be in operation on June 1st can now be booked. Here is a list of the connections.

 

May 21, 2020 domestic flights possible again

As several Indian media report unanimously, domestic air traffic will resume on Monday, May 25th, 2020. Passenger flights had previously been banned for almost two months. However, the start on Monday may only be carried out with a third of the capacity existing before the blockage.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has also drawn up guidelines for airlines and passengers that must be observed when operating flights.

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05/18/2020 Still no flights to India

The ban on commercial air travel to India has been extended to (at least) May 31, 2020. Thus, neither entry nor exit are possible. National rail traffic will also be suspended.

 

May 8th, 2020 India: Visa extension

Due to the ban on commercial air travel, travelers who are still stuck in India are currently unable to leave the country. A Visa renewalg for those who are already in India, must be applied for online via the locally responsible Foreigners Regional Registration Office. According to the FRRO, tourist visas are to be extended free of charge, and for departures up to 30 days after re-admission of commercial travel, a fee due to overstay will be waived.

 

05/04/2020 India extends measures

In India, the curfew, which began on March 25, 2020, has been extended to May 17, 2020 for the time being. Commercial flight connections to and from India will also remain prohibited until May 17, 2020. Entry and exit are therefore not possible during this period.

04/23/2020 India: Another visa extension

As the Foreign Office reports in the current travel and security information, India has now extended the suspension of the validity of all visas issued to foreigners up to and including May 3, 2020.

In addition, visas for Germans who have already entered India remain valid. A visa extension for Germans who are already in India can be applied for online via the locally responsible Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO); a personal interview is not necessary.

According to the FRROs, extensions of tourist visas up to and including May 3, 2020 should be granted free of charge; If you leave the country up to and including May 17, 2020, you will not be charged a fine for "overstay".

 

April 15, 2020 No easing in India

Commercial flight connections to and from India will remain suspended until at least May 3, 2020. The curfew was also up to 3.5. extended. Source: Federal Foreign Office

 

04/13/2020 Air traffic from India again?

Commercial air traffic to and from India has been suspended since March 23. This regulation should initially apply until April 15, 2020. An extension has not yet been announced. Now the German embassy in Delhi has indicated that there will be a Finnair flight to Europe next weekend. In fact, the following flight can be found in the booking mask:

  • Delhi to Helsinki on April 18, 2020 at 9.45 a.m. Price currently: 477 €

Update April 15, 2020: The no-fly regulation has been extended to at least May 3, 2020.

 

04/01/2020 Still no air traffic in India

Both national and international air traffic will be suspended until at least April 14th, 2020. There are exemptions, for example, for the federal government's return flights.

 

March 24th, 2020: India: Two return flights from Delhi / domestic air traffic will be suspended

There are two return flights from Delhi on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Domestic flights are only available today! The embassy is trying to provide support with buses, but this will also be difficult because the Indian states are closing their borders, as the German ambassador reported in his video message.

 

03/21/2020 Video messages for India travelers

The German ambassador to India provides daily short video clips on the question of what travelers in India can do now. Here is the current episode.

 

March 20, 2020 India: suspension of air traffic and curfew

The Federal Foreign Office reports:

“From Monday, March 23rd, all commercial flight connections to and from India will be suspended - initially for one week. Entry and exit are therefore no longer possible during this period. Please do not book flights for this period, even if they are still shown online as available!

Prime Minister Modi has called for a voluntary curfew from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. nationwide on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The German representations in India advise observing the curfew.Further - region-specific - restrictions on freedom of movement can also be imposed. Please keep informed."

More information can be found here.

 

03/15/2020 German Embassy in India sets up hotline

The New Delhi embassy has set up a hotline for German nationals with urgent questions about Covid-19:

Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: +91 (0) 11-44199 199;

Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: +91 (0) 11-44199 251; +91 (0) 11-44199 252; +91 (0) 11-44199 253; +91 (0) 11-44199 254

 

March 12th, 2020 Entry to India is no longer possible for the time being

“With effect from March 13, 2020, India has declared all visas issued to foreigners, initially limited to April 15, 2020, to be invalid. Entry to India (including transit) is therefore no longer possible. " Source: Federal Foreign Office

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Photos:

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Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and since then has also written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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