All You Need to Know about Travel to and from India in 2021: COVID Testing, Quarantine, Exemption Categories

February 18, 2021: The Government of India revised the guidelines for international travelers flying into India directly or indirectly – which will take effect on 23:59 hrs on February 22, 2021. Please check the latest guidelines for international arrivals in India in detail.

The COVID19 health emergency has disrupted international travel to such a great extent that air travel is subject to many regulations and restrictions. With airlines resuming services and countries reopening airports amid the pandemic, international travel is getting complicated. From booking air tickets to boarding flights, every step entails certain regulations for travelers. In the current scenario of the changing norms related to air travel, you need to be well-informed about your travel eligibility, the destination country’s entry requirements, and the operating airline’s SOP.

This article is part of our continued series on booking Air India’s VBM flights and air travel bubble flights to and from India. Indian Eagle, a most trusted travel-booking partner of Indian Diaspora, is committed to making air travel simpler and easier.

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Foreign nationals, including OCI and PIO cardholders, can travel to India

In a major development, the Government of India relaxed visa and travel restrictions for all foreign nationals, including OCI and PIO cardholders, in order to facilitate their travel to India on air bubble and VBM flights. OCI cardholders’ travel to India is no more subject to any category-based eligibility unlike before. All foreign nationals including those of Indian origin can book flights to India for any purpose, except tourism. The Ministry of Home Affairs announced plans to restore all existing visas to India, barring tourist visa, with immediate effect. Reportedly, foreign nationals can apply for a medical visa and can travel to India for medical treatment/emergency.

Also, OCI cardholders below 20 and above 50 years of age, with renewed passports but old OCI cards, can travel to India given the further relaxation of visa and travel restrictions. June 30, 2021 is the new deadline for them to get OCI cards reissued. The deadline for the PIO to OCI card conversion has also been extended through December 2021.

No registration for flights to and from India  

Good news for international travelers flying into and out of India! Now booking VBM flights and air bubble flights is simpler and easier. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has eased the regulations for passengers of flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and the air transport bubble arrangement. Those planning to travel on Air India’s VBM flights from abroad need not register with the Indian Embassy or consulates in the countries where they are currently residing or stranded. Similarly, travelers booking air bubble flights, inbound or outbound, are no longer required to apply to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Providing their details, including the places of departure and arrival, to the airlines operating their flights to and from India will be enough. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has designated airlines operating VBM and air bubble flights as agencies for registering passenger details.

COVID-19 Test is mandatory for travelers flying into USA

With effect on January 26, 2021, all international travelers flying into the United States must provide a negative RT-PCR test report or valid documentation of recent recovery from COVID-19 at the time of boarding flights for any destination in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires you to take an antigen or NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test, for example, RT-PCR) test within 3 days prior to your scheduled departure for the US and submit the negative report to the airline. Antibody test reports will not be accepted for entry to the United States. Airlines are directed to deny boarding to those who do not provide a valid negative test report or proof of recovery. The documentation of recovery could be a letter from a certified healthcare provider or a public health official ascertaining that you are safe to travel.

This requirement for traveling to the United States applies to all international travelers, including US citizens and legal permanent residents. The CDC also recommends that international arrivals get tested within 5 days and quarantine themselves (stay indoors) for 7 days after their arrival in the US.

Indians with a B1/B2 visa to USA

Many people are looking to know if Indians can travel to USA on a visitor/tourist visa in COVID19 times. Yes, Indian passport holders with a valid B1/B2 visa can travel to USA from India. However, not all airlines are allowed to fly them to USA. Currently, Indian nationals can travel only on Air India and United Airlines flights to USA. They cannot travel on US-bound air bubble flights being operated by other airlines.

Guidelines for International Travelers to New York State 

Travelers to New York are not exempted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mandatory requirement – a negative RT-PCR test report or valid proof of recovery from COVID19 – for all international arrivals. If you are flying to New York from India and if New York is your final destination, you must quarantine yourself for 10 days from the day of arrival. A COVID test (not antibody test) on the 4th day after arrival can shorten the quarantine period. If you choose not to take a test after 3 or 4 days of arrival, you must complete the 10-day quarantine period in New York. In addition, you are required to fill out the NYS Travel Health Form before departure for or after arrival at a port of entry in New York State.

Quarantine rules for people traveling with kids to India

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has scrapped institutional quarantine for certain categories of inbound travelers from abroad. People traveling with kids below 10 years are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine upon arrival in India. In case they are found symptomatic in thermal screening upon arrival, they will be shifted to the onsite COVID-19 testing facility at the port of entry or the nearest healthcare facility for a test. FYI, major Indian airports have got a COVID testing facility. Read more about quarantine norms in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and other India cities.

Onsite COVID-19 test at Indian airports

Online booking of slots for COVID-19 tests at major Indian airports is available. Those traveling to India from abroad, without a negative RT-PCR test report, can book a slot for onsite testing at least one hour before their scheduled arrival at a port of entry in India. It takes maximum 6-10 hours to get the result depending on the rush of international arrivals on any given day. If the report is negative, they can continue onward travel to the final destination from the port of entry. Currently, the COVID testing facility for international arrivals is available at Delhi IGI Airport, Mumbai CSMI Airport, BLR Kempegowda Airport, Chennai MAA International Airport and Kochi International Airport, Kerala.

Read more about onsite COVID testing at major Indian airports.

Lufthansa’s COVID-19 test policy

In September 2020, Lufthansa will be operating 160 round-trip flights to India. In the September schedule of air bubble flights to India, Lufthansa will serve Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi. India’s continued air transport bubble arrangement with the United States and Germany has facilitated the September schedule of Lufthansa flights to India from USA and Canada via Frankfurt or Munich.

A negative COVID-19 test is not mandatory for boarding Lufthansa flights. Only asymptomatic people are allowed to travel on Lufthansa though. However, Lufthansa requires passengers to carry a medical certificate and a negative COVID test report in case they will not be able to keep wearing masks on board due to medical reasons. The conditional exemption to wearing masks during the flight will take effect from September 1 and apply to passengers of Lufthansa group airlines. The COVID-19 test must be taken within 48 hours of undertaking the journey.

Virgin Atlantic flights to India

Air bubble flights to India scheduled through September and October include Virgin Atlantic flights to Delhi and Mumbai starting September 2 and 17 respectively. Virgin Atlantic will be operating New York to India air bubble flights through London, and Delta Airlines will provide connections to New York from other US cities for Virgin Atlantic’s India flights. Virgin Atlantic offers a change of date fee waiver twice for flight rescheduling until September 2020.

Virgin Atlantic’s free COVID insurance policy

A complimentary COVID19 insurance is available on booking Virgin Atlantic flight tickets. The insurance will provide coverage worth £500,000 (over Rs 4.7 crore) for emergency medical and transport expenses related to COVID19. The policy applies to both new and existing bookings for Virgin Atlantic flights scheduled between August 24, 2020 and March 21, 2021. Check Virgin Atlantic’s COVID19 insurance coverage details and eligibility norms for travelers.

Flights to Kolkata from Delhi and Mumbai resume

Kolkata Airport is open to flights from Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad in September 2020. It is good news for Kolkata-bound international travelers as most VBM flights and air bubble flights are scheduled to arrive at Delhi and Mumbai. If travelers hold single PNRs for VBM or air bubble flights to Delhi or Mumbai with onward domestic connection to Kolkata, they will face institutional quarantine in Kolkata, not at the gateway destination. Three weekly flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad to Kolkata will be allowed except on September 7, 11 and 12.

India’s new no-fly rule for COVID19 travel

In a zero-tolerance approach to ensuring COVID protection on board, India’s aviation regulator directs airlines to put travelers refusing to cover their face on the no-fly list. If a passenger does not comply with the obligation of wearing a mask or face covering, he/she is likely to be denied boarding or deplaned. They may also be barred from flying for a certain period of time. The crew members of a flight reserve the right to decide who to put on the no-fly list. Several major airlines, including Delta Airlines, have the same ‘no-fly’ policy for passengers amid the COVID19 pandemic. The consequences of ending up on a no-fly list may include a lifetime ban on flying in India.

New COVID19 testing facility at Newark Airport    

Newark Liberty International Airport has got a COVID19 testing facility for airport employees, airline crew, and passengers. Located on Level 3 in Terminal B, the COVID testing facility has been operating for the past seven days and is currently accessible to the EWR airport workers and the airline crew. Arranged by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Newark Liberty Airport’s COVID19 testing facility comprises six screening rooms and can test up to 350 individuals a day. Both antibody testing and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing are available at the EWR airport facility. Reportedly, the on-airport COVID testing facility will be available to passengers soon.

Hot meals and inflight entertainment are back on board

India’s civil aviation ministry has issued new directives for airlines operating domestic and international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and the air transport bubble arrangement. As per the new SOP, passengers can be served pre-packed meals, snacks and beverages aboard domestic flights depending on the flight time and the policy of the operating airlines. Airlines operating international flights are also allowed to serve hot meals with limited beverages on board amidst precautions against COVID19. Airlines are directed to ensure that completely disposable trays, plates, cutlery, and containers are used on board. In all travel classes, flight attendants will be serving beverages in single-use disposable units. In-flight beverage-pouring service will continue to remain suspended. They will wear a new set of gloves for serving every meal.

Since international travel resumed under the Vande Bharat Mission, inflight entertainment had remained banned. The latest directives allow inflight entertainment on domestic and international flights. Airlines need to follow certain regulations concerning inflight entertainment, like providing disposable earphones or disinfecting earphones before every flight. With the lifting of ban on inflight entertainment, family travelers won’t have a tough time controlling kids on board.

799 thoughts on “All You Need to Know about Travel to and from India in 2021: COVID Testing, Quarantine, Exemption Categories

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Binu! Qatar Airways does not have approval to fly passengers from USA to India via Doha. There is no confirmation yet. Please watch out this space or our Facebook page for latest updates.

      Reply
      • Ruhi

        Hi,
        I am planning to travel from Boston to Bombay with United Airlines. My flight boards from Boston with a 1.5-hour layover at Newark and then directly lands at Mumbai Airport. I will get the covid test done in Boston within 92 hours prior to travelling. If the results are negative do I still need to home quarantine? Also, I want to be double sure and get tested on the Mumbai airport once I arrive, what is the procedure for that? Where can I schedule my appointment to get the Covid Test? And if the results are negative both times, do I need to still quarantine?

        I am an Indian Citizen studying on a student visa in the USA.

        Reply
        • Rohit Kumar Mukerjee

          Hi Ruhi

          Lete know how your flight from Boston to India went

          Where in Boston did u get your RT PCR test done

          What if one lands in Delhi or Mumbai without a RT PCR negative report . Do they have to take institutional quarantine

          I am travelling to Boston to drop my daughter to college and then have to return back to India.

          Will fly end of Jan

          Reply
          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Rohit! If you travel with a negative RT-PCR certificate from Boston or take a test after arrival at the entry airport, Delhi or Mumbai and if the result is negative, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

          • Amitabh

            Hi Rohit!

            were you required to take a RT PCR test when you flew from India to US …was that recent

      • Shuchi

        Wow! This website is so amazing and a blessing in disguise! Thank you.

        I wish to travel from New Delhi to Boston via London Heathrow (virgin atlantic flights). I am an Indian national. Am i allowed?

        Is covid test or quarantine required by boston? I wish to return to delhi also via same virgin atlantic flight from boston to delhi via london. Will delhi require covid test or quarantine?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Shuchi! Only Indian nationals holding a valid UK visa and destined for the UK can travel on Virgin Atlantic from India. You can travel on Virgin Atlantic from USA to India (Delhi). Yes, Delhi requires a negative RT-PCR certificate. You can take a pre-departure test in Boston or get tested after arrival at Delhi if you don’t wish to serve institutional quarantine.

          Reply
      • Dipesh Verma

        Hi Indian eagle,

        I have booked flight from Delhi to JFK via London by British Airways. I am on J1 visa with Indian passport. Am I eligible to fly?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Dipesh! In our opinion, you may not be able to travel on British Airways. Please be advised to check with the airline.

          Reply
      • Mohammed Azim Ayub patel

        hello, i have booked a ticket with emirates from mumbai to toronto via dubai , will i face any problem? please help. I have a valid study permit.

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    • Mohammed Ashraf

      I s Air Suvidha Registration required for travelling from USA to India in Air India Air Bubble flight- Chicago-Delhi-Kochi flight

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Mohammed! Yes, filling out a self-declaration form in the Air Suvidha is mandatory for all travelers flying to India.

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        • Robin

          Can someone please let me know if travel from chicago_> toronto (air canada) Toronto-> Delhi ( Air Canada) is allowed. I have booked my flight for Jan 20th but not sure whether its allowed by Indian Government.

          I earlier booked by ticket from chicago-> ABU Dhabi ( Etihad) and Abu(Dhabi)-> Chennai for Jan 20th and I received an email that I was not allowed to travel with transition by Indian Government which made me change my ticktet

          Reply
          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Robin! This route is same to the one you booked earlier. We are not sure whether Air Canada is permitted to board India-bound passengers from the USA. Please check with Air Canada.

  1. Girish

    What are my best options to fly to Chennai from US ?
    1. I am so far healthy and without any symptoms. PCR test within 96 hours currently in Oregon seems far stretched.
    2. I want to avoid double quarantine in port of entry and final destination and just do the destination quarantine
    Thanks

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Girish! You won’t face institutional quarantine at the port of entry, if your itinerary includes domestic travel to Chennai from the port of entry in a single PNR. FYI, Tamil Nadu issued new guidelines for travelers from abroad.

      Reply
  2. Ed

    My family are in India on medical visa. They have now completed treatment and can now travel back to Nigeria. Nigeria international airports will be opened on 5th September 2020.
    Please confirm
    1. if they can Book and join Emirates flight from India to Nigeria transiting in Dubai
    2. Is there any scheduled Emirates flight from Ahmedabad in September

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  3. Narendra

    How About American / British Airways. I am planning to book DFW-LHR-BLR flight for Sep 5th.

    Reply
  4. Narendra

    Can I book Luftansa flights to travel from US to India via frankfurt. I see the you have mentioned that we can travel in Luftansa. Can you please confirm

    India’s continued air transport bubble arrangement with the United States and Germany has facilitated the September schedule of Lufthansa flights to India from USA and Canada via Frankfurt or Munich.

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      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Rajesh! COVID testing is not mandatory for travel to USA from India. If you are traveling on Emirates from India, it is mandatory.

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        • Sathish kumar

          Is covid test mendetory for travel to USA from india
          Is airindia next 10th my travel Bangalore to usa

          Reply
        • Fathimath nishla

          I will travel to US on January 2nd, 2021. My route is Kochi to Delhi, then Delhi to Washington DC. Do I need to take a covid test prior to the journey?

          Reply
          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Fathimath! Usually, a COVID test is not mandatory for traveling to USA from India. May we know what airline you will travel on?

      • Gunjan

        Is that Covid-19 RT-PCR test required from Canada to Frankfurt via same Luftansa flights? Do they need this report for onboarding the flight?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Gunjan! It depends on your final destination. Is Frankfurt your final destination?

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          • Balaji Subramanyam

            Is COVID test mandatory for passengers flying AirIndia , India to USA

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Balaji! Air India does not require you to get tested before traveling to the USA from India. May we know your final destination in the USA?

  5. Bhupendra Patel

    We are flying on September 10th from Ahmedabad to Delhi to New York by Air India.will you please let us know if we will be required to take COVID-19 tests within 48 hours of departure.Thank you.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhupendra! Those flying out of India don’t need to take COVID19 test. No test is mandatory for outbound international travelers. However, only asymptomatic people will be allowed to board international flights. Make sure you are found asymptomatic (without fever, cold and cough) in thermal screening at Ahmedabad or Delhi airport.

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  6. Sunil

    What about Turkish airlines. Is Turkish airline got permission to fly? And do they need a COVID 19 test negative report before flying when some wears mask?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunil! Turkish Airlines can fly people between Turkey and India, not between USA and India.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sri! Yes, OCI card holders can travel to India. Quarantine protocols for travelers from abroad depend on your port of entry and final destination in India. Yes, most Indian states including Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Odisha have scrapped institutional quarantine for asymptomatic travelers from abroad.

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      • Kevin Philip Joseph

        Has Bangalore scrapped the 14 day home quarantine requirement if the port of entry is bangalore and if we have a negative PCR test ?

        I’m traveling through Qatar airways from Norway via Doha to Bangalore.

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Kevin! Yes There is no quarantine for international arrivals traveling directly to Bangalore and with a negative PCR test.

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          • Deepti Sabnani

            Hello, I will be travelling to Bangalore from San Francisco in April first week. How many days/hours before I reach Bangalore should I get the PCP test results? And if the test is negative, do I still need to quarantine myself in Bangalore? Or Is it compulsory to get the PCP test done at Bangalore port of entry?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Deepti! Asymptomatic travelers flying directly into Bangalore (not via any airport) need not take an RT-PCR test. Usually, international travelers need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India. A negative COVID report will get you exempted from home/self-quarantine in Bangalore. Please note the current regulations related to COVID testing and quarantine for international arrivals might be revised by the end of March.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dilip! Yes, Indian nationals and OCI card holders can travel on British Airways to India.

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      • Parag Nathaney

        Can Indian nationals book travel on British Airways from India to US? Or the options are limited to Air India or United? This query is concerning potential travel in mid to late November?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Parag! Air India and United Airlines are the only options for Indian nationals. If an Indian national is the spouse of a foreign national/US citizen, she/he can travel on British Airways and Air France-Delta from India to USA. Late in November 2020, the scenario may change for better. While booking your travel, you can call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for more contemporary information and suitable itineraries. Thank you!

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          • Tarun

            Hi Indianeagle,

            On the subject of indian nationals travelling via British Airways, can indian nationals travel to india without issues? Or would they be stopped in heathrow?

            Secondly, my spouse and I are travelling back to the US in mid december, however, we are on two different tickets on the same flight and she is an indian national, would a marriage certificate be enough to convince airline staff that we are indeed married? Or would they require more proof?

  7. Sharvari

    My parents have green card , currently in Mumbai , which airlines is their best option to fly to US ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sharvari! They can travel on Air India, United airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways.

      Reply
  8. Falguni

    I would like to travel from SF to Ahmedabad via Delhi by mid September through United air bubble flight. Do i need to quarantine in Delhi or it would be in Ahmebadad directly? Is covid test required to travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Falguni! First, COVID test is not mandatory to travel to India. It is optional. Carrying a COVID test report with negative status will help you avoid institutional quarantine on arrival in India. Second, you have a single PNR for the entire itinerary from SFO to Ahmedabad, you will face institutional quarantine in Ahmedabad, not at the port of entry. Hope your queries are addressed satisfactorily.

      Reply
  9. Shreekant

    I in July 20 n Air India from Vadodara to Delhi to New York having one air ticket reference. Can I have similar facility of having single ticket fence to go Cnk from Newark or New York to Vadodara. Please suggest name of Air lines which gives such facility. I intend too. travel by September end.,

    Reply
  10. Deetlev

    Hi Indianeagle,

    I am travelling to Bangalore directly from Paris on 18th September.
    Do I need to register with Air Suvidha or anything else?

