What are India’s Latest Guidelines for International Arrivals Starting Midnight of February 22?

In view of the emergence of deadly mutant strains of the Novel Coronavirus in the UK, Brazil and South Africa, the Government of India has revised the guidelines for international travelers flying into India. The latest revision of the rules for international arrivals in India will take effect on 23:59 hrs on February 22, 2021. All international airlines and Indian airports are directed to ensure that India-bound passengers from the United States, Europe, South America, South Africa and other countries follow the new/revised guidelines before departure, after arrival and on board.

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Latest Rules for Travelers Flying to India Directly

All International travelers arriving in India must take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey from the first port of departure. Taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test and uploading the negative report onto Air Suvidha within 72 hours is now mandatory for all travelers, except those flying into India in the event of death in family. However, those coming from or transiting through Europe (including the UK), the Middle East, Brazil and South Africa are not eligible for the exemption from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test in the exigency of death in the family.

Basically, the relaxation from taking a pre-departure COVID test (given a death-like emergency in family) applies to those traveling on direct flights to India from the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and other countries except Europe, Brazil, South Africa and the Middle East. Those seeking the exemption must apply on Air Suvidha, which is subject to approval, not more than 72 hours before boarding.

Those who receive approval for exemption must give samples of their oral/nasal swab at a designated area of the arrival airport in India before proceeding to the final destination and self-monitor health for 14 days. The test result will be communicated to them via an email or through a phone call. If symptoms develop within or after 14 days of self-monitoring their health, they need to undergo a test. Another 7 days of self-monitoring health is recommended only if they test negative.

If those not originating from or transiting through Europe, Brazil, South Africa and the Middle East, travel with a negative RT-PCR test report approved on Air Suvidha past the midnight of February 22, they need not take a COVID test upon arrival in India. They will be allowed to exit the arrival airport or take a connecting domestic flight for onward travel and self-monitor health for 14 days.

 

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New Rules for Travelers Flying Indirectly to India

Those originating from the US or any other country and transiting via Europe, Brazil, South Africa, or the Middle East must carry a negative RT-PCR test report and take a COVID test upon arrival at the first port of entry in India, with effect on 23:59 hrs on February 22, according to India’s new guidelines for international arrivals. They will also be needed to declare their travel history of the past 14 days prior to leaving for India, in a self-declaration form (SDF).

In the self-declaration form, they must select whether they will exit the airport at the first port of entry or take a domestic flight to the final destination in India. Based on the selection, a receipt of SDF with a bold ‘T’ (transit) on it will be sent to those who will catch a connecting domestic flight at the arrival airport in India. They must display this receipt upon arrival at the entry airport in India.

If you transit via any of the above-mentioned countries, you must give samples of your oral and/or nasal swab at a designated area of the arrival airport in India and proceed to exit the airport or catch a connecting domestic flight to the final destination. You will receive the test result in digital format within the first 14 days of self-monitoring your health. If the post-arrival test result is positive, you will be isolated and treated as per Indian government’s health protocol.

The revised rules for international arrivals in India mandate a post-arrival COVID test for those originating/traveling from Europe, Brazil, South Africa and the Middle East, despite their pre-approved negative RT-PCR test reports.

India’s new guidelines for the arriving international passengers has scrapped most of the previously available exemptions and relaxations, including exemption from taking an RT-PCR test for traveling on direct flights to Bangalore, to say Air India’s SFO to BLR nonstop flights. The revised guidelines make a pre-arrival RT-PCR test mandatory even for infants on lap. Please check the FAQs with regards to travel to India in view of the new rules.

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274 thoughts on “What are India’s Latest Guidelines for International Arrivals Starting Midnight of February 22?

  1. Ashok

    Hi, sry but can you upload a better picture of the algorithm? This appears to be extremely useful information, thank you very much, but the resolution is not good enough and it is hard to read it.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashok! That is what we have got. There is no better version. You can go through the explanation. We tried our best to elaborate on the revised rules which will take effect on the midnight of February 22 (IST).

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      • Rajkumar shahani

        We cannot go through the explanation as we cannot see or read anything.
        Your exercise to place the algorithm unfortunately is futile.

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        • Sam

          Read it on a laptop and zoom it.. i can clearly read everything even without zooming. Get your eyes checked and quit whining.

          Reply
  2. ST Ria

    Hello, Firstly thank you so much for updating travellers with such important information at such a time where there is so much confusion.
    I will be traveling to India from Germany in few weeks. Will fly to Mumbai and after 2 days stay have to continue to fly to Bangalore. Would Mumbai be considered as an Exit Port? Can one take up an onward domestic flight on a separate ticket within 2 days of arriving India? Of course I hope to travel with a negative RT-PCR test. Thank you

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ria! Currently, Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe. If the same policy remains in effect in March, you won’t be able to travel to Bangalore without completion of institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

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    • Arya

      Ria , im travelling too from germany to mumbai on the 4th of march but since mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine im probs gonna change it to banglore. I think there when u show a negative RT-PCR test they let u continue your journey.

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      • lizy george

        needto travel from tvm to agarthala thirupra airtravel what t do we need other than covid 19 pcr test please reply

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  3. Megha

    Can you please tell if according to revised guidelines international passengers travelling to India with child( 2 months old) are exempted from covid testing before departure and at the arrival as well?

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      • Maanasa v

        Maanasa v 28 Feb 23.00
        Hello team
        We will be travelling to Bengaluru which is first port of entry following which we need to take the connecting flight to Chennai.
        We would to know the norms for transit passengers travelling with a toddler.

        Thanks

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Maanasa! As per the newly issued guidelines, the kid and you will have to give your swab samples for molecular testing upon arrival at BLR Airport. According to the new guidelines, you can take the connecting domestic flight without having to wait for the test result at BLR Airport. You and your kid must have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test reports issued in Germany.

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  4. Charanya

    Is negative RT- PCR report mandatory for kids under the age of 10 too ? Or they are exempted from the COVID testing ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Charanya! We are also wondering whether the new guidelines will exempt kids below 10 year from COVID testing. We are waiting for further elaboration on the new guidelines.

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      • Rajkirat

        Hello

        Is there any further news on rt pcr requirements for children under 10?

        Am traveling from Europe to Delhi on 25th with 3 year old and confused if he will also need to be tested before taking off and after landing in Delhi

        Thanks

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          HI Rajkirat! Pre-arrival and post-arrival COVID testing is a mandatory requirement for Delhi-bound travelers from the UK, irrespective of age.

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          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi AJ! The newly issued guidelines require all international arrivals to take an RT-PCR test prior to undertaking the journey. We will be able to give you a specific answer on knowing your port of entry and final destination in India.

  5. Lex

    I m traveling from Washington DC to Delhi and I have 1 hour hold time to fly for Kathmandu from connecting flight . I do have visa for Nepal Kathmandu . I will have my COVID results from last 72 hours from USA . Do I need to re test when I m making connecting flight or do I need visa to make connecting flight. Please let me know

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    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Lex! If you are traveling on a direct flight to Delhi from DC, having a negative RT-PCR report is enough. You won’t have to take a test at Delhi Airport. We are not sure whether you need any other visa to take the connecting flight.

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  6. Niranjan

    As per new guidelines, do need RT-PCR results before flying? do need to test within 72 hours or results be obtained within 72hrs. sometimes results take 2-3 days get. I am flying USA to India on direct flight. )

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Niranjan! As per the new guidelines, you must travel with a negative RT-PCR test report. You need to take a test not more than 72 hours before undertaking the journey from the first port of departure.

      Reply
  7. Amit

    Will a passenger flying from the Middle East to Mumbai still require to apply for an exemption on Air Suvidha?

    The passenger will get a PCR negative result within 72 hours of flight & submit the self-declaration form online.

