February 20, 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.
In compliance with the Ministry of Aviation’s new guidelines for international travelers flying into India on or after February 23, 2021, Karnataka has tightened the regulations for international arrivals at Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport. A pre-arrival RT-PCR report approved on Air Suvidha and 14-day home-quarantine/self-monitoring of health are now mandatory for Karnataka-bound international travelers. International arrivals, except those traveling from/transit through the UK, Brazil and South Africa, can exit or make onward domestic air travel from Bengaluru/Mangalore International Airport after giving their swab sample at a designated area of the arrival/entry airport.
If you are traveling from the USA or Canada and transiting through the Middle East/Europe (excluding the UK), you can exit the entry airport or take a connecting domestic flight upon arrival in Karnataka given your pre-arrival RT-PCR test is conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey and uploaded on Air Suvidha. If you are traveling to Karnataka or some other state via Karnataka because of a death in the family, you are eligible for exemption from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test. But you will have to seek exemption on Air Suvidha before departure and give your swab sample upon arrival.
(Old version) As per the new guidelines for international arrivals to Bengaluru, Karnataka government has scrapped mandatory institutional quarantine for inbound travelers from abroad. Until the end of August 2020, 7-day institutional quarantine applied to all international arrivals. Hence, carrying a negative RT-PCR test report from the port of origin is no longer required for exemption from institutional quarantine if you travel on direct flights to Bengaluru from USA or any other country. Needless to say, traveling to Bengaluru is now easier and simpler.
Please note if your first port of entry is not in Karnataka, but Delhi or Mumbai Airport, you need a valid RT-PCR COVID report (negative) to continue your onward domestic travel to Bangalore or Mangalore, as per the new guidelines that took effect on November 12.
Bengaluru Airport’s guidelines for international arrivals include mandatory thermal screening and pulse oximeter reading. Every traveler flying in from abroad undergoes thermal screening and pulse oximeter testing. If he/she is found symptomatic (feverish temperature, cough, cold, sore throat), they will be isolated and taken to a dedicated health facility for payable COVID19 testing. If they are detected positive with severe symptoms, they will be quarantined at a paid or government facility until they are tested negative. If they are found positive with mild symptoms, they will be prescribed home isolation.
If you are found asymptomatic in thermal screening, you will undergo home-quarantine for 14 days. Notably, 14-day home quarantine is mandatory. If there is no provision for home-quarantine at your residence in Karnataka, you will have to go for institutional quarantine at a paid or government facility. You may face prosecution in case of violation of Karnataka Government’s home quarantine guidelines.
Karnataka’s new guidelines for travelers from abroad permit exemption form 14-day home quarantine if they submit a negative report of the RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India.
Karnataka’s guidelines for international passengers on a short visit of 48 hours from arrival at Bengaluru Airport include neither testing nor home quarantine. International travelers on a short visit to Bengaluru are required to produce a valid visa, a confirmed ticket for return flight within 7 days from the date of arrival, a valid document related to the purpose of visit (for instance, invitation letter), and a proof of hotel reservation or any other place of stay at Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport.
A COVID-19 test is likely to be conducted on international travelers on arrival at Bengaluru Airport in case the duration of their visit/stay is longer than 48 hours and shorter than 7 days. Passengers on a short visit (between 48 hours and 7 days), carrying a negative RT-PCR test report from the port of origin, are exempt from COVID testing on arrival. The test must be taken within 72 hours of the scheduled travel to Karnataka as per the latest revision of Indian Government’s revised guidelines.
COVID19 Testing Facility at Bangalore International Airport
Kempegowda International Airport, which is gearing up for nonstop Air India flights between USA and Bengaluru, has set up a COVID-19 testing facility for passengers, both inbound and outbound. The 24/7 COVID testing center near the arrivals area of the terminal offers both Express RT-PCR tests and regular RT-PCR tests. The result of an express RT-PCR test is available within 15 minutes, whereas the center takes up to 6 hours to deliver the result of a regular RT-PCR test. Those taking a test after their arrival at Bengaluru Airport need to wait until they receive the test results in a digital format. An Express RT-PCR test costs Rs 2400 per individual, and a regular RT-PCR test costs Rs 800 per passenger at Bengaluru Airport. You can log on to https://testing-lab.com/covid19-testing-center/ and book a COVID19 test if you choose to get tested after arrival at Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport.
Who are eligible to travel to Bengaluru?
All Indian passport holders, OCI cardholders, and foreign nationals having valid visas to India (as per the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines) can travel to Bengaluru on VBM flights or air bubble flights from USA, Canada, the UK and the UAE. Please note tourist visa and e-visa to India are currently suspended.
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