In August 2020, the government of India launched AIR SUVIDHA, a first-of-its-kind facility easing travel to India for international travelers amid the pandemic. Integrated to the website of New Delhi International Airport, Air Suvidha can make or break your travel plans for India. Compulsory for everyone traveling on air bubble flights to India from USA and other countries, the portal put an end to the confusion and inconvenience that India-bound flyers had gone through until the end of July 2020, with regard to the very first step one needs to take for safe and easy travel to India from abroad.
India’s current guidelines for inbound international travelers exempt children under 5 years of age from the pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement. Since November 12, asymptomatic children below 5 have been exempted from taking an RT-PCR test before and after arrival in India. In case they are found symptomatic for COVID-19 in thermal screening on arrival, they will be put to a test. Adult travelers accompanying children under 5 can provide details of children as co-travelers in the same self-declaration form and upload a copy of children’s passports for age verification.
It is Air Suvidha where you must fill out a self-declaration form, disclose your travel details of the past 14 days (if any), upload your vaccine card/certificate or a negative RT-PCR report (if not vaccinated) within 72 hours of undertaking the journey. The portal integrates the self-declaration form with an ‘Apply Now’ button. A left click on the button opens up the Air Suvidha Self Declaration form that must be filled with your/the traveler’s contact number, passport number, PNR number, flight/tail number and other details. On successful submission of the self-declaration form, you will receive an email confirmation carrying a PDF in attachment. Make sure to take 2-3 color printouts of the PDF because the hard copy may be asked for during boarding and on arrival. It will help not only you, but also the officials in expedite boarding and reducing inbound traffic congestion in the arrival area of entry airports.
It is mandatory to take an RT-PCR test for India-bound travelers from certain countries including the UAE, France, and Germany which have not signed an agreement with India for mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, even if they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travelers from any country must take an RT-PCR test and upload a negative report on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to leaving for India even if they are needed to catch last-minute flights in the exigency of death in family.
Many travelers wonder whether they should use the same Air Suvidha on Delhi IGI Airport website if they are flying to Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, or Kolkata. Air Suvidha is the one-stop solution for all India-bound travelers, irrespective of their entry airport and final destination in India. Though Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have their own portals where you are required to register as well if you are traveling to any of these states, Air Suvidha is common to all.
Air Suvidha, an extension of Indira Gandhi International Airport, does also let you track the status of your self-reporting application. There is an additional provision on Air Suvidha for fully-vaccinated travelers to upload their vaccination certificates.
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