India’s Current Guidelines for International Arrivals: Air Suvidha, RT-PCR, Vaccine, Quarantine

On February 10, the government of India revised and eased the regulations for international arrivals. The new guidelines will take effect on February 14, 2022 (00.01 Hrs IST) for India-bound travelers’ departure, entry and arrival. India has rescinded the classification of countries as ‘at-risk’ and ‘non-risk’ categories. Hence, the new guidelines, especially the post-arrival procedure, will equally apply to all international arrivals, irrespective of their travel origin and transit.

India’s new guidelines for international arrivals rescind mandatory pre-departure RT-PCR testing for fully-vaccinated travelers from certain countries, including the USA, the UK, Singapore, Australia, Qatar, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. Fully-vaccinated travelers from these countries should upload their completion certificate of COVID-19 vaccine schedule on Air Suvidha, alongside filling out a self-declaration form and declaring their travel history of the past 14 days.

If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must take an RT-PCR test and upload the negative report, along with a declaration ascertaining the authenticity of the report, on Air Suvidha within 72 hours before undertaking the journey to India. Only children under 5 years of age are exempted from this requirement.

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Pre-departure RT-PCR testing for international transit?

International flights to India via a third country may require you to take a pre-departure RT-PCR test because a negative report may be needed for smooth international transit. If you are fully-vaccinated and travel on Emirates flights to India from USA, you can transit via Dubai without a negative RT-PCR report. But fully-vaccinated travelers do still require a negative RT-PCR report uploaded on Air Suvidha for Etihad flights to India. Hence, it is advisable to check with your airline whether you need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test for international transit.

There are no such hassles of traveling on nonstop flights to India due to no international transit. Being fully-vaccinated, you are good to travel to India from any of the countries whose vaccine card / certificate is recognized by Indian government. RT-PCR testing is required before departure.

Post-arrival RT-PCR testing and home-quarantine

Applicable from February 14, India’s new guidelines rescind post-arrival RT-PCR testing for international travelers arriving from or through the countries, such as the UK, which are classified as ‘at-risk’ till February 13, 2022. You must have a full-vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR test report while traveling on international flights to India from USA and other countries. Effective from FEB 14, you are not required to take a post-arrival test at entry airports in India unless you are found symptomatic of COVID-19 in thermal screening or identified among 2% of the passengers of a flight for random testing.

If you are found symptomatic of COVID-19 during thermal screening on arrival, you will be isolated and tested as per the protocol. If you test positive with severe symptoms, you will be shifted to an institutional quarantine facility.

The government of India also rolls back the home-quarantine policy for international arrivals, as per the guidelines applicable from February 14. International arrivals, if found asymptomatic in thermal screening on arrival, shall monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during self-health monitoring, you shall contact the nearest health facility or the national helpline number 1075.

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114 thoughts on “India’s Current Guidelines for International Arrivals: Air Suvidha, RT-PCR, Vaccine, Quarantine

  1. bkaur

    I have a Visa that expires in 2027.. Will I be able to fly into India from the U.S. with this visa? How long am
    I able to stay? I have a family there that I stay with each time I come… I am vaccinated with Moderna.
    I need to know what I have to do to come for a visit with them…

    • Maria caraska

      Hi Team
      I will be travelling from Sharjah to Mumbai as final destination next week do I need to under go PCR test on arrival? As per above article UAE is exempted from pcr on Arrival can you please clarify my dought

      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Maria! Mumbai Airport does still follows the guidelines issued by the government of Maharashtra earlier. Therefore, you will have to take a self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival and undergo 14-day home quarantine.

  2. SSG

    Do you have information if passengers (from countries at risk) still after 25th October have to wait for the result of the PCR test before being allowed to take a connecting flight.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Swati! In our knowledge, travelers from the countries at risk don’t have to wait for the result of the test taken on arrival.

