Traveling to Mumbai on or after DEC 2? Check New Rules of Maharashtra Government for International Arrivals

The guidelines that the government of India had revised and issued on October 25, 2021 made Mumbai Airport’s post-arrival procedure easier for international arrivals until November 30. In the wake of Omicron, a new COVID variant of concern, the government of Maharashtra rolled back relaxations from the post-arrival procedure even for fully-vaccinated travelers from countries not at risk. However, directed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Maharashtra revised the guidelines and eased the post-arrival procedure for travelers arriving from countries not at risk, starting on December 2, 2021.

Pre-departure/pre-arrival guidelines for international travelers to Mumbai  

The pre-departure requirements for travelers flying into Mumbai from USA and other countries are the same as before. It is mandatory to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to traveling to India, fill out a self-declaration form and upload the negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha, and give a declaration ascertaining authenticity of the COVID-19 report, irrespective of age, vaccination status, and country of residence or travel origin.

Starting on November 12, children under 5 years of age are exempted from taking an RT-PCR test prior to scheduled departure from their country of residence or travel origin. If asymptomatic, they don’t have to take a test on arrival too. If they are found symptomatic for COVID-19 during thermal screening on arrival at an entry airport in India, they will undergo a COVID PCR test.

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Maharashtra’s rules for travelers from countries at risk

7-day institutional quarantine followed by an RT-PCR test is back in Maharashtra for international arrivals from the high-risk countries: South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Revised and issued on December 2, Maharashtra’s guidelines removed institutional quarantine for travelers arriving from low-risk countries including the UK and other European nations, Singapore, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, Hong Kong, Mauritius, and China. Travelers from a low-risk country will be considered high-risk arrivals and put to 7-day institutional quarantine followed by an RT-PCR test if they have visited any of the high-risk countries in the past 15 days prior to their scheduled arrival in Maharashtra.

Travelers from a low-risk country, having no travel history of a high-risk country, will be allowed to exit Mumbai CSMI Airport or take a domestic flight to the final destination within or outside Maharashtra if they test negative in a post-arrival RT-PCR test. You can pre-book a regular or rapid RT-PCR test. Details are below.

Maharashtra’s rules for international arrivals from countries not at risk

Starting on December 2, 2021, fully-vaccinated and COVID-19 negative travelers from countries not at risk, such as the USA, the UAE, Qatar and Australia, are not bound to take an RT-PCR test which is mandatory for travelers arriving from at-risk countries. With effect from December 2, Maharashtra aligned its guidelines for international arrivals with the central government’s guidelines. Maharashtra’s new/revised guidelines annulled 14-day home quarantine for Mumbai or Pune-bound travelers from a country not at risk. If you are found asymptomatic in thermal screening, you will be redirected to self-monitor your health for 14 days.

If you are found asymptomatic in thermal screening, you will be redirected to self-monitor your health for 14 days. If you are found symptomatic in thermal screening, you may be directed to take a COVID test or undergo home-quarantine for 7 days.

However, the government of India’s guidelines state that only 2% of the total passengers of every flight coming from a country not at risk will be tested randomly. If you happen to be identified for random collection of swab samples, you can leave the airport or take a connecting domestic flight after giving your swab at Mumbai International Airport or any entry airport in India.

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I am traveling to Mumbai from USA, a country not at risk. My itinerary entails transit at London Heathrow. I am fully vaccinated and COVID-negative. Am I subjected to mandatory post-arrival testing and institutional quarantine due to my transit in the UK, a country at risk?

In this case, you are not subjected to mandatory post-arrival testing or institutional quarantine if you don’t leave the immigration area of the airport while transiting in a country at risk. Please refer to the below clarification from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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COIVD-19 testing facility at Mumbai CSMI Airport

Mumbai International Airport has a dedicated COVID-19 testing facility for both international arriving and departing passengers. Travelers arriving on international flights to Mumbai can take an RT-PCR test at Terminal 2 Level 4, Ground Transportation Lobby, next to Niranta Lounge. The test reports are sent to travelers’ email address. A regular RT-PCR test costs Rs. 600 per person and delivers the result within 8 hours. A rapid RT-PCR tests costs Rs 3900 per person and delivers the result in 1-2 hours.

