Market overview

The Indian Government is taking steps to ensure that the country is prepared to face the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. Lockdown measures vary from state to state, so empowering citizens with accurate information has become of critical importance. To provide clear instructions on the local regulations in place, the Government is providing simple and accessible infographics for citizens on its official COVID-19 portal.

Although India has been reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases, the country is slowly opening up with protocols being strictly implemented to curb the virus. Weekly markets, hotels, inter-state travel and malls are all now open and operational. Education institutions including schools, universities and coaching institutions have been closed since 23 March. The government has further extended this timeline until 30 September. Keeping in mind the rising cases of coronavirus, the central government has not set a firm timeline to open educational institutions.

There are currently no restrictions on inter-state or intra-state travel of people and goods across the country. There are plans to further expand domestic flights and passenger train services, which have been operating on a limited scale to date.

Economic activity outside of containment zones is almost back to normal, with offices, shops and other commercial establishments open for business. Adhering to social distancing measures and wearing of masks in public spaces is mandatory.

For more information on doing business in India, visit myNZTE - our free online portal for curated, in-depth information and guidance. 

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Last updated: 19 Jun 2020
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Supply chain, freight and logistics

Transport of cargo, freight and interstate movement of goods is now open across India. Cargo flights are fully operational with air freight arriving from a number of international and domestic destinations.


Domestic flights in India have now resumed, with more flights being added as economic activity continues to pick up across the country.

Airlines have now increased the number of flights in operation depending on supply and demand, while also factoring in restrictions or conditions put in place by several States. Some major airports have imposed a strict upper limit on number of flights that can operate from these airports.

India has revised its guidelines for international travellers. All travellers are required to submit a self-declaration form online at least 72 hours before their scheduled travel and follow the latest government guidelines pertaining to home quarantine.

Hotels in Mumbai have been operational since July, and authorities in Delhi have also allowed hotels in the city to reopen from 1 September. These hotels will follow standard operating procedures issued by the central government.

Tradeshow and event information

Numerous international tradeshows and events have been postponed or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Make sure you proactively check with organisers for any tradeshow or event you're scheduled to attend – conditions and regulations are changing rapidly overseas, and events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice.

Below is the status of major Indian tradeshows and events that NZTE's teams are aware of.

If you have questions about an event not listed here, please contact the organisers in the first instance or get in touch with NZTE for further advice.

  • Annapoorna ANUFOOD India, Mumbai – postponed to 26-28 November 2020

  • CII Agrotech, 5 – 8 December 2020, Chandigarh

  • Dairytech India, Bangalore – 29-31 January 2021

  • 6th Smart Cities India Expo, Delhi – 24-26 March 2021

Sector insights

As is to be expected, numerous sectors have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you'll find information on any COVID-19 effects across important sectors and industries in India.


The first round of airport privatisations took place in February 2019, when airports in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvanthanapuram and Guwahati were cleared for operation, management and development through a public-private partnership model.

These developments are likely to open up new opportunities for New Zealand companies operating in India’s aviation sector and with experience collaborating on previous privatisation initiatives.

Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies
COVID-19 helpline for businesses
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
New Zealand Export Credit (NZEC)
MFAT Export Helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Callaghan Innovation
Ministry of Health
WorkSafe New Zealand

Global agencies

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.