    Reply
    • Neha

      Hi
      My mom is having B2 visa and she is travelling back to India after 11 months and she is traveling from Charlotte to Bangalore via Paris in airfrance ,
      May I know what all
      Documents she is supposed to carry
      Thanks in advance

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Neha! All international travelers flying into India must fill out a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha and apply for exemption based on a negative RT-PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before undertaking the journey from Charlotte. On behalf of your mom, you can fill out the self-reporting form, in response to which you will receive an email. Take a printout of the email, and your mom should carry it. For more information, you can go through this https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/united-airlines-air-bubble-travel-experience/

        Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashwin! Travel eligibility for Indians with B1/B2 visa is currently restricted, except on Air India and United Airlines. As per the information available with us, only Indian nationals holding green cards or Canadian permanent residency or any other eligible visa are permitted on Lufthansa flights if he/she is a spouse of a foreign national. FYI, Mexico is not part of India’s air travel bubble arrangements with the US, Canada and Germany. Be advised to contact and check with Lufthansa Airlines.

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  11. Pramod

    Hi,

    We had a death in the family in Lucknow and plan to travel in early October from NYC -> Delhi -> Lucknow. I am on H1 and my wife is on J1. Would it be possible for us travel on Lufthansa/United? Also, do you know if quarantine in Lucknow is mandatory even if we don’t have symptoms? I plan to stay in Lucknow for 3-4 days and go to Mumbai where my home is for 15 days. Would you know if I would be forced to quarantine in Lucknow for that long?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pramod! We’re very sorry about the mishap in your family. It is recommended that you book United flight for your travel to India, because Indian government has asked European airlines to stop flying people between India and USA. You can seek exemption from institutional quarantine upon arrival in India. Be advised to check https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/air-suvidha-inbound-travelers-india/ for details. In the last two weeks, quarantine norms have been eased for travelers from abroad.

      Reply
  12. AV

    Hi, Did the Indian Government issue a statement stating that you do not have to register on the Indian Embassy website (US)? We booked directly with AI and the flights are on the phase 6 VBM schedule.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi AV! The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Civil Aviation revised the travel advisory for people flying from abroad, scrapping registration with the Indian missions abroad early this month.

      Reply
  13. Vandana

    Hi,

    Full IATA Information
    Lufthansa displays this information provided by IATA only as a courtesy and accepts no responsibility for this third-party information.

    1. Flights to India are suspended until 30 September 2020.
    – This does not apply to relief, repatriation and humanitarian flights.

    As per Lufthansa it mentions that all flights to India are suspended till September 30th. Is this true?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vandana! All normal/regular flights to India continue to be suspended until 30 September 2020. Currently, Lufthansa is operating repatriation, relief flights to India as part of the India-Germany air bubble transport agreement.

      Reply
  14. Jasani jogesh

    I have B1/B2 visa, to meet my grand child born on Nov. 2019, can I travel to USA , Chicago,if I can than which airlines will be allowed

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Mr Jasani! Hearty congratulations! Yes, you can travel to visit your family in the US. You can travel on Air India or United Airlines. You can book tickets on IndianEagle.com or call our travel advisories at 1-800-615-3969. You will be given all information related to your travel.

      Reply
  15. Arjun

    Hi,

    I have to travel From US to Bangalore, India on a family emergency (Death). Are there any guidelines or exemptions for these cases as I want to avoid quarantine.
    Do I need to take a COVID test in US or it’s waived off. If so, do they ask for any documentation for death?
    Please advise on a suitable option in this case as I need to plan for a return trip back to US.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arjun! We’re very sorry about your loss. FYI, Karnataka has scrapped institutional quarantine for international travelers arriving at Bengaluru Airport. Besides, you fall in one of the categories (death in the family) eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine. Traveling to Bengaluru is much easier these days if you are directly flying to Bengaluru. Irrespective of whether you carry a negative COVID test report from the US, you will undergo thermal screening on arrival in India. If you are found symptomatic in thermal screening, you will be isolated and sent for testing. Please read on https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/bengaluru-airport-guidelines-international-flyers/ for further information.

      Reply
  16. Manny

    I am US citizen with OCI. Can I travel on British Airways from Boston to Bengaluru and back?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manny! Yes, you can. British Airways is allowing OCI cardholders to travel on its flights between USA and India via London. Please note the rules and regulations may be revised anytime in the current volatile scenario.

      Reply
    • Karthik

      I travel back to india through Air india vandha bharat via mumbai to chennai.. I am going for covid test on tuesday 72 hours prior to journey.. if in case, my results get delayed can i board the flight.. because my i94 is getting expired next day.. I cant stay in the country. Please let me know what is the resolution for me to board flight on this day

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Karthik! If you are asymptomatic, you can board the flight to Mumbai without a negative RT-PCR result. If you receive the result to your email inbox during the flight, you can show it upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

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  17. Shyam

    Hi Indianeagle,
    Can I fly in Emirates from ORD (Chicago) – DXB (dubai) – Hyderabad? Are they operating flights on this route? Do I need any special approvals for this itinerary? My family comprises of H1B (stamped) and F-1 OPT visa

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shyam! Yes, you can travel on Emirates from ORD to Hyderabad this month. No special approval or registration is required. Please note you will be allowed to board Emirates flights on showing a negative COVID-19 test report at the port of origin. You can book the best Chicago-Hyderabad itinerary at the cheapest fare on IndianEagle.com.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Preeti! You can’t travel on British Airways, with a valid B1/B2 visa. Air India and United Airlines are the only options for you.

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      • Bal Chandra Verma

        मेरा 2 अक्टूबर को शिकागो से नई दिल्ली की फ्लाइट वन्दे भारत में बुक है । क्या COVID19 test की सुविधा शिकागो एअरपोर्ट पर है।

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Namaste Mr. Verma! Chicago Airport par COVID testing ki facility available nahi hai. Aur, apko COVID test report apke flight se 72 gante pehle upload karna hai.

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  18. Ravie T

    Hi Indian Eagle,
    We are US Citizens having OCI. Planning to Visit Chennai – India by End of October 2020. Need to know what is the best available options to avoid any quarantine.

    Also my friend who has H1B wants to travel to Chennai and return to US. He has Stamped Visa till next year end.
    does he have any issues returning back to US.
    Please let us know the best available options.

    Thanks
    Ravi

    Reply
  19. somrita dey

    Hi.. I will be travelling to kolkata from chicago in October. I am aware of the Negative RT-PCR report to avoid institutional quarantine?my 1st question is.. is the institutional quarantine is in Delhi or Kolkata?
    and since they asked to take the test within 92 hrs and submit the report within 72 hrs, which is quite difficult since results take a minimum of 3 days.. can i upload it in air subidha after 72 hrs ? In that case what do i do other than carrying the report with me in the flight? thank you

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  20. Aarti Pade

    I am flying mumbai – newark- los angeles by united airlines on 25 sept .. do i need to produce covid negative test report ? I am visiting my daughter at Los angeles what ki d of letter is required fron her ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aarti! There is no need to carry a negative COVID-19 test report for traveling from India to USA.

      Reply
  21. Ankur

    Hi,

    i am planning to to travel india in october 17th and return back on 28th november. i see flight on air india website and other website also so the question is has air india started booking for november ? and can i book now ?

    thanks,
    Ankur

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ankur! Air India’s current schedule will continue til October 24, 2020.

      Reply
  22. Jaidev

    Hi, I am booked to travel in a day from Mumbai to San Francisco via a transfer flight from London Heathrow. I am flying British Airways, I have a UK passport and a US Green card. I am now hearing from British Airways that I wont be allowed to fly this path since I must be on a direct flight from India to USA, that I must us one of the ‘air bubble’ carriers??? Is this true?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jaidev! Since you hold a UK passport, you can travel on British Airways to the UK from India. Only foreign nationals and their spouses from India are allowed to transit through the UK. If you are destined to San Francisco, not the UK, you may not be allowed to board BA flight from India. Please be advised to contact British Airways and check with them your travel eligibility.

      Reply
  23. Gur

    Hi, I’m travelling to New Delhi, India via direct flight from SFO, USA on October 31 and reaching New Delhi on Nov 1. Do I need to get RT PCR test done here in the states and bring my results with me and be exempt from testing at new delhi? or will i still need to take a test when i reach new delhi? What are other requirements to consider while traveling from USA to India.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! There are two ways you can seek exemption from institutional quarantine upon arrival at Delhi – carrying a negative RT-PCR test report from the US or getting tested for COVID-19 at Delhi airport. You need to take a test 96 hours prior to your scheduled flight from the port of departure in the USA and upload the test report (with negative status) to the Air Suvidha section of Delhi Airport website. And you need to carry a copy of the test report. If it is not possible for you to take the test in the USA, you can book a slot online for the onsite testing at Delhi airport. For more information, please visit https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/onsite-covid19-test-inbound-flyers-india/

      Reply
    • Ankur

      Gur,

      have you booked a return ticket or one way and is it air india?

      i am also plannig to go you can see my question 3 question above you/

      thanks,
      Ankur

      Reply
  24. Snehal

    Hi ,we are planning to travel to India,but are confused about the travel restrictions in the case of who is allowed to travel..We stay in USA on a L1 visa which is valid till 2022.We wanted to know that will we be eligible to travel via the air bubble flights or are just the stranded individuals allowed.
    Can you help us with it?
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Snehal! Currently, Indian nationals (stranded or not), OCI cardholders and Green cardholders can travel to India on VBM and air bubble flights from the US.

      Reply
  25. Santosh

    Hi,
    I’m traveling from Bangalore to New York on L2 visa. Am I allowed to travel with all airlines?

    Reply
  26. Santosh

    Hi,

    My wife is traveling from Bangalore to New York via Paris (Air France/Delta Airlines) with a L2 visa. There is confusion on whether she will be allowed to enter the US as she will transit through Paris. Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Santosh! Yes, she can travel on Air France-Delta codeshare flights and transit through Paris for the uSA.

      Reply
      • Amar

        Dear indianeagle team, can you kindly confirm if the same holds for transit through Frankfurt? I have an L1 visa and will be traveling to Houston from New Delhi via Frankfurt. Information is very confusing on whether Indians can transit through Frankfurt while coming into the US. I am on a Lufthansa-United code share flight.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Amar! If your travel date is anytime soon, you cannot travel on Lufthansa flight from India. The rules may be relaxed later in December or in January 2021.

          Reply
          • Parvathi

            Hi, is it still not possible to travel to India via Frankfurt (from Finland)? Any help would be much appreciated. I am a resident in Finland, therefore am not looking for a repatriation flight. I just want to visit my family.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Parvathi! Yes, you can travel via Frankfurt if any airline operating from Finland allows you.

          • Parvathi

            Thanks for your response! The civil aviation website says “Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any country in EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only”. I am not stranded in Finland and have a work visa here, so I am wondering whether I qualify for the Lufthansa flights.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Parvathi! You don’t need to be stranded in order to be eligible for return to you home country. Please check with Lufthansa Airlines whether you can travel on their India-bound flights.

  27. Vaidhy nagarajan

    Hi, g’day. I am an Australian citizen. I am currently in Coimbatore, TN. I have approved ESTA to visit USA under Visa Waiver program . I want to go to USA from India with my ESTA , spend some time with my brother-in-law there in US and then go to Australia from USA. Can I do that?

    Reply
  28. Suhas

    I want to travel from Newark, USA to Mumbai, India in December 2020 for a wedding. Do I need to apply for e-Visa to fly or is there any other requirement for me to fly to Mumbai?

    Also. I turned 50 in Sep2020. My OCI is stamped on my old USA passport and the recent USA passport does not have OCI stamped. The OCI regulation requires me to renew my OCI when I renew my USA passport after age 50. Can I still travel with my OCI card, old USA passport with OCI stamp, and the new USA passport without OCI stamp? Or is it just safe to get e-visa from Indian consulate in the USA? Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! Those above 50 years were allowed to travel to India with new passports and the OCI stamp on their old passports till June 30, 2020. We are not sure whether the relief has been extended or not. Please, be advised to check with the nearest consulate in the US. As far as we know, you can also travel with an e-visa to India.

      Reply
  29. Vaish

    My parents on tourist visa are traveling to the US in November. I heard Etihad airways have started operating flights from India to the US.
    Can they travel with Etihad airways and reach US. Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vaish! Indians on a tourist visa to USA can travel only on Air India and United Airlines from India.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Badal! US citizens without OCI cards are still restricted from entering India if there is no compelling reason for their visit. You may need to apply for an emergency visa to India. Please be advised to check with the nearest consulate or the Indian Embassy.

      Reply
      • Selja

        I have a similar case i am a U.S. citizenship but i have indian stamped visa. Do i need to emergency visa to travel on January 30th 2021?
        2. If i need emergency visa Can i go to visa consulate in Atlanta? Whats the procedure?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Selja! If the visa you have is an entry visa, you can travel to India. If not, you need to apply for an entry visa to India. You can contact VFS Global Services or visit the website of Indian Embassy or Consulate in the USA.

          Reply
  30. Venkat

    Hi we would be travelling to Chennai from Germany this month and our final destination is Nellore in Andhra pradesh. We would be travelling through road from Chennai to Nellore…. I would like to know

    1. Will we be quarantined in Chennai or we can do our home quarantine in Nellore.

    Reply
  31. Amit

    Hello,
    My family is planning to travel from India to USA in Air India. The route is KOLKATA-DELHI-CHICAGO. Do you know if they need to have a COVID test certificate before they can fly ?

    Thank You.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! There is no such requirement. Travelers don’t need any COVID-19 test certificate/report to travel to the States. Don’t worry!

      Reply
  32. Rakesh

    Hello,

    I am planning to travel to Hyd from Newark in October and will return back to US in Dec of 2020. My US visa is stamped till May 2021. Will I have any issue while returning back to USA? as my visa stamping will be valid only for 5 more months..

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rakesh! As per the information available, a visa to USA should be valid for 6 months in the current circumstances. Be advised to check with the Indian Consulate or Embassy.

      Reply
  33. shailender

    hi,
    can I travel from USA to India and back to USA from India on British airways?
    I am on F1 student visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shailender! You can travel on British Airways from USA to India. Be advised to check with British Airways whether you can transit through London Heathrow. For sure, you can’t travel on British Airways from India to USA. For return to USA, Air India and United Airlines are the only options.

      Reply
  34. Krupa Patel

    Hello Indianeagle,

    My aunt is here on tourist visa since Feb 2020. She had return ticket on Air India for August 2020. Due to COVID, we have filed for extension. But now she wants to return to Ahmedabad from Newark in end of Oct or early Nov. What are her options in terms of traveling? Also does she need to have Covid testing done here in order to avoid quarantining at the port of entry? Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Krupa! In order to be exempted from institutional quarantine at the port of entry/final destination, she needs to have COVID-19 test done in the US, upload the test report in the Air Suvidha section of Delhi airport website and carry the report. In order to book the best flight with short travel time for her, you can contact our travel advisories at 1-800-615-3969.

      Reply
  35. Vidya

    Hi,
    I am planning to book a round trip flight on Delta (Air france codeshare) which goes from ATL to Paris to BLR on last week of October and returns in reverse in December. Are there any restrictions that prevent me from taking this flight? Will i face any difficulty in boarding the connecting flight in Paris?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vidya! If you are an Indian national with a B1/B2 visa or green card, you can travel on Delhi-Air France codeshare flights to India from USA. But you are not permitted to travel on the same flight from India to USA.

      Reply
  36. HN Vyas

    Hello IndiaEagle team,

    Thanks for all the faqs and helping the community for clarifying their doubts in this difficult time.
    We are on tourist visa in US and looking for a Delta Air France flight combination to travel back to India. Jax to Atl, Atl to CDG Paris and Air france Paris to Mumbai. Is it a valid route?

    While filling the self declaration form and exemption to quarantine at home, which Flight number i have to mention. ( Paris to Mumbai or Atlanta to Paris) We will take PCR test within 72 hours of boarding first flight from Jax, Florida

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jigar! It is not advisable to mention the number of Air France’s Paris-Mumbai flight on the self-declaration and exemption forms, as the RT-PCR test will be done in Florida and the report will be issued from Florida. Yes, it is a valid route for your travel.

      Reply
    • Chandan

      Hi Vyas, We are in a similar situation and want to travel back to Mumbai via Paris from Atlanta. Can you please help me with any details ?
      I’m on H1B m Wife on H4. 2 kids aged 2.5 years and 3 months citizens of USA and In-laws on B1
      I’m planning to Travel on Dec 30th to Jan 1st week timeframe.
      Is COVID testing mandatory for infants also ?
      Is there any restrictions traveling to Mumbai via Paris for Indian citizens or American citizens(Emergency India visas holders)?
      Any other documents which I need to be prepared with ?

      Reply
  37. Wing Commander Nunna Ramesh Kumar

    My self and wife are travelling back to india on 06December 2020 on indian passport . Our Grand children 1yerar and 4 years old who are with American passport and OCI card holders are travelling with us. British Airways issued confirmed Flight tickets to all four of us since kids have OCI. Will my Grand children Face any problem while Transiting at Heathrow Airport to Board flight to Hyderabad. The British airways website is vague and mentions of only BritishPassport Holders with OCI will be allowed. Pl Clarify
    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! Yes, you and your grandchildren can travel on British Airways and transit through London Heathrow.

      Reply
  38. Nimisha Jose

    My parents are traveling from USA to COCHIN via DELHI. Do they need to submit negative pcr test certificate in DELHI airport or is it enough for them to do home qurantine for 14 days at destination state?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nimisha! If the entire itinerary is ticketed in a single PNR, your parents are not bound to submit a negative RT-PCR test report at Delhi airport. They will be stamped for home quarantine in their destination before they board the domestic flight from Delhi airport.

      Reply
  39. Vick

    Hi, Planning a round trip from NY JFK to Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi in November on British airways via London Heathrow. I am US citizen and have an OCI card. Can I return on British airways from Hyd to JFK via Heathrow?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vick! Since you are a foreign national (US passport holder), you are eligible to travel from India to the US via London Heathrow.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sona! Those traveling from India to USA do not to have a COVID-19 test report. There is no such protocol in the US.

      Reply
  40. Bea

    We will be traveling from NJ, USA to Delhi and onward to chennai through a domestic flight.
    Is it enough if we do a RT-PCR test in NJ, and home quarantine in Chennai ? Thanks.

    Reply
  41. Ninad

    HI IndianEagle,

    I want to get my Parents to Seattle, USA from Hyderabad. I see British airways has options to travel. I am not able to figure out if they are allowed to travel to USA with British Airways or not. Could you please confirm. They will travel on valid B1/B2 visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ninad! Indians with a B1/B2 visa can travel only on Air India and United Airlines from India to USA.

      Reply
  42. Ninad

    Hi IndianEagle,

    Thanks a lot for your response. When I search on Ait India or United Airlines I find it difficult to sea the flights. I always get the search results as no matching flights. So I am confused about those.

    Reply
  43. Mahesh

    Hi, Traveling to Hyderabad India next month with RT-PCR TEST report and returning back in 10 days. At Hyd airport I believe they stamp my hand with 14 days home quarantine. With the stamp on my hand, do they allow me to return in 10 days at Hyd airport?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mahesh! If you carry confirmed tickets for your return flights and show upon arrival at Hyderabad Airport, there won’t be any problem.