  3. bkaur

    When is India going to address the issue of people who already have multi-entry visas… My visa don’t expire til 2027.. AM I going to be able to use this visa to come to India in December 2021? India needs to put out
    clear instructions as to what we are suppose to do to come for visit. I AM Vaccinated and just got my 3rd shot (a booster) I am USA Citizen. I need to know what to do… I would be flying from USA to Delhi

    thanks

  4. bkaur

    I found this on the Consulate of General India (this is the consulate in Houston, Texas)

    The Government of India has decided to issue fresh tourist visas with effect from 15 October, 2021 for group tourism and from 15 November, 2021 for individual tourist travel. It may be noted that existing valid e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa, issued before 6 October 2021, will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted.
    Since individual travel on fresh tourist visa is allowed only from 15 November, applicants are advised not to send their application to the Consulate before 10 November, 2021.
    A Single Entry e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa valid for a stay of up to 30 days will be issued, which will have to be utilized within a period of 120 days from the date of issue. This visa will be issued on a gratis basis for a limited time once to each applicant.
    It may be noted that existing valid e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa issued before 6 October, 2021 will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted.

  5. Juliana

    Traveling from US to india via Middle East, do we still need to take a PCR test in Middle East to enter india? And there is no quarantine required for travelers from US right? One test taken in US prior to boarding and uploading in india’s air suvidha website is enough? Can you please confirm?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Juliana! No test to be taken in the Middle East. If Mumbai Airport is your port of entry, you will have to take a self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival in spite of the test you will take in the US.

  6. Abee

    For travelling in November from US to Mumbai via Dubai, does one need to undergo institutional quarantine if partially / not vaccinated? Are they still to conduct COVID tests after arrival despite of having negative RTPCR? Does Dubai halt add to the complication?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abee! There is no institutional quarantine in India. For travelers from the US, vaccination is still not a mandatory requirement for entry to India. As per Maharashtra’s guidelines, you need to take a self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival at Mumbai Airport.

  7. Manikandan Ramakrishnan

    My wife and 11 month old are travelling November 2nd. I am travelling with my 5 year old on November 18. Do we all need to take a covid test. Myself and my wife are vaccinated in USA. Myself and my wife are green card holders and our kids are US citizens.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manikandan! Everyone traveling to India, irrespective of their age, citizenship and travel origin, has to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure.

  8. resnick

    HI,
    Thank you for patiently answering everyone’s questions on these confusing directives from India.

    I am thinking of traveling from US to Dubai to Chennai in November.
    Do I have to take a Covid test upon arrival?
    Is there minimum stay required in India?
    What are the quarantine requirement in Tamil Nadu?
    If one is fully vaccinated, does it make it easier in terms of quarantine requirements?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Resnick! As per India’s revised guidelines for travelers from abroad, bot the US and Dubai are outside the government’s list of countries at risk. On submission of a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha, you will receive a copy of the filled form to the registered email ID. If it shows a green strip, you don’t need to undergo an RT-PCR test on arrival at Chennai Airport. There is no minimum stay requirement. No quarantine for asymptomatic travelers from the US.

      • resnick

        It looks like my actual itenary will be US – Athens – dubai to chennai.

        Does it change anything?

        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Resnick! You have higher chances of being exempted from taking a test on arrival.

  9. Pravin

    Hi, I am Pravin, will travel from Toronto with Negative RT-PCR test on 12th November to Ahmedabad via Abu Dhabi transit. Will I need to under go RT-PCR test at Ahmedabad being my final destination?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pravin! As per the revised guidelines that took effect on OCT 25, you are not required to take a test on arrival. Please note the local rules of the state may be different from the revised guidelines.

  10. Anurag

    Hi,

    I have a qatar airways flight from US to India with transit in doha. They just cancelled my flight. Do we know why are they doing this and what should I do? I need to be in India by next week and the reschedule options are crazy expensive.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anurag! The flight might have been cancelled due to low occupancy. If you are a customer of IndianEagle.com, please call our customer support helpline.

  11. gaurav

    I am US citizen and need to travel to India on Nov 15. Can I apply for Indian e tourist visa and travel? or is the travel not allowed on visitor visa

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gaurav! You can apply for a fresh tourist visa for travel on or after NOV 15.

  12. Mustafa

    Hello IndianEagle team, thanks for sharing the guidance, much appreciated!

    I am planning to travel from US to Delhi via Amsterdam (Netherlands). Would I be required to take RT-PCR test upon arrival on Delhi airport? If so, can I exit after giving the sample, or will have to wait till a negative result arrives? My domestic flight departs around four hours after I arrive (both are on Terminal-3). It seems I’ll miss the flight if I’ll be required to wait till the negative result arrives. Looking forward to your guidance.

    Thank you in advance!

