Updated 26 October 2021
Even before the pandemic, travelling from Pakistan to India (and vice versa) has always been a complicated affair. The visa process for residents of both countries is strict, to say the least, and involves a ton of paperwork. Combined with the travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic, the question of whether one can travel to India from Pakistan has never been more relevant.
So would Pakistani residents be able to travel to their neighboring country? What are India’s travel restrictions for Pakistani residents? Here is all you need to know about travelling to India from Pakistan.
Can I travel to India from Pakistan?
Yes, so long you are able to obtain the right Indian visa.
India does not issue tourist visas to Pakistani nationals, which means entry to India would depend on the nature of their visit. Those looking to travel to India for essential, business, or religious purposes may apply for the relevant visa as facilitated by the Indian government.
Pakistanis who are able to obtain the pertinent Indian visa would then be able to travel to India via chartered flights until 15 November.
India entry requirements
Fresh guidelines for all international arrivals to India have recently been announced.
Before departing to India, all travellers must:
- Submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel. If travelling from a category A country, fully vaccinated travellers must upload their vaccine certificate
- Provide a declaration to comply with the government’s rule of home quarantine/self-monitoring for 14 days as warranted
- Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report conducted within 72 hrs prior to travel
Testing and quarantine requirements
Upon arrival, all travellers will be subjected to thermal screening and their self-declaration form will be requested. Travellers found to be symptomatic will immediately be isolated and transported to a medical facility. If tested positive, the traveller will be subject to 14-day home quarantine.
Arrivals from Pakistan currently don’t face any quarantine measures provided they do not show symptoms or test positive for the viral infection.
Other countries that fall under different categories of quarantine treatments:
Category A countries
Category A countries are those which have an agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of nationally or WHO recognized vaccines. Countries without any agreement with India but nonetheless exempting fully vaccinated Indians are also considered category A countries.
These countries are the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, and Serbia.
Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from these countries will be allowed to leave the airport and self monitor their health for the next 14 days.
Countries considered at risk include European countries including The United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe.
Non and partially vaccinated travellers arriving from these countries (excluding category A countries) will be subject to 7-day home quarantine.
As mentioned, Indian tourist visas are not being issued to Pakistani travellers. As such, Pakistani residents planning on travelling to India must obtain one of the following visas:
- Diplomatic visa
- Non-diplomatic visa
- Official visa
- Visitor visa
- Business visa
- Three-year business visa for Pakistani businessmen
- Transit Visa
- Student Visa
- Medical Visa
- Visa on Arrival, only available for 65-year-olds travelling on foot
Please note that the mentioned visas would require a set of documents and may also require sponsorship by an Indian referee.
Flights from Pakistan to India
Pakistan International Airline, Emirates Airline, FlyDubai, SriLankan Airlines are operating flights from Pakistan to India for the month of November. Flights are departing from Lahore, Karachi to cities in India the likes of Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai.