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Regulations for Foreign Travelers

For Entry into India

Any foreign tourist or Indian (apart from the infants below the age of six months), no matter arriving by air or sea, in the absence of a immunization certificate of yellow fever shall be kept in the quarantine isolation for a time period of 6 days, only if:

  • He reaches India within six days of transit or departure from an area that is yellow fever endemic.
  • He has arrived through a ship that started or transited from a country that was yellow fever endemic within thirty days of its arrival in India. But it must be made sure that the ship has not been disinfected as per the procedure that is laid by the WHO.

For Leaving India

The Indian government doesn’t conduct any health check on the passengers that are leaving India.

People departing for an area that is infected with yellow fever are recommended to get themselves immune, in their own interest. They are also advised to possess a valid vaccination certificate for yellow fever before they leave India.

There exists an administrative arrangement between the Bangladesh and Indian Government for the health control of land, air, and sea traffic. It states that if any land, air, and sea traffic from any third nation, reaches the airport, border check or port in any of the agreement nations and further directly arrives at the second nation of agreement, complete health check shall be carried in the nation of first arrival, following which the tourists will be allowed to move further for their health check on arrival in second nation.

Tourists Exempted from Production of Immunization Certificate

The below mentioned people are exempted from producing any kind of immunization certificate:

  • Children below the age of 6 months
  • Passengers or crew of any aircraft which moved through an airport that is located in an area infected with yellow fever provided it is approved by the Health Officer that these people have remained within the premises of the airport during their stay.
  • Individuals suffering from chronic illness besides having poor resistance who are exempted from being immunized. 

Countries Considered as Yellow Fever Infected

The below mentioned nations are considered to be yellow fever endemic:


Angola, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Benin, Congo, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Ghana, Ghambia, Gabon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mali, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Togo, Tanzania, and Zambia.

South America

Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, French Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Panama, and Venezuela

  • Only if it confirms to the individual, a yellow fever immunization certificate is valid. The international certificate of immunization or revaccination for yellow fever is valid for ten years, the day beginning soon after the individual got immune.
  • The foreign tourists who have passed or are living in countries infected with yellow fever, during the preceding 6 days, are accredited with visa only after they have produced the certificate of yellow fever immunization. When the entry reads, “Valid Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate Checked, after checking the immunization certificate, the foreign tourist is allowed to enter the respective nation.

Indian Laws and Regulations Related to Health

  • The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and Rules
  • The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act and Rules
  • Acts in Disability
  • Insecticides Act and Rules
  • Maternity Benefit Act and Rules
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and Rules
  • The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954
  • Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
  • Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998
  • The Pharmacy Act, 1948
  • The Transplantation of Human Organs Act and Rules
  • Environmental Acts and Rules
  • Consumer Protection Act and Medical Profession
  • Mental Health Act, 1987
  • Food Safety and Standards Regulations

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