What to expect
Protective measures to keep you safe during your journey.
Additional entry requirements and restrictions have been introduced due to COVID-19. These differ from country to country and may be subject to change with very little notice.
Please check the UK Government’s step-by-step guide to travelling abroad for the latest information.
Simply enter your destination and dates to check what COVID-19 tests, documentation or other requirements are needed for your trip.
The information provided on this page is for information purposes only and could be subject to change at very short notice. It is your responsibility to check and observe all the health and entry requirements applicable to your journey and you should always check the latest travel guidance from your government before you travel and the guidance provided by the relevant public authorities of your destination. Failure to meet applicable requirements means that British Airways will not be able to carry you, and compensation and care and assistance provisions will not apply.
We have additional entry requirements for several countries. Please read the relevant section if you are travelling to, or transiting through, these countries.
Only customers meeting the criteria below, can travel between India and the UK on a British Airways flight. Please make sure you qualify before travel:
You can find the requirements for the UK here
You must check if you are eligible to travel from India. You will not be allowed to board your flight if you do not meet these requirements.
Due to India’s air travel agreement with the UK, please be aware that Indian nationals can only travel with British Airways from India to the UK, Ireland and Cayman Islands and must hold a valid visa.
India nationals, regardless of foreign residency status, are not allowed to travel further to any other countries, unless their spouse is a foreign national or they are a seaman travelling with authorised documentation from the Ministry of Shipping.
Nationals of the UK and other countries
UK nationals, UK residents (excluding Indian nationals), nationals of other countries and spouses of these groups, can travel from India to the UK, and connect onwards to other countries.
You can also find out more by reviewing the travel requirements by country with our map.
If you are eligible to travel
1. You must complete a passenger locator form to board a flight to London.
2. A COVID-19 RT PCR negative result may be required depending on your vaccination status and destination country requirement. Check the requirements. Please ensure your test report meets the detailed requirements and has a QR code.
3. You must ensure your vaccination certificate meets the specific requirements of your destination country, such as featuring your full name, date of birth and passport number. Please visit the government website for your destination country for this information.
Pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements
We need to verify proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure before you can travel. We also have to make sure you’ve completed all mandatory travel declarations.
The quickest way to do this is by adding your proof of test and completing all documents in Manage My Booking before checking in.
Children aged under 5 are exempt from both pre-departure and post-arrival testing. If they develop COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, or during the home quarantine period, they are required to undergo testing and treatment.
How it works:
Please ensure you have completed the following requirements as per the Government of India mandate:
Find out more (including details of testing on arrival)
Please be aware that you need to meet the Saudi Arabia entry requirements to be able to travel.
If you have been vaccinated:
- Pfizer-BioNTech (or Comiraty)
- Oxford-AstraZeneca (or Covishield/SK Bioscience/Vaxzevria)
- Moderna and Johnson (or Spikevax)
- Johnson’s Janssen
If you have not been vaccinated:
For more information, see the UK Government’s latest advice on Saudi Arabia entry requirements.
Other important information
· Non-Saudi citizens are prohibited from entering Saudi Arabia if they are coming from or transited through the following countries 14 days before departure: Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Vietnam. Some categories are exempt from this suspension, find out more here.
Singapore entry requirements
Please be aware that for flights arriving into Singapore between 19 October 2021 and 26 March 2022, you will need to meet the Singapore entry requirements to be able to travel. Check the latest UK Government advice as it continues to change at short notice.
British Airways is taking part in the Singapore Government’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme. Fully vaccinated travellers who have tested negative for COVID-19 no longer have to quarantine for 7 days. All travellers flying with us to Singapore must participate in the VTL scheme or be a Singaporean national or residence holder in order to travel.
All travellers, except Singapore citizens or permanent residents, with recent travel history (including transit) to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe within the 14 days before departure for Singapore, will not be allowed entry into or transit through Singapore. Singapore citizens or permanent residents with recent travel history to these countries (including transit) in the 14 days before departure for Singapore are required to provide proof of a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR within 2 days prior to departure for Singapore.
Please ensure you are eligible to fly before purchasing a ticket.
Before you travel:
Further restrictions and exemptions apply. Please remember that it’s your responsibility to check the latest travel advice.
COVID-19 testing information
Short-term visitors will need to buy travel insurance with COVID-19 cover. Find out more.
The US Government has introduced new laws on COVID-19 testing and the wearing of face masks as you travel. Please check the latest US entry requirements before you travel.
Get your documents prepared and approved in advance with the VeriFly app
For a quicker and easier journey, you can upload your COVID-19 travel documents into the VeriFLY app before you check in online and arrive at the airport:
The app then checks that you meet your destination's requirements and displays a pass or fail message. You’ll receive an app notification and email with the full results.
