19 Oct 2022
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 5 days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). In 2022, the 5 days of Diwali commence on 22 October.
Advice for travellers
If you are planning on travelling abroad to celebrate Diwali, you consider the following:
Foreign travel advice
Check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Foreign travel advice for each country you plan to visit and be aware that FCDO advice can change at short notice. In particular, check if there are:
Any travel advisories in place:
- for example, the FCDO currently advise against all travel to some parts of India, including the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir (with some exceptions)
- this may include COVID-19 vaccination requirements, screening and/or quarantine requirements for UK travellers
If you are attending Diwali celebrations abroad, you should consider:
- making sure you are up to date with routine UK schedule vaccinations
- check if you need any travel vaccinations or boosters before travel; you can find this out in the 'vaccinations' section of each country page
- consider if malaria is a risk at your destination, and if so, be aware of the measures you can take to prevent malaria, including mosquito bite avoidance
- having a valid, comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers COVID-19 related illness and/or unexpected delays
- avoiding insect bites and taking care with food and water safety precautions, respiratory hygiene and hand hygiene during travel and when you are abroad
- reviewing the advice on visiting friends and relatives
- reviewing the advice on personal safety, accident prevention, sexual health risks and sun safety
If you think you need vaccines, malaria advice and/or tablets, you should have a travel health risk assessment.
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.