      Reply
  44. SK

    Can I fly into Hyderabad via British Airways from the US? Can I apply for exempt from institutional quarantine? I am an Indian national with a US business visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Santosh! Yes, you can apply for exemption from institutional quarantine if you fall in any of the eligible categories or you carry a negative RT-PCR test report from the port of origin. Or, you can take the test at Hyderabad Airport. It takes 3-5 hours to get the result. You can exit the airport if the result is negative. There is lounge service for those waiting for the COVID-19 test result at the airport.

      Reply
      • Ashish K

        I’m planning to Fly to Hyderabad from US in December and return back in Jan. I have booked my flights through British Airways. I’m on F1 VISA. Will there be an issue for me to travel back? I’ll carry Negative test report while coming into India.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Ashish! We heard that British Airways is canceling reservations, except for those stranded in the USA. If you are stranded in the US, and that’s why you are traveling to India, then you are safe to travel on British Airways. Be advised to contact British Airways and recheck with them.

          Reply
  45. Shailja

    Hi IndianEagle,

    I am traveling from USA to Delhi on dec 2nd with Air India. I am F1 student and returning back to India after completion of my studies. Is their any extra legal requirements to travel in COVID-19 rather than carrying negative test results from USA?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shalija! There is no legal requirement. Regulations for travel to India have been relaxed.

      Reply
  46. Hinal

    Hi Indian Eagle,

    My parents are on B1/B2 visa. They will be travelling from India(Mumbai) to USA( Los Angeles). I am looking at flights by United. They have flights operating under star alliance. Will it be okay to travel in carriers under this alliance ? Can they enter Usa via Canada or can you suggest any other country for a stop over before entering USA?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Hinal! Indians having a B1/B2 visa can only travel on United Airlines and Air India flights from India. They cannot transit through any country. For better guidance, you can call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969.

      Reply
  47. Ramesh

    Hi Indian Eagles,

    I am planning to travel to India in the end of Nov and return back to USA by the end of December. I have L1b visa valid until Jan 2022. Will I have any problem planning the travel and which airlines should I take?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramesh! There won’t be any problem for your travel to India and return travel to the United States. Currently, a few airlines are operating between USA and India. There are several airlines you can travel on from USA to India. During return, Air India and United Airlines are the only options for Indian passport holders. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for convenient booking, suitable itinerary and all the information related to your travel. Thank you!

      Reply
  48. Mohammed Ashraf

    Is it necessary to register in Air Suvidha for me to travel from USA to India in Air India Air Bubble flight-[ Chicago-Delhi-Kochi-] during the end of November 2020.

    Reply
  49. RAZIA ASHRAF

    I am planning to travel from USA to India [CHICAGO-DELHI-KOCHI] during the end of November 2020. While entering the Air India website for booking it is seen that ,under Air Suvidha one registration form with an undertaking and another self reporting form are seen to be filled up.Is it necessary to fill both the forms before booking the ticket.I presume,as per the guidelines given in the beginning of this article,no registration prior to booking the ticket is required and only self reporting form only need to be filled after booking the ticket.Please let me know the correct procedure.

    Reply
  50. S Malhotra

    I am a US CITIZEN with an OCI card- visiting my mother in Chandigarh, India from Washington DC on October 30th, please advise if I should get my COVID test done on October 26th or October 27th? Please note that it takes almost 3-4 days to get the result.
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Malhotra ji! You need to get tested 96 hours prior to your flight from the port of origin in the USA.

      Reply
      • Godzilla Borland

        Sorry, these guidelines are confusing. Just above you stated “Hi Nimisha! If the entire itinerary is ticketed in a single PNR, your parents are not bound to submit a negative RT-PCR test report at Delhi airport. They will be stamped for home quarantine in their destination before they board the domestic flight from Delhi airport.”

        Which one is correct? Can you travel without a negative RT-PCR test from the US? If you don’t have a test, will they place you in quarantine at the destination?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hello Godzilla! It is not mandatory to travel to India with a negative RT-PCR test from the US, except the scenario wherein you travel on Emirates Airlines and your destination is Tamil Nadu. A COVID-19 negative certificate is mandatory for those traveling to Chennai and traveling on Emirates. You can take a test in the US and carry the negative test report to get exempted from institutional quarantine if there is any in your state in India. FYI, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have scrapped institutional quarantine for asymptomatic international arrivals.

          Reply
          • Ronald

            Hello. What about Goa? Do I need to take RT-PCR test from US for travelling to Goa? I am planning to fly United IAD to LHR to GOI. (The LHR to GOI leg is operated by Air India).

  51. Vishnu

    Hi,

    My wife has a valid H4 visa and wanting to know if she can travel on British Airways from Bangalore to Atlanta during the month of November 2020.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vishnu! Spouses of US citizens can travel on British Airways from India to USA.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Syed! No test report is required for travel from India to USA. There is no such protocol for outbound travelers from India. it is optional for them to get tested before travel.

      Reply
  52. MURALI S

    Hi

    I am planning to travel india in January via united airlines..
    My question is what documents required at frankfurt airport
    Covid negative report and what all required??

    Also i am planning to return to us on same route frankfurt to usa
    So do i need any additional reports to be submitted at frankfurt while coming back??

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Murali! If it is possible for you to take a test in the US and carry the result (negative), you will be on a safer side on the way to India and the way back from India. Please note, you may need to register with the Indian Embassy in Germany for transit through Frankfurt.

      Reply
  53. Veeru

    Is there any flight from India to USA that made mandatory COVID test negative?
    I would like to to bring my parents but waiting for mandatory negative COVID tested passengers only.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Veeru! No airline other than Emirates requires passengers to have a COVID test certificate for their travel to USA from India. FYI, B1/B2 visa holders are not permitted to travel on Emirates. They can travel only on Air India and United Airlines.

      Reply
  54. SS PRATAP

    I came to US on B-2 Visa on10 March this year and supposed to go back to India on 2 Sep 2020. Due to the present situation I have applied for my stay for 6 months , sofar I did not get any reply from authorities. Now if I want to go back in Nov end or 1 week of Dec can I book ticket to Visakhapatnamvia Delhi and can I get home quorantine in Visakhapatnam by Air India flight with out Covid test in US before 96 hours as per rules?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Mr. Pratap! Yes, you can travel to Visakhapatnam via Delhi. In Andhra Pradesh, 7-day institutional quarantine is mandatory for those without a negative COVID-19 test report. No matter what airline you travel on, institutional quarantine is compulsory. FYI, you need to obtain clearance for travel to Andhra Pradesh from the AP government’s Spandana website. Be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for hassle-free booking of your travel and the information related to your travel.

      Reply
  55. Tarun

    Hi Indianeagle,

    On the subject of indian nationals travelling via British Airways, can indian nationals travel to india without issues? Or would they be stopped in heathrow?

    Secondly, my spouse and I are travelling back to the US in mid december, however, we are on two different tickets on the same flight and she is an indian national, would a marriage certificate be enough to convince airline staff that we are indeed married? Or would they require more proof?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tarun! Yes, Indian nationals can travel on British Airways for onward journey to India. If both of you are Indian nationals, you can’t take your return travel on British Airways. We did not get why you need to prove your marriage to the airline staff. Please be a little more specific.

      Reply
  56. Sainath

    I’m on H1B visa in US and my wife is on H4 visa (obtained recently) in Hyderabad, India. Would she be able to travel to US through British Airways ? I’m able to see flights Hyd to Seattle on the website but I’m uncertain whether I can book it for my wife.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sainath! No, she can’t travel on British Airways from India to USA. Only spouses of US citizens can travel on British Airways from India.

      Reply
  57. Godzilla Borland

    Travelling to Cochin from SFO via Air India on October 30. I got my RT-PCR test done today, results may take 3 days. In case there is a delay in getting the test results, do I need the test results to fly out of SFO on October 30. Also the test was done slightly more than the 96 hour guideline. Are they strict in Delhi/Cochin airport? Also do I need to quarantine in Cochin?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Godzilla! You don’t need RT-PCR test results to fly out of SFO. There is no such protocol, except for the passengers of Emirates Airlines. FYI, Kerala has lifted institutional quarantine for asymptomatic travelers from abroad; only home quarantine applies. Delhi airport should not be strict about the RT-PCR test report, because the test is not mandatory for travel to India. If there is a delay in getting the (hard copy) test results, you can show the soft copy in your email inbox upon arrival at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  58. Sangita

    Hi,
    Have you received any updates for travel to India from US for tourist visa holders in Novemver, 2020?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sangita! Tourist visa holders are not permitted to travel to India until further notice. Tourist visa to India continues to remain suspended as per the latest reports.

      Reply
  59. Anusha

    Hi,
    I am travelling from USA to Hyd by AirIndia on Nov 4th. Do we need to take covid test for kids (3 and 6 year old kids) to travel to India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anusha! May we know why you need to get kids tested for COVID-19? Neither Air India nor Indian government requires you to travel with a negative COVID-19 report from the USA. Yes, a COVID-19 test certificate makes you eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in India. However, you are already eligible for such exemption as you will travel with kids below 10 years of age. Please note, you need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi IGI airport website).

      Reply
      • Kumar

        Hi Anudha, My child is 4 yrs 8 months old . what was your experience , Do we have to take PCR test for kids?

        Reply
  60. KG

    I have booked my family ticket on from India to USA ( Kolkata -> Delhi > Munich > Denver) vey Lufthansa airlines for 14th Nov..My wife is Indian National and my kid is US National.

    Do you think there will be a problem for my family via the above said route? Please suggest

    Reply
    • Sunita Saini

      Hi, my son is traveling from Delhi to Newark on November 6th does he need a COVID test. Traveling from United airline. Please suggest

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Sunita! A COVID19 test is not a mandatory requirement for traveling to USA from India. United Airlines has no such protocol.

        Reply
  61. Pritha

    Is it mandatory to take negative PCR test report while travel from heathrow london airport to delhi airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pritha! It is not mandatory unless a traveler seeks exemption from 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  62. Aravind

    Hi Team,

    My wife is planning to travel from Chicago to Bangalore via Delhi through air india during end of Nov and return back on Jan 2nd week. Can I book air india ticket online as usual or there is any process like air bubble, etc.
    Also, how many hours before she should get tested for COVID 19 from the date of her travel from chicago? If she skips the test here, will it be a painful process in delhi for tests?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aravind! She should get tested for COVID19 within 96 hours prior to her flight from the first port of departure in the US. If she skips the test in the US, she may have to take a test at Delhi Airport. For the sake of testing at Delhi Airport, the layover must be as long as 6-7 hours long. FYI, there is no institutional quarantine for asymptomatic international arrivals in Karnataka. Currently, all airlines are operating air bubble flights. Booking travel on air bubble flights is subject to compliance with the Government of India’s certain regulations. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for hassle-free booking of air bubble flights and all the information relevant to her travel in the current circumstances.

      Reply
  63. Shailesh Dubale

    I am traveling from SFO to Mumbai on 20th November and considering British Airways; I am an US citizen with OCI card.
    Traveling back to US on 2nd of Jan 2021. Can I book with British airways or do I need to use United and Air India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shailesh! Only foreign nationals including US citizens with a valid visa (not OCI card or tourist visa) can travel British Airways between the US and India via London Heathrow. OCI cardholders with British passports can travel on BA flights to India. So, Air India and United Airlines are the safest options for you. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for better guidance and hassle-free booking of the best itinerary for your travel. Thank you!

      Reply
  64. SAIM KARIM

    Hi,
    I am an indian passport holder with canadian permanent residency.
    Can i travel to india by British airways via London as a transit?
    No problems?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saim! As per the latest revision of travel eligibility criteria, only foreign nationals (without OCI card and tourist visa) can travel to India via London. You may not be able to transit via London. Please be advised to cross check with British Airways for your satisfaction.

      Reply
  65. Jamal Desai

    Booked a r/t to Delhi for family emergency from Ewr . Do I need a Covid test prior to leaving Delhi as well.

    Reply
  66. Vikas

    Hi!
    I am a US citizen with OCI card. I am planning to book flight SFO->London via United and London->Kolkata via Air India. Will that be allowed or denied by Air India in London?
    On the way back I will again use Air India from Kolkata to London and then United from London->SFO. Will that be allowed or denied by Air India in Kolkata?

    Reply
  67. Sanju

    Hi,

    I am a permanent resident card holder (US Green Card). I need to fly urgently from SFO to Delhi because of my father’s critical condition. What are the available options – It seems from the forum above, only options would be to take a Air India or United Airlines flight ?
    Also, to avoid institutional quarantine and testing at the Delhi airport – should I get a Covid test report (RT-PCR test) done in United States 96 hours before boarding the flight?
    Thanks,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sanju! Indian passport holders can travel only on Air India and United Airlines. FYI, you may be eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine for your father’s critical health condition. You need to apply for exemption and upload supporting documents (recent medical documents of your father’s) to Air Suvidha. For assured exemption from institutional quarantine, you can get tested within 96 hours prior to your flight from the port of origin/departure.

      Reply
  68. Arunachalam

    Hii,
    I am planning to travel to Chennai(JFK –> DELHI –> Chennai) through Air India. If i am not carrying COVID-PCR negative result while arriving at DELHI, will i be requested for PCR airport covid test on Delhi airport or will i be allowed to board flight to chennai and PCR airport covid test will be done at chennai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arunachalam! If you hold a single PNR for the entire itinerary – JFK to DEL and DEL to MAA – you can skip the testing at Delhi Airport. Getting tested at Delhi airport is optional. If you are found asymptomatic during thermal screening at Delhi airport, you will be allowed to board the flight to Chennai. You can take the COVID19 test at Chennai airport. If the connection time at Delhi airport is as long as 7-8 hours, you can choose to get yourself tested at Delhi airport before catching on to the domestic flight.

      Reply
  69. Somnath Pal

    I am US citizen and have tourist visa on US passport. I do not have any OCI card. What are my option if i need to travel to india now. Both of my parents are indian citizen.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Somnath! Will you travel alone or with your parents? As your parents are Indian citizens, they can travel only on Air India and United Airlines between USA and India. Being a US citizen without OCI card, you can travel on British Airways, Lufthansa, Air India and United Airlines. But, you cannot visit India on a tourist visa on your US passport. Currently, tourist visa and e-visa are banned by the Government of India.

      Reply
  70. Ruhi Chopra

    Hi,
    I am planning to travel from Boston to Bombay with United Airlines. My flight boards from Boston with a 1.5-hour layover at Newark and then directly lands at Mumbai Airport. I will get the covid test done in Boston within 92 hours prior to travelling. If the results are negative do I still need to home quarantine? Also, I want to be double sure and get tested on the Mumbai airport once I arrive, what is the procedure for that? Where can I schedule my appointment to get the Covid Test? And if the results are negative both times, do I need to still quarantine?

    I am an Indian Citizen studying on a student visa in the USA.

    Reply
  71. SMK

    Hello,

    My mom in chennai looking to travel to atlanta on B1/B2 visa. Is covid test required?Can I book United airlines ticket with Chennai – Delhi- Newark-Atlanta itinerary from any travel agent? Should I be aware of any other requirements?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SMK! No COVID test is required for traveling to Atlanta from India. You can book her travel on our website IndianEagle.com or contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for hassle-free booking. You will be provided all the assistance and information in connection with her travel.

      Reply
  72. satya maringanti

    hello sirs tickets purchased in september on boac from hyderabad to heathrow and from heathrow a different connecting flight to jfk Newyork. now on account of nov 5 to Dec 2 restrictions we are very much worried for loss or travel possibility.kindly advise.sat

    Reply
  73. Neerajkumar N Chourasia

    I heard Air India is not allowing B1/B2 to travel from India to USA? Is it true?
    My parents have their Flight from Vadodara to Sfo on 18th nov with Air India via Delhi.
    They called Delhi Air India and they said travel is banned until 30th Nov.

    Please let us know if this is true. Also do they need to get covid test done?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neeraj! It is not true. This week itself, some of our customers smoothly traveled to USA on Air India flights. Normal/regular flights, not air bubble fights, are banned till November 30, 2020. No need to take a test for traveling to San Francisco.

      Reply
      • Neerajkumar N Chourasia

        Thanks for prompt response. How do I know if it’s a normal flight vs air bubble flight? Aren’t all air India flights are part of air bubble agreement?

        Reply
        • Neerajkumar N Chourasia

          Also, is return ticket needed to board the flight? Due to covid, I didn’t take their return flight? Any help is highly appreciated.

          Reply
  74. Somil Chaturvedi

    Dear Team
    I plan to travel to India with my family from London. I intend to be there for a month starting 27th November. Is travel from London to India still allowed as part of Air bubble agreement? Considering that UK has gone into lockdown from 5th November until 2nd Dec. and imposed travel restrictions, are there some special/ additional requirements for Air Bubble flights?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Somli! Yes, travel from London to India is still allowed. Please be advised to check with the airline operating your flight for special/additional requirements for your travel in the current circumstances.

      Reply
      • Somil

        Many thanks for your response, IndianEagle!
        My confusion arises from the fact that general UK Govt. guideline is that People can travel for Work and Study only but airlines are allowing the booking of ticket without asking for any special reason/ documentation/ Supporting. Is it only the discretion of Airlines that at time of actual travel, they will ask for any special supporting documentation or simply allow you to travel

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Somil! Airlines are obliged to ensure that their passengers meet a destination country’s entry requirements in the current circumstances. They may take your booking without knowing your purpose of travel, but you may face denial at the time of boarding.

          Reply
          • Prakash Paul

            Hi my dad is planning to take Emirates flight from IAD to MAA . If he takes covid testing within 96 hours to the travel will he be ok? Issue is Emirates fly out only Sundays and not sure if labs will get results if we take test any later. Also are they requiring a covid test in Dubai. Do you also know what the requirements are in Chennai on the test and it’s validity period. Really appreciate a reply.

  75. Prak Mish

    Is it mandatory to self-quarantine for 14 days when one travels from india to USA? I will be arriving at NJ (EWR airport) or NY (JFK airport)?
    I feel that I will have to take 2 weeks off from work in USA if this is the case. Please share a reliable resource link when you respond?

    Best Regards

    Reply
  76. sonu

    Is there any requirement for covid test to be taken before boarding united flights from MAA-BOM-EWR-DFW. Recently in Newyork, governor announced mandatory covid tests need to be done for landing in Newyork from Nov. please confirm

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sonu! To the best of our knowledge, New York’s quarantine rule does not apply to you if New York is not your final destination. You will be able to transit through New York without quarantining yourself there.

      Reply
  77. Pema

    Hi,

    I am US citizen and looking to travel on tourist visa somewhere in Jan/Feb. Do you know how long is the tourist visa banned for? I do not want to book any flights before knowing when the tourist visa ban will be lifted. Thank you. I have been going through your replies on every post, Thank you for all your helpful information. Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pema! Tourist visa to India will remain suspended until further notice by the Government of India.

      Reply
  78. Damodara Rao Pedamallu

    Hi Air India,

    My mother in law is travelling from MAA to EWR on Nov 6 2020. I got confirmation from customer support, no need of any COVID-19 test result in MAA. But they told me to check with Nework(EWR) airport team for the same. EWR air port team is not available at this time.

