CAN I TRAVEL TO INDIA?
Updated Jan 19th 2021
Here's the latest on what we know...
WHAT'S THE LATEST TRAVEL UPDATE FOR INDIA?
What The Indian Government Says:
As of November 30th, the Indian government will begin accepting international tourists, however most international flights are still suspended. We are still a ways off from the open border we were familiar with pre-COVID, but if you are willing to do the following things you can visit India.
- All travelers must apply for a visa from the Indian Embassy beforehand.
- In order to enter the country, they must fill out a self-declaration form 72 hours before departure and submit a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival.
- Submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 96 hours before arrival.
- If they do not have negative test results, they will face 7 days of institutional quarantine followed by 7 days of at-home isolation.
- Travelers will also be thermally screened at the airport upon arrival.
- Any visitors showing symptoms will be isolated.
There are 20 countries that India has opened its borders to as of November 5th, including the UK and USA! You are however still subject to the rules above. You can learn more about the rules specific to each country HERE.
What The UK Government Says:
The UK government and FCO advise against all but essential international travel to India. If you do make it over and come back, you will need to self-isolate. Check here for more information on travel to India, from the UK government.
Additionally, the UK has announced a new national lockdown that will last until at least mid-Feb so until then if you are in the UK you will need to stay at home :(
So, can you travel to India? The answer is, most likely! You have a few hoops to jump through but it is certainly possible. However, given the current COVID situation in the country we recommend you wait a bit longer before making the journey. If you do decide to go remember that there are still parts of the country that are on high levels of lockdown and make sure your travel insurance covers you. For an insurance that covers travelers where most other providers don't, check out Battle Face Insurance.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT INDIA?
Of course, when planning an amazing trip to an amazing destination, it goes without saying that you want to know when the best time to visit! So, when is the best time to visit India? It's between October and March when the weather is most likely to be dry, sunny and warm. December and January are much cooler months with April and May having high humidity, thunderstorms and increasing temperatures. November onwards is the best time to visit southern India as the monsoon season has ended.
India is a country with endless offers, from multiple cities and beaches to choose from with each one being different from the other. India has got it all, no matter what type of travel you are after! Fancy just having a beer on the beach, topping up your tan? Wandering around the busy streets of Delhi or watching the sunrise from the mesmerizing Taj Mahal? Well, you've come to the right place! Here are just a few of the must-dos in India...
You can't go to India and not go to a cooking class, simple. We can already smell all the spices. You'll get a real taste for Indian culture (pun very much intended)! You'll learn some traditional Indian dishes, and then enjoy the tasty meal you've made. So don't mess it up, no pressure! When going back home, you'll be able to show off all your new cooking skills, learnt from the best! After becoming the next Masterchef, you'll be heading off to Agra, home to one of the Seven Wonders!
Imagine the sun rising over one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture, one of the seven wonders of the world to be exact! No need to imagine anymore though as you'll get to marvel at the incredible views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise on this trip! Here's a fact for ya; did you know that the Taj Mahal was built as a romantic gesture to house the tomb of the emperor's wife?! And we can't even get a text back! After taking in the picturesque postcard moment, you'll learn about how it was built and the story behind this unreal monument as well as visiting the tombs. Next, you will be heading to a beautiful palace for lunch, a cheeky TruExlcusive, before journeying to Ranthambore National Park. Can't get much better than a beautiful sunrise at the Taj Mahal and scenic lunch!
Make sure your inner photographer comes out because this morning you'll be spotting some unreal wildlife (fingers crossed), it will definitely help if you've got the eye of the tiger (sorry, we had to). An array of local wildlife to be spotted, such as monkeys, peacocks, deer, a few crocs and if lucks on your side hopefully some wild tigers, a very surreal moment! You won't be finding any Carole Baskins here! After a fantastic experience on the safari, you have the rest of the day free to enjoy the sunshine and relax.
Whether you'll become the next big Bollywood star or chef, you do not want to miss out on these experiences in India. So although we may not be able to get there right now, we know we will be able to again one day that's for sure! For now, we've got to dream onnnnn (the wise words of Aerosmith)!
As Always TruFam,
Don't Quit Your Day Dream