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mustafa! If you’re asymptomatic, you have higher chances of being exempted from taking a test on arrival at Delhi Airport. In case you are required to undergo a test, you won’t have to wait for the test result. So, no worries.

  13. Siddharth

    Hi IndiaEagle team,

    I have a flight from USA to Bangalore with one stop layover of 8 hrs in Dubai.
    Further i have a domestic connecting flight to Hyderabad after 4 hours in Bangalore airport.
    I am fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine.

    I will be taking the RT PCR test within 72 hours of travel and upload on Air Suvidha.

    I) Do I need to take any on arrival RT PCR test in Bangalore airport?
    Ii) will I be allowed to connect to the domestic flight to Hyderabad without any issues or testing requirements at Bangalore airport?
    iii) Is there any testing requirement on arriving in Hyderabad from Bangalore.?

    Thank you in advance!

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Siddharth! As per the revised guidelines, travelers arriving or transiting through the Middle East are not required to take a test on arrival if they are asymptomatic. No testing requirement at Hyderabad too.

  14. Viswanathan A

    Hi, We are planning to travel from US to Chennai on December 4th. We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 young kids aged 9 and 14. Just would like to confirm current requirements.
    1. Need to upload RT-PCR negative report which is taken 72 hours prior to boarding. Interms of calculating the 72 hours, my domestic flight boarding starts on Dec 4th at 1:36PM but my first international connection at Chicago is at 6PM

    Question is, if we take the RT-PCR test at 2PM on December 1st would that be okay and then upload the results as soon as it arrives?

    2. We are reading about the Tamil Nadu e-Pass, When should we need to fill out the e-pass, can we go ahead do that now and get that out of the way

    3. We are transiting through Abu Dhabi, are we subject to on arrival RT-PCR test at Chennai?

    Thanks for you help

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Viswanathan! As per India’s revised guidelines, you are not subject to a post-arrival RT-PCR test if you are asymptomatic. You can register for a TN e-pass within 7 days prior to your scheduled departure. If your itinerary starting from the first domestic airport to the final destination has only one PNR, you should take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your scheduled travel from the first domestic airport in the US.

  15. Krishna

    Hello,

    I’m a US citizen with OCI. I’m planning to travel to Hyd at the end of December. I’m not sure why there are few options available now to book. I see a couple of flight options with reasonable prices. One is flying from SFO to Istanbul to Muscat to Hyderabad. Another is via Doha-Colombo-Hyd.
    Are these flights part of air bubble to agreement to land in India or will they cancel them eventually? Any special requirements (additional covid tests etc.) for travel through Istanbul? Thank you.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Krishna! You can choose to travel the route Doha-Colombo-Hyd and book the flight on our portal IndianEagle.com. This is part of the air bubble corridor. You may need a transit visa (ETA) for Colombo.

  16. Sunny

    Hello
    I am traveling usa to delhi via dubai (emirates)- with my wife and 2 kids {1 year (14 months) and 5 year old.}

    I understand we still need the rt-pcr 72 hrs before departing under the new guidelines, but is there option for kids to be exempt using suvidha app?

    Also is the molecule test that was mandatory at arrival in the past guidelines because of connecting flight in middle east(dubai) , has that ended? Can we just exit the airport on arrival? Or we still need to get the test?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunny! Unfortunately, kids are not exempted from taking an RT-PCR test prior to traveling from the US. A post-arrival test is no more required for international travelers arriving from the US and transiting via the Middle East as per the revised guidelines if all of you are found asymptomatic on arrival at Delhi Airport.

  17. mahebub

    Hi, my parents and I are traveling in november from boston to mumbia via british airways, so it has a layover in heathrow. We are all vaccinated and will comply with air suvidha rules. Will we need to be re tested in mumbai at arrival? or quarantine at the airport? i have elderly, that is why i am concerned.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mahebub! If you are found asymptomatic during thermal screening, you don’t need to take a post-arrival test at Mumbai Airport and undergo any sort of quarantine.

  18. Pragnesh

    Hi, This is not clear what are rules for UK fully vaccinated arrival & what about kids ?
    Article says UK is in list of Risk & Category A both.
    I am travelling in December from UK to Mumbai then Ahmedabad.
    Do we have to take tests at mumbai airport?
    Thanks

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pragnesh! Fully-vaccinated travelers from the UK, Germany and France are exempted from additional testing and quarantine in India. Make sure to upload your vaccination certificate and a negative RT-PCR test report on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure from the UK.