    Can you please confirm COVID-19 Test result copy required at EWR airport? will they ask us when we arrival?

    Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Damodara! She does not need a COVID19 test result to board flight at MAA. She may need one if EWR is her final destination. There is yet no clarity whether any such test report is mandatory on arrival at EWR Airport. Please be advised to make sure she travels with a negative COVID19 health certificate to EWR for hassle-free journey.

      Reply
  79. YR

    Hi,
    I’m planning to fly to India, Hyderabad in first week of December,2020. Its going to land in Delhi and then fly to HYD through connecting flight. Do I need to get COVID test to fly to India?
    Are they any specific rules to fly from Delhi to Hyderabad?

    Thanks
    YR

    Reply
  80. Sam Ghosh

    Any update on Flights from USA to Kolkata by Etihad. My Qatar Airways flight got canceled recently, but the Etihad website seems to show operational flights. Is it good to book that flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sam! Shubho Bijoya! We are not sure about the confirmation of Etihad Airways flights. That’s why we are booking most of our customers on Air India and United Airlines – which are part of the US-India air bubble travel agreement.

      Reply
  81. Krishna

    Hello, can an Indian citizen (F-1 visa holder) travel to USA from India on British Airways? If no, what are the alternatives for the month of Dec?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Krishna! F1/B1/B2 visa holders cannot travel on British Airways. Air India and United Airlines are the only safest options.

      Reply
  82. VK.BALASUBRAMANI

    Hello sir,

    My son is studying in the USA by having an F1 visa. He wants to come to India during the first week of December 2020 and will return back to the USA during the first week of January 2021. Let me know what is the procedure to be adopted when he is coming to India. Whether he will be allowed to back to the USA? Pl. clarify.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi VK! With a valid visa, your son will be able to travel back to the US. The procedure to be taken while traveling to India depends on the destination in India. Please let us know the destination. You can contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the inbound travel procedure and hassle-free booking of travel in the current circumstances.

      Reply
  83. Ankit Joshi

    Hi
    Is there any specific agency authorized by Indian government for getting the rt-pcr test done before boarding a flight from New Jersey to New Delhi.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ankit! We are not in the know of this. FYI, most of of our customers have taken the test at Wallgreens/CVS in the USA.

      Reply
  84. SB

    Hello, i have my travel planned through Air India on the Mangalore-Mumbai-Delhi-Chicago route for 30th Nov. Please let me know if Covid testing is mandatory.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SB! COVID testing is not mandatory for traveling from India to the USA.

      Reply
  85. Ramesh

    I am planning a travel from Seattle (WA) to Bangalore (INDIA). My timings are flexible ( between November 23rd and December 11) What flight options do I have?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramesh! Your travel eligibility varies from airline to airline depending on your nationality and visa status in the current circumstances. FYI, Air India and United Airlines are the safest options given the volatile situation. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the best itineraries available for your smooth travel. Thank you!

      Reply
  86. Tess

    I am traveling with my family to India in December leaving JFK through London and on to Delhi with British Airways. My sons and I have US passports with OCI cards and my husband has an Indian passport and Green Card. Can we successfully transit through London to India (and return the same way)?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tess! As per the current regulations, OCI cardholders (except British nationals) cant travel on BA from USA to India. Neither OCI cardholders nor Indian passport holders with a green card can take British Airways flights from India is they are not destined for the UK.

      Reply
  87. Tess

    I am traveling with my family from New York to Delhi through London on British Airways. My sons and I have US passports and OCI cards and my husband has an Indian passport and Green Card. Are there any issues with US citizens/green card holders transiting through London to India? Same question out of India as well. Thanks!

    Reply
  88. Raj

    I am US citizen. I do not have OCI but I am getting emergency visa from Indian consulate in Houston. I called British Airways and rule is only OCI holders are permitted to travel from US to India on BA and I cannot fly out – but I can return to US on BA. Is there any restrictions on Lufthansa and can I travel on Luftansa?
    Any idea which airline options I have (other than United and Air India). I prefer a 1 stop flight from Texas to Bangalore.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! British Airways and Lufthansa have more or less the same travel eligibility criteria for India-bound travelers holding US passports. Emirates has one-stop flights to Bangalore from Houston. You can contact our travel advisors on 1-800-615-3969 for hassle-free booking. Thank you!

      Reply
  89. anand misra

    at the cost of repetition, since a lot of confusion exists, Will I have to take a covid test before boarding Air India direct flight from Delhi to JFK on 15th Nov 20

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! There are British Airways, Lufthansa, and Emirates other than Air India and United Airlines. Which airline/airlines you can travel on, depends on your nationality and visa status.

      Reply
  90. Sangita Godbole

    Hello,

    Which airlines can American citizens with OCI card holders travel from US to India?

    Thanks,

    Sangita

    Reply
  91. sai

    Hi, I have a flight on Nov 14 from Dallas to Hyderabad (layover at London) through British airways.
    I am an Indian national and have Indian passport. Will I be allowed to board the flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sai! Nothing can be said certainly given the volatile situation. Please be advised to contact and check with British Airways.

      Reply
  92. apurv

    Hey
    I have a flight from Delhi to Chicago on 15th Nov. With the increasing cases in the USA and changing policies, do I need to get a negative test before traveling. Also, who should I contact to get the latest information on this subject? Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Apurv! To get a negative test before traveling from Delhi to Chicago is not mandatory. There is no such protocol.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shilpa! Without a negative RT-PCR certificate, you will be quarantined at an institutional facility (either a paid hotel or government hospital) for 7 days in Delhi. So, you can either take a test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from the US or get tested at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  93. Mohit K

    Hi,
    I am planning on travelling to Hyderabad via United Airlines for a short stay of 4 days Nov 19 to Nov 23, and I am planning to carry a RTPCR result with me. Can I return back to US on 23rd as my travel is under the 14 day duration of quarantine?
    Thank you for answering all our questions. Bless your heart.

    Reply
  94. Mohit K

    HI
    I am a H1B visa holder. I am planning on a short trip to Hyderabad from Columbus OH and back (CMH-EWR-DEL-HYD) for 4 days between Nov 19th and Nov 23rd. Considering the duration of stay is 4 days only, would I be allowed to travel back to the US on the 23rd? Would the quarantine requirements prevent me from boarding the return flight?
    Thank you for answering all our questions. Bless your heart.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mohit! People taking a short trip to Hyderabad are exempted from quarantine. Make sure to travel with a negative RT-PCR test certificate.

      Reply
  95. Elsa

    Hi Indian Eagle,
    What’s the best airlines to travel from San Francisco to Kochi, Kerala. Also do I need a COVID negative certificate. I’m planning to travel with kids.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Elsa! For you, Emirates is the best airline. Emirates has one-stop flights to Kochi. We are taking bookings for Emirates’ US to India flights. Please note you are eligible for exemption from quarantine for traveling with kids below 10 years of age. FYI, there is no institutional quarantine for those flying to Kerala directly. Please go through this article https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/air-bubble-flights-kerala/ for more information. You can contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for hassle-free booking of travel.

      Reply
      • Elsa

        Thank you,!,Sure, I’m looking forward to booking with you, do I have to test for COVID before traveling.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Elsa! As Kochi is your final destination, you don’t need a COVID test report. Please note, a negative RT-PCR test report is mandatory for traveling on Emirates.

          Reply
  96. Bhargavi

    Hi Team,

    I have a baby born in US who is 14 months old. He has an Indian tourist visa valid till 2024. Can I travel to India with him ? Both parents are Indian citizens

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhargavi! Unfortunately, tourist visa to India is suspended. You need to apply for an entry visa to India for the baby.

      Reply
  97. Ahan

    Hello there,

    I have a tourist visa for the USA, and was thinking of flying out on 22nd November. Apart from the usual United and Air India flights, I can see that Emirates are also now flying from Mumbai to NY. Am I allowed to take this flight? It has a stopover in Dubai, and I’m an Indian national.

    Any sort of assistance over here will be appreciated. Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ahan! Indian citizens with a tourist visa to the United States can travel only on Air India and United Airlines.

      Reply
      • Haran

        Hello there,

        What about other US visas (L1 and F1)? Can they take Emirates or Etihad airways?

        Best,
        -Haran

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Haran! Indian passport holders on F1 and L1 can take Emirates flights from the United States to India.

          Reply
  98. Madhur

    @Indianeagle

    Greetings!

    Can you please confirm the mandatory travel requirements for the USA? Basically, need to know whether the RT-PCR test is mandatory and quarantine rules on arrival.

    I am holding a tourist visa and will be traveling on Air India.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Madhur! Are you traveling to India from USA or from India to US? If you are traveling to India, a negative RT-PCR test report will make your travel smooth and hassle-free though the test is not mandatory. The test is mandatory only if you are seeking exemption from quarantine upon arrival in India. Please note quarantine regulations vary from state to state in India.

      Reply
  99. Manimaran

    Hi,

    I am planning to travel Chennai from Tokyo via Dubai. When I called Emirates office in Japan for enquirer, they informed me pcr test is mandatory for all even 8 months old baby as per chennai airport rules.

    As per your article, I want to take pcr test at Chennai after arrival. Do you have any info about This? Also could you share official govt site to read about Chennai airport rules.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manimaran! In the first place, you need a negative RT-PCR test certificate to board and travel on Emirates from any part of the world. To the best of our knowledge, kids up to 2 years of age are exempted from COVID testing. Please be advised to check with Emirates once again.

      Reply
  100. CP

    Hi. I am travelling to USA from India (Delhi-SFO) on tourist visa.
    Are there any mandatory COVID test requirements which i need complete before my departure in India?
    Are there any mandatory requirements after i reach SFO, California?
    So far not much luck to get details on requirements for flying out of India to USA

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chintan! COVID testing is not mandatory for people traveling from India to the US.

      Reply
  101. Surya Pratap

    Hai Indian eagle.
    I would like to travel to Hyderabad from Chicago by Air India flight No. AI126 which will halt first at Delhi and after 3 hours it will go to Hyderabad. If I cannot get my RT PCR test done in US can I go to Hyderabad and get tested in Hyderabad Airport because the flight is to Hyderabad .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Surya Pratap! According to the Government of India’s new guidelines that took effect on November 12, you may not be allowed to continue your domestic travel from the port of entry, Delhi, without a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  102. chaitanya

    Can i travel from boston to hyderabad on Emirates without rt -pcr negative test report? Getting tested and results in 72 hours is impossible here

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chaitanya! Emirates requires its passengers to have a negative RT-PCR test certificate for boarding its flights.

      Reply
  103. Debneil

    Hi, I am thinking of traveling to Kolkata from the USA in January 2021. What are the current quarantine restrictions at the port of entry in India? Do I have to undergo quarantine once I land?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bebneil! May we know if Kolkata is your first and last port of entry? Or, will you travel via Delhi or Mumbai?

      Reply
  104. Sujata

    Hello

    Is it possible to get visas in Chicago to travel to Mumbai to see my mother? Would it fall in the tourist visa category and therefore prohibited? I am US passport holder. Estimated travel between Dec-Jan

    thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sujata! Currently, tourist visa to India is banned. You can apply for either entry visa or emergency visa. By the time you will travel in December or January, the visa regulations may be relaxed further.

      Reply
  105. Kripakar

    Hi ,
    I am traveling from Mumbai to Toronto on 30th of November on PR Visa on Air India flight. Is there a COVID test required to board the flight . If yes, when do I need to take the test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kripakar! We primarily deal with US-India travel. However, to the best of our knowledge, a COVID test is not required to travel to Toronto from India.

      Reply
  106. Thomas

    I am a US citizen with OCI, and may have to travel, soon, from Orlando, Florida to either Cochin or Trivandrum in Kerala. What are the restrictions, the requirements, or the procedure, other than having a negative test result? Do I need to have the Air Suvidha or the Arogya Setu app? Even if I have a negative test result, I will, still, have to have home quarantine, but, may be not institutional quarantine?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Thomas! If you are flying directly to Cochin or Trivandrum (not via any other airport in India), you don’t need a RT-PCR test. The Government of India’s regulations require you to download Arogya Setu app on your mobile device (you need an Indian phone number) and submit a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha. Despite having a negative test report, home quarantine applies. For more information, you can go through https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/air-bubble-flights-kerala/. Please be advised to call our travel advisors for hassle-free booking and all the information related to your travel.

      Reply
  107. Saswati

    Hi,

    I heard that Indian who like to travel to Dubai need to submit their travel documents online to the Dubai government website beforehand. Is there any rule like that for Indian who wish to travel USA?

    Reply
  108. Usha

    I am a legal permanent resident in the US with an Indian passport. Can I travel from Dulles to Mumbai in December 2020. Will I need to self quarantine in Mumbai at my home there. Do indeed to get a Civid test done on departure and on arrival?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Usha! You can travel to India in December or beyond. You need to get a RT-PCR test done either before departure from the USA or on arrival at Mumbai airport. Yes, you will have quarantine yourself for 7 days at your residence in Mumbai.

      Reply
      • Kiranjot Tambar

        Hi!
        Just to confirm, do legal permanent residents with Indian Passports have to register with an Indian consulate before traveling to India on an Air India flight ?

        Reply
  109. Brindha

    Hi,
    My mother has her return trip booked in Air India from San Francisco to Chennai via Delhi. Can you please let me know if the Covid 19 RT-PCR testing be done 96 hrs or 72 hrs before boarding?

    Thanks. Really helpful blog.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Brindha! In case of Chennai, the test must be taken within 96 hours of her arrival at Chennai Airport.

      Reply
  110. Aravindhan

    Hi IndianEagle,

    I booked a ticket on British Airways from Washington Dulles to Chennai via London for 24th night. However I am being told that, I may not be able to travel on BA with OCI.

    Is it possible to travel on British Airways from the US to India? And when you have a OCI?

    If not, what other options are there for me to travel to India?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Aravindhan

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aravindhan! Thanks for reaching out to us. Yes, OCI cardholders are currently barred from traveling on British Airways from USA to India. You can travel on Emirates Airways, United Airlines, Air India, and Delta Airlines.

      Reply
  111. Narasimha Murthy Oruganti

    Hi,

    I am planning to travel to india from US ( Chicago-LHR-DEL-HYD) ( layover in LHR and DEL ) and booked British Airways for travel in DEC, i am an indian passport holder with Green Card.

    will be eligible to travel on British Airlines.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Narasimha! The travel eligibility criteria keep changing in the current volatile situation. Please check with British Airways.

      Reply
  112. Sachin Gabhane

    Hi ,
    I’m coming from Tokyo next week and I have next day connecting flight to Nagpur (Maharashtra).
    I’m bringing PCR certificate from Tokyo.
    But as per new Maharashtra guideline, when I arrive to Nagpur, that time my PCR test results will be older than 72 hours. (74 hours)
    Can I still use that PCR RESULT at Nagpur airport or I have to do the test again at Delhi airport.

    Note:
    In Delhi airport, they only do the PCR test if person haven’t done PCR test with in 72 hours. Which is not the case with me. ( in my case it will already cross 72 hours. It would almost 74 hours)

    Maharashtra Norms:
    The RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 72 hours of scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra

    Could you please guide me? It’s quite confusing.

    Reply
  113. Ravi

    Hi

    Anyone used British Airways recently from USA to Chennai? How was the transfer at heathrow Airport? Do you need to carry PCR results with you? Do they check your PCR results in London airport before getting into Chennai flight? is Rapid PCR result acceptable?

    Thanks

    Reply
  114. Sathish kumar

    Dec10th am planning to travel usa from india covid19 test mendetory
    Is nesasary or not arindia airlines in Bangalore airport

    Reply ↓

    Reply
  115. SK

    We are travelling from Bangalore to Toronto via Delhi on Air India. Is a Covid test mandatory to board the Air India flight??

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SK! As of now, there is no such requirement. Since the regulations keep changing in the current situation, please be advised to check with Air India.

      Reply
  116. vinoth

    Hello,
    I am travelling via emirates from USA to chennai with under 10 kid. I have applied for exemption through the Air Suvidha and it says forwarded to chennai government. How long is turnaround. Emirates it says policy a son nov 23 for transit passengers arriving from some countries and USA, covid test is not mandatory, but determined by needs of destination country? If chennai grants my exemption m, should I be ok?

    Reply
  117. Jodi

    Is it safer to travel by Emirates or United at this time to the US? Emirates has 2 stops – a stop in Dubai and Boston, Newark, New York etc. United has only one stop in Newark. Also Emirates has Covid Insurance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jodi! Both the airlines are taking all possible measures to ensure safety of their passengers against COVID-19 during travel. You can choose to fly on Emirates or United Airlines as per your convenience. We are getting calls for bookings for both the airlines.

      Reply
  118. Savita Ananthan

    Hi, I am a Indian national with a J1 Visa currently studying in the Philadelphia, US. I am travelling to Bengaluru, India this December to visit my ailing father and am taking a British Airways flight via Heathrow London. Will there be any restrictions placed on my travel since I am taking British Airways and not Air India or United? Will I be allowed to travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Savitha! We’re sorry to learn about your father. May he get well soon! As per the travel eligibility criteria, Indian nationals stranded in the USA can fly on BA flights. But, we cannot confirm it. Please be advised to check with British Airways.

      Reply
  119. Nithya

    We have to travel from USA to India. With cases rising, turnaround time for PCR testing is 5 days on an average, but we can get the rapid testing results within 1 hour. On the Indian embassy website, it says PCR testing is mandatory for quarantine exemption and that it has to be withon 72hrs of travel. We are confused how to make this work. Do they accept rapid testing results at Indian airports?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nithya! Only RT-PCR test reports are accepted from international arrivals at Indian airports. May we know your itinerary and destination in India, so that we can guide you in details?

      Reply
  120. Shashe

    We are looking to travel from San Francisco to Bangalore via Doha, on Qatar Airways. Is that route sanctioned by Indian Govt? Are there are special requirements besides a negative COVID test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shashe! We are booking Qatar Airways flights for that route. Alongside taking a RT-PCR test, you need to fill out a self-reporting form and a declaration form on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  121. henry14

    Hi, I have a British Airways flight from JFk to Mumbai (via LHR) on 11th Dec. I have scheduled test on 9th Dec (within 72 hours). Is this valid or do I need to schedule it 72 hours before arrival at Mumbai airport? Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Henry! It seems valid. A test should be taken within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from the USA.

      Reply
  122. Debra P

    I am a US citizen traveling Mumbai to Atlanta (US), my son who is 12 years old is an Indian passport holder with a valid US visa (10 year, multi-entry). I had a flight booked on British Airways, which I booked a few weeks ago, and the agent verified that my son could travel to the US through UK since he was a dependent. I verified 2 more times that there no issues. I am told today by the airline that my son cannot travel with British Airways. Our flight was tomorrow, I have had to cancel and ask for refund. My question is, is there an airline where my son can travel and enter the US without a problem? Thanks for your help/advice

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Debra! US citizens (without OCI card) and their spouses/dependents with a valid US visa can travel on British Airways’ outbound flights from India. What happened to you is very unfortunate. Anyway, you and your son can travel on Air India and United Airlines (direct flights to USA from India).