You can register on www.suburbandiagnostics.com and book a slot in advance for your RT-PCR test at Mumbai Airport. You can also register for a COVID-19 test at the help-desk near the arrival terminal. There is a dedicated lounge with necessary refreshments for those waiting for the RT-PCR test results. Those who test negative can continue to travel onward. In case of positive results, travelers are shifted to a designated quarantine facility from the airport.

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1,410 thoughts on “Traveling to Mumbai on or after DEC 2? Check New Rules of Maharashtra Government for International Arrivals

  1. Jayendra Khandare

    The information is useful and very much appreciated. That being said, it would be good to have a date tag somewhere in the post to better understand the relevance and time-frame of the post.
    For example, there is no specific date on this post(or I’m not able to find it.)

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    • Sarvesh Patil

      For your kind information Mr. Jayendra, The article starts with the date December 23, 2020.

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      • Hemant K Jain

        What is the latest on Passengers arriving from USA to Mumbai transiting in UK. Do they need to do 7 day institutional quarantine??

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Hemant! On arrival, you have to take a self-paid RT-PCR test (that can be booked online in advance) and wait for the report at the airport. If negative, you can exit the airport and undergo home-quarantine for 14 days (if your final destination is Maharashtra).

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          • KB

            So, if we are transiting from at risk countries( UK/Europe), we do not have to do a 7 day institutional quarantine ?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Kavitha! This is still unclear. Even there is no clarification in the circular issued by the government of Maharashtra. We are still awaiting clarification on this.

          • Deep

            Is there a source you can refer us to which clarifies that if only transiting through UK, then one does not need to undergo mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Deep! This is still unclear. Even there is no clarification in the circular issued by the government of Maharashtra. We are still awaiting clarification on this.

          • Glenn

            Hello, Your articles are very informative. Regarding the above article,
            “Traveling to Mumbai on or after DEC 2? Check New Rules of Maharashtra Government for International Arrivals” as of DEC 2,2021 I have searched the internet for over an hour looking to see any update on the Dec. 2 Maharashtra revised guidelines for international air travellers and read the new Dec 2 order. I see they relaxed the rules on at risk travellers and domestic travellers but could not find any info where you mention ” If you as an international traveller (not at risk traveller) are found asymptomatic in thermal screening, you will be redirected to self-monitor your health for 14 days and wont have to take a RTPCR”.

            I know the Central Governments rule states this but the new order written on Dec 2,2021 by Maharashtra Government does not state this. The new order only addresses at risk travellers and domestic travellers. I would love to see this in writing which may come out by Friday. I could not find any comment from the Maharashtra Government dropping the 14 day self isolation for not at risk, asymptomatic travellers who are vaccinated and had a PCR test prior to travel. I see the Pune News stated that a Maharashtra Government official was quoted today that their quarantine order only applies to at risk travelers and not domestic travellers. They dont mention not at risk travellers. I am nervous since I fly from USA to Mumbai, India on DEC 4th. and am hoping for a better clarification in writing.

            Any thoughts?

          • Atul Butte

            Is this point still true? The article now says the arrival RT-PCR and the 14 days home quarantine are no longer required for fully-vaccinated and pre-departure-tested-negative passengers arriving from non-high-risk countries (e.g. USA).

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Atul! It is true. The government of India has not classified the US as a country at risk.

          • Sue

            Hi! What if you are traveling for less than 14 days? I’m a PR traveling for like 7 days from US to Mumbai. I reach Mumbai on 22nd Dec and fly back on 28th. Will they let me fly back? I won’t be able to complete the 14 day mandatory self quarantine cuz I’m not even staying for 10 days. I’m fully vaccinated.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Sue! Fully-vaccinated, asymptomatic, COVID-negative travelers from the US are exempt to home-quarantine. You will be directed to self-monitor your health for 14 days post arrival, during which you can travel back.

  2. Prashant Pujara

    Hi there, I have got tested for Covid-19 test in New York on 9/8/2020 & my reports are negative. I am planning to travel on 9/17/2020 from new York to Mumbai, will I be subject to quarantine in Mumbai? Please advice as I need to visit Mumbai no matter what. Thanks

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prashant! The COVID19 test will be considered valid for exemption from institutional quarantine upon arrival in India, only if the test is conducted within 96 hours of the scheduled flight to India from the port of origin. As detailed out in the article, Mumbai Airport has got a COVID testing facility for travelers from abroad. If you are visiting Mumbai for a very short period, for instance, 7-10 days, you need to show confirmed ticket for your return flight upon arrival at Mumbai airport so that you can be exempt from quarantine.

