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Guide For Indian Students Flying To The US, UK, Australia, NZ, Canada

By Yash Yadav

Flying globally can be an alarming prospect. There are airline guidelines, the pressure to track down reasonable tickets, baggage limitations and more. For Indian peers getting ready to head out from India to the USA or other well-known abroad destinations, this can significantly really be overwhelming.

The restrictions have been changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, making reintroductions essential for even the most frequent travellers. Here is a comprehensive guide for Indian learners getting prepared to travel from India to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The United States

The US government has made it compulsory for all international visitors to be vaccinated. For a single dose of vaccines, they have approved Jansen/Johnson & Johnson while for double dose vaccines they require Indian nationals to have Moderna.

The US likewise necessitates that you get a Covid-19 test regardless of your vaccination status like one day before you travel into the country. You will need to show your negative result to the airlines before you board. If you have recently recovered from Covid-19, you need to show documentary proof.

The length of travel is long and the journey is quite exhausting. For direct flights, the flight time from New Delhi to New York is approximately 15 hours 30 minutes.

Air India, Emirates and United Airlines are some of the airlines, though the latter will most likely require you to stop in Dubai for a few hours. The price of tickets may vary in accordance with the place from where you are travelling so it is better to book the ticket in advance.

Air India permits economy travellers to check-in 25kg while United permits 23kg. Weigh your bag in advance in order to prevent any fines for extra luggage. Masks are mandatory throughout the flight.

When you land in the US, you will need to get checked with a viral test within three to five days. Regardless of whether your result is negative, you will need to isolate yourself for an entire seven days from the date of your arrival.

The United Kingdom

The UK does not need all non-inhabitants heading out into the country to be vaccinated. Still, all Indians going to the UK, whether they are vaccinated or not, are needed to finish a couple of mandatory steps before boarding their flight.

This includes:

1. Take a Covid-19 test two days before your flight.

2. Booking and paying for a Covid-19 RT-PCR test that you will have to take when you land.

3. Completing a passenger locator form 48 hours before you land in the UK.

For the passenger locator form, you’ll need your passport details, full travel details, the address you’re staying at in the UK, booking reference numbers for your Covid-19 RT-PCR test, and to indicate if you’re vaccinated or not.

Indians are considered fully vaccinated if they have a double dose of AstraZeneca (or locally known as Covishield), Moderna, or Covaxin, or a single dose of Janssen.

Whenever you become familiarized with these guidelines, you can book your flight. A non-stop departure from New Delhi to London is eight hours 50 minutes, with a lot of choices for delays on the off chance that you need a break between flying. Similarly, as with the past area, you should lead a wide quest at flights and compare costs prior to booking. Once more, check your stuff remittance before you fly.

After landing, you’ll need to self-quarantine in the spot you are remaining for 10 entire days and take the RT-PCR tests you would have booked prior to flying. In the event that you’re completely vaccinated and get a negative result, you can end your quarantine early, yet assuming you’re not, you’ll, in any case, need to complete the 10 days before you’re permitted to move around in the UK.


Canada requires all international travellers to be fully vaccinated. Vaccines accepted from India: AstraZeneca/Covishield, Covaxin, Moderna, or a single dose of Janssen.

You will likewise require confirmation of a negative Covid-19 molecular test from the Genestrings Laboratory at Delhi Air Terminal. This must be taken within 18 hours for a non-stop flight or 72 hours for a corresponding flight to Canada. You should take note that quick antigen tests are not accepted.

On the off chance that you’re not completely vaccinated, you might, in any case, be permitted into Canada, however under various conditions. In the first place, you’ll need to check if your university is a designated learning institution (DLI) with a Covid-19 readiness plan. In the event that it is, you want to bring your legitimate student permit and acceptance letter from your university.

The fastest direct departure from New Delhi to Toronto is roughly 14 hours 45 minutes.
On your flight, you will need to finish a Declaration Card. Assuming that you are completely vaccinated, you may be excluded from arrival testing except if randomly selected. In any case, you’ll get a required self-swab pack after leaving the air terminal.

You might be excluded from Canada’s 14-day quarantine assuming you’re completely vaccinated.


All Indians going to Australia should show that they have been completely vaccinated. You will be thought of as completely vaccinated in the event that you have any of these vaccines: AstraZeneca/Covishield, Moderna or Janssen.

You’ll have to finish an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) somewhere around 72 hours before the flight. Other than that, a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test should be required somewhere around three days before your planned flight and given to the aircraft when you check-in.

A non-stop departure from New Delhi to Melbourne is around 12 hours 15 minutes. As usual, you should check your things and compare costs prior to booking a flight. In the event that you’re taking a corresponding flight, make certain to check to assume the nation you are stopping in has any limitations or extra necessities when entering Australia.

Once you land, you will need to comply with the rules in the state or territory of your arrival. This most likely includes quarantine and post-arrival testing.

New Zealand

Indians visiting New Zealand should be completely vaccinated. The nation’s rundown of supported antibodies includes AstraZeneca/Covishield, Moderna, Sputnik V, Covaxin, Covovax, Novavax and Janssen. Three doses are required for the Zydus Cadila vaccine. The New Zealand government necessitates that you direct a COVID-19 pre-takeoff test prior to flying.

It will take you a normal of 16 hours 55 minutes to travel out from New Delhi to Auckland. As usual, check your baggage allowance and compare costs prior to booking a flight. Make a point to get a voucher affirming your place in a compulsory Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) facility for when you land.

You will be tested within 24 hours of arrival, too. Assuming you have symptoms or are looking out for your results, you will go into a quarantine facility, and if not, a managed isolation facility. Both facilities would be in hotels.

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