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Heathrow & Gatwick: Latest travel advice for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Travelling across the globe used to be a simple process of booking a ticket and boarding a flight. But since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, going on holiday comes with a few hoops to jump through.

From PCR tests to vaccination certificates, there are a few details you’ll have to bear in mind when venturing off abroad. Although some rules have either been scrapped or adapted, it’s highly advised to check before you travel in order to avoid any disappointment.

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Be sure to know your destination’s entry rules before booking flights

If you’re planning to head to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, here is the latest travel advice from the Foreign Travel Office.

India

Anyone planning to visit India will have to go through a thermal screening process upon entering the country. But as some restrictions have been scrapped, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to show a negative Covid PCR test upon arrival.

However, travellers may be subject to random Covid testing at airports. Visitors will also no longer be required to do a Covid test on the eighth day of arrival. Unvaccinated travellers will need to provide a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure.

Bangladesh



UK holidaymakers are advised to keep up to date with the constantly changing travel restrictions
UK holidaymakers are advised to keep up to date with the constantly changing travel restrictions

As travel restrictions ease around the globe, they have also been relaxed in Bangladesh. Vaccinated visitors are no longer required to quarantine as long as your vaccination course was completed 14 days prior to arrival.

Furthermore, a pre-departure Covid test is also no longer needed which should make travelling much smoother. But for those who have yet to be vaccinated, requirements for travel still remain in place.

Those without proof or vaccination will need to provide a Covid test taken 72 hours before entry in Bangladesh. But all travellers may be subject to additional Covid screening measures on arrival and those who test positive will need to quarantine at a government approved facility and cover the costs.

Pakistan



Lee-Ann and Susie were due to fly out of Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 in October
Passengers aged 12 and above are required to have received a Covid vaccination

Those planning to visit Pakistan who are fully vaccinated will no loner be required to provide a negative Covid test 72 hours before arrival. But visitors are required to give contact information through the Pass Track App and to fill in a health declaration form on arrival.

Passengers aged 12 and above are required to have received a Covid vaccination in order to fly inbound in Pakistan. But children aged under 12 do not need to show proof of vaccination.

Those who are exempt are people who have received a medical certificate stating that they do not require a Covid vaccination for health reasons or are pregnant.



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Sri Lanka

Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a negative pre-departure Covid test. But all visitors are required to have Covid-19 travel insurance before entry.

Proof of vaccination must not be digital as it will not be accepted. A printed version of your Covid vaccination certificate will only be accepted. Your vaccination must have been administered at least 14 days prior.

Unvaccinated visitors will need to show a negative PCR test taken 72 days before travelling. You will need to stay in a Tourism Bio Bubble until either you reach 14 days post vaccination or seven days after arrival.

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