Once your documents have been fully verified, you’ll be able to check in online. Make sure you bring all your original COVID-19 documents with you during your journey and look out for dedicated VeriFLY check-in and fast track lanes.
For further information about worldwide travel, please check the UK Government’s travel advice and entry requirements by country
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It is your responsibility to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for your outbound and return journey, including any flight connections.
The app that checks your COVID-19 health documents before you travel so you can quickly get through the airport.
Outbound routes from the UK - Available on selected outbound routes (including all destinations in Antigua, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Egypt, France, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, South Africa, St Lucia, Switzerland, Turks & Caicos, UAE and USA).
Arrivals into the UK - Available on all international flights into the UK (excluding from Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal).
Common Travel Area - The Common Travel Area is comprised of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. You don’t need to use VeriFLY if your journey is only within the Common Travel Area, (except if you’re travelling to Ireland).
The app will prompt you to confirm your flight details and ask you to upload proof of a negative COVID-19 test, vaccine certificate and any other required documents. (If you have a connecting flight, please only add flight details for the final leg of your journey. If you’re connecting through the UK, you’ll still need to complete a passenger locator form separately).
The app checks that you meet your destination's requirements and displays a pass or fail message. You’ll receive an app notification and email with the full results.
Once your documents have been fully verified, you’ll be able to check in online.
Make sure you bring all your original COVID-19 documents with you during your journey and look out for dedicated VeriFLY check-in and fast track lanes.
VeriFLY is a third-party travel readiness app, provided by Daon. Using this third-party service is optional. You’ll be able to present a test certificate and other documentation at the airport if you prefer but please note this will require extra time and you won’t be able to check in online the day before. Please remember, it is your responsibility to check and observe all of the latest health and entry requirements applicable to your journey before you travel.
British Airways will not share your booking information with VeriFLY. You remain subject to British Airways’ Terms and Conditions of Carriage which are applicable to your booking, including in relation to denied boarding for failure to meet country entry requirements.
It is your responsibility to check and observe all the health policy and country entry requirements. If you fail to meet applicable requirements, we will not be able to carry you and compensation, care and assistance provisions will not apply and we will have no further liability to you.
Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your journey, you may need a visa or an equivalent form of authorisation for every country you enter as part of your journey — even if you are only connecting from one flight to another. This is in addition to a valid passport.
Check if you need a visa via the IATA Travel Centre - it's free to check and also includes passport and health requirements, as well as customs, currency and airport information.
Each passenger is responsible for checking and conforming with the entry and exit requirements at their arrival and return destinations. If you have made a booking on behalf of someone else, you must provide them with this information. Requirements may include temperature checks, proof of negative PCR COVID-19 tests or completion of forms. Please be aware that if you fail to comply with these requirements you may not be able to travel or be allowed to enter your destination.
If you’re transferring, you still need to meet the requirements to be able to fly.
Customers transiting through the UK (remaining airside and not passing through border control) travelling onwards to international destinations are no longer required to complete a passenger locator form.
UK Government rules mean there are restrictions on flight connections based on where you’re connecting to and if you have visited any high-risk red list countries in the last 10 days. You must follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory you have been in, or passed through, in the previous 10 days which may include transit stops.
Connecting to destinations within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (the Common Travel Area)
If you have not travelled through a red list country in the last 10 days, you can continue your onward journey in England. You’re still able to connect flights at London Heathrow, Gatwick or any other UK airport, but you must stay airside (do not pass border control) and go straight through Flight Connections. You still need to comply with the entry requirements for your final destination. Please remember to follow the advice if you’re travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you have travelled through a red list country in the last 10 days, you must stop your journey at your first point of arrival in England. You must book a quarantine hotel and arrange COVID-19 tests. You still need to comply with the entry requirements for your final destination. Please remember to follow the advice if you’re travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Connecting to destinations in the Rest of World
For destinations in the rest of the world (outside the Common Travel Area), you won’t need to stop your journey. You’re still able to connect flights at London Heathrow, Gatwick or any other UK airport, but you must stay airside (do not pass border control) and go straight through Flight Connections. If you do not pass border control, you will not need to quarantine. You still need to comply with the entry requirements for your final destination.
Further restrictions: Other rules which you must follow
Please check gov.uk website for the requirements and anything else you will need to follow e.g. transit visas.
Anyone transiting through the UK who passes through immigration, but who is not travelling directly to the next airport, or has an overnight connection, is required to comply with UK Government restrictions, including booking a quarantine hotel and COVID-19 tests if you have travelled through a red list country in the last 10 days. You should only travel directly to the airport when it is time to catch your next flight.
For more information please visit the UK Government website.
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