Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
This program is based in Jonga, India. Students traveling from the United States should purchase a ticket to New Delhi which is about a one-hour flight (or a 12-hour drive) from Kullu (Bhuntar). On arrival in New Delhi, students are permitted to travel to Kullu via a one-hour direct flight from IGI Domestic Airport, New Delhi, to Bhuntar, Kullu
Please arrive at the Kullu-Manali airport (KUU) on July 18th, 2022. Program staff will meet arriving students at the airport. Students will then be driven to the housing facilities located at Jong Village, Katrain, approximately a 45-minute drive. Please wait at the airport until a project member comes for you. We will have separate cars and two students per car. The windows will be kept open, and students will wear face masks at all times.
A summary of current travel requirements (as of December 2021) are provided below. However, students should consult the US Embassy in India for up-to-date requirements for travelers to India: https://in.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.
- As of February 22, 2021, all international travelers arriving in India, regardless of vaccination status, must upload a negative RT-PCR report to the Air Suvidha portal taken within 72 hours of the start of their journey. Additional testing on entry/quarantine may apply depending on nationality or country of embarkment/transit.
- All international passengers must visit newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/allairports and submit a self-declaration form at least 72 hours prior to departure for India. Travelers who are fully vaccinated and wish to partake of quarantine relaxations must also upload a copy of their vaccine certificate to the Air Suvidha Portal.
- Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. The type of screening depends upon where the traveler is coming from and/or transiting through and their vaccination status.
- All travelers, regardless of point of origin, will undergo thermal screening upon arrival. Symptomatic travelers will be isolated and re-tested.
- Travelers from most countries, regardless of vaccination status, will be permitted to depart the airport without further screening and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days post arrival.
- Travelers coming from or transiting through locations listed as, which do not have a vaccination agreement with India, will have to undergo another COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) upon arrival to India. Travelers with negative tests will be required to home quarantine for seven (7) days, retest on the eighth day, and continue to self-monitor for an additional seven (7) days. Travelers who test positive will be held in stringent isolation.
- The list of “Countries At-Risk” and those that have an agreement with India are updated regularly. Travelers should confirm the status of the country they are traveling from/transiting through prior to travel.
- If an arriving passenger is found to be COVID positive, they will be sent to 14 days institutional quarantine. The student will call the Director using the local call facility available at the Institutional Quarantine Center.
Contact information for the Director and program staff will be shared during the pre-travel program orientation.
It is recommended that the students only come by flight or cab and not by bus where the risk of contracting COVID-19 may be high.
Students and staff will travel from the field camp to the field site daily in separate vehicles. We will have 7-seater SUV’s and will have 4 students in each vehicle. Occupants will wear face masks at all times. Staff will be in the vehicle behind.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, call, text or email the project director A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
Students attending this program can come on an e-Tourist visa.
Indian Tourist e- Visa may be obtained by going to the following site: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
U.S. citizens of Pakistani or Bangladeshi descent are subject to administrative processing and should expect additional delays when applying for Indian visas.
On reaching the field school site, the student has to register with the local foreign registration office (The field Directors will facilitate the office visit).
Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.