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Diwali 2021

28 Oct 2021

Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. Customs of Diwali differ depending on the region and tradition.

The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). In 2021, the five days of Diwali are between 02-06 November 2021.

The main festivities for Diwali are held in India, but Diwali is also celebrated in many other countries around the world. Many people will travel abroad to visit friends and relatives at this time.

Advice for travellers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to disrupt international travel. For example, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) currently advise that all regularly scheduled international flights between the UK and India remain suspended with only a limited number of flights operating.

Before booking any travel abroad, you should be aware:

  • of the risk of COVID-19 in the country you are travelling to; you can check this under the 'alerts' section of each country page
  • that there may be entry restrictions, vaccination or quarantine requirements for UK travellers
  • that travel guidelines are liable to change at short notice

If you are planning on travelling abroad to celebrate Diwali, you should:

Furthermore, if you are attending Diwali celebrations abroad, you should consider:

If you become unwell after you return to the UK with a high temperature (fever) or flu-like illness, you should seek urgent medical advice. Always tell the healthcare professional about your recent travel abroad, particularly if you have travelled to a country where malaria is a risk.