    The travel date is 2nd March.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East despite their negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
    • Gloria

      Iam 76 years old and wish to travel to Mumbai from Nigeria with quatar airways with a stopover at quatar. Do I need to take covid test. Do I need institutional self isolation or covid test

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Gloria! All international passengers need to carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72-hours before departure and give their swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. You may get exemption from institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport by stating your age as the reason and providing your age proof and other documents to the officer in-charge of the airport. Please note approval is based on the satisfaction of in-charge officer depending on the documents provided.

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  8. BFERD

    Hello,

    The algorithm states that for travelers from UK will have to provide a sample at port of entry. Upon testing negative they will be subject to home quarantine for 7 days (self-monitoring). Is this applicable for Mumbai airport as well? I’m aware they currently have instated a mandatory 7 day institutional quarantine.

    Is the above flowchart valid at Mumbai airport for travelers from UK ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi BFERD! Indian states are free to impose their own restrictions based on individual risk assessments. Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from the UK.

      Reply
  9. Padma

    I am travelling to Bangalore through Dubai from US on 26th Feb and will only stay there for 7 days (leave Bangalore on the 7th March). Will I have to Quarantine or take another test in Bangalore upon landing even though I will have a negative PCR test before boarding the flight at US? Please help with the information on the new guidelines

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Padma! Karnataka has made 14-day home-quarantine/self-monitoring of health mandatory for international arrivals with effect on February 23. Upon arrival at BLR Airport, you can share your further travel plans so that you get to serve home quarantine only for 7 days.

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    • scevan

      You will have to take another Covid test on arrival at BLR, in addition to the negative RT PCR test. I believe this test can be taken at BLR airport, but may have to wait till the results are in. That is why you are advised against travelling via Middle East for the time being, instead choose nonstop flight from US.

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      • Gaurav Sahai

        Hi –
        Firstly, you’re doing an amazing job helping people here . Thanks to all involved in this.
        I’d be traveling ( alone) from Atlanta to New Delhi with a transit in Paris . Will be in Delhi for a week and then heading back to Atlanta via the same route .
        Could you please confirm
        1) if a negative PCR test report will suffice for this travel and there will not be any additional testing need owing to the Europe ( Paris) transit ?
        2) that there will be no challenges given my transit in Paris and also my overall duration of stay in India being only 7 days ?

        Thanks a lot in advance
        Best regards
        Gaurav

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Gaurav! You will be able to travel back in 7 days given you share your return travel plans and show your confirmed return tickets upon arrival at Delhi Airport. You will have to give your swab sample for a molecular test at Delhi Airport. However, you will be allowed to exit the airport without having to wait for the test result.

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  10. Niilesh

    Hi,
    I am travelling to Mumbai from Paris on 25th Feb with 3 kids – 11 years, 9 years and 18 months. Hoping that our RTPCR tests come negative, will we be allowed to do a home quarantine or do we have to do an institutional one. Will the 18 months old have to do the RTPCR test upon arrival in Mumbai?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nilesh! Mumbai exempts parents traveling with kids below 5 years from institutional quarantine upon arrival. In our opinion, you will be allowed home quarantine. We are very sorry; we are not able to answer your query regarding the testing of the 18-month-old at Mumbai Airport.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Usha! The government of India has not yet come up with exemption/relaxation guidelines for vaccinated international arrivals.

      Reply
  11. Sandeep K Shetty

    Hi,

    I am traveling with my family (wife and 4 yr old Son) on the 11th of march to Bengaluru from London Heathrow.

    Please could you outline the travel requirements:

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandeep! You have to take an RT-PCR test before undertaking the journey and a COVID test upon arrival at BLR Airport.

      Reply
  12. Steve

    Thanks for posting this.

    Just to confirm, the 72-hour requirement for the RTPCR test is 72 hours from the first flight taken, not neceaasily the actual flight going to India.

    For example, I will fly from Ottawa to Toronto (Canada Domestic), then have a 5 hour wait for my connection, then Toronto to Delhi on Air India. Its 72 hours from the Ottawa-Toronto flight time, correct?

    Thanks

    Reply
  13. ssmr Tripathi

    Hello
    A question. A US citizen wants to travel to India for a week. As per rules, his quarantine time in India is 14 days. Is he allowed to travel back to US just after a week of stay India?

    Also, does vaccine card (two does of vaccine) have any effect on travel to India from US?

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  14. Kais

    Thank you for being such a great source for valuable information!
    I am planning to travel from Atlanta – Paris – Delhi, and then a separate ticket from Delhi to Nagpur.
    I am planning to get a PCR test prior to departing from the USA. I am perfectly OK with taking a test upon arrival in Delhi, as well.

    I understand from the revised guidelines, that I will not have to undergo institutional quarantine in Delhi, and should be allowed to take a connecting flight to Nagpur. Further, I will have to home quarantine for 14 days.

    My total stay in Nagpur is 8-10 days. Will I be allowed to travel back NAG-DEL-PAR-ATL, not having completed the 14 days home quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kais! You will be able to travel bac given you have return flight tickets.

      Reply
  15. Honey A.

    What will be rules if I travel Dubai to Delhi after 22nd February? What all is pre-requisite and what will be the quarantine process in Delhi after 22nd Feb?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Honey! Not more than 72 hours before undertaking the journey from Dubai, you need to fill out the self-declaration form and take an RT-PCR test. You should apply for exemption based on the negative RT-PCR test report within 72 hours of undertaking the journey. Upon arrival, you may have to give sample of your nasal/oral swab before exiting the airport or catching a domestic flight for onward travel. That’s all.

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  16. Prajot

    My wife will be travelling with my daughter 6 yr old from Abu Dhabi to Nagpur via Delhi on 26th Feb. We applied for exemption under category of travelling with child below 10 yr which got approved. In view of current rule I have few queries.

    1. Do my daughter also require negative Covid report before boarding from AUH to take next flight. Airline site still say children less than 12 yrs do not require Covid test for boarding from AUH.
    2. In new testing rule do they be testing children also.
    3. Do my family have to wait for result or they can catch the domestic flight
    4. Is 3.5 hr sufficient for testing and catching connecting flight

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prajot! 3.5 hrs is sufficient for taking a connecting domestic flight (without a COVID test at the entry/arrival airport, Delhi). If testing is mandatory for the 6-year-old, her oral/nasal swab will be collected at Delhi Airport. Please note your wife must have a negative RT-PCR test report to catch the connection flight at Delhi airport.

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  17. Amit

    Hi there…my wife and my 5 year old son will be travelling to india from Miami US on 24 feb and reaching delhi on 25 feb…i filled the exemption form and got approval as well…do they still need to carry neagative pcr test report…the reason why i m asking this is because-

    First cvs at my location is not doing pcr test for child below 10 years (does he even need to have a pcr reprt as he is below 10)

    Second i have heard that airlines will not allow boarding without pcr report or its needed upon arrival in delhi…i have scheduled the test for my wife for
    Monday morning but not sure whether we will get the report by wednesday afternoon

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! According to the newly issued guidelines, a negative RT-PCR test report is mandatory for all international arrivals in India. Since you have already received approval for exemption, you can travel to Delhi without a negative RT-PCR test report. We recommend that you speak to the airline and tell them about the exemption approval for your wife and the kid.

      Reply
  18. Khushboo Ranka

    Hey im travelling back to india from maldives..on the 28th of feb..can i do my test on arriving to india im landing at mumbai..
    Just wanted to even confirm are pregnant women exempted

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Khushboo! Yes, you can take a COVID test at Mumbai Airport. In our knowledge, women in advanced stage of pregnancy are exempted from testing.

      Reply
  19. Damanpreet

    Hello,

    could you please help..I have single ticket flight with itenary

    Helsinki -> Frankfurt -> Doha -> Amritsar

    I booked the flight on qatar airways website.

    is it allowed route currently ?

    Thanks and regards,
    Daman

    Reply
  20. Tabs

    Hi, So is it mandatory for passengers travelling directly from MiddleEast to Bengaluru to have their PCR test done at Bengaluru airport despite their Negative pcr report uploaded on Air Suvidha portal?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aaftab! The newly issued guidelines require travelers from the Middle East, Europe, Brazil and South Africa to give sample of their nasal/oral swab at the arrival airport. Now it is up to the state government.

      Reply
  21. PSH

    Hello there.
    I am flying with my wife and a 6 year kid on 28th Feb from Dubai to Bengaluru. As per schedule flight will arrive at BIAL at 12:30 pm. Later at 6:15 pm we are traveling from Bengaluru to Hubli. These are not connecting flights but booked independently. I have following queries.
    1. Are the RT-PCR test reports taken 72 hours before the start of our journey valid for both the flights ?
    2. Is it allowed to wait inside the airport after landing from Dubai and for our next flight to Hubli (approximately 6 hours!) ?
    3.Since, we are not exiting the Bengaluru airport, do we have to get RT-PCR test at BIAL again ?
    4. Is RT-PCR test for kids required?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi PSH! You can wait at BLR Airport. If all of you are asymptomatic, you don’t have to take an RT-PCR test at BLR Airport. Usually, kids below 10 years of age are exempted from COVID testing. we are not sure whether the newly issued guidelines give exemption to kids from RT-PCR testing. Your RT-PCR test report will be valid for both flights.

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      • Rajkirat

        Hi, based on our latest discussions with many parties (airlines, Delhi airport authorities, other authorities in India) RT PCR negative result before boarding is mandatory for all travelers including children below 10 from the above mentioned regions (UK, Europe, Middle East etc). Only exemption left (if approved) is death in family. On arrival, all passengers from above mentioned regions will have to take RT PCR test. If disembarking at Delhi, passengers from UK, Brazil, South Africa must wait for their negative test before leaving the airport, others can leave immediately after providing samples. If taking a connecting flight every passenger from Europe and Middle East will also have to get the negative result of the test taken IN India before being allowed to board the domestic flight, so transit times should be planned accordingly

        Hope this is helpful and accurate as possible, based on what we’ve been adviced

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Rajkirat! It is nice of you sharing your knowledge of the travel scenario with us and other travelers. You mean that pre-arrival RT-PCR testing is mandatory for children below 10 years only from the UK, Brazil, South Africa and the Middle East. What about kids traveling on direct flights from the US or Canada?

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          • Rajkirat

            Hi, apologies for not being so clear. Negative RT PCR before boarding seems mandatory for all international arrivals, including children. But those not from the new high risk regions won’t have to take the test on arrival.

            The flowchart procedure seems to be the best description of the new rules, and feedback from travelers starting today would be much appreciated!

  22. Ashish K. Khanna

    When traveling directly from the US can you enter and exit India within 6 days of arrival with a negative RT-PCR documented and no symptoms?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! Yes, you can, but that depends on the destination in India. You may have to show your return flight tickets and share your travel plans upon arrival in India.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! You can given you have confirmed return flight tickets and share your travel plans upon arrival in India.

      Reply
  23. Praful

    Hello I am travelling from Dubai to mangalore on the 27th with rt /pcr report . Do I have to undergo home quarantine if tested negative

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  24. Abhi

    Hello,

    I am planning to reach Bangalore from Dubai on the 19th March 2021. As required I will be coming with a Negative PCR result hopefully. However, after 7 to 8 days in Bangalore, I plan to travel to Kerala via bus.

    Would I have to undergo mandatory home quarantine in Bangalore ??

    Thanks and Regards,
    Abhi M

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abhi! Karnataka has made 14-day home-quarantine/self-monitoring of health mandatory for international arrivals. However, no worries. There is relaxation. Upon arrival at BLR Airport, you need to share your domestic travel plans.

      Reply
  25. Yohan

    Hello ,
    Thanks for the info. For an itinerary originating from Seattle -> SFO -> Delhi … is the 72 hour prior to departure mark calculated from the time of departure from Seattle or SFO ?
    Regards
    Yohan

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yohan! You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your undertaking the journey from Seattle.

      Reply
  26. Lalitha Sankaran

    Planning to travel from JFK to Chennai in March and return back in 4 weeks.
    What will be extra difficulties in taking Emirates rather than AI or United ?
    Transiting in Dubai is considered as traveling from Middle East ?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Lalitha! In our knowledge, you can travel on Emirates. Transiting in Dubai does not mean traveling from the Middle East.

      Reply
    • scevan

      Yes the extra step you will have to undergo is another test or swab (depending on the state govt rules) before exiting Chennai, if you are transiting through Dubai. This extra step is not required for nonstop flights from US.

      Reply
  27. James

    Hi, we can travel as a tourist in India from USA now? I always fly into Mumbai for a few days to see family, but want to go on to ther parts of india; bangalore, mysore, chennai, pondicherry and varkala. I will be flying domestic between states. Are these options available ? With of course all the stipulations that have been updated for covid

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi James! There is no restriction on inter-state travel in India. But tourist visa to India is currently suspended for international travelers.

      Reply
  28. prabh

    Hello
    my grandparents are 65+ and they both got pfizer vaccine. can they apply for exemption or they still need PCR test to travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prabh! The government of India has not yet come up with exemption guidelines for vaccinated international travelers. We can give a specific answer based on your grandparents’ itinerary.

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Prabh! Your grandparents need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Colorado Springs.

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  29. Prem

    I’m traveling with 1 year old from Chicago-Abu Dhabi-Mumbai. Will I be able to do home quarantine? is 1 year old required to do rt-pcr test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prem! Though you will transit in the Middle East, you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in Mumbai for traveling with a kid below 5 years. Please note exemption is subject to approval based on your kid’s age proof that you will have to provide to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. If the one-year-old is required to be tested, you can get him/her tested upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

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  30. Selly

    Hello,

    I am flying on 5th March from SFO (San Francisco) to DEL (Delhi) on Qatar Airways. Layover time in Qatar is 2.5 hours. I will be getting an RT-PCR test done within 72 hours prior flying.
    I have already booked my ticket but the new regulations have really confused me. I have two questions:-

    1) Even if I have a negitive RT-PCR report, do I need to get the “paid Covid test” done at Delhi airport again? Or would they just collect the oral/nasal swab without holding me for the 5-6 hours of the covid test hustle?
    2) Are Indian citizens now allowed to travel on Qatar Airways from USA to India? Unlike they were barred in June-Aug, 2020. I got the tickets done because it showed on Indian Eagle so I guessed they might be allowing Indian citizens now on Qatar Airways.

    Your reply would be really helpful.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shelly! If you are asymptomatic, you won’t be held back for 5-6 hours. You can exit the airport after giving your swab sample. Indian citizens can travel on Qatar Airways. Wish you safe and happy travel.

      Reply
  31. Shay

    Hi,

    From Chicago to Delhi through Qatar Airways, via Qatar lay-over. will they ask to do a covid test again at the Delhi Airport before letting me exit?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shay! Since you will travel via the Middle East, you may be asked to give your swab sample before exiting Delhi Airport. You won’t have to wait for the result of the sample testing at the airport. Please note taking an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of boarding the flight from Chicago is mandatory.

      Reply
  32. Amb

    What will be rules if I travel Dubai to Mumbai after 22nd February? Based on latest guideline by Central government do I still need to go into Institutional quarantine for 7 days in Mumbai even with Negative PCR report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ambrish! Mumbai either has mandatory institutional quarantine in effect or has not yet updated its policy for travelers from the Middle East and Europe. We will check the authorities tomorrow again.

      Reply
      • Amb

        Thank you, if Molecular test is conducted on arrival then there may not be need for Institutional quarantine, will wait for your reply, Thanks for help

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Amb! Mumbai does still have compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.

          Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Michele! Mumbai does still have compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.

          Reply
  33. BhaSha

    I’m travelling to Delhi from UK.
    My transit from Delhi is to Chandigarh will be (by road) by private taxi.
    Can i exit Delhi airport on arrival as long as I carry a negative PCR test result and give a nasal swab at Delhi airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhasha! You will be allowed to exit the airport premises only if the test to be taken at Delhi airport gives negative result.

      Reply
  34. Olga jones

    Hello,
    I am planning on traveling to India for 2 weeks.
    Reason for travel is personal / important business.
    Port of entry in India is Bombay . How long will I need to be quarantine?
    Will there be an issue to travel for business?

    Please send response via my email.
    Sincerely

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Olga! You can travel for business. If you are traveling from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, or the Middle East, you will have to undergo institutional quarantine in Mumbai. If you are traveling from any other country and take an RT-PCR test before undertaking the journey, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Only home quarantine will apply to you for 7-14 days.

      Reply
  35. Jag

    Hi, I’m travelling from Canada to Hyderabad via Doha with 2.5 year old son, could you let me know if my son needs a RT-PCR test while boarding the flight in Canada and also once I reach hyderabad can I take the connecting flight without being waiting for the negative test results?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jag! You will be able to take the connecting flight without waiting for the negative test result at Hyderabad Airport if Telangana follows the Ministry of Aviation’s new guidelines which took effect on 23:59 hours (IST) on Feb 22. If you are traveling on Qatar Airways, please check with the airline whether the 2.5-year-old needs to take an RT-PCR test.

      Reply
  36. Avi

    Hello !

    Thank you for this information. Before this guidelines all the tourist visa were suspended. Can I now travel with my tourist visa ?

    Reply
  37. suyash chavan

    Hi,
    My parents and sister are planning to travel from Mumbai to Washington DC on March 24 via Qatar(Doha layover for 3-4 hrs) and traveling back on May 12from Washington DC—>Doha(4 hr layer-over)—>Mumbai via Qatar.

    With Negative RT-PCR test and with no symptoms.
    1. Does they need to have institutional quarantine at Mumbai for 14 days or home quarantine will apply to them?
    2. can they give a nasal swab at Mumbai and travel to Pune ahead?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Suyash! Given the current volatile scenario, nothing can be said regarding what guidelines will be there in May. According to the newly issued guidelines, people not traveling from the UK, Brazil and South Africa can give their swab sample and exit the arrival airport or take a connecting flight.

      Reply
      • suyash chavan

        Thank you for reverting back. Just to understand, as per current newly issued guideline. Parents should be able to an give their swab sample and exit the arrival airport or take a connecting flight ahead ?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Suyash! According to the newly issued guidelines, international travelers transiting via the Middle East can exit the arrival airport or take a connecting domestic flight after giving their swab sample. Now it depends on Mumbai International Airport whether they will have to wait for the result of their swab sample test.

          Reply
  38. Ujash

    HI , I have flight on 24 feb 2021 from NJ to BOM direct flight. i have already did RT PCR test on 22 feb 2021. i am waiting for PCR test result. Due to Snow Storm result will takes time or delay and if i did not get RT-PCR result before boarding flight then how can i fill out self Declaration form online ? Will United airline allow to board flight ? can i shows them PCR test result at BOM airport after arriving at airport? if i show them after arrival to BOM airport then do i need to quarantine for 14 days?
    RT PCR test result has same name as passport name, is it mandatory ? in my PCR test i have included First name n last name with Birthdate will it be work?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Ujash! Please be requested to speak to the airline and explain your situation. If the airline onboards you without a negative RT-PCR report given the current situation in the event of snow storm, you can show the report upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. A negative RT-PCR report (even if you show it upon arrival) will help you get exempted from institutional quarantine, not home quarantine.

      Reply
  39. Atul

    Can I travel from Mumbai to Newark, NJ USA direct flight and then come back in 1 week, again with direct flight? I am vaccinated in India and a medical professional. Do I have to take a Covid test in USA 72 hours before my return flight to India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Atul! The government of India has not yet come up with relaxation/exemption guidelines for vaccinated travelers. Hence, you will have to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from the USA.

      Reply
  40. harshal

    hi , can you please tell what exactly is PNR number in air suvidha declaration form, also where do we put the negative PCR test number in that form

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Harshal! You need to provide the PNR number of the flight to the arrival airport in India.

      Reply
  41. Chitra

    Hi,
    I wish to travel to mumbai from london on 13th march.
    will be going to Pune to stay till 23rd march and trhen travel back to London
    will be getting RT PCr before leaving. As my stay is less than 14 days , will i have to have institutional quarntine or will i be allowed home quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chitra! Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from the UK. You will be able to go to Pune only after completion of institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  42. Amit

    I am flying to Mumbai on 28th. But as the new quarantine rule in place I wud rather fly to Goa and then take a bus to Mumbai to skip instituional quarantine. Does travelling by bus to mumbai also need to quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine only for travelers from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and the Middle East.

      Reply
  43. Madhu

    I tried to get test for my 4 month old child. No lab is doing the test for less than 4 year. Doctor is not recommending any test for asymptomatic patient.
    The new rules say – negative test is compulsory and to be uploaded on airsuvidha. How do I test for my infant. Will United airlines allow me to board the flight without my child test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Madhu! Please be advised to check with United Airlines and call the helpline of Delhi Airport for a definite answer. Hope that will work for you.

      Reply
  44. Khush

    hi,
    I have Emirates flight Houston To Dubai and Dubai to Mumbai on 5th March.

    Do have to go through institutional quarantine in Mumbai, if i get negative RT PCR test from US before travelling.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kush! No, you won’t if you are asymptomatic and have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  45. Noni

    Hi,
    I hold a US passport and I plan to go to India in March to take care of my old age in-laws. I have a multiple 5-year tourist visa stamped on my passport. I will be flying from San Francisco on United Airlines which is a direct flight to New Delhi. I got the Covid vaccine as well.

    I do not have an OCI card so how can I travel to India? I need to stay in India for a few months. Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Noni! If the ban on tourist visa to India is continued through March, you won’t be able to travel to India. In view of the suspended tourist visa, you need an entry visa to enter India.

      Reply
  46. Husain

    Hi,

    First of all thanks for publishing the guideline here. I’m travelling from EU(not UK) to Mumbai and have onward journey, my question is:

    1. Am I allowed to transit through Mumbai for Ahmedabad.
    2. Do I need to get out of airport to catch domestic flight for Ahmedabad?
    3. Do I need to take any Covid test at Mumbai airport even though I’m transiting?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Husain! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from all over Europe.

      Reply
  47. Nancy J

    Hi,
    I am an Indian born US citizen and want to visit Mumbai end of March. My daughter and me have the e-visa that was approved in February 2020 and my husband’s Indian visa expires in 2023.
    Can we travel to India end of March with Qatar Airways? I realize we need to get the negative RT-PCR test report.
    Anything else we need to be aware of?
    Thank you, appreciate your help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nancy! FYI, e-visa and tourist visa to India have been suspended for the past 6 months. You will be able to enter India based on your e-visa only if the ban on e-visa is lifted in March. If e-visa remains suspended, you need an entry visa to travel to India.

      Reply
  48. vijeta

    Hi – what does “home quarantine” entail – can you leave your house in your personal car to visit family?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijeta! Home-quarantine means you will be staying indoors, isolating yourself from other residents, and self-monitoring your health for a stipulated period of time.

      Reply
  49. Phenny

    Hi, We are planing to travel from Boston –> Doha –> Bangalore on the second week of march. After a week, we will be traveling back to Boston. Please let us know if we produce RT-PCR test report, do we need to do any sort of quarantine(institutional or home).

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Phenny! There is no institutional quarantine in Karnataka for people traveling from the USA and via the Middle East. You have fair chances to get exemption from home quarantine because of your short-term visit. You need to carry confirmed return flight tickets and share your return travel plans upon arrival at BLR Airport.

      Reply
  50. Salil Sharad Javeri

    Hi, My wife & 4 year old son are traveling from Manila ( Philippines) to Mumbai via Dubai on March 4th. They will take RTPCR test prior to departure in home country. Below are my questions :

    1- Do they have to fill up and submit the self declaration form prior to departure?
    2- Do they need to upload their negative RTPCR test on any website prior to departure from Manila?
    3- Do they have to undergo institutional quarantine when they arrive in Mumbai?
    4- Will they have to undergo Covid testing at Mumbai Airport?
    5- They will be travelling on OCI card & passport. Do they need any other documents with them ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Salil! They have to upload their negative RT-PCR test reports onto Air Suvidha and fill out a self-declaration form on the same portal within 72 hours of their journey from Manila. Some of the travelers reported that they faced institutional quarantine upon arrival in Mumbai because of their transit via the Middle East.

      Reply
  51. Sam

    Hello
    I need to travel from London to Mumbai. Airline is offering option of flying via delhi, with a 12 hr stopover at delhi for rt pcr test and results. Does this mean I will not have to go through institutional quarantine at Mumbai?

    Do let me know
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sam! Chances are you will be subject to institutional quarantine in Mumbai because you will be traveling from the UK.

      Reply
  52. Lalitha Sankaran

    Covid rapid test is acceptable for landing in Indian Airports ?
    OR it should be the regular test which gives result in 3 days ?
    Thanks

    Reply
  53. Anshul

    Hi Indianeagle…thanks for the great work you have been doing to help people here with their queries!
    I have a question myself (I think I know the answer but would be great if you could confirm).
    I’m planning to travel in mid March from Washington DC (IAD) -> Doha -> Hyderabad and will be taking RT-PCR test at least 72 hrs before my travel. Questions:
    1. I will have to wait at Hyd airport for negative RT-PCR test or I can leave after giving my sample ?
    2. New rule suggests self monitoring of health for 14 days, does this mean I have to stay home and can’t travel domestic ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anshul! You will be able to exit the airport without having to wait for the result of the test at HYD Airport. Self-monitoring of health means keeping a watch on your health for feverish temperature, cold, cough, sore throat, respiratory problem and other signs of COVID-19 indoors and outdoors. It does not mean that you have to hold your back home and isolate from others. Please note whether you will be stamped for home-quarantine or self-monitoring of health is up to the state you are traveling to.

      Reply
  54. Arjun Kumar

    Hello, Thank you so much for putting such valuable information at this page.

    I had a question – I am planning to travel to India from USA in April.
    And I will be going to US consulate for Visa stamping. Can I go to the consulate after a day I have landed to India (considering I did the RT-PCR test in USA 1 day prior to my travel) or do I need to home quarantine myself for 14 days before I can go to consulate for VISA stamping.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arjun! Some Indian states impose home-quarantine on international arrivals, while it is self-monitoring of health in some other states. If it is self-monitoring of health in the state you will travel to, you will be able to go out and visit the US consulate. Otherwise, please be advised to share your purpose of visit upon arrival at the entry airport in India.

      Reply
  55. Noni

    What is an entry visa? How long does it take to get one? How much does it cost and how long can you stay in India with this visa? You mentioned that the tourist visa which is stamped on our passport cannot be used.

    Reply
  56. Priyank

    Hi, I will travel from Europe to Mumbai and would take a return flight to Europe the same day. Is that allowed or do K need to go into mandatory quarantine as per new guidelines. Also in the above grid you have mentioned about self health monitoring, does that mean they stamp you for home quarantine?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priyank! Yes, travelers are stamped for home-quarantine. We are not sure whether you will be able to travel back on the same day given Mumbai’s compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe. Please be advised to call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  57. Rajesh punia

    Planning to come back to India (pune) from dubai in 2nd week of March.

    As Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine what is the best possible way to reach pune.

    What if I take connecting flight via delhi.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajesh! You can take a connecting flight to Pune from Delhi or Bangalore.

      Reply
  58. Nisar

    I am travelling with my wife and two kids 6 and 3. I have booked covid testing for all 4 of us on 8th March. My flight is on 10th March from Calgary-Montreal-Doha-Delhi. I have also booked separate domestic flight from Delhi to Allahabad which is after 8 hours after our arrival in Delhi. We are not leaving airport will catch change terminal to catch the flight.

    As I am coming from Qatar airways from Canada and 3 hours layover in doha. Do my whole family to give sample for covid testing in Delhi again and also have to wait for negative result before to board on my domestic flight Delhi to Allahabad.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nisar! All of the travelers on the PNR will have to give their swab sample after arrival at Delhi Airport. According to the new guidelines, neither of you will have to wait for the result at Delhi Airport. You will be allowed to take the connecting flight to Allahabad.

      Reply
  59. Lalitha Sankaran

    India extends ban on International flights till March 31. This is the latest news !!

    Does this mean Chennai air port is closed to International flights ? What about Delhi / Mumbai airports ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Lalitha! The ban is on regular/normal international passenger flights, which has been in place since March 23, 2020 and which has nothing to do with air bubble flights being operated these days. So, no airport is closed in India.

      Reply
  60. Ramakant

    Hello,

    The flowchart is really helpful, however could you confirm how exactly it applies to Mumbai?

    Do they have a mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers arriving directly from US?
    If yes then how many days is it? 7/14 days?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramakant! If you are traveling to Mumbai directly from the US (not via a third country), you don’t have to give your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. Your negative RT-PCR report issued in the US will get you exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai. You will have to serve only 14-day home quarantine.

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Ramakant! We can’t assure. Everything is subject to approval these days. Do make sure to share your purpose of visit.

          Reply
  61. Deepak

    Hi,

    I’m planning to travel to Delhi, India from Seattle, WA, USA next month.
    I’m thinking to book below flights via Doha:-
    Seattle -> Doha -> Delhi (Airline: Qatar airways) and
    Delhi -> Doha -> SFO -> Seattle (Airline: Qatar airways)

    Will there be any issue in traveling back to USA via Doha on H1B visa?

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepak! Most probably, Qatar Airways is not taking new bookings for March 2021. Qatar Airways flights are not showing up in our travel-booking system. You can call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for alternate itineraries for your smooth travel in March.

      Reply
  62. VINOD THAKKAR

    HI,
    We are flying on April 8th from Chicago, USA to Mumbai with Etihad [buying tickets from you]. We already have tested negative once in January, 2021. Also we have taken Covid vaccine in Feb. and March, 2021. Do we need another test before we travel and/or in Mumbai when we land there? Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vinod! As of now, India is not giving relaxation/exemption to vaccinated travelers from abroad. According to the newly issued guidelines with effect on Feb 23, all international travelers have to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before they scheduled flight for India. FYI, the guidelines may be revised or remain unchanged based on an assessment of the situation at the end of March 2021.

      Reply
  63. Mary

    Hello
    I am travelling from London Heathrow to Cochin with 3 hrs transit at Bengaluru on 7th March 2022.I will be travelling with my 4 yr old. I will be taking a RT-PCR TEST 72 hrs before boarding drom UK.
    1)Is this required for my 4 yr old?
    2) do i have to take another test when in Blore and wait till i get the negetive result to board my connection flight to cochin? But the transit is only 3 hrs.
    3) will i have to take another test in Cochin again?
    So confused. Can you help me with details.
    Thanks a ton!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mary! All travelers from the UK, including the 4-year-old have to take a pre-arrival RT-PCR test and a COVID test upon arrival at the entry airport. You have to wait for the result of the test which will be conducted at BLR Airport, for which the 3-hr layover is not sufficient. You won’t have to take another test in Cochin.

      Reply
  64. Imran Khan

    Hello
    I plan to travel to Hyderabad for a short duration like 01month to attend a friend’s wedding. My passport adress is of Mumbai, will I be allowed to exit the airport? Are there any mandatory Institutional quarantine rules in the state of Telangana?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Imran! Having an Indian passport, you can travel to any part of India. Please be advised to avoid Mumbai if you are traveling from or transiting in the Middle East/Europe. Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for international travelers coming from or transiting in the Middle East/Europe. Asymptomatic travelers with a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report issued within 72 hours of scheduled departure are exempted from institutional quarantine in Telangana.

      Reply
  65. Neeraj Gawdi

    Hi there .
    I am travelling from Toronto to Mumbai via Abu Dabhi on 4th of March 2021. The layover time is just 2.5 hours . I have already booked RT-PCR test and will be carrying along the final report . Do I still have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine or I can proceed and exit the airport for 14 days home quarantine . ? Please advice your blog have been very helpful so far .

    Regards,
    Neeraj

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neeraj! Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for those traveling from or transiting in the Middle East. Some of the travelers reported about being subjected to 7-day institutional quarantine just because of their transit in the Middle East/Europe though they had a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report.

      Reply
  66. Ash

    Hi, I am planning to come to India at Delhi airport with a negative PCR test and coming back to the US in 7 days. Will I be able to return and which documents do I have to show them as the 14 day home quarantine is in effect?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ash! You will be able to travel back provided you share your return travel plans and show your return flight tickets when you arrive at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  67. Nav

    Hi, I am travelling on 12th March with Ethihad airlines from US to Hyderabad. I have planned for getting RT-PCR testing before boarding the flight. Is there any mandatory 14 days quarantine in this case? Do we need to give the test at Hyderabad airport and wait for the results?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nav! If you take a pre-arrival RT-PCR test and the result is negative, you will be advised only 14-day home-quarantine/self-monitoring of health upon arrival in Hyderabad. You will have to give your swab sample at HYD airport. However, you can exit the airport without having to wait for the result.

      Reply
  68. Vic

    Hi there – I am planning a 10-day trip from New York to Delhi (non-stop flight) in April. I will be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 around 2 weeks prior to travel and will have proof.
    I have 2 questions:
    1) Do I still need a negative RT-PCR report prior to travel?
    2) Is less than 14 days trip okay? Just checking as it says 14 days self-monitoring required upon landing in Delhi.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vic! The government of India has not yet issued any relaxation/exemption for vaccinated travelers from abroad. So you have to take an RT-PCR test prior to travel. You will be able to travel back provided you share your return travel plans and show your confirmed return tickets upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  69. Deepak

    Hi Team, first of all thank you for doing a great job in keeping us posted on the latest developments. I’m traveling to Hyderabad from USA via Dubai (Emirates). I have a couple of kids – a 6 month old and a 2 year old. Is it mandatory to get RT-PCR test for the kids before we travel? or are the children exempted? Also, will my kids have to give molecular test upon arrival in Hyderabad?

    Quarantine: Is there any institutional quarantine in Hyderabad? Or do we have to seek exemption before departure?

    Visa: My 2 year old has Multiple Entry Indian visa. Based on what I read so far, it looks like this people with entry visa are permitted to travel to India. Can you please confirm?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepak! Children below 10 years are not exempted anymore, according to the new guidelines. Your kids will have to give their swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival because your itinerary has a layover in the Middle East. Yes, people having a valid entry visa can travel to India.

      Reply
      • Deepak

        Thank you! What about RT-PCR test before departure for kids below 10 years. Is that mandatory too? Also, what about quarantine? Do I have to fill any quarantine exemption form prior to departure?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Deepak! Kids below 10 years have to take an RT-PCR test before departure from the US. There is no exemption form on Air Suvidha anymore.

          Reply
  70. Poonam Kumari

    Hi,
    I am a US citizen and hold a valid multiple entry tourist visa for India. I am of Indian origin but I don’t
    have OCI. Can I travel to India (Delhi) this week?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Poonam! Yes, you can. Your multiple entry visa makes you eligible to travel to India.

      Reply
  71. Prashanth

    I am traveling on Mar 10. I am planning to get tested in Walgreens and they mention only PCR in their report.
    Is this enough or it should be mentioned as RT-PCR?
    Recently I heard some people saying they are not allowing some people to board only if PCR is mentioned by Air India

    Reply
  72. Raju

    What’s the best route to book from SFO to MAA? we are 2 adults and 2 kids(7,2).
    Appreciates any recommendations which are safer and less hassle.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raju! You can travel on Qatar Airways’ one-stop flight from SFO to MAA or Air India’s direct flight from SFO to Bengaluru (BLR) and then a connecting flight to Chennai (MAA). Please be advised to call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the best itinerary for your hassle-free travel.

      Reply
      • Aisha sherpa

        Hi there, I am a Nepali citizen. Can I travel to India on the 3rd week of March? If I landed in India and exits do I need to stay in quarantine to take another flight to another country? Hope your reply will be helpful. Thank you

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Aisha! You can travel to India and take a connecting flight to another country given you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test report issued within 72 hours of your journey to India.

          Reply
  73. Trupti Gardner

    Hi

    I have a negative RT PCR test, my mum & dad are not well in the hospital at the moment. I have the hospital letters so prove that. I am flying from UK to MUMBAI will I be exempt from Institutional quarantine? and home quarantine.

    Trupti

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Trupti! You can seek exemption on grounds of ‘extreme family distress’ by providing valid documents of your parents’ medical condition to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  74. John Ebenezer

    Hi there.
    This article has been an eye-opener. I’m planning to fly to India from London hopefully in August.
    If the scenario remains the same during august, would it be better for me to fly to Bengaluru as there
    won’t be quarantine upon providing a negative PCR test. My final stop would be Coimbatore.
    Would I be better of flying into Bangalore, or Chennai?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi John! Travelers from the UK are not subject to institutional quarantine both in Chennai and Bengaluru given the negative results of their pre-arrival RT-PCR test and molecular test on arrival.

      Reply
  75. bobby wall

    Hi IE Team,
    Would you happen to know interstate travel guidelines within India. I plan to fly from New York to Delhi and then travel by road to Chandigarh. Stay there for 7 days and take a domestic flight to Mumbai. Stay in Mumbai for 7 days and fly back to New York. Do I have to produce a new COVID negative test at every destination or will the one i travel with will be valid trough out? does Mumbai have any other restrictions i should know about? Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bobby! Your pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test report issued in the US will facilitate your exit from Delhi Airport and the road trip to Chandigarh. As of now, Maharashtra does not require a negative COVID report from travelers from Punjab. If Mumbai makes it mandatory for travelers from Punjab in the meantime, you will have to take an RT-PCR within 3 days of your travel to Mumbai from Chandigarh.

      Reply
  76. Megha

    Hi, I am travelling to Mumbai from Australia via Doha (Qatar Airways). My travel reason is on compassionate grounds to see my sick mother (have doctor certificate). Can I apply for quarantine exemption at Mumbai airport? if Yes, how do I apply please?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Megha! You can seek exemption under “Extreme family distress” by providing valid documents to the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  77. Gautam

    Hi, I am travelling to Pune airport (transit in Mumbai). Do I still need to institutional quarantine in Mumbai for 7 days ?
    Thanks

    Reply
  78. Ganesh

    Hello! First of all, thank you for answering everyone’s questions. Secondly, currently I have 3 options to travel to Mumbai on May10th which are

    1. Dallas – New York – Mumbai
    Mumbai – New York – Dallas

    2. OKC – Chicago – Doha – Mumbai
    Mumbai – Doha – Chicago – OKC

    3. OKC – Charlotte – London – Mumbai
    Mumbai – London – Dallas – OKC

    Could you please tell me which one would be a better and safest option to travel to Mumbai without going through Institutional Quarantine? (I will be submitting my pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test report 72 hours prior to my travel).

    Reply
      • Ganesh

        I will stay in Mumbai for 5 days and then I will have to travel to Vijayawada as that is my final destination!! Can I still do that without any hassle?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Ganesh! Whether you can travel to Vijayawada after 5 days of stay in Mumbai, is subject to approval on sharing your domestic travel plans with the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

          Reply
          • Ganesh

            Hello! thanks for your reply! What if I have a domestic flight the very same day I land in Mumbai which is not connecting but a different domestic flight to Vijayawada?

  79. S@ily

    Hi, I have to travel with my 3-year-old kid to Bengaluru from Toronto. We have a direct flight from Toronto to New Delhi, and connecting flight to Bengaluru. Do we need to take any approval from the consulate in Canada?

    In short, along with booking tickets, what are the different processes while traveling from Canada to India?

    Lots of confusion.
    Thanks 🙂

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sioly! Approval is not required from the Consulate if you have a valid passport/visa to enter India. You and your kid need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before the journey from Toronto. You need to upload the negative result onto Air Suvidha and fill out a self-declaration form on the same portal. Take a printout of the self-declaration form after filling it online. Do carry the printout and the negative RT-PCR test report (hard copy). For other details, you can go through https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/faqs-india-travel-new-guidelines/

      Reply
  80. AC

    I booked my tickets on IE yesterday :
    Phoenix(USA) 11.08AM – SFO (San Francisco)12.20PM -> United Airlines (domestic)
    <>
    SFO 8.30PM -> DEL 2.35AM (Air India)
    DEL 5.35AM -> BLR 8.45AM (Air India)

    Can you please tell me when should I get tested for COVID ?
    a) 72hrs before my domestic flight from Phoenix
    or
    b) 72hrs before my international flight from SFO

    As I have a 8hr layover in SFO, I want to make sure I am not denied boarding by Air India for exceeding 72hr window if I get tested 72hrs prior to my domestic flight from Phoenix.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashbhai! Thank you for choosing Indian Eagle as your travel-booking partner. If both flights – US domestic and international – have the PNR in common, you can take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your flight from Phoenix. If UA flight and AI international flight have different PNRs, you need to take the test within 72 hours of boarding the flight from SFO.

      Reply
  81. Chaitanya Sharma

    Hi, we just traveled to Maldives with a negative PCR report. During return do we need to get tested again before the flight to Bangalore?

    Reply
  82. Sash

    Hello,
    I plan to travel this week from Newark, USA to Mumbai, India ( nonstop) and return in 9 days.
    What type of quarantine is required- institutional or home?

    The algorithm states authorities need to be informed for those traveling less than 14 days to India.
    Who/Which authorities need to be notified when one is travelling back from India in less than 14 days?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sash! You will be advised either home quarantine or self-monitoring of health. You need to give proper intimation to the state/district authorities at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  83. Randheer Gehlot

    For travel starting on Saturday to India from Newark UA non-stop flight to Delhi , when should the test be taken ? Wednesday ? or Thursday ? Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Randheer! You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your travel from the first port of departure on the itinerary having a single PNR.

      Reply
  84. Sunidhi

    hey, I have an itinerary departing from Auckland transiting via Dubai arriving in Mumbai at the end of this month. Will i be obligated to undergo a mandatory institutional quarnatine?

    Thank you

    Reply
  85. sudharshan

    If i need to travel.to india on mar 26 for a medical operation for my mother will that be a consideration for visa?the operation can only be scheduled if I m.avialable. please help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sudharshan! It should be considered as a medical emergency, for which you can apply for an emergency visa to India.

      Reply
  86. Ravi Vulli

    Can we apply for Entry Visa now, are they issuing entry visa for new applicants? if so can you please guide me where to apply?

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  87. Indy

    Hi, I will be travelling from Heathrow (London) to New Delhi on 20th March 2021 with my 2 year old and my husband. Just wanted to know if it is mandatory for my 2 year old to get RT-PCR test before boarding from UK?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Indy! According to the current guidelines, which took effect on February 23, all international arrivals, irrespective of their age, will have to take an RT-PCR test before departure and a molecular test upon arrival at the Delhi Airport. Even kids below 2 years of age are not exempted.

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  88. Vaishali

    Hello, my mother shall be traveling alone to Mumbai from Dubai in 1st week of April: can you please guide if there is any way of waving off the institutional quarantine? Is this feasible that she can take a flight to Pune from Dubai and then exit the airport and reach home. Please guide.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vaishali! If your mother is 65 years or above and requires assistance, she can seek exemption by providing her age proof and other documents to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. Mumbai and Pune airports have more or less the same norms for international arrivals.

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  89. Samira

    Hi,

    My questions are:
    1) Is someone obliged to go into quarantine in Mumbai, if she is a disabled person, wheelchair assistence dependent, daily medications, Dutch Nationality and OCI card of India, for traveling from Netherland (EU) to Mumbai, but final will be Gujarat-Surat, with taxi from Mumbai to the final destination?

    2) Which forms, papers, and tests does she need to come under the new rules?

    Greetings,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Samira! Since the final destination is out of Maharashtra, she is likely to be exempted from Institutional quarantine. Besides, international travelers needing support/assistance can seek exemption by providing valid documents to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. She will need to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha, a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours from the time of departure uploaded onto Air Suvidha and a hard copy to be carried. She will have to give her swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Mumbai.

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  90. Bono Sen

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for answering all the traveler’s questions. This is very helpful during these times of ever-changing travel guidelines.

    I am traveling from RDU to DEL in March.
    I have to travel to Kolkatta to visit family.
    How soon after my arrival in Delhi can I again travel out of Delhi?

    Thanks for your response

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bono! You will have to fill out a self-declaration form and upload the negative RT-PCR test report within 72 hours of departure on Air Suvidha. You will be required to give your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport and then you can proceed to take your connecting flight to Kolkata.

      Reply
  91. Akash

    hi,

    I plan to fly to Mumbai from Vancouver via London. In case I have a Covid negative test (from Vancouver), will I still be required to quarantine in Mumbai?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akash! If Mumbai or Maharashtra is your final destination, you may be subject to 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival due to transit in he UK though you will carry a negative RT-PCR report.

      Reply
  92. Vasu

    Hello,

    We (2 adults and 2 kids) are planning for a travel in June to Bangalore from US (transit via London) in British Airways.

    All adult passengers will be vaccinated before travel. Should we still take PCR test and if negative undergo home quaraintine?

    Any thoughts of vaccinated adult passengers?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vasu! What regulations/guidelines for international arrivals will be there in June can be predicted now. Hope the government of India will provide exemption to vaccinated travelers from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test. Please follow our portal or Facebook page for US-India travel updates.

      Reply
  93. Arul

    Is RT PCR test same as Rapid PCR test? This seems to be a confusion in testing locations here in Colorado.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arul! No, they are not same. If you are traveling to India, you need to take an RT-PCR (antigen) test.

      Reply
  94. LEENA

    Hi,
    My parents are traveling to Ahmedabad from Newark Airport on Friday, They have stop on in Mumbai. They have OCI card.
    1. Do they need any new visa?
    2. do they have to quarantine in Mumbai–if they have negative RT-PCR test?
    3. both are fully vaccinated.
    Thank you for quick response

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Leena! No other visa is required. Having their destination outside of Maharashtra, they will be able to catch the connecting flight to Ahmedabad without any quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  95. Chintooo

    Hi if we are travelling to Bangalore from Singapore, do we need to submit in Airsuvida?
    also Singapore to Tiruchi? will be doing the test before departure. Seriously we have not clue what needs to be filled
    PNR and also those numbers. please advise… omg..

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chintooo! You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours of your journey from Singapore and upload the negative report on Air Suvidha within 72 hours. You do also need to fill out a self-reporting/self-declaration form on Air Suvidha, with the PNR and flight numbers of your flight from Singapore to Bangalore. Make sure to carry the hardcopy of the negative report.

      Reply
  96. Shalini

    I am traveling from SFO to BLR in BA.(changing flights in LHR with a 3 hr layover) in June 1st week.

    I understand we need to do a RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before my journey and upload the negative report on Airsuvidha. What are the other rules when I land in Bangalore – how long is the wait time in blr airport?

    what are the differences if I choose to fly direct flight (United) vs BA ?

    Also any changes with rules if we show vaccination records?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shalini! The government of India has not issued any relaxation/exemption for international travelers immunized with COVID vaccines. If you travel on a connecting flight via Europe/Middle East, you will have to take a molecular test upon arrival at BLR Airport. If you travel on a nonstop flight from SFFO to BLR, you will be exempted from taking a molecular test upon arrival. Being asymptomatic and carrying a negative RT-PCR report approved on Air Suvidha will be enough.

