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Diwali 2022

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.

The main festivities for Diwali are held in India, but it 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

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:
Entry requirements:
  • this may include COVID-19 vaccination requirements, screening and/or quarantine requirements for UK travellers

General Health

If you are attending Diwali celebrations abroad, you should consider:

If you think you need vaccines, malaria advice and/or tablets, you should have a travel health risk assessment.

After Travel

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.