Country factsheets

India

Date of search

23 August 20 21


Certificate adoption

Digital proof of vaccination available for download through a smartphone application although it carries no special uses in the country or for foreign travel (some states going ahead with changes https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/new-vaccine-certificate-for-those-going-abroad/article34859879.ece

This is however under review, and is being considered for exemption of RT-PCR requirements in some states and nationally https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-which-states-are-allowing-vaccinated-travellers-the-conditions-7358245/

Only one vaccine is approved by WHO (AstraZeneca by SII, or Covishield) and there is talk of linking vaccine certificates with education, work and sports representatives where needed for interantional travel https://www.livemint.com/news/india/covid-vaccination-certificates-to-be-linked-to-passport-of-students-people-with-jobs-abroad-read-here-11623075253154.html

State wise differences of vaccine certificates also observed. CoWIN is national though, as is Aarogya Setu


Instrument type

Vaccination based


Certificate name

Vaccination certificate available through the Co-WIN portal or Arogya Setu App


Timeline

Launched since first vaccine rollout in April 2021


Certificate details

The certificate carries all the basic details of the beneficiary, such as
1.Name
2.Age
3.Gender
4.All the details of vaccination. Under the vaccination details, one can find details like vaccine name, date of receiving the first dose, next due date, location at which the person got vaccinated, and by whom.


Certificate format

Electronic record of vaccination, also made available to those who need via paper


Entry protocol

As of February 22, all travelers must upload a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal, as well as a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the journey. They must also declare via the portal that they will quarantine at home for 14 days on arrival.

Travelers arriving from the UK or Middle East must fill in the same form, declaring their travel history of the past 14 days, and any connecting flights on arrival in India, as well as provide a negative PCR test. They will be segregated in-flight or while disembarking and must undergo a further PCR test on arrival

Transit passengers coming from these countries who test negative can catch their connecting flights, but must quarantine at home for seven days, and take a test at the end of the quarantine period.


Travel bubble

Many countries listed here, a distinctino made between bubble arranegments and travek agreements : https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/en/about-air-transport-bubbles


Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

AstraZeneca manufactured by SII, Covaxin, Gamelaya Sputnik


Border status

Closed except under pre-approved circumstances. All travellers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically after arrival at the respective health counters.