Ministry of Tourism Issues SOP for International Tourists and Restoration of Tourist Visas


The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has issued latest guidelines and SOPs for the restoration of tourist visas in context of COVID-19.

A document describing the standard operating procedures for international tourists visiting India on a fixed itinerary involving pre-booked hotels and domestic flights has been issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

According to the document, a copy of which is with Outlook Traveller, apart from the present SOP, international tourists arriving in India also need to follow standard operating procedures and other advisories issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Civil Aviation from time to time and made available on their respective websites.

According to the guidelines for planning a visit to India, international tourists need to identify a recognised tour operator and arrange for the fixed itinerary with the tour operator for the period they plan to travel. All tourists shall either have vaccination completion certificate or a COVID-19 negative report at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically after arrival at the respective airports where such facility is available to get exemption from institutional quarantine. The guidelines also advise tourists to stay informed through their tour operator or from the Ministry of Health’s website about the current COVID status in India and the exisiting operating procedures/advisories available on the website of the Ministry.

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