      • Pragnesh

        Thanks for reply Indianeagle.
        We are planning to take test for all of us & have vaccine certificate for us.
        For kids only negative test is sufficient?

        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Pragnesh! A negative RT-PCR test report is sufficient for kids traveling to India. FYI, kids below 5 years of age are exempted from taking an RT-PCR test before and after arrival in India.

  19. Ranjani Shankar

    Hello. I will be traveling on November 18 th from USA to Bangalore via Paris . I am taking delta airlines .
    Do I need to get the RTPCR test done once I arrive at Bangalore

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ranjani! Not required if you are found asymptomatic during thermal screening at BLR Airport.

  20. Mani

    Hi there,
    If I want to travel for one week from USA to India, Is that a possibility? I notice 14 days self-monitoring for now. What is the rule if my trip s 7 days or less than 14 days.
    Thank you

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mani! Self-monitoring of health is unlike home-quarantine. If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, you are exempted from any sort of quarantine in India. So, you can travel back in a week of arrival.

  21. Whisker

    Hi IndianEagle

    I have trip which has been planned for over a year and all the changes are confusing, could you clarify a few areas please.
    Myself and my wife are flying from UK to Bangalore, with a 7 hour layover to then transit on to Sri Lanka.
    We are both fully vaccinated and will have taken a PCR test 72 hours prior to leaving the UK.
    I have two issues currently with our planning
    1. Issues regarding getting an e-Visa to travel, are these likely to be available again for UK residents soon or do we need to travel to an Indian High Commission in UK for paper visas?
    2. Being fully vaccinated would we need a PCR/molecular test when arriving in Bangalore? If so do we need to await the 6-8 hours as stated or is this superseded by the Pct 25th update?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Whisker! The UK citizens are currently barred from availing an e-tourist visa to India. But they can seek an Indian transit visa through the e-visa facility. Please be advised to go through https://www.evisasindia.org/transit-visa-for-india-guide/. Fully-vaccinated travelers from the UK are exempted from additional testing on arrival in India if they are found asymptomatic during thermal screening.

  22. Kunal

    Hi,
    I am travelling from UK to Chennai on December 2021, do I need to take a swab test in airport after arrival and home quarantine? I am fully vaccinated and have proof of vaccination. Where do I apply for the TN e-pass? I will complete the Air Suvidha form and upload a negative RT-PCR test. Is there anything else I need to do? Thank you very much.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kunal! Fully-vaccinated travelers from the UK are exempted from additional testing and quarantine in India. Make sure to upload your vaccination proof and a negative RT-PCR test report on Air Suvidha. https://tnepass.tnega.org/ is where you can apply for a TN e-pass.

  23. ashalata Khagram

    HI
    can i carry printed documents like my proof of vaccine and PVR test result instead of downloading on air suvidha app, i am really struggling to download documents.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashalata! You are not supposed to download documents from Air Suvidha. Rather, you are required to upload your vaccination proof and a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha, which you will find on the website of Delhi Airport. You must upload and carry these documents.

  24. jesper madsen

    Hello.. What are rules as recovered Covid19 ? I hold a certificate from EU saying i recovered from Covid19 (immunity certificate) – can i enter with this ?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jesper! Despite having the recovery certificate, you need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your scheduled travel to India. If you are fully-vaccinated, you won’t face any sort of quarantine in India.

  25. Swetha

    Hi,
    I will be traveling from US to Mumbai and then to Coimbatore in December with one PNR.
    I have layover in Mumbai for 8 hrs.
    My domestic flight to Coimbatore will be more than 72 hrs of RT-PCR test.
    Do i need to take new RT-PCR test in Mumbai to travel to Coimbatore?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Swetha! The 72 hours of the RT-PCR test is not linked to your domestic flight to Coimbatore. It is counted prior to your scheduled departure on an international flight. So, no worries.

  26. Vijay

    Hi, we are flying on AA flight of JFK to Delhi next week for two vaccinated parents with a unvaccinated 4 year child. We are to stay in a hotel near the Delhi Airport then take flight to Kolkata following day. All 3 of us hold oci.