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      • Jose Kurvilla

        I am in the same situation. I am coming from US with a COVID _ve test . I am in Mumbai for only 8 days. Is there a firm which clearly states that there is an exemption for such short stays?
        Could not find one.

        Thanks,
        Jose

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Jose! If you carry a negative RT-PCR test report from the US and upload the report in the Air Suvidha section of Delhi Airport website as per the guidelines of the civil aviation ministry, you will be exempted from 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival in Mumbai. But, 7-day home quarantine is mandatory. If you are seeking exemption from home quarantine too during your short visit, you need to show your confirmed return flight ticket at the time of arrival.

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          • Shweta Pahujani

            Hi, I’m in a similar situation. I’m coming from USA with a -ve COVID RT-PCR Test. I’ll in Mumbai in less than 7 days. Is there any procedure that explains the quarantine rules for a short stay?

            Thanks!

          • KM

            My United flight from Houston to Mumbai on 16th April 2021, falls under the travel bubble list. I am an Indian passport holder, fully vaccinated with both dose. What are the travel, quarantine restrictions in Mumbai as of April 2021?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi KM! You need to carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours and upload it onto Air Suvidha portal. You have to fill out a self-declaration form on the same portal. If your journey involves a transit in the Middle East, Europe (including UK), Brazil, or South Africa, you can seek exemption from institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport on production of your vaccine certificate to the satisfaction of the airport staff.

      • Prajot Gaonkar

        I will be travelling to Mumbai from Paris on 13 August 2021. I am fully vaccinated with both doses and will be completing more than 15 days after complete dose before travelling. I will also be carrying RTPCR COVID Test while travelling. I have a flight from Mumbai to goa on same date of arrival i.e. 13 August 2021. And I will be travelling back to Paris within 10 days i.e. on 23rd August 2021, i will be carrying a confirmed return Air ticket. What guidelines will be applicable for my travel ?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Prajot! You will have to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal. You can seek exemption from pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report by presenting your vaccine certificates on arrival at Mumbai Airport. You will be allowed to take your connecting flight to Goa after submitting your swab sample for a molecular test in Mumbai Airport. You will have to properly intimate the district/state health authorities at Goa Airport about your travel plans and show your confirmed return tickets to the in-charge officer.

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          • Pravin

            Hi,
            I have question about requirement of “14 day mandatory home quarantine” for travelers arriving from EU? (based on https://csmia.adaniairports.com/faqs.aspx question-3). Does this requirement applies even with full vaccination + negative RT-PCR test on arrival?

            I am planning to travel to Mumbai for two weeks from EU around 15 October, and wanted to understand if I may have to stay in home quarantine for two weeks even when I am fully vaccinated, or if there is any way to request exemption in advance, or request reduction of home quarantine duration.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Pravin! The current guidelines make 14-day home quarantine mandatory despite full vaccination and negative COVID-19 health of international arrivals from the Middle East, EU, the UK, China, Brazil and South Africa.

          • Shabnam

            We are 2 seniors travelling from toronto to Mumbai on 20 nov 2021 .Transit in London is 3 hours. We are both fully vaccinated with Pzifer.
            Do we still have to take a covid test before arrival, In short please explain the current procedure.
            Thanks8

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hello Mam! Though you are vaccinated, it is mandatory to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure from Toronto.

      • Rs

        Hello, I travelled to Mumbai from Europe and have return flight in 8 days. How this will work with mandatory 14 days home quarantine? I did not mention about my return flight during immigration specifically. Thanks

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sujay! We have very little idea about this. As per the rules, the 14-day home quarantine is mandatory in Maharashtra.

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          • Reth

            Hi ,
            I’m travelling from Netherlands to Mumbai on 30th of October. I’m fully vaccinated with pfizer and I will also be carrying negative RT-PCR report. I live in pune so I’m planning to go straight to home quarantine for 14 days. I wanted to know whether I have to take RT-PCR test on arrival even if i already have a negative RT-PCR report and fully vaccinated certificate?
            and if yes then can I leave soon after giving the sample or should I be waiting until i get the results again?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Reth! You are needed to take a self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival at Mumbai Airport. But you can exit the airport after your sample is collected.