      Reply
  123. Ahmed

    Hi, my wife and 8 year old son will be leaving on Feb 2021 via Emirates from JFK to TRV via Dubai. Both are US citizens with OCI cards. Will they be able to travel without any issue while transiting at Dubai ? Any documents, negative test report or pre registrations, exemption to be filled in before boarding ? Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ahmed! As per the current guidelines, neither Emirates nor Kerala requires people from USA to travel with a negative RT-PCR certificate if they are asymptomatic. They need to fill out a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha and also an exemption form. FYI, your wife is eligible for exemption from testing and institutional quarantine for traveling with a kid below 10 years.

      Reply
      • Ahmed

        Thanks for my earlier query. One follow up. Wife and 8yr will be landing at TRV via Emirates from JFK. But their final travel is to South Tamil Nadu. Is there any other consideration that we have to do before we board from JFK ?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          HI Ahmed! How will travel to Tamil Nadu from the airport in Kerala? Tamil Nadu requires international arrivals with a negative RT-PCR certificate from abroad.

          Reply
          • Ahmed

            It will be via car from TRV to Tamil Nadu. Emirates won’t even allow to board air craft without negative RT PCR test. So she and the kid will have the negative report. But my question is whether there are any additional requirements from TamilNadu government to travel from TRV like epass or any other registrations. Thanks for all your help. You guys are amazing in answering every single query of concerned travelers. Kudos.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Ahmed! If you have put Tamil Nadu as your final destination in the self-reporting form on Air Suvidha, you may need to register on Tamil Nadu government’s portal and apply for a TN e-pass.

  124. Sunny

    I have to travel from DEL-SFO with family. I would like to know if the RT-PCR is mandatory for my travel to US?

    Will airport staff cause any hassle in case of not having negative test report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunny! A RT-PCR or any kind of COVID testing is not mandatory (except usual thermal screening) is for those flying to USA from India.

      Reply
  125. Jignesh

    Hi, I am a visitor. I am traveling back to India on 2nd January 2021 via Lufthansa from New York to Mumbai. how earlier can I do an RT-PCR test to travel safely and avoid institutional quarantine? according to 72 hours rules, I should be doing the test within 72 hours of departure or I should get the test result within 72 hours of departure? Because the test result might take 48 hours to come out. I should be doing the test no earlier than 30th December? kindly solve the confusion. thanks in advance

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jignesh! You need to take the test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from New York, as per the current regulations. The regulations may be changed or revised by the end of December.

      Reply
  126. Ahmed

    Thanks for my earlier query. One follow up. Wife and 8yr will be landing at TRV via Emirates from JFK. But their final travel is to South Tamil Nadu. Is there any other consideration that we have to do before we board from JFK ?

    Reply
  127. Biju Pillai

    I am planning a short trip to Mumbai from SFO in Jan 2021. Can I return to the US within a week or I need to complete my 14-day quarantine before flying back to US? Kindly advise

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Biju! Those returning within 7 days of arrival are exempted from home quarantine give they provide details and tickets of their return travel after arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  128. RamR

    Hi,
    I am US passport holder with OCI. I am in India now. Want to travel from chennai to Chicago. Can I book BA or Emirates ?. What are all the airlines allowed to pick US passport from India to USA?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ram! OCI cardholders can travel on Air India, United Airlines and Emirates from India.

      Reply
  129. Sini

    My parents are travelling from Washington DC to Kochi via Delhi by Air India using Vande Bharat. Do we need to have a negative RT-PCR test to travel? It was mentioned that for travelling to Kerala we don’t need a RT-PCR test done, but since my parents have transit through Delhi, I was not sure if a negative PCR test was needed. Can you please let me know?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sini! A RT-PCR test is not necessary for traveling on direct flights to Kerala. It may be asked for for transit through Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  130. Deva

    Hi there, I am an Indian national working in the US and I am traveling to India on 26th Dec via American Airlines/British Airways (DFW-LHR-MAA). My question is regarding my eligibility to travel, I am not sure whether I qualify as a stranded Indian national as far as British Airways is concerned since I have my return ticket booked. The BA agents whom I talked to are not very clear about my travel eligibility, please let me know if I will be allowed to travel to India on BA? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deva! As per the current regulations, you can’t. Indian citizens are completely restricted from traveling on BA flights from India. Please note the restrictions may be relaxed by the time you will travel.

      Reply
  131. Rohan kumar

    Hi,
    Liked your article, and seeing your prompt response on comments/questions, I am also posting a question of my own 🙂
    If someone came to India from US for a short visit now (An Indian who is working in US on a work visa), then will there be a problem for him to return back or while returning , a negative COVID report card is sufficient ?
    This question is not directly from me , since someone asked me for an answer and I couldn’t find over internet so asking you. I do not know which type of Visa that person has in US , but he is Indian and studied in US for a while and got a job there.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohan! Thanks for appreciating our work! As long as the visa is valid, there won’t be any problem with his return. If he is asymptomatic, a negative COVID test report is not required for traveling to the US from India. FYI, we are a leading travel-booking partner of Indians in the US.

      Reply
  132. Indrajit Gaikwad

    Hello,

    We have a L1 visa and planning to travel to India. Can we take British Airways flight to fly to India?

    Thanks,
    Indrajit

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Indrajit! BA may not allow Indian passport holders to travel on its flights from the USA. That’s why we are booking most of our customers on Air India and United Airlines flights between USA and India.

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Indrajit! No. Indian passport holders cannot take even Lufthansa flights and United flights operated by Lufthansa.

          Reply
          • Indrajit Gaikwad

            Strange!! I contacted Lufthansa and they said that we can fly Lufthansa

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Indrajit! This is what’s happening in current times. The scenario is full of confusion.

  133. Ranga

    I am a US citizen and a PIO card holder. I am traveling from Boston MA to Hyderabad India via Heathrow (London) on British Airways on December 4th. Is this route okay? Am I allowed to travel this route?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ranga! To the best of our knowledge about the current regulations, you can’t. However, you are advised to check with BA and get it confirmed.

      Reply
  134. Rajesh

    Hello,

    I am an Indian citizen holding valid f1 visa. I have to fly from bombay to dallas, Texas around january 15 for my spring 2020 semester.

    Are air India and united the only options I have, or has the guidelines changed? I see tickets for Qatar for British Airways online.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajesh! The guidelines are still the same. Indian passport holders/Indian citizens can travel only on Air India and United Airlines. Once normal international flights resume, all such restrictions will be lifted.

      Reply
  135. TK

    Hi, I am travelling from Banaglore to Toronto via London. Transit is less than 5 hours. Do I need a neagtive covid repprt fpr smooth transit at London? I read they do thermal screening even for transit passengers. Just want to make sure if I need a covid report. I am aware I do not need covid report to enter canada as I am a PR holder.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tulika! Yes, there is no such requirement. Thermal check is now part of the screening and boarding process at departure, transit and arrival airports, irrespective of the matter you have a negative COVID report or not.

      Reply
  136. Abinaya Suresh

    HI, I am an Indian citizen with an infant holding a Canadian passport and OCI card. We have our tickets booked in BA to India from Toronto on Dec 4th. Is this route okay or will my infant be denied from boarding the flight since we have an OCI card? Appreciate your support and your team is doing a great job by helping people like me .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abinaya! The current travel eligibility criteria may not allow OCI cardholders on BA flights to India from Canada or the USA. Thank you for appreciating our efforts.

      Reply
    • kartheek

      Can you please let me know if they allowed your baby on flight on british airways ? I am traveling to india with an infant on december 31st who is having a valid oci ? I am wondering if my baby will have any problem boarding the flight ?

      Reply
  137. Omar abdullah

    HI im planning to travel to usa on jan 2021 on delta with a b1/b2 visa. would they fly me?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Omar! Air India and United Airlines are the only options for B1/B2 visa holders.

      Reply
  138. Haran

    Hi,

    First of all, you guys are doing a great service here. Thank you for that!

    I am planning on travelling from Chicago to Chennai on Dec 16 for a month on Emirates. I am an Indian passport holder with a L1 visa. Two questions –
    a). Am I allowed to take Emirates both ways (Chicago-Chennai-Chicago)?
    b). With my negative RT-PCR test result taken 96 hours before landing in Chennai, how long is the home quarantine going to be?

    Thanks.

    -Haran

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Haran! Home quarantine is for 14 days in Tamil Nadu. Yes, you can travel on Emirates.

      Reply
  139. kartheek

    Hi,
    Can i travel from canada to india via london through british airways. I am a canadian citizen having valid OCI card ? Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kartheek! OCI cardholders (without British passports) can’t travel on BA flights via London.

      Reply
  140. Kiranjot Tambar

    Hi,
    Thank you for all the questions you’ve been answering. They really help a lot.
    I am a US Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder) with an Indian passport. Just to make sure, do I have to register with an Indian Consulate before traveling on an Air India flight from EWR to DEL?
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kiranjot! You don’t need to register with the Consulate. All you need to is to fill out a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha and register the portal of the state where your final destination is in India.

      Reply
  141. Vivek

    Do we need covid negative test for folks landing in EWR from Mumbai airport ? Does EWR airport ask for this?

    Reply
  142. Nisarg

    Hi,

    Thanks for the detailed info. For H1-B holders and planning to travel to India and back to the US, is Qatar Airways an option? They have resumed flights, so wondering if we still need to book on Air India or United.

    thanks

    Reply
  143. Richa goel

    Hello Indian eagle I am planning to travel to Delhi from Boston through Qatar airways .I am exempt from institutional Quarantine but do I need to get -ve COVID report before boarding and what about my daughter she is 5 year old

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Richa! Reportedly, Qatar Airways requires passengers to fill out and submit a consent form along with a negative RT-PCR report at the check-in counter. Please note you are eligible for exemption for traveling with a minor according to the Government of India. In our opinion, COVID test is not mandatory for a 5-year-old. Kindly do check with Qatar Airways for your satisfaction.

      Reply
  144. sruthi

    Hi I am on H1 Visa and I would l am planning to book my ticket from delhi to lax with air canada or emirates. Will they allow the Visa holders to fly with them. If yes, do i need to carry covid negative test report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sruthi! Not sure whether you will be able to travel on Air Canada or Emirates from India. However, Air India and United Airlines (direct) are the safest options.

      Reply
  145. Seema Sharanappa

    Hello,In Dec can I travel from Chicago to Bangalore(via London)? I am an Indian Citizen

    Reply
  146. Jas

    Travelling in late December 2020 from Toronto to Delhi, Do i need to book direct flight only with air india or air canada or Can i book United airlines from Toronto to Chicago to Delhi or any other connecting flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jas! If United Airlines is operating from Toronto, you can travel on United from Toronto to Delhi via Chicago.

      Reply
  147. Neha

    Hello,

    My husband and I are USA citizens and have OCI card. What airlines are we allowed to fly on from US to Mumbai.

    Reply
  148. Zubin

    HI,

    I really appreciate your time and effort in answering all the questions.

    I am travelling on Wednesday Dec 9th from Boston to Bombay via Paris on Air France. I read that this is operating under the air bubble. Please let me know if this is ok?

    I got myself tested over the weekend and have quarantined myself till I get the results. Once I get it I will upload it to AirSuvidha website.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Zunin! Whether you are able to travel on Air France to India, depends on your nationality and visa type. FYI, Air France is part of the India-France air bubble agreement.

      Reply
      • Zubin

        Thank you so much. I am currently on a H1B visa, so I am assuming following all the procedure stated on their website, I should be fine to fly to India.

        Can I take the same flight (Delta powered by Air France) back to the USA with a 2 hour layover at LHR?

        Thanks!

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Zubin! If the entire itinerary from India to the USA is marketed by Delta Airlines, not Air France, you can take it for return travel.

          Reply
          • Zubin

            Thank you for your prompt reply. That gives me a great relief and yes it is marketed by Delta Airlines.

            Kudos to the great work you’re doing here!

  149. Ela Selvaraj

    Hi, Your help is highly appreciated and very urgent as well. I am planning to travel from Denmark to Chennai. I see British Airways have flight from Denmark-London-Chennai and issuing as single ticket. I am Indian citizen, living and working in Denmark. Am I allowed to take British Airways to fly into India and back? British Airways website states its only the British Citizen, OCI or resident of UK and not other countries. Why is that?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ela! We have the same understanding of British Airways as what you do have. Please be advised to contact and check with British Airways.

      Reply
  150. Neha

    Hello,

    My husband and I are USA citizens and have OCI card. Which airlines are we allowed to fly on from US to Mumbai?

    Thank you so much .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neha! OCI cardholders can travel on Air India, United Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways.

      Reply
  151. Nandan

    Hello,
    I am going to be traveling JFK-DXB-AMD (Emirates) on Dec 27, would I be needing negative RT-PCR test for India or for the flight? I couldn’t find a clarity in current recommendations. I am eligible for institutional quarantine exemption due to a death in family. Thanks for the help!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nandan! You have a direct flight to AMD from Dubai and you’re eligible for exemption on grounds of a death in family; hence, you don’t need a RT-PCR test.

      Reply
  152. Bindhu

    Hello,
    We are Indian nationals with H1, H4 visas. We have an infant with US passport and OCI card. Which airlines we can travel from US to India?
    Do we need to take only direct flight from India to US? Heard that we can’t have any transit in European countries. But, also read in IATA guidelines (https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php) that US nationals (and parents of <18 years old children) are exempted from that rule. Please clarify.
    Highly appreciate your efforts answering all the questions.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bindhu! You can travel on Air India, United Airlines (direct), Emirates and Delta (not marketed by Air France) flights from USA to India. As far as know, US passport holders without OCI cards and their dependents can travel on Lufthansa and British Airways from India other than Air India and United Airlines.

      Reply
      • Bindhu

        Thank you for the response. We can not have transit in between US and India with US citizen infant travelling with us?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Bindhu! There’s a mixed response from some of our customers who traveled via Europe from USA to India in the past few weeks. You may not be able to transit.

          Reply
      • Ion

        Hi Bindhu, I am in the exact same situation, wanted to know if you were able to travel with infant carrying OCI or were you denied boarding Lufthansa flight ? Please help.

        Reply
    • Raj

      Today, I was sent back today from the airport check-in point at the last minute in Canada due to my transit in London and British Airways flight from London-India. My travel was from Canada to India via London. I think this is a new restriction by Indian govt. ( ?), I have not received any notification prior to the travel.

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Raj! What happened to you in the eleventh hour is very unfortunate. May we know what visa or passport you hold?

        Reply
  153. Nandan

    Hello,
    I am scheduled to fly JFK-DXB-AMD (Emirates) in last week of December. Would I be needing rt-pcr negative test for the destination or to board the flight? I will be applying for quarantine exemption due to a death in family. I couldn’t find a conclusive answer, your help will be really appreciated! Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nandan! If your request for exemption on grounds of a death in the family is approved on Air Suvidha, you can travel without taking a RT-PCR test. Emirates does not require you to board the flight with a negative COVID certificate if it is not mandated for entry to your destination. Please be advised to check with the airline as well.

      Reply
  154. Mayank

    Hi there,

    My parents will be travelling to Delhi from DFW via United airlines. The first connection is between DFW to EWR which starts at 1:15 PM CT and the flight from EWR to Delhi is at 9:30 PM ET. The tickets are on single PNR.

    As its mentioned that RT-PCR test needs to be done within 72 hours. Shall it be within the first connection flight or the final leg?
    Also, the self declaration form should be submitted within 72 hours or before 72 hours to get the exception?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mayank! The RT-PCR test can be done within 96 hours prior to the first leg of the itinerary, but the test report must be submitted to Air Suvidha and a self-declaration form must be submitted online within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from the first port of origin/departure.

      Reply
  155. Sagar

    Hi There,

    My parents are travelling on Dec 15th from Chicago -Delhi-Bangalore. I’m confused with PCR and RT-PCR test. Most of the pharmacies are testing for PCR and I booked the slot for the same. Can we get tested for PCR instead of RT-PCR test and show it as proof to avoid institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sagar! Only RT-PCR test results are considered valid at Indian airports.

      Reply
  156. SP

    Have a reservation from IAD-LHR-HYD for 18 Dec 2020. I saw today on British airways website an updated travel advice that any country citizens with OCI card can travel to India via UK. This was different than the advice in place until yesterday (only UK nationals with OCI can travel to India). Is it true? Does that mean that, now US Citizens with OCI card can travel via LHR from USA (IAD) to India (HYD).

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SP! Yes, it is true. We got the latest bulletin from British Airways yesterday. US citizens with or without OCI/PIO cards can travel on BA flights via London Heathrow.

      Reply
      • SP

        Thanks for confirming and can an Indian passport holder with Visitor visa (parent) accompany me from HYD to IAD on British via LHR?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi SP! If a parent is counted among your dependents, he/she can. Still, be advised to check with British Airways.

          Reply
          • SP

            Are there any quarantine requirements (Institutional or Home) for passengers traveling on United/Air India from USA to HYD via Delhi? FYI, our stay is less than 10 days in India.

          • indianeagle Post author

            HI Sp! International travelers on a short visit are exempted from quarantine in many Indian states. But you need an RT-PCR test certificate.

  157. SK

    Hi I am traveling from CLT to CHICAGO to Delhi. My flight is at 12 pm on 18th December from Charlotte to Chicago and 6:30 from Chicago to Delhi. Will a RT PCR taken at 5PM on 15th December work?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SK! The test taken within 72 hours of undertaking the journey will work. Make sue the test report has a valid stamp and signature from the lab.

      Reply
  158. Jerin Daniel

    Can Indian citizen fly from Toronto to India by any airlines other than Air India or Air Canada

    Reply
  159. Rahul

    Hello,

    I am planning to fly from Canada to India. I have an option to take Air India/ Air Canada to fly to Delhi and then Mumbai.
    The other option is to take flights that have layovers at Heathrow, Munich, France or Frankfurt. Are layovers flights such as these allowed by India? Last time I called Etihad, they said only pax from Abu Dhabi to India are allowed and no layovers passengers are allowed by Indian government.
    Can you please confirm and let me know.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rahul! Other than Air India and United Airlines, you can travel on British Airways via London Heathrow. According to the latest update issued yesterday, Indian nationals, OCI/PIO cardholders (regardless of any country) and foreign nationals (including US and Canadian citizens) can travel on BA flights via LHR.

      Reply
      • Rahul

        I am a Canadian PR and not a citizen or OCI. Is that valid to too?
        Also am I allowed to take lufthansa from Canada to India via Frankfurt or Munich?

        Thanks

        Reply
      • John

        According to the air bubble rules at https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/en/about-air-transport-bubbles it seems that on a BA flight from London to India, the only OCI cardholders allowed are those with British passports, not Canadian or US passports. Has this been updated? Would be grateful if you could provide the updated link you refer to! This does seem to be a point of confusion. Same rules, for example, if flying on Emirates via Dubai. Can an OCI cardholder fly via Dubai, or is the Dubai-India flight restricted to OCI cardholders with UAE passports?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi John! The latest update is British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Delta Airlines have got approval to fly OCI cardholders, irrespective of citizenship and passport, till December 31. It may be extended into January 2021.

          Reply
          • John

            Wow. Thanks very much! This is really helpful. Your posts are very clear and specific. Keep up the great work!

    • Gunjan

      I think this is still true Etihad are not allowing layovers and transit passengers. layovers at Heathrow, Munich, France or Frankfurt or even USA are good to go.

      Reply
  160. Rohit

    I will be reaching Mumbai airport on 13-Dec -2020 night. And have domestic flight to Chennai on 15-Dec-2020 returning back to Mumbai on 16-Dec-2020. Are there any issues for such a journey? Assuming that i will be carrying negative RT-PCR test while exiting from Mumbai airport.
    Kindly help with this information.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohit! If your trip to India is shorter or equal to 7 days and if you share details of your onward journey after arrival at Mumbai Airport, you are likely to get exempted from home quarantine in Mumbai and travel onward to Chennai.

      Reply
  161. SIVA PRASAD BELLAM

    I am US passport holder (US citizen) and an OCI (overseas citizen of India) card holder. My British Airways booking is set for Jan 13, 2021 out of Miami to Hyderabad, with a transit of 2 hrs at Heathrow. One of my friends had a similar itinerary to travel in the last week of November. He was denied checking in at Miami by BA, citing a directive from Union Home ministry of India, to allow only direct/nonstop flight arriving passengers only in to Inida. As his had a connection in UK as transit, he was denied checking in. Is there a such a directive. I cannot find it on line or at BA website. I want to hear your official stand on this. thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shiva! Effective from December 9, 2020, British Airways is allowing OCI cardholders, irrespective of their citizenship, to board its India bound flights via London Heathrow. But note British Airways has got approval to fly OCI cardholders till December 31. It may be extended into January 2021. Please keep an eye on.

      Reply
  162. Shravni Ramkumar

    Hi! I have an F1 visa (Indian citizen) – I’d like to book a ticket on Emirates from Bangalore to Chicago – would that be possible?

    Reply
  163. Shravni

    Hi! I’m an indian student with an f1 visa, would it be possible for me to fly to chicago via dubai (emirates) from Bangalore?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shravni! Air India and United Airlines (direct) are the safest options for Indian passport holders in the current circumstances.

      Reply
  164. Sharath Reddy

    Hi,

    I am a US citizen with OCI and scheduled (12/23 ) to travel from DFW to HYD via Doha on Qatar airways.
    I will be getting a rtPCR test done before travelling, will I have any issues?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sarath! No issues. Make sure the RT-PCR report has a valid stamp and signature. Wish you a safe and happy trip!

      Reply
  165. Srinivas

    I am indian student with F1 visa , already booked tickets in British Airways to London and from there in United airlines, while booking it didn’t showed anything like I’m not eligible ,as it’s on airline work to check eligibility ,am I allowed to travel on those airlines for Dec 2020 travel

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Srinivas! If you are traveling from India, then no. If you are traveling to India from USA, then yes.

      Reply
      • talenthacker

        That is correct. From USA to INDIA British Airways is allowed. But from INDIA to US its not.

        Reply
  166. Sachin

    Hi,
    I will be traveling with my Family on Dec 18th at 3 PM from Boise – Seattle – London Heathrow – HYD – Pune. I have a valid H1B visa stamped and will be doing the COVID PCR test in Boise on Dec 15th at 3:45 PM for myself, my wife, and 6 years old kid.

    Could you please suggest if this is ok and also there is no RT-PCR available here it only says Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR). Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sachin! PCR tests are not accepted at Indian airports. Only RT-PCR test results are considered valid. If the connection time at Hyderabad airport is minimum 6 hours, you can get tested at Hyderabad airport before continuing journey to Pune.

      Reply
  167. GUNASEKER Jayavelu

    My wife is slotted to travel from Chennai to Seattle on the 17th December 2020.
    From Chennai to Delhi it is by Vistara and from Delhi to Chicago to Seattle it is by United Air lines.
    Will immigration check be in Chennai or Delhi ?
    Is a Covid negative certificate required to board the flight at Chennai ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Guna! We are not sure whether immigration check will take place at Chennai or Delhi airport. FYI, she does not require any COVID certificate to travel from Chennai to Seattle.

      Reply
  168. Sangita

    Hi,

    I am a US citizen with OCI and flying to Mumbai on Dec 28th. I will get a PCR test , What are the current quarantine rules at Mumbai airport (for state of Maharashtra)?

    Thanks,

    Sangita

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sangita! A negative RT-PCR test certificate will exempt you from institutional quarantine. But you will undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pankaj! Indian passport holders with B1/B2 can travel only on Air India and United Airlines (direct) from India to the US.

      Reply
      • talenthacker

        Indian passport holders with B1/B2 can also fly Qatar Airways along with Air India and United. But British Airways is not allowed.

        Reply
  169. Sujo

    Hi, I will be travelling from Chennai to USA via New Delhi transit on Air India flight. Do i need to carry any covid test certificate to travel to USA on Air India flight?

    Reply
  170. Vyshu

    Hi,

    I am an Indian citizen currently staying in Canada on Visiting visa with my husband who has Canadian PR. My PR is in process and I am planning to travel to Hyderabad on January 8th via British Airways with layover in LHR. My husband will be coming to India on January 29th. We both booked our return on March 13th via BA from hyd-del-london-toronto. I heard that I cannot travel in BA from India to Canada. My husband has a canadian PR and is employed in Canada, will I be allowed to travel with him to Canada in BA if we carry our marriage certificate.

    Your response is much appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Regards,
    Vyshu

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vyshu! What travel norms and regulations will be in March 2021 cannot be predicted now. However, the regulations will be relaxed for sure in March 2021.

      Reply
  171. Nandini C

    Hello,
    Is there any restriction on the duration of a trip to India, right now ?
    Example – If I land in India at New Delhi on Jan 17, 2021, will I be stopped if my return filght is on Jan 26, 2021 ?
    (Assuming I have a negative RT PCR test result when I reach India and also before I start the return journey)

    Thank you so much for the detailed information on this website ! It has helped me a lot in these uncertain travle times.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nandini! If you are traveling to India for a short visit, make sure to have confirmed return travel tickets and a negative RT-PCR certificate. Based on both of these, you will get exempted from home quarantine at your final destination in India.

      Reply
  172. Gourav

    Hi.
    My wife and I are traveling from SF to Delhi direct flight next week. Delhi is our final destination. Do we still need an RT PCR test to go home in Delhi? It seems that the RT PCR test is only needed for onward domestic travel after we land in Delhi. Is that true?
    Also, if the test is required, and it should be taken with 72 hours of departure, can we fill out the exemption form right before departure? That is when we’d likely get the results.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gaurav! No. You need an RT-PCR negative certificate in order to evade 7-day institutional quarantine in Delhi. Yes, you can fill out the exemption form right before departure.

      Reply
  173. Kumar

    I have a 2year old kid will be traveling to india with me. Do i need to take RT-PCR test to my 2yr old child as well or only to me is sufficient? Please help tried searching for this and unable to get best informations.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! May I know your port of entry and final destination in India? Knowing the itinerary will help me answer your questions better.

      Reply
  174. Shyam

    Hello,
    I have a British Airways flight on 2nd January from Banglore to Dallas via London. I was told that indian nationals are denied boarding if they are travelling to the USA by any airlines except Air India and United Airlines. I would like your help in knowing if that restriction will apply to my trip as well. I reside in the USA and have a vaild H1B visa in hand. Your quick response is much appreciated.

    Regards,
    SHYAM

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shyam! You got the correct information. Unless you are a spouse of a US citizen and your destination is the UK, you can’t travel on British Airways from India.

      Reply
  175. Saurabh

    HI, We are Indian citizens with valid H1B US visa. Are we allowed to travel from San Francisco to Mumbai via Frankfurt before 31st December 2020? The first leg is United Airlines and the second from Frankfurt to Mumbai is i believe United-Lufthansa codeshare. Any restrictions in place that would prevent us from taking this route? Thank you for your response!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saurabh! In our opinion, Indian citizens/Indian passport holders can’t take this route. Lufthansa or Lufthansa-codeshare flights are not yet open to taking Indian passport holders from USA or India, whose destination is not EU.

      Reply
      • Saurabh

        Hi, can you provide any reference to the notice or article that talks about this rule? Thank you.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Saurabh! The article is up to date with authentic information. You can google or check the website of Lufthansa airlines.

          Reply
  176. Meghna Banerjee

    Hi I am a GC holder traveling to India from USA flying on Lufthansa. I saw there is a form that Indian govt wants
    Passenges to fill that ask about the reason of traveling….I saw there is no option for permanent resident. I have no death reason etc in family …what should I put in that form ?? Will I be restricted or does it mean I can’t. Go to India?…before booking tickets they didn’t tell me Tickets are sold to everyone…..there is no guidelines.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Meghna! The Government of India no longer requires anyone to furnish reasons for traveling to India. Hence, you don’t need to fill out any such form.

      Reply
    • Saurabh

      Hi Meghna,
      Did you manage to book Lufthansa from USA to India? Can you share your experience please?
      Thanks.

      Reply
  177. Ravi Teja Chunduri

    Hello,

    I am flying from Toronto to Delhi on 24th Dec and have my connecting flight to Hyderabad on 25th Dec. All the tickets are on the same PNR. I am planning to get my RT-PCR test done in Hyderabad because of my short layover time at Delhi IGI. Will I be allowed to board my flight to Hyderabad at Delhi?

    Thanks in Advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! As per the government’s mandate, you may need an RT-PCR test certificate to continue your domestic journey to Hyderabad from Delhi. Please call the helpline number of Delhi Airport for your satisfaction.

      Reply
  178. Salome Solomon

    My husband and me are planning to travel to Bengaluru in January 2021 from the US. : Our flights have been booked by Delta via Paris. All I want to know is whether traveling via Paris is safe? We are American citizens and also have an OCI card for India. Kindly advise. Thanks..

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Salome! Hundreds of thousands of people are traveling via Paris. Wish you a happy and safe trip!

      Reply
  179. Dev

    Hello,

    I am OCI holder and I will be traveling to India from Canada in few days due to medical emergency of my father at India. Is it mandatory to have Covid test done before I travel? I have not booked return ticket for now so do I need to be quarantine for 14 days after reaching at India?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dev! We will be able to answer your queries only when we know your final destination/port of entry in India and the airline you will travel on.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! Currently, tourist visa to India is suspended. US citizens having neither an OCI card nor a valid visa to India need to apply for an entry visa.

      Reply
  180. Austin

    Hi, Are India passport holders on F1-Visa starting OPT allowed to enter USA at the moment? I want to go to US from India in January.

    Reply
  181. Ankush Kaul

    Under the US-India Air Bubble Flights, are United Airlines flights with layover (from Indian to US) allowed or only direct flights are allowed? Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ankush! United Airlines flights through Europe or United-Lufthansa codeshare flights are not directly under the US-India air bubble agreement. However, only US nationals (without an OCI cards) can travel on UA flights with layover in Europe.

      Reply
  182. Ions

    Hi, I am travelling with my wife and my kid who is 3 years old from LAX – FRA – DEL in Lufthansa. Do I need covid test for our travel? Me and my wife are Indian passport holders but my kid is a US citizen holding OCI card. Please advise if there are any concerns before reaching delhi. Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! You are eligible for exemption on grounds of traveling with a kid below 10 years. If you don’t have a domestic flight further from Delhi Airport, and if you travel to a nearby destination from the airport by private transport, you don’t need an RT-PCR test. Please check with Lufthansa if onboarding is allowed without an RT-PCR negative report.

      Reply
  183. Girija

    Hi, i’m looking at booking travel from Houston to Chennai on United airlines for next week. i have options to enter India either at Mumbai or Delhi airport. Which airport is better as Indian port of entry in the current situation? I am an OCI card holder.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Girija! If you wish to avoid both Mumbai and Delhi, you can choose to travel on British Airways via London, Emirates via Dubai,and Qatar Airways via Doha. These airlines have direct flights to Chennai from Houston via their respective hubs. You can call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the best itinerary, the best fare and hassle-free booking.

      Reply
  184. Fasi

    Hi, I am a US citizen with OCI, Can I travel to Hyd from DFW and return back in 10 days? Is it mandatory to stay in India for 14 days. I will be taking Rt-pcr test. I am planning to bring my mother from India. She is Indian citizen with B1/ B2 visa, Can she travel with Qatar airways? I heard that Indian citizens outbound can travel only Air India.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Fasi! It is not mandatory to stay 14 days. You will be able to travel back in 10 days. She can travel with you on Qatar Airways. Please note Qatar Airways is not taking new bookings from December 18 till 31, 2020. If you already hold a booking, you will be able to travel. Or else, you can book your travel on Qatar Airways post December 31, 2020.

      Reply
    • Kartiki Sharma

      Hello!

      I’m traveling to Indore on one PNR from
      Boston via Mumbai. My PCR covid test may get delayed by half a day or day upon my arrival on 23rd December in Mumbai. And My flight to indore is on 24th morning at 11am. I get 12 hours layover in Mumbai. Now, what can be done if the test results get delayed and I want to continue my journey to Indore without Institutional qurantine. I have emergency at home and I can’t stay away home from right now.
      Any information regarding it will be helpful! Thanks.

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Kartiki! You are supposed to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey, not from your arrival in India. Based on the nature of emergency at home, you can apply for exemption on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi Airport website). If you will travel via Europe or the Middle East, you are likely to undergo 14-day institutional quarantine after arrival at Mumbai Airport, according to the latest guidelines issued by Maharashtra government. You can call the helpline of Mumbai Airprot for more information.

        Reply
  185. Ajaykumar Kathiriya

    Hi,

    Can i go to Toronto via London from New Delhi; on British Airways flight; I am indian citizen but having Canadian permanent resident. I have booked flight which is having layover ag london heathrow airport.
    Please help me by providing related info.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ajay! If you are a spouse of a Canadian citizen, then yes. Otherwise, no. The current restrictions may be relaxed in January 2021.

      Reply
  186. Ravindra M Jog

    We are Indian Passport hoders with US Green Card. Wish to travel to Mumbai in Jan 2021 and return in April 2021..
    My questions:
    1. How many hours before we have to undergo Covid test? 92 or 72 Hours. Please see 3 below.
    2. Can we take San-francisco to Mumbai flights via Doha Qatar OR via Frankfurt ?
    3. If we have to take United VBM flight via Newark, 72 or 92 Hours start from SFO-NEWARK flight sector or NEWARK-MUMBAI flight sector.?

    /

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravindra! The existing mandate requires you to take a test within 72 hours prior to undertaking your journey from the USA. You can travel via Doha (but the latest update is that Qatar Airways will not take new bookings till December 31, 2020). In case of your travel on United Airlines, the hours will be counted from SFO.

      Reply
      • Anahita

        Hi I am traveling Mumbai to Delhi to Chicago on United Airlines. Is covid test to be taken prior to departure? Any other rules?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Anahita! There is no such protocol for outbound international travelers as of now.

          Reply
  187. kochu

    We are OCI holders from Canada traveling from Toronto to New Delhi in January 2021 with a 2 year old baby. Do we need mandatory Covid test or are we exempted ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kochu! If Delhi is your final destination or if you will take private transport to reach a destination nearby Delhi, you don’t need an RT-PCR test. You will get exempted on grounds of traveling with a kid below 10 years.

      Reply
  188. AJAYKUMAR KATHIRIYA

    Can I travel to Toronto from Mumbai with a layover in New Delhi and Newark, New York USA operated by Air Canada for the travel date of December 23, 2020? I am an Indian national and have a Canadian Permanent Residency and USA Visitor Visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ajay! If Air Canada has an itinerary via Delhi and Newark/New York, you may be able to travel. Please check with Air Canada.

      Reply
  189. Poorva Singh

    Finally! I found a real good website! Thanks for existing!

    I am an Indian. I want to travel to the USA next year and want to apply for the US tourist visa. I did my research and found out that tourism is not allowed yet from India to the USA (even the issuing or applying for the travel/tourist visa I guess from the New delhi). If this is true lemme know and what else I can do? I am also thinking about the plan B as to get a tourist visa for Australia first. I want to travel there too first from India for like 1-2 weeks in order to tour there. So, can I be able to travel from Australia to USA starting from the India? And how this can be done? I was actually planning for a really long time to make tour to these both countries. And What flights I can take? Would it be still possible to take flight and make a short travel to the USA from India or Australia first as my destination of my tour? Please let me know if I can make a travel/tour to the USA from Australia being an Indian and having an Australian passport. Please let me know what I can do! Because I have to start applying for the travel visa by next year, January. Thank you so much in Advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Poorva! FYI, we don’t deal in visa. Please be advised to contact an international visa expert.

      Reply
  190. Ramesh K

    Hi I am Travelling to Chennai by Air India – San Francisco -> Delhi -> Chennai. The transit time in Delhi is only 1 hour. The ticket is booked through Air India as SFO -> Chennai and Air India booked me through Delhi. Where would I need to do immigration checks, since there is only 1 hour gap between the flights?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramesh! Sorry! We are not able to help you with a definite answer to this query.

      Reply
  191. An R

    I am traveling with my 12 year daughter from Boston to Mumbai on 12/27/2020 and returning on 1/3/2020. What airlines are we allowed to take and when should we be doing the RT-PCR test ? We do not plan to quarantine . Our final destination is Pune. We are US citizens with OCI cards.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! In view of the new quarantine guidelines and travel restrictions triggered by the deadly strain of the Coronavirus in the UK, direct flights of Air India and United Airlines are recommended. Please call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the best itinerary for your hassle-free travel.

      Reply
  192. Chandan

    Hi IndianEagle , We are in a similar situation and want to travel back to Mumbai via Paris from Atlanta. Can you please help me with any details ?
    I’m on H1B m Wife on H4. 2 kids aged 2.5 years and 3 months citizens of USA and In-laws on B1
    I’m planning to Travel on Dec 30th to Jan 1st week timeframe.
    Is COVID testing mandatory for infants also ?
    Is there any restrictions traveling to Mumbai via Paris for Indian citizens or American citizens(Emergency India visas holders)?
    Any other documents which I need to be prepared with ?

    Reply
  193. Anahita

    Hi, thank you for the wealth of information provided on this website. I am looking to travel from Mumbai to Chicago with United Airlines. I have Indian passport and am not a permanent resident of USA. I will be flying with United Airlines. The route that I will be taking is Mumbai – Delhi – Chicago.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anahita! You can travel this route on United Airlines. No problem as long as your US visa is valid.

      Reply
  194. Ajeesh

    I am planning to travel to UK on last week of January via Air India.
    Is covid test mandatory for travelers going to UK via Air India flight ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ajeesh! You might know India suspended flights to and from the UK till December 31, 2020. The suspension may be lifted or extended in January based on an assessment of the situation then. We cannot say anything for sure whether a COVID test will be mandatory for traveling to the UK anytime in January.

      Reply
  195. Saurabh

    Hi, reading a lot of posts or responses here that Indian citizens/passport holders are not allowed to take Lufthansa connecting flights from Germany to India. I wanted to share our experience. We successfully completed our trip from San Francisco to Mumbai via Frankfurt on United and Lufthansa on 19th December. We faced no issues at all having Indian passports and US H1 H4 visas. The Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Mumbai was full with Indian citizens and Indian passport holders. Hope this helps!

    Reply
    • Rohit Patil

      Hi Saurabh,

      Thank you sharing you experience. This helps a lot.
      Can you also share any other regulations and requirements you had to undergo as part of your travel.

      – Did you have to fill out vande bharat mission form?
      – PCR Covid test?
      – Any other pointers we should know.

      Reply
      • Saurabh

        Hi Rohit,

        We had actually filled the VBM mission form as per Lufthansa guidelines but later realized that it is no longer required for air bubble flights, Lufthansa has not updated its website.
        Yes, negative PCR Covid test result within 72 hours is required to avoid institutional quarantine.
        Only other requirement is to complete self-reporting form and exemption form on Air Suvidha.
        We were also be handed over an undertaking form at Mumbai airport asking for our local address and contact number. We received a call next morning from authorities to confirm we are staying there and observing 7 day home quarantine.
        Please note rules may change anytime in wake of the new Covid virus in UK.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Saurabh! Thank you very much for sharing your experience. It will definitely help others. Thank you once again!

          Reply
        • Rohit Patil

          i see Lufthansa still havent updated the website.
          So i decided to fill the form, not sure what compelling case type we can fit under (no clear one reason, apart from travelling to India to visit family)

          Reply
    • Ion

      Hi Saurabh, i have been looking all over to find people who have travelled from US to India via germany and your post is a big relief to know that this is possible. Thanks a million on sharing your experience.
      I have also booked my flight from Los angeles to delhi via Frankfurt but my first leg is in Lufthansa.
      Can you please share one more thing if you were required to show PCR test result before boarding thg he flight in USA and in germany ? or was it only needed at the time of entry in india?
      I am also travelling with my kid who is OCI and i believe travelling with minors are exempted but a little worried if OCI card holders will be allowed to board from USA via germany.
      Thanks agin for sharing your experience and it helps people like me a lot 🙂

      Reply
      • Saurabh

        Hi, PCR test result was not required for boarding the flight in USA or Germany for my trip on 19th December. Only things they checked were Self Reporting form and Aarogya Setu app download on your phone. But again i will say please check the current rules as they might have changed because of the new coronavirus in UK. I do not know of the OCI part as it was not applicable to us. Indianeagle experts might be able to help you out. Good luck for your trip!

        Reply
        • Ion

          Thanks Saurabh , your experience helps a lot :). Did you also register for repatriation flight? I see a link at Lufthansa website to register for repatriation flight for Germany to India leg.

          Reply
          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Ion! You need to register for the Germany to India leg.

          • Ion

            @indianeagle : Thanks Indian Eagle , do u know if indian passport holders travelling with minors holding OCI are allowed to board in Lufthansa ?

  196. Pooja Subbanna

    Hi Team,
    I’m an Indian Citizen on a H1B visa, traveling on December 30th , from Richmond to Chicago (American Airlines), Chicago to Doha(Qatar), Doha to Bangalore(Qatar) and reaching Bangalore on January 1st.
    My first and final port of entry in India is Bangalore. Please let me know if I need a Negative COVID 19 PCR Test result/report, to be presented before I’m allowed to exit the airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pooja! The current scenario may change by the time you will travel. In the wake of a deadly strain of the Novel Coronavirus, the government of Karnataka issued a directive that passengers transiting via other airports, in addition to passengers from the UK, will be put to an RT-PCR test on arrival. Please wait until the beginning of the last week of this month.

      Reply
  197. John

    The new rules for landing in Mumbai/Maharashtra, as of Monday December 21, say arriving international passengers from many countries (including Europe, Gulf, etc) will have to undergo a 7 day institutional quarantine, then get tested after that, then home quarantine, etc. What about someone who needs to visit for 5 days?? They will not allow me to leave before 14 days? Does this mean that I should just not go, because it will be pointless?

    Reply
  198. Ravichandran Srinivasan

    Please clarify whether VBM and United Airlines Bubble flights are the only options to travel from USA to India. OR whether transit at a European or Gulf airport (Frankfurt/Dubai etc) is allowed by the countries involved and by GOI

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravichandran! If your nationality and visa permits, you can travel from USA to India via Europe or the Middle East. You can travel on British Airways, Delta, Emirates and Qatar Airways too. Please note flights to and from the UK are currently banned. Qatar Airways will not be taking new bookings till December 31, 2020.

      Reply
  199. Ved Pandey

    I am traveling from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to Mumbai on United on 26th Dec. The route is FLL -> Newark -> BOM. I went for a PCR test today, and they said the result might take 4-5 days due to holidays. I want to know if United would allow me to board the flight in Fort Lauderdale if I don’t have the result before departure.

    Reply
  200. V Kameshwaran

    HI,

    I am traveling from SFO to Chennai on 31st Dec as an emergency. Due to the sudden demise of my mother, I have to travel to India. I have a doctor’s certificate that has been uploaded on the Air Suvidha website. As this is an emergency situation do I need to take the RT-PCR test? Or just the death certificate would suffice?

    Reply
  201. Radhika Moral

    Hi! I am a student on continuing F-1 visa. Will I be allowed to enter the USA from India (Delhi)? I flew into Delhi a few days ago from Newark airport on a United flight and plan on flying back to Newark, USA on January 23, 2021. Are there any anticipated issues with students traveling back to the US?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Radhika! No issues with traveling back to the US if you hold a valid F1 visa. A week before traveling back to Newark, please make sure to check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test report.

      Reply
  202. HARIHARAN IYER

    Hi, I have a UK work visa and I am due to travel from BOM TO LHR via Muscat. My ticket has been booked, however, I am told under air bubble arrangement one cannot transit. Given the current situation on flight ban from India to UK, will I face an issue?

    Thanks,
    Hari

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Hariharan! Please check first if flights are operational between Oman and the UK. You may be able to travel to Muscat from India. If Oman has banned flights to and from the UK, you won’t be able to travel further.

      Reply
  203. Ion

    Seen many people holding Indian passports now are able to transit via Germany in Lufthansa, is there anybody who was able to transit with a minor/child holding OCI from US to India via Germany?

    Reply
  204. Rgn

    Hi,

    Planning to travel from USA to Kerala via Delhi on United airlines. USA to Delhi and Delhi to Kerala booking are on a single PNR. The transit time in Delhi is 10 hrs. It seems Kerala has 14 days home quarantine with an option to do RT-PCR test after 7 days of home quarantine. If RT-PCR test is NOT done in USA prior to boarding, will I be required to do the test at Delhi (which is the port of entry) before taking the connecting domestic flight from Delhi to Kerala, since it is on a single PNR

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rintu! In the current circumstances, it is recommended you take a test after arrival at Delhi Airport given the 10-hr layover.

      Reply
  205. Zubin Vora

    Hi,

    Appreciate the work you’re doing here.

    I have a flight scheduled from Mumbai -> Boston via UK on 7th January. The carrier is Delta.

    Considering the current scenario and the news around extension of the flight ban to/from India and UK, I am thinking of changing the flight to Mumbai to Boston via Amsterdam, again the carrier is Delta. I am a Indian Citizen with a USA H1B visa.

    Will I face any problems with the new itinerary ? Your reply will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Zubin

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Zubin! Have you checked with Delta Airlines whether the ban on UK flights will affect your existing itinerary via London Heathrow? In our opinion, the new itinerary should not be a problem for you.

      Reply
  206. Zubin Vora

    Hi,

    I got a email from delta that my scheduled flight have been cancelled and they are trying to book me on another flight, so I decided to cancel my flight and fly to Boston via Amsterdam. Your reply gives me a great comfort, hopefully I am able to fly to the US without any difficulty.

    Thanks again and Happy New Year in advance,
    Zubin

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Zubin! It’s our pleasure. We request you to recommend Indian Eagle Travel to your friends and relatives. Wish you a safe flight and Happy New Year too.

      Reply
  207. Mohd

    Hi..
    I have a connecting flight to Newark USA from Delhi via Frankfurt on 19th Jan2021. The airlines is Lufthansa. I am an Indian passport holder with F-1 student visa..

    Are there any issues or regulations we need to follow for the above travel? I have read that USA is not allowing entry for those who has lived or transited Schengen Area in last 14 days with exceptions that do not fill in my case as i understood.. please suggest.

    Reply
  208. Mohd

    Hi,

    I have a connecting flight to Newark USA from New Delhi via Frankfurt on 15th Jan. 2021. The airlines is Lufthansa and have transit time of 5 hrs. at Frankfurt airport.

    I am an India passport holder with F-1 student visa.

    Are there any issues travelling with Lufthansa for above journey due to air bubble ? Is Covid test required for the above journey?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mohd! As per the current mandate, Indian passport holders can travel on Lufthansa to any country in EU, South America and Africa. The current restriction for USA-bound Indian citizens’ travel on Lufthansa may be relaxed in January.

      Reply
      • Rohit Kumar Mukerjee

        Hi Indian Eagle
        First of all let me compliment you on the fantastic information here.
        Please advise if you can help me book 2 tickets to Boston from Delhi for end Jan
        And return flight from Boston to Delhi
        Would I need to get a negative RT PCR test done in US before I board a flight from US for Delhi or can I get it done on arrival at Delhi airport by pre-booking slot and requesting for exemption
        Also do I need a negative RT PCR test when landing in Boston for immigration clearance
        Where can I get a RT PCR test done in Boston since in US I understand it takes 2-3 days for the test report to come.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Rohit! If you travel with a negative RT-PCR certificate from Boston or take a test after arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in case the result is negative. You can get tested in India not longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Boston and show the negative test result at the port of entry or the final destination airport in the USA. Yes, we would have be happy to book suitable itinerary for your travel. Please be advised to call our travel advisors at 01-800-615-3969 or email us your contact number at share@indianeagle.com so that we can get in touch with you. Thanks!

          Reply
  209. Amit Shah

    I am travelling on Jan 8th from PHX (Phoenix) to EWR (Newark) to BOM (Mumbai).
    My PHX flight starts at 10am on Jan 8th but my flight from EWR starts at 6pm on Jan 8th.

    Is it ok if i do my COVID test 72 hours with respect to Jan 8th 10am flight from PHX to EWR? or do i need to calculate 72 hours prior to my EWR to BOM flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! If your entire itinerary starting from Phoenix to India has the same PNR, you need to calculate the 72 hours up to boarding the flight from PHX.

      Reply
  210. Parth

    Hello! We are looking to book our parents flight from Ahmedabad to New York. What are our best options? We are seeing mixed responses in terms of flying with Etihad via Abu Dhabi. As Indian passport holders, are they allowed to take Etihad Airways in January?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Parth! Indian citizens holding B1/B2 visa can travel only on Air India and United Airlines (direct) flights to the USA.

      Reply
  211. Lakshmi

    Hello Sir,
    My husband is travelling to india next wk , frm Newark, USA to Chennai Via Delhi in Air india. Hes citizen of US. Want to know if he needs to get quaratined in Chennai. Also how safe is Delhi Airport now . Pls let us know. Thanks .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Lakshmi! If he takes an RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to his journey from Newark, and if the result is negative, he will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Chennai. He will have to serve only home-quarantine in Chennai. In case it is not possible for him to take a test in the USA due to time constraint or other reasons, he can get tested after arrival at Delhi Airport if the connection time/layover is at least 8-hr long.

      Reply
  212. Ajit Mehta

    I am Belgian citizen flying from Mumbai to paris and taking ground transport to go to Belgium. What are the mandatory tests I have to go through before boarding the plane in Mumbai and do I have to go another test when I land in paris

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ajit! We regret saying that we have the least knowledge about the current regulations for travel on this route. Please check with the airline that you will travel on.

      Reply
  213. Paarijaat

    Hi,

    Travel planned to india due to my sisters marriage from Brussels – Hyderabad via (Dubai) Emirates and back to brussels for 2 weeks duration in Feb 2021. Currently Air bubble agreements between India and Belgium are not present.I have few options from Brussels British airways flights from LHR or Emirates from DXB. Am i allowed to board the return flight to brussels from india via (Dubai) Emirates if there are no Air bubble agreement between the two countries.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Paarijaat! In our opinion, there should not be any problem with your return travel from India. Or the best you can do – you can book two flights separately: one from India to Dubai and the other from Dubai to Brussels.

      Reply
  214. Manoj

    Hello,
    I have a British Airways flight on 24th January from Hyderabad to Dallas via London. I checked with British airways customer service and i was told that if i have proper documentation and valid US visa i am allowed to board the flight even though i am Indian National. I would like your help in knowing if there are any restrictions apply to my trip. I reside in the USA and have a valid H1B visa in hand. Your quick response is much appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manoj! “Indian national holding any type of valid UK visa and destined UK only, Ireland and Cayman Islands” can travel on British Airways’ outbound flights from India, according to the website of British Airways. Maybe, the rules change by the time you will travel.

      Reply
  215. Karan

    Hi

    We have a flight from Dallas to Mumbai via Frankfurt (on Lufthansa) on 27th January.
    Are there any changes in the rules because of the new covid variant? Any restrictions in place?

    We have already been vaccinated for covid. Do we still need to get a negative rt pcr test report?

    If we get a negative test result can we get exemption from institutional quarantine?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Karan! The government of India has not yet issued a circular for international travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Hence, you need to get a negative RT-PCR report and it will get you exempted from institutional quarantine if the situation does not worse by the time you will travel to India.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aman! No. Tourist visa to India continues to remain suspended until further notice.

      Reply
  216. Kumar

    Hello, I have some matters to take care of in India and need to travel and return in 3 to 4 days. Is it currently allowed? I will travel with a negative RT-PCR test from ORD to HYD on Jan 9th and plan to return flight on 12th. I’m an Indian national with a valid stamped H1B visa. I plan to book a round trip ticket with either United or Air India. Will there be any issues? Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! If you are asymptomatic, and carry a negative RT-PCR report as well as confirmed return flight ticket, you will be exempted from home quarantine and travel back in a week.

      Reply
  217. Manny

    Hi,

    I am planning to fly to New York, USA from Delhi, INDIA on 15th Jan 2012 and Fly back from to INDIA from New york on 17th an 2012 and I am a green Card holder. Do I have to take a Covid19 test in JFk Airport, New Yro before departure ?

    Thanks For the help in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manny! You can take a COVID test either at New York airport before departure or at Delhi airport after arrival.

      Reply
  218. Raghu

    Hi Indianeagle,

    Thank you for these insightful plateform!!

    I am a L1 Visa holder wanting to travel from India (Preferably Delhi) to USA (Preferably EWR, JFK) in Janurary. Are there more economical options other than AirIndia and United Airlines for me. Happy to have stopages in between.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raghu! Currently, Air India and United Airlines (direct) are the only options for Indian passport holders’ travel to the USA. Qatar Airways is another option. Please check with Qatar Airways whether you will be allowed to travel to the US via Doha.

      Reply
  219. Isaac

    Hi,

    Can I travel from chicago (ORD) to toronto (YYZ) and toronto to New Delhi ( Air Canada). I am currently in US with L1 visa and also have valid Canadian Visa. Air Canada issues my ticket but not sure whether its allowed

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Isaac! If you have a Canadian visa, you can travel to Canada and then to India from Canada. Air Canada is part of the Canada-India air bubble travel agreement.

      Reply
  220. Megh

    Hi Indianeagle,
    Thank you very much for the service that you are providing, we all really appreciate it.

    I am flying from CLT -> EWR -> BOM and trying to fill the self-declaration form, I would really appreciate if you could pl. answer my following questions
    1. What would be the City of Origin? CLT or EWR?
    2. Which flight # should I enter? CLT to EWR flight # or EWR to BOM flight #?
    3. Is it better to enter separate forms for all the travelers or a single one?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Megh! If the entire itinerary starting from CLT has a single PNR, then CLT is the city of origin. If you hold a different PNR for the international journey starting from EWR, then EWR is the city of origin. You can fill out only one form for all travelers in the same PNR/ticket.

      Reply
  221. Robin

    Hi Indian Eagle

    I have a travel coming up on jan 21 st. I am Indian citizen with l1 visa . I booked my flight from chicago ( air Canada) to Toronto and Toronto to Delhi ( air Canada) . Can you please let me know if travel to India through Canada is allowed .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Robin! If Air Canada is permitted to board India-bound passengers from the USA, then you can definitely travel.

      Reply
  222. Vid

    Hi Indianeagle,

    I am a F-1 visa holder. Can I travel from Delhi to LA in January with Delta (Operated by Air France ) with a transit in Paris?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vid! You can travel if the Air France flight is marketed by Delta Airlines.

      Reply
  223. Vidit Jain

    Hello, I’m traveling back to the US from Delhi in two days, am I required to have a negative covid test to enter US? (I have a valid Green Card)

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vidit! The regulations for incoming travelers vary from state to state in the USA. May we know your destination in the USA?

      Reply
  224. Kiran

    Hi,

    I am a Resident of Mexico with Indian Passport and no US Visa.
    The only option for me to go to Bangalore is : Mexico City – France – Bangalore using Air France or KLM.

    Can i travel with this option ? Or What is possible option ?

    Thanks
    Kiran

    Reply
  225. Ajit

    Hello,

    I will be travelling from PHX-ORD-DEL-BBI. Need one clarification. Is pre-booking an appointment/slot mandatory for getting tested for Covid at Delhi Airport ? Or can I just get tested after arriving at Delhi Airport, without any appointment ? The reason I’m asking is : There’s a chance I might not be able to get tested here in the US prior to starting my journey, or even if I am able to get the tested I might not receive the report by the time I land in Delhi.

    Please advise. Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ajit! The pre-booking of a slot for after-arrival COVID testing at Delhi airport is not mandatory. You can get tested without any appointment. Please make sure the layover/connection time is minimum 7-8 hours at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  226. Ravi

    Are USA Visitor Visa Holders permitted to take BOM-EWR-SFO flights on United Air. Do they have to take RT-PCR test prior to boarding the flight in Mumbai or at Newark to board flight to SFO?
    Any other restrictions on travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! San Francisco imposes self-quarantine for 14 days on travelers flying in from other states and other countries. An RT-PCR test is not required for you boarding the flight at Mumbai or Newark.

      Reply
  227. Shiv

    Hello,

    I will be travelling to India from the US. My journey is PHX-ORD-DEL-BBI. I will be returning back to the US in 3 weeks. On my return, my port of entry in the US is ORD (Chicago), followed by connecting flight to my final destination of PHX (Phoenix, AZ). Hence just wanted to check if either of the cities/airports, i.e at Chicago and Phoenix are requiring covid tests/reports for arriving passengers from India. Kindly let me know. Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shiv! COVID-19 test reports are not required for traveling to Chicago or Phoenix.

      Reply
      • puneet

        I am planning to travel from Delhi to Toronto in 1st week of Feb. I have an Indian passport and am a Canadian Permanent Resident. Can I take a connecting flight from France, Germany, Netherland, etc. or only direct Air India / Air Canada flights are allowed?

        Reply
          • puneet

            Thanks indianeagle. Can I take an Air Canada flight from Delhi to Toronto with a stopover at Paris or only non-stop flights are allowed?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Puneet! If you are an Indian national, then you may not be able to travel via Paris. If you are a Canadian citizen or spouse of a Canadian citizen, you may. However, please be advised to check with Air Canada.