    I’ve noticed on latest guidelines document of 7 day home quarantine for unvaccinated minors. Would you know if this will cause trouble in Delhi with planned one night hotel stay then onward domestic flight on next day? Or can this home quarantine be avoided by having her do the pcr test before leaving even when not required? Thanks

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijay! FYI, asymptomatic kids below 5 years of age are exempted from taking an RT-PCR test before and after arrival in India, irrespective whether they are vaccinated or not. In our knowledge, unvaccinated minors are not subject to home-quarantine in India if they are asymptomatic.

      • Vijay

        Thanks. Also I later found this flow chart on India’s Ministry of Affairs website which cleared out confusion as well, it clearly shows that the quarantine requirement is only if you are from a “country at risk”. Moreover it seems to show that they dont care for vaccination status at all if your not from a “country at risk” so from USA/Canada no requirement but it does matter from Europe, UK, etc which are on the list:

        https://mea.gov.in/Images/french/Algorithmforrevis.pdf

  27. Jay Maru

    Hello Indian Eagle ,
    What are rules as recovered Covid19 ? I hold a recovery letter from my medical provider saying I recovered from Covid19, can I enter with this ? and in spite of that, If I need to take test 72 hours within my departure and If I come out to be positive than, what will be the scenario?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! If you’re traveling to India from abroad, it is mandatory to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your scheduled travel to India.

  28. Sella

    Hi,
    I am travelling from NewYork – Franfurt – Bengaluru on Dec 23rd. As per the new guidelines , do i need to take a self paid PCR test at BLR and wait for results before leaving the airport, even though i am fully vaccinated and provide RT-PCT negative at the time of boarding?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sella! As of now, the state government of Karnataka has made post-arrival RT-PCR testing mandatory for travelers arriving from or through South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong. Your travel is still three weeks away. We will keep sharing latest updates on our Twitter page.

  29. teve

    Hey great article! Thank you for the info. For those not fully vaccinated what is the quarantine requirement? does it have to happen in a special hotel? What if I don’t have a home to do it in?
    Thanks!

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Trina! Those not fully vaccinated are subjected to a self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival in India. If they are found negative, they will undergo 7-day home quarantine in their final destination. Institutional quarantine applies only if the result is positive. In case of having no residence, you can home-quarantine yourself at a hotel.

  30. Sachin Sinha

    I am traveling WAS-FRA-DEL-BHO on the 5th of December. Am I required to take RT-PCR in Delhi and wait for the results before boarding connecting flight? Are the RAPID PCR test accepted in this case? Also, will we have to quarantine for 7 days after reaching destination. FWIW, we are fullly vaccinated.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sachin! Usually, fully-vaccinated travelers from the US are exempt from post-arrival COVID-19 testing, except at Mumbai Airport. But, only 2% of total passengers of a flight arriving from the US will be tested randomly on arrival at other airports in India. If you fall in 2%, you will have to give your swab sample for a non-payable RT-PCR test at Delhi Airport. If you are found asymptomatic during thermal screening at Delhi Airport, you will be allowed to take the connecting flight after giving your swab sample. No quarantine. You shall only self-monitor your health for 14 days.

  31. Achal Vishwanath

    Hi,
    Thanks for the article. I wanted to make sure the rules are updated as of Nov 30, 2021.
    I am fully vaccinated and I have a direct flight from USA to Delhi. Do I have to undergo 7 day quarantine?

    Can you please clarify?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Achal! If you are found asymptomatic during thermal screening at Delhi Airport, you will be given exemption from home-quarantine. You will only have to self-monitor your health for 14 days post arrival.

  32. Alex P

    Hi,

    Thanks a bunch for your updates on the covid protocol. I am fully vaccinated traveling on Dec 2nd from SF to Delhi and connecting to Bangalore after a 5 hour layover. As per the new guidelines issued by Karnataka yesterday, do I still need to take a RT-PCR test on arrival at BLR and quarantine for 7 days even though I am fully vaccinated?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Alex! Usually, fully-vaccinated travelers from the US are exempt from post-arrival COVID-19 testing, except at Mumbai Airport. But, only 2% of total passengers of a flight arriving from the US will be tested randomly on arrival at other airports in India. If you fall in 2%, you will have to give your swab sample for a non-payable RT-PCR test at Delhi Airport. If you are found asymptomatic during thermal screening at BLR Airport, no additional testing and quarantine. You shall only self-monitor your health for 14 days.

      • John

        Sorry but this is confusing. You indicate her that US travelers to Mumbai will require a PCR test on arrival. But in reply to another question below, you say that vaccinated travelers are exempt from arrival PCR testing in Mumbai. So the 2% applies to Mumbai or is it true only for other airports? Thanks!

        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi John! Initially, Maharashtra made post-arrival testing mandatory for everyone traveling to Mumbai from abroad. With effect from December 2, 2021, this regulation has been revoked for fully-vaccinated travelers arriving from countries not at risk. 2% of the total passengers of every flight from a country not at risk will be randomly tested at any entry airport in India.

  33. Promod Pratap

    Hi,

    I am traveling on Saturday Dec 4. My itinerary is: Greensboro NC to LaGuardia to Montreal on American Airlines, then from Montreal to Doha to Cochin on Qatar Airways.

    I was told I need an RT PCR test 72 hours before my trip. I have been receiving conflicting information: do I calculate 72 hours from the start of my domestic flight from Greensboro to LaGuardia, from the flight from LaGuardia to Montreal (my first international flight, or from Montreal to Doha?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Promod! You need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure on an international flight from the US and that is LaGuardia to Montreal.

  34. Kayal

    If my flight is connecting through Amsterdam, but my origin is US, do I have to do the 7 day quarantine?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kayal! If you are fully-vaccinated and if you are found asymptomatic in thermal screening on arrival, you will be allowed to go home and self-monitor your health for 14 days post arrival. Please note Mumbai/Pune is your first port of entry in India, the rules are different.

  35. Suman

    Hi,
    I’m travelling from Frankfurt to Bangalore on 10th Dec. I have connecting flight to Mangalore with 6 Hour Transit time. Since I have to wait for RTPCR test result, is the 6Hr. transit time is enough?
    Is it recommended to take appointment for rtpcr testing?
    What are the quarantine rules for travelers from Germany in Karnataka?

    Thank you !

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Suman! If you choose to take a rapid RT-PCR test on arrival at BLR Airport, then 6-hr layover is sufficient. FYI, a rapid RT-PCR test costs approximately Rs. 5000 per person and the result is available in 1-2 hours. You can pre-book the test online. If you test negative, no institutional quarantine. Only 7-day home quarantine.

  36. Vinay

    Hi,
    I have booked a flight in etihad airways from USA to Abu Dhabi to Bangalore in Dec last week. I’m an Indian passport holder living in USA. will it be a problem? Is India allowing passengers from Abu Dhabi originated from USA?
    as per the India Air bubble agreement, it says below (https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/en/about-air-transport-bubbles)
    Only Passengers originating from UAE or any country in South America or Africa should be allowed to travel on flights from UAE to India.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vinay! You can travel on Etihad Airways from USA to India. We booked Etihad flights for many of our customers and they traveled to their destinations in India hassle-free.

  37. Arun

    Hi traveling from UK to India via Kuwait (transit time 3 hrs) and arriving airport is Hyderabad Dec 16.
    I see you mention we can prebook RT-pcr test online. Where can we boom for it? Any website?
    If there is a website is it same for all airports in India? Or respective airport have their own website to book online?
    If so what is the website to pre-book online test at Hyderabad airport

  38. Siddharth Agarwal

    Hi,
    I have booked a flight with Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to Delhi via London. I am fully vaccinated and will upload the pre-departure negative Covid test. I won’t be stepping out of the international transit passenger zone in London. Will I need to take an on arrival test?
    Thanks.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Siddharth! As per the clarification from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, you are exempted from mandatory post-arrival testing if you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. But only 2% of the total passengers of every flight from a country not at risk, such as the US, will be tested randomly.

  39. John

    Going Newark to Mumbai nonstop on Dec 17. Fully vaccinated. With the new rules now following omicron, will we have a mandatory 7 day home quarantine in Mumbai. Alternately, if we choose to fly to Chennai – either right after Mumbai arrival, or after 3 days at home in Mumbai, can we do that? Or will the 7 day quarantine come in the way if we leave Mumbai airport? We heard that there are exceptions for short stays. Appreciate any advice, thank you.

  40. Sunil

    Hi,
    I am going to Bengaluru from San Francisco with a transit stop in Dubai on Dec 25. Layover at Dubai is about 27 hours. I plan to visit dubai during this time. I am an indian passport holder with US green card. I will complete and upload RT-PCR test results to air suvidha 72 hours before departure at SFO. Do I still need to take the covid test on arrival on Bengaluru as I stayed in dubai for more than a day? Thanks

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunil! The UAE is not yet among the countries that the government of India has identified as countries at risk. Hence, in our knowledge, you may not be needed to take a test on arrival at BLR airport if you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. FYI, only 2% of the total passengers of a flight from a country not at risk will be tested randomly on arrival at any airport in India. If you’re identified for random testing, you can leave the airport or take a connecting domestic flight after giving your swab sample.

  41. T Shah

    Hi,
    I have a domestic flight which starts at Noon and then international flight from JFK to DOH to AMD. Flight from JFK starts 9.30pm. When do i need to schedule my RT-PCR test? Within 72 hrs of my first leg of the journey which starts at Noon? Or within 72 hrs of my international flight from JFK which starts at 9.30pm?

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tarang! You can take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your international flight from JFK.

      • T Shah

        So even if i have single ticket (same PNR), i need to calculate 72 hrs from the start of international flight and not the first domestic leg?

  42. Ruchi

    I am getting my pcr test done before travelling fro usa to mumbai
    Is this test same as Rtpcr.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ruchi! It may be the same. Make sure that the negative report must mention RT-PCR.

  43. Krish

    Hi
    Are OCI card holder travellers from US to Mumbai transiting through London, UK subject to 7 day home quarantine ?

    We are not changing airport in London – will be in the airside all the time (5 hour transit)

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Krish! If you are fully-vaccinated, COVID negative and asymptomatic, you are exempt to home-quarantine in India.

  44. Sameera

    Hi,
    I am going to Hyderabad from Los Angeles via Doha on Dec 28. The layover at Doha is about 17 hours. I am an Indian passport holder with H1B. I will complete and upload RT-PCR test results to air suvidha 72 hours before departure at LAX.
    Here are my questions:

    – Do I have to get a Covid Test in Doha again?
    – Do I still need to take the on-arrival Covid Test at Hyderabad airport?

    Thank you!

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sameera! In our knowledge, taking a test is not mandatory during transit/layover at Doha Airport if you don’t leave the immigration area/transit area. Both the US and Qatar being not in the risk category, you are exempt to mandatory post-arrival testing. But if you are found symptomatic in thermal screening, if you are unvaccinated/partially vaccinated, or if you are identified among the 2% of total passengers arriving from a country not at risk (for random testing), your swab sample will be collected for a test before you leave the airport.

  45. Usha

    Hi I am flying to Mumbai from Australia next week with a layover of 5 hours in Sri Lanka. I am fully vaccinated but my daughter who is 9 years old is unvaccinated. We both will get tested within 72 hours prior to flying. Does my daughter need to get tested again on arrival at Mumbai Airport? If yes do I have to book an appointment in advance and will she have to be quarantined at home even if RTPCR is negative. Thanks

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Usha! Pre-booking a post-arrival test is mandatory for travelers from countries at risk. Neither Australia nor Sri Lanka is in the risk category. If you (though vaccinated) or your daughter is found symptomatic in thermal screening on arrival, a test will be conducted.

  46. Ranu

    Hi, My cousin tested positive for covid 3 days back.
    His 14 days isolation period ends on Dec 31st .
    When can he fly from Toronto to New Delhi via Air Canada.
    Also, does he need to get a travel RT PCR test ?. My understanding, it will come positive regardless ,for several weeks.
    Kindly clarify.
    Thanks

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ranu! As per the government of India’s guidelines, you must have a negative RT-PCR test report to travel to India.

  47. Kumar

    Hello Indianeagle,

    Thanks for this amazing site which is providing more information than airline website.

    I have upcoming travel from US to India on Dec 30 2021 via London British airways and return trip from India to USA via London on Jan 3rd week of 2022 by British Airways.

    We are green card holder with full vaccinated and having Indian passport holder, will outbound travel from India to U.S via London is Allowed or Not . Please do let us know on recent travel policy .

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! Outbound travel from India to the US via London is allowed for Indian passport holders. May we know the flight number (s) in your itinerary from India to the US?

      • Kumar

        Thanks for your reply. Here is the details:::

        Onward travel from US to India via London- Last week of Dec 2021
        BA192 (Dallas to London) and BA 119 (London to Bangalore)

        Outbound travel from India to US (via London) – 3rd week of Jan,2022
        Bangalore to London (BA 118) and London to Phoenix (BA 289).

        I had booked my flight with American airlines, where they say as on date, I am eligible to travel from India to US via London, where British airways website says I can’t travel Outbound travel from India to U.S via London.

        Not sure, which airlines is correct here….Please do let us know, whether we can make round trip from US to India (via london) being a Green card holder and fully vaccinated.

        However, when we check with British Airways website & spoke to their Customer service team as part of Entry Additional Requirement, it was told to us by British Airways team and their website info that we are NOT eligible to travel (Indian Citizen -Out bound Travel from India).
        https://www.britishairways.com/en-us/information/incident/coronavirus/entry-requirements

        ——-Below Details from British Airways as Additional Requirement which states we are NOT ELIGIBLE—————————————————————————

        India
        Travel eligibility
        Only customers meeting the criteria below, can travel between India and the UK on a British Airways flight. Please make sure you qualify before travel:
        Outbound flights from India:
        You must check if you are eligible to travel from India. You will not be allowed to board your flight if you do not meet these requirements.
        Indian nationals
        Due to India’s air travel agreement with the UK, please be aware that Indian nationals can only travel with British Airways from India to the UK, Ireland and Cayman Islands and must hold a valid visa.
        India nationals, regardless of foreign residency status, are not allowed to travel further to any other countries, unless their spouse is a foreign national or they are a seaman travelling with authorised documentation from the Ministry of Shipping.

        • Kumar

          Also not sure whether British airways -Covid19 information as Additional requirement is updated as on date or it is old info where BA website needs to update.

        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Kumar! American Airlines and British Airways are codeshare partners. In our knowledge, you can travel from India on flights ticketed by American Airlines, though operated by BA.

  48. Jay Prakash Patel

    I have an upcoming travel in January from USA to Mumbai with transit in Amsterdam. What are the current rules for testing upon arrival and home quarantine for transiting through Amsterdam (Netherlands) which in I believe a At risk country. We are fully vaccinated traveling with a 4 year old.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! As of today, fully-vaccinated, COVID-negative and asymptomatic travelers arriving from the US and transiting in Europe (without leaving the immigration area of the transit airport in a country at risk) are not bound to post-arrival testing and home-quarantine. Please note the regulations may be revised any time given the volatile scenario.

  49. vee kay

    Hi IndianEagle,
    US citizen, fully vaccinated and Boosted (3 vaccine doses) traveling to Mumbai via Dubai (transit only, 3 hour connection time) in Mid January 2022. Upon arrival in Mumbai , will be going to Pune via private car. Final destination is Pune.
    Am I subject to mandatory 7-day home quarantine rule upon reaching Pune?
    Thanks,

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vee Kay! 7-day home quarantine is mandatory for only those final destination is Mumbai. So, those traveling to Pune may not face home-quarantine if they are asymptomatic.

      • vee kay

        Thanks IndianEagle,
        However, I would be subjected to home quarantine in Mumbai, if I get out of the airport, right?

        The guidance from MahaGovt says such passengers will not be allowed to use public transport and the DistrictCollector of Mumbai will arrange the transportation from them. Does that mean private transportation will not be allowed?
        thanks again for your feedback.

        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Vee Kay! Private transportation is allowed for road travel from Mumbai Airport to any other part of the state. If you reside or stay in Mumbai, only then you will be subjected to mandatory home-quarantine.

  50. Priya

    Hello Indian Eagle – Our flight is on Jan 11th and will be travelling with 4 year old and 10 month old. Do they need to have RTPCR test or kids under 5 are exempt? Also when we should we take the covid test and submit Air suvidha ? Wea re planning to take the test on Jan 10th and submit air suvidha on 11th before our flight. Please advise if the form needs to be submitted early.

    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priya! As of now, kids under 5 years of age are exempt from taking an RT-PCR test before and after arrival. Travelers above five years of age are required to take an RT-PCR test, upload the negative report and submit a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha. Make sure to fill out and submit the self declaration form a few hours before your flight. Please note you can provide the details of your kids as co-travelers in the same self-declaration form.

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