      Reply
  97. Anil

    I have a Indian Passport and plan to travel from Washington DC to Delhi in April. Can I fly with Lufthansa via Frnkfurt? Thanks

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  98. Inder K

    Hi. We’re planning to travel with our infants in April from London to Delhi. My Q is upon arrival, once we take the entry covid test at the airport, can we leave or do we have to stay 6-7 hours inside the airport until the test results come? If so, how do we stay safe with our children inside such a busy airport. Is there an expedited testing process to pay to get results faster?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Inder! You will be required to stay inside the Delhi Airport until the results of molecular test taken upon arrival come. Delhi Airport has all precautionary measures in place and has a dedicated lounge for inbound travelers waiting for the result of their COVID test. Please note the lounge is payable. Also, there is no such expedited testing process.

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  99. Maria

    Hi IndianEagle, you are doing such a great job, selflessly, its really commendable and highly appreciated. Thank you for that.
    I have a question: I am a US citizen, and have a valid unexpired multiple entry Indian visitor/tourist visa stamped in my US passport. Can I travel to New Delhi with my husband to India (who is an Indian citizen and holds an Indian passport) in the month of April, direct flight Chicago to New Delhi, with return tickets for 2 weeks? We will get our RT-PCR tests within 72 hours of departure from Chicago and also we have completed series of vaccination. Do we need to fill in exemption form (I am not sure what is that but I have read about it in this thread)? Thank you for answering.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Maria! Currently, India does not permit entry to international arrivals on a tourist visa. Only those having a death in the family can apply for exemption on Air Suvidha. If you don’t have such case, you need to fill out a self-declaration form and upload your negative report on Air Suvidha.

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  100. Dheeraj

    Hi, I am a US citizen and hold OCI card. Need to travel from New Jersey to Delhi in April, 2021. It’s a direct flight.
    But my trip is only for 4 to 5 days. Do I need to self quarantine in Delhi ? Since it’s a very short trip, so I don’t have 7 days for self isolation. Do I need to take PCR test before leaving ? I am fully vaccinated.
    Any other official formalities I need to do for India travel ?

    Your quick response is highly appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dheeraj! You must fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal and also upload a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before your departure on the same portal. Since you are coming on direct flight from the US, you will be required to self-monitor your health and not quarantine. You have to inform Delhi Airport authorities about your short trip and show your confirmed return tickets. Also, you should inform the state/district health authorities about your trip at the airport.

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  101. Ami

    Hi- I will be flying from DFW to Bangalore via Heathrow/London Mid April ’21. I plan to get a PCR negative test before boarding in US and complete the suvidha self-declaration form. I am also completely vaccinated and will be carrying the CDC COVID vaccine completion proof.

    Do I still need to self quarantine on arrival in bangalore for 7 days?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ami! You need a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure. You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Bangalore Airport and wait for the result. Only after the result comes negative, you will be allowed to exit the airport or take a connecting flight and will be advised to home quarantine yourself for 7 days. The government of Karnataka has not yet issued any relaxation for vaccinated travelers.

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  102. Digvijay

    Hi, I am traveling from Newark, NJ, USA -> Delhi -> Mumbai leaving on May 3rd. I will land in Delhi on May 4th 11.30am and connecting domestic flight to Mumbai is on May 4th 4.30pm. The entire journey is booked on one ticket.
    My question is whether a negative RT-PCR test 72hrs before leaving from Newark airport is sufficient to avoid institutional quarantine at Mumbai? Will I be allowed to continue my domestic leg and leave Mumbai airport ? Or do I have to take another RT-PCR test at Delhi before boarding domestic leg to Mumbai?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Digvijay! Since your journey does not involve a transit in the Middle East, Europe (including UK), Brazil, and South Africa, you won’t be subject to institutional quarantine at Mumbai Airport. You might have to take another RT-PCR test at Delhi Airport if the one from the US will be older than 72 hours before your departure, when you reach Mumbai. Please be advised to check with the airline.

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  103. Surendra Kumar Kanamarlapudi

    Hi Good Morning. I will be Travelling to Hyderabad, India From Newyork through Ethiad Airways ( Transit Abhu dhabi-Middle East) on 1st May and returning to USA on 30th May through same airlines. I am fully vaccinated and will carry PCR test Negative and self declaration form(Air Suvidha). Please guide me with Instructions here. Am I need to quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Surendra! You don’t need to quarantine. On arrival at HYD Airport, you need to give your swab sample for a test before exiting the airport. The test result will be communicated to you. If negative, you will be advised self-monitoring of health for 14 days.

      Reply
  104. Akshay Jankish

    Hi this page is quite informative.. I will be travelling from the UK to Bangalore between 27th and 29th of April 2021. I have taken both the vaccines from the UK. ( fully vaccinated) .. So when I arrive at Bangalore airport do I have to quarantine? I actually want to go to Kerala but I won’t be taking a transit flight as I have many luggage s and gets very expensive while travelling domestic. I will be taking a taxi to Kerala from Bangalore. Will I be able to stay in Bangalore for few days before taking a taxi home?! Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akshay! The government of Karnataka has not yet announced any relaxation for vaccinated travelers. You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Bangalore Airport and wait for the result. If you test negative, you will be allowed to exit the airport and advised to home quarantine yourself for 14 days.

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  105. gdshah

    Hi, we plan to travel from Washington DC, US to Bangalore, India on Lufthansa via Frankfurt in Mid of Jun-21 and return by end of Aug-21. We are currently on H1/L1 Visa, stamp is expired but we have approved extension documents and would be getting new Visa stamp when in India. Can we travel via Lufthansa or need to be an direct flight to Delhi or Mumbai.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! No, Indian passport holders cannot travel on Lufthansa flights from US to India. Nonstop flight to India on Air India or United Airlines is advisable.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Cema!Yes, it is necessary. As per the guidelines of Indian government, all India-bound international travelers irrespective of their age need to present a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure.

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  106. anu

    Hi I am planning to travel from us to mumbai via a direct flight and will carry a rt-pcr report. Will I be allowed to take train to travel within Maharashtra with rt-pcr that is valid for within last 48 hours?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anu! Yes, you might be allowed to travel with the valid RT-PCR report if the place you’re traveling to requires it.

      Reply
  107. Manju Thyagatur

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for taking initiative to put together all the useful information .

    I have a question. We are planning to travel from Melbourne (Australia) to Bangalore India via Abudhabi on 30th June along with our 4 years old autistic son. Being autistic, he would not weat mask during the flight. Is there a way we can get an exemption from Indian airport authority? Would you be able to share any more information on this?

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Best Regards
    Manju

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manju! We are not sure about this. Please be advised to call the airline or the helpline number of Bangalore International Airport. We hope you have a hassle-free journey.

      Reply
  108. Ramesh Reddy

    Hi,
    My family are planning to visit India from Switzerland in July 2nd week from Emirates airlines and we are vaccinated for Covid-19. Does we need PCR test and do we need to be quarantine after arrival in India?

    Please advice.

    Thanks.
    Best Regards,
    Ramesh

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramesh! Negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for all travelers coming to India irrespective of their vaccination status. Also, only Mumbai has institutional quarantine rule which you can seek exemption from by showing your vaccine certificates and other relevant documents to the satisfaction of the in-charge officer.

      Reply
  109. Anup Sagar

    Hi.

    I am planning to travel from Dallas to Chennai via Doha on Qatar Airways in mid-Jul, returning to USA in mid-Aug. I am fully vaccinated with 2-doses of Pfizer vaccine.
    1) Does RT-PCR test need to be done 48- or 72-hours in advance of my travel to India? How about on the return?
    2) If I transit through Doha, is re-testing in Chennai required upon exit at the airport?
    3) Do I need TN e-pass prior to travel to TN?

    Thanks,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anup! A negative PCR report issued before 48 hours is mandatory for travelers from India traveling to US via Qatar. We are not sure about travelers from US. Please be advised to check with the airline. Yes, you will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival in Chennai. TN e-pass is mandatory prior to travel.

      Reply

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