  228. Shyam Sharma

    Hi – Can my dependents with H4 visa travel from Mumbai to Atlanta via Paris (CDG Airport) in Delta Airlines along with the code share agreement they have with Air France. I am planning the travel in the 4th week of January 2021.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shyam! If the AF codeshare flights are marketed by Delta Airlines, you and your dependents can travel.

      Reply
  229. Isaac

    Hi Sir,

    I am travelling to India and my itenary is the following
    Jan 21st 9:00 PM Detroit to new York ( delta airline)
    Jan 22nd 12:30 PM New York to Delhi ( Air India) and
    Delhi to Chennai ( Air India).

    Myself and wife are travelling with1.5 year old infant. I have the following question:

    1) Do I need to take covid test 72 hours from my Detroit to new york flight departure or is it 72 hour from new York to Delhi flight departure

    2) NY state requires COVID test for non New york residents entering the state. I will be staying in New york for 12 hours for my transit flight to Delhi. Do I need to have a PCR test for transit in New York . If I need to take COVID test 72 hours before JFK to Delhi not sure whether the test result will be available while landing in New York.

    3) Since we have an infant and our destination is Chennai. Do I need PCR test for my infant even if exception form gets approved

    Thank you so much for your assistance and Help!!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Isaac! In our opinion, no COVID test is required for transit at any New York airport. If the entire itinerary from Detroit to Chennai is ticketed with a single PNR, you can take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your flight from Detroit. As far as we know Chennai Airport requires negative COVID test reports from international arrivals including kids above 6 months. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi Airport or Chennai Airport and check whether a 1.5-year-old needs a negative COVID report.

      Reply
  230. Radhika

    HI! I have booked my flight to Toronto via LHR for 1st feb 2021. Is it okay to travel via British Airways? I have an indian passport

    Reply
  231. Mira

    I am travelling with my 10 year old kid to India on 19th. I will be taking a PCR test.
    Do I need a negative test for my daughter as well ? I have a x1 visa and my daughter has OCI ?
    Are we allowed to travel ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mira! Yes, you and your daughter can travel to India. Whether your daughter needs a COVID test or not, depends on the destination in India. Usually, kids under 10 years are exempted.

      Reply
  232. Anjali Zutshi

    Hi,
    Are there any restrictions s for a US national, traveling from Bengaluru to Dallas, Texas via London (British Airways), on Jan 25th?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anjali! Yes, he/she can. Please note that a negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for traveling to the USA.

      Reply
  233. Tej

    Hi,
    I’m planning on traveling to India on February 15th via Delta airlines (operated by Air France).
    Miami -> Paris -> Mumbai
    I’m a US citizen with an OCI card, am I allowed to take this route?
    Will I be subjected to 7 days institutional quarantine even if the RT-PCR test is negative?

    Reply
  234. Shreejit Bandyopadhyay

    Hi, I’m planning to fly from Delhi to Newark on Feb 15. I’ve an F1 visa valid till May 9, and all other documentation. Can I fly Air India? I saw online that Air India needs F1 valid for at least six months to fly. Is this still enforced, document was from August last year. How to know if my flight is Vance Bharat?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shreejit! Till March 31, 2021, all Air India flights are part of the Vande Bharat Mission. Please note you need a negative RT-PCR test result to travel to the US.

      Reply
  235. Sajid Upadhye

    Hi.
    I am travelling from Tokyo to Mumbai. Although i have downloaded the registration from, I have not received the code. Is downloaded/printed form enough before departure.

    My second query is the seat number in the registration form is different as I did it before online checkin. Do I have to register again with correct seat number.

    Reply
  236. Saleem

    Hello,
    I am planning to travel from South Korea to Hyderabad via Dubai, with my family including two children, aged 2 and 5 years old. Based on the previous comments, its been said that people travelling with kids are exempted from the quarantine even though they don’t carry negative certificate, could you please confirm this.
    Or do we need the certificate for all to show at Dubai airport during transit?
    In emirates website its mentioned “If you are transiting in Dubai, you are not required to present a COVID‑19 PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by your country of origin or final destination.”

    Thanks

    Reply
  237. Mohammed

    Hello
    I am travelling from korea to Hyderabad next month with your children aged < 6 years, via Dubai (emirates airlines seoul to dubai and flydubai from dubai to Hyderabad). as per the guidelines, people travelling with kids are already exempted from the institutional quarantine.
    However I am still wondering if covid negative report is required either at transit airport at dubai or the Hyderabad?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mohammed! If you don’t step out of the transit area at Dubai Airport, you don’t need a negative report for transit. Yes, travelers with kids under 10 years of age are exempted. You need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha. If the exemption is approved, you don’t need a negative test report. If the exemption is rejected on Air Suvidha, you can take a COVID test upon arrival at Hyderabad Airport.

      Reply
      • Mohammed

        Hello Indianeagle,
        I appreciate your efforts and help in providing useful information!
        I applied for the exemption with relevant documents on 30th Jan however its still pending for approval. I am wondering how much time it would take for the approval process and is there any possibility of rejection. It would be great if you could share any contact number to track application.

        If the application is still pending(not rejected) when I arrived there, can I fill exemption form again on arrival and get the exemption, or its required to have pre-approved exemption printout?
        if application is pending, can Hyderabad airport authorities force us to take up the COVID test even though I qualify for the exemption (also mentioned in guidelines as well in Hyderabad airport website)?

        Thank you in advance!

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Mohammed! You need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha not more than 72 hours before your scheduled departure from Seoul. We are not sure whether you can fill out the exemption form on arrival at Hyderabad Airport. Usually, pre-approved exemption approval is required. In case the application is rejected or pending, you (not your kid) may be asked to take a COVID test at Hyderabad Airport.

          Reply
  238. Pawan

    Hi ! Can i travel on Delta Airlines to USA from India ? I am planning to fly before jan 30. My query is that will US allow entry to students on F1 Visa who transit through france ? US website specifically says anybody that has transited or travelled to France in the last 14 days will not be permitted. Delta has 3 hours layover in CDG , Paris. Please help me. I cannot find this information anywhere. Even delta airlines customer care did not give me an answer.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pawan! In our opinion, you can. You will not step out of the transit area at CDG Airport. Or else, you can choose to travel on Qatar Airways other than Air India and United Airlines (direct).

      Reply
      • Pawan

        Hey ! Thankyou very much for the reply. I am not able to find any qatar airways flights before jan 30. If you think you can help me with that, that would be great. If not, if you say delta should be fine , i will book the Delta Airlines that is available on 27 from Bangalore to jfk and then take a bus to Syracuse where my university is located.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Pawan! In our opinion, you can travel on Delta Airlines via France. Indian government has allowed Delta Airlines to market its codeshare flights on Air France.

          Reply
          • Pawan

            Will US allow me to enter as i transiting through France? Please let me know.

        • Gaurav

          Hi Pawan,

          We are also in the same situation. just wanted to check with you if you went ahead with the delta travel via France.
          Our travel is on Feb 3rd via Paris and we have the same question. (Blr- Boston via Paris). Its a delta airlines flight operated by Air France

          It would be great if you could let us know that you were able to board the flight.. Thanks in advance

          Reply
  239. Dharun

    Hi
    I have my flight to banglore, India from Gothenburg – Frankfurt, frankfurt – Bangalore via Lufthansa. Other than the self declaration form, is it mandatory to show the RT-PCR negative test result while boarding in Frankfurt ? I saw in the website that it is only mandatory to show the self declaration form and the test could be taken at Bangalore also. But I saw some posts stating they were asked for a negative RT-PCR test result at Frankfurt. If we do not show the test result at Frankfurt will it be a problem? Can v travel by not showing the RT-PCR test in Frankfurt and taking the RT-PCR test in Bangalore? Please do let me know.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dharun! First, make sure to check with the airline if you will be allowed to board and travel without a negative RT-PCR test result from Germany. If yes, you can take a COVID test upon arrival at BLR Airport.

      Reply
  240. Ramesh

    My parents (on B1/B2) will be travelling to US from Delhi via Dubai (Emirates) on 1st May, will there be any issue? Also I am planning to visit India with my kids (US citizen on vistor India Visa) during April – will there be any issues?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramesh! As of now, nothing can be said certainly about travel in April or May. Normal/regular international passengers flights are expected to resume by the end of March. If it happens, there won’t be any issues. By the way, you and your kids can travel to India hassle-free.

      Reply
  241. Ramesh Sangani

    Hi, I am on B1/B2 visa & currently in Seattle, USA. I am having return ticket to Mumbai from Seattle, US on January 26, 2021 of Lufthansa Airlines to Mumbai via Frankfurt (SEA->FRA->MUM).

    Are there any issues travelling with Lufthansa for above journey due to air bubble ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramesh! In our knowledge, you may not be able to travel further from Frankfurt. According to the government of India, only passengers originating from countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa should be allowed to travel on the flights from Germany to India.

      Reply
      • Ramesh Sangani

        I just spoke with Lufthansa Customer Support and they mentioned that since i am an Indian national, i should be able to reach Mumbai, India flying Lufthansa Airlines itself.

        Is your understanding the same that being an Indian national, I will still be allowed to enter my home country.

        Reply
  242. Vishnu

    Can tourists on B1/B2 travel from the USA to India on airlines other than Air India? If yes, what are the options. Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vishnu! Indian passport holders with a B1/B2 visa can travel to India on United Airlines (direct), Qatar Airways and Delta Airlines.

      Reply
  243. gk

    Flying from Canada layover in the Us and then to India.

    Canadian Passport. Spouse is an Indian National.

    Would this pose any issues with the layover?

    Thank youa

    Reply
  244. Karan

    Hi,

    I’m a Canadian PR with Indian Passport. Traveling from Delhi to Toronto on 12th Feb.
    Which airlines can I take? The two direct options – Air Canada and Air India are exorbitantly priced

    Thanks,

    Reply
  245. Neekesh Joshi

    Hello, My wife and I are on Green card and wanted to understand can I come back to US in any airlines or it has to be United Airlines or Air-India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neekesh! You can travel on Delta Airlines and Qatar Airways other than Air India and United Airlines. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 01-800-615-3969 for the best itineraries with other airlines.

      Reply
  246. Sathish Dhananjayan

    Is covid 19 test mandatory for travel to USA from india
    Is airindia flight next 09th my travel Bangalore to usa

    Reply
  247. Vaibhav

    I am traveling from EWR to Mumbai (Air India direct flight) on Jan 29, 2021. Is COVID test mandatory for boarding the flight? Or can I do it after landing at Mumbai airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vaibhav! The test result is not mandatory for boarding the flight from the USA. You can take a test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • Vaibhav

        Thanks much. There is so much confusion on this topic, your advice is highly appreciated. Before I had got this response, I had called up Air India customer service and they told me to fill up both self reporting (which I understand) and Exemption form (with category as RT-PCR test report certificate and not upload any document) even if I am doing test in Mumbai. It didn’t make sense to me and I spent some time trying to get a good answer but couldn’t. Am I missing something? Should I be filing up the exemption form without doing the test in US and planning to do it at Mumbai airport?

        Reply
  248. Nafisha

    Hello,
    I’m flying in February 2nd from New Jersey to Mumbai Airport in United Airline, holding OCI visa.
    My question is after taking negative RT-PCR report, do we still have to get tested at the Mumbai Airport?
    – the time frame of 72 hours RT-PCR result has to end by the we arrive at Mumbai ? or once we have negative report we do not need to get tested at the airport?
    – Also which paper work we should have it ready in advance before arriving to Mumbai airport?

    Please advice.
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nafisha! If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result, you will not be tested again at Mumbai airport. You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your scheduled departure from NJ. Do make sure to upload the test result before your departure. If the result is delayed, you can carry the hard copy (or electronic copy) and show it upon arrival. You must have a printout of the self-reporting form that you need to fill out on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to your departure from NJ.

      Reply
  249. Rohit

    I am travelling with my father (aged 90) to Mumbai. Both of us are vaccinated for covid. We will travel on Qatar Air from US to Doha to Mumbai with a negative covid test. What would be the process upon landing in BOM? Do we have to do institutional quarantine and / or do we have to do home quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohit! Based on your vaccine certificate and negative RT-PCR result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Only home quarantine will apply.

      Reply
      • Rohit

        What is the length of home quarantine, and is there any chance of exemption from home quarantine for vaccinated people?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Rohit! In Mumbai, home quarantine is for 14 days. The government of India has not yet issued any relaxation/exemption for the vaccinated international arrivals.

          Reply
  250. Debashis Paul

    For a passenger travelling from India to the US after 26Jan, is there a home quarantine or institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Debashis! There is 10-day home/self quarantine for international arrivals in the USA.

      Reply
  251. vp

    I have a valid OCI card and my kid has valid visa to India but not OCI card? Can my kid travel with me to India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Murali! If the visa your kid has is an entry visa, then it is fine. Otherwise, you need to apply for a fresh entry visa for your kid.

      Reply
  252. Hari

    Hi Indianeagle,

    I appreciate all the information and help you’ve been providing.
    I am planning to travel to HYD in July 2021 from Newark USA, I have couple of questions.
    – I am travelling with 3 kids one is 9 year old and others are teenagers, will my family get the exemption from RT-PCT test as one my of my kid is under 10?
    – I saw the information that inflight entertainment is available, is it for all Air India fleet
    – Last, are they providing blankets in the flights.

    Appreciate your help on this.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Hari! July is far from today. Many things will change in the meantime. Mandatory COVID19 testing may be ruled out by the time you will travel. Nothing can be said certainly now. Hope your travel will be a lot easier and more comfortable than it is currently.

      Reply
  253. Harika

    Hello! I am considering a trip to India in May for wedding. I have a multiple entry visa, not an OCI? Under current guidelines, can I come to India? Thank you.

    Reply
  254. Rakhi

    We are planning to travel from mumbai to usa in March end through quatar airways . On your website it’s mentioned Indians on b1/b2 tourist visa can travel only by United or air India airlines. What is the source of truth ? I called up airline and they are not 100 percent sure about it

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rakhi! Since the beginning of the US-India air bubble travel agreement, Indians with B1/B2 visa have traveled on Air India and United Airlines (direct) from India to the USA. Both Air India and United Airlines are part of the US-India air bubble travel agreement. We have booked Air India and United Airlines tickets for many visiting parents on B1/B2 visa, and they have successfully traveled.

      Reply
      • Rakhi

        But does this mean quatar airways or any other airways than United and air India does not allow to travel on tourist visa?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Rakhi! To the best of our knowledge, travel is hassle-free on Air India and United Airlines (direct) for B1/B2 visa holders from India.

          Reply
  255. Vikram Malli

    Hi Indianeagle,
    Thank you for your service. I want to travel from SFO to HYD in March. I am US citizen and currently holding multiple entry visa to India. Can i travel on that visa or i need to apply for different visa?

    Thanks,
    Vikram

    Reply
  256. Harjot

    Hi I am planning to travel to kolkata via Delhi on Jan 31. I recovered from covid on dec28. My recent covid results were positive again because of antibodies. I do not have any symptoms so I hot a letter of recovery from my doctor. Can I travel with that doctor note and my past positive report?

    Reply
  257. Rajeev Batra

    Hello, I see they want a negative “RT-PCR” test result to enter India, but do they say anywhere it must only be a nasal swab test? Is a saliva RT-PCR test acceptable? Is this question explicitly addressed anywhere? I am afraid they might reject a saliva-based RT-PCR test that is called “RT-qPCR”

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajeev! Only negative RT-PCR test results are acceptable from international arrivals in India.

      Reply
  258. Prem

    I’m us citizen but person of Indian origin with multiple entry T-1 visa. Can I travel to India now? If not what is the best way option for earliest travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prem! You can travel to India on an entry visa. Please note currently tourist visa and e-visa are suspended.

      Reply
  259. Prabh

    Hi
    I have couple of questions
    1-my parents are traveling to India from Chicago to Delhi, they want to take Covid-19 test at Delhi airport. their flight lands at 7:30pm at what time should I book their Covid-19 test ?
    2- when they travel back to USA from Delhi, can they use Delhi airport Covid-19 testing facility before departing ? and what is the procedure?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prabh! On the website of Delhi IGI Airport, you can book any of the slots available after their arrival at the airport. Please visit the Delhi airport website or call the helpline to check whether the airport’s COVID testing facility is available for outgoing travelers.

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  260. Rajan

    Hi I have OCI card and I plan to travel from New Jersey to Mumbai (Non-stop flight). I have been getting positive COVID test since November 2019, however I already recovered from COVID in November 2019 and have doctor’s stating that. Do I still have to do seven day institutional quarantine? As per the CDC guideline you could continue test positive if even after recovery from Covid virus. As per United Airline’s website to return to USA I can board flight by showing positive test result and doctor’s stating I have recovered from corona virus from past 3 months.

    Thank you,

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajan! Unlike the CDC, India’s ministry of health and civil aviation has not yet issued guidelines for those international travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. As per the mandate, you need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your travel from New Jersey, or you can take a COVID test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. If the result is negative, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Otherwise, you will be subject to payable institutional quarantine for 7-14 days.

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  261. Parvathi

    Hello all,

    As someone who managed to travel from Helsinki to Bangalore via Frankfurt (Lufthansa), I just want to tell those who may be interested that it was very smooth. You are definitely better off having a negative RT PCR test, and you absolutely need to fill the self-registration form (link is given on the Lufthansa website).

    They check only for the self-registration form at the boarding gate in Frankfurt. The covid negative test is checked at the Bangalore airport, before the immigration checkpoint.

    If anyone has any questions regarding travelling from Europe to Bangalore, I’m happy to help.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Parvathi! Thank you very much for sharing your experience and offering to help others with their queries. It’s so nice of you.

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  262. Mohnish

    Hi,
    I have got tested covid positive and I’m in isolation until 1st Feb. Do you know if I can fly from Frankfurt/Paris to Delhi without negative PCR test and if I can provide a recovery medical certificate?

    Is there any period for which I won’t be able to fly to India after testing positive?

    Thanks,

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mohnish! The government of India has not come up with guidelines for international travelers having a recovery medical certificate. To avail exemption from institutional quarantine, you need to take an RT-PCR test before departure or a COVID test after arrival.

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  263. Arun Dravid

    1. Has Qatar Airways resumed flights from Los Angeles to Mumbai via Doha?
    2. If I have a negative PCR test certificate within 72 hours of departure from Los Angeles, can I continue journey from Los Angeles to Doha to Mumbai on the same certificate, without requiring Institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arun! Qatar Airways is operating LAX-BOM flights via Doha. If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

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  264. Kshyama

    Will I be allowed to fly back?
    Reached Mumbai in 1/27 from Newark and had the COVID – be report to avoid institutional quarantine.
    My work is going finish in next weekend
    Planning to travel back on on?
    Is It aaI possi2jj

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kshyama! If you are currently under home/self-quarantine for 7-14 days, you won’t be able to travel back until the home/self-quarantine is over.

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  265. Jas

    Hi I am US citizen of Indian origin with tourist visa (paper)10 year multiple visa valid until 2024. I wanted to go to India on 7th feb,2021. Can I travel or is there any restrictions?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jas! Tourist visa to India continues to remain suspended. You need to apply for an emergency entry visa to