  3. Sanil

    Greetings!
    My mom and sister want to back from UAE to Mumbai after their test before 96hrs.
    If it is negative Can they be home quarantine without institutional quarantine?
    Please advise

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sanil! If the result is negative, they will be allowed home quarantined for 14 days. However, all arriving travelers will undergo thermal screening at Mumbai airport. If one is found symptomatic in thermal screening, she/she will be shifted to a medical facility for testing.

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  4. Hansie

    Hello,

    My wife is traveling to Goa because of death in the family
    Is she still required to upload exemption 72 hours prior to flight ?
    She want reach early and do lot want to Wait 72 hours. Is 72 hour is hard cut- off time?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Hans! We’re very sorry about the incident. You can apply for her exemption from institutional quarantine on Air Suvidha anytime before her scheduled flight to India. At the time of applying for exemption online, you need to mention the documents that she will be carrying as a valid reference to the death in the family. FYI, not all arriving passengers will undergo institutional quarantine in Goa. A rapid test is mandatory for all arriving passengers in Goa. If the test report is negative, passengers are allowed to proceed for 14 days of Home Quarantine.

      Reply
  5. Shital patel

    Hi.

    I came to India from USA due to family emergency and I am returning back to USA. What is the procedures for covid PCR test and how that help to avoid quarantine upon arrival to USA.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shital! There’s no quarantine protocol in USA for those flying in from India. Hence, you don’t need a COVID-19 test to travel to the US from India. If you are traveling on Emirates Airlines, you must need a negative RT-PCR test report to board Emirates flight.

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      • Yatin Khot

        Hi my daughter (working at Denmark)is planning to return to Mumbai in 2nd week of April,21 from Denmark is it necessary for her upload RT-PCR certificate. and what will be the procedure at Mumbai airport on arrival. Pl. advise.

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Yatin! Yes, your daughter needs to upload the negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before departure on Air Suvidha portal. If her final destination is outside Maharashtra, then she will be required to submit her swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival and exit the airport or take a connecting flight. If the final destination is within Maharashtra and if she is not vaccinated with two doses of vaccine, then she will be subject to 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

          Reply
  6. Subrata chatterjee

    Hi.I will travel india Mumbai on 10/11/2020 and will go to gujrat via road and RT PCR test require for gujrat .
    pl guide.
    thanks

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subrata! A RT-PCR test report with negative status is required for exemption from institutional quarantine in Gujarat.

      Reply
  7. Rohit

    Hi,

    I am travelling to mumbai from dublin and I will have my covid certificate with me. I have minor surgery which needs to be done on emergency basis. In that case do I have to go through RT PCR test again in Mumbai? Can i skip institutational quarantine? If it is negative?

    Thanks

    Reply
  8. Jacinta Thomas Rodrigues

    Hi . My husband n myself traveling from Australia via Dubai to mumbai.
    I will be carrying the covid test report. Kindly advise
    Me what other forms I will have to be filled.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jacinta! You need to fill out a self-declaration form in the Air Suvidha section of Delhi Airport website, carry a printout of the filled-out form and show it upon arrival at Mumbai airport.

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  9. Ashish Ashar

    I will be traveling from Canada to Mumbai as my father is in hospital ICU. I will get my COVID test done here in Canada within 96 hours before my flight and will then submit the report in the Air Suvidha section of Delhi Airport website. Will I be able to visit my father in the hospital or do I need to home isolate? Please advise. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! We’re very sorry to know father’s health condition. May he get well soon! Please be advised to carry your father’s recent medical documents and show the same upon arrival at Mumbai airport in order to evade being stamped for home quarantine.

      Reply
  10. Vimal Kumar Kabra

    I am travelling to Mumbai from EWR USA on 5 November by United Airlines.
    Will you please guide me if RT – PCR is necessary at EWR & at MUMBAI airport.
    I am a resident of mumbai and we go to home from airport. What documents I have to show on both air ports. In USA RT PCR reports are coming in 5 to 7 fays and they are also not providing any receipt or confirmation letter of test. Is it necessary to upload report on Air Suvidha app in 72 he’s. Please guide.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vimal! You don’t need a RT-PCR test report to travel from Newark and board United Airlines’ flight. A negative RT-PCR test makes you eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in India. If you are not able to take a test in the US, you can take it at Mumbai Airport. If you have gone through the article, you might know Mumbai Airport has opened a COVID testing facility to conduct express RT-PCR tests. You need to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha 72 hours prior to your flight from the first port of departure and download the Aarogya Setu app on your mobile device. You may upload the test result even just before catching your flight and carry a hard/soft copy of the same with you.

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      • Neelam shahani

        My husband is returning from nj to mumbai within 8 days .he is an indian citizen.he took the covid rest while leaving for nj and was negative.foes he need to take another test in nj while flying back to mumbai .if he is not able to do the rest there please suggest what is to be done so that he can return hone directly

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Neelam! He needs to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours before boarding the flight from New Jersey for Mumbai. In case he is not able to take a pre-departure test, you can take a COVID test after arrival at Mumbai Airport. If the result is negative, he will be advised home quarantine in Mumbai/the final destination.

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  11. Pallavi

    Hii.. I am travelling with my husband and two kids from EWR to Mumbai next week. IS this RT-PCR test is compulsory for all (kids of 7 and 1 yr too)? we are not local to Mumbai..We will immediately leave to our hometown after out from airport.
    In USA RT PCR reports are coming in 5 to 7 days and they are also not providing any receipt or confirmation letter of test. Is it necessary to upload report on Air Suvidha app in 72 hr’s before boarding..We dont want to stay in airport and do the test next day in airport. Please guide.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pallavi! A RT-PCR test is not mandatory for the 1-year-old. You can upload the report to Air Suvidha any time before your travel and carry the report with you as well as a printout of the exemption application and the self-reporting form. FYI, Mumbai airport has opened a COVID-19 testing facility where you can take an Express RT-PCR test upon arrival. Please go through the article once again.

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  12. Amin Paniwala

    Your article is very informative.
    We (me and my wife are Indian on B2 Visa in USA)and want to travel to Mumbai India from Dallas (or Huston) in 1st week of December, 2020. Can avail the service ‘The express RT-PCR test center near the exit gates of Terminal 2 delivers results, in both digital and physical formats, within 8 hours and charges Rs 1600 per person.
    How much we need to pay for lounge ? As we are Senior Citizen – can we allowed to Sleep for some time – till we are allowed to proceed to our House in Bandra Mumbai ?

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  13. Shruti agarwal

    Hi,

    I am traveling to Mumbai for a week. I have my return tickets booked and before traveling I would get a COVID test done and will apply for exemption. Would I still have to home quarantine?

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      • JS

        Is this still accurate? There were some news outlet announcements that with a negative covid test within 72 hours of flight take-off, there is no institution or home quarantine requirement in Mumbai for international travelers. Can you please confirm. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an official communication yet.

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi JS! The negative result of a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of your journey to India makes you eligible for exemption from both institutional quarantine and home quarantine.

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          • Raman Sundara Raman

            Nice updates, indianeagle Ji..
            Just to reconfirm – RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of the journey to India makes one eligible for exemption from BOTH, repeat BOTH, institutional quarantine and home quarantine ? Meaning, no quarantine required at all ?
            Not at all clear in various News Reports which equate No quarantine to Home quarantine.
            Thanks….

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Raman! The Government of India’s guidelines which took effect on November 12 make you eligible for exemption from both institutional and home quarantine if you take a test before departure or after arrival. But the states have their own call on this policy. For instance, Karnataka has scrapped home quarantine for those having taken a test before undertaking the journey to Bangalore.

  14. Vipul

    Hi,
    I am travelling from Mexico to Mumbai Via Newark on 14th Nov and arriving Mumbai on 15th Nov.
    I am an Indian Citizen holding a B1/B2 US VISA , my travel was purely business related.
    I would like to know if I am required to fill the self reporting form and I also see the exemption form is for passenger who wants to take domestic transfers. Is Mumbai allowing international passengers to exit without these forms filled, if found asymptomatic .
    Expect your prompt resoonse.
    Thanks

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vipul! Whoever is traveling to India from abroad is required to fill out the self-reporting form online or offline. The exemption form is valid for those who will take a test before undertaking the journey to India. If you neither travel with a negative RT-PCR test report from the port of origin/departure nor get tested at Mumbai airport after arrival, you will be subject to institutional quarantine. If you are on a short visit to India, you may get exempted to institutional quarantine.

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  15. Sri

    I am traveling with my kids < 10 years. Do i still need to carry covid test to get exempted ? pls confirm

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sri! If Mumbai is your first port of entry and final destination, you don’t need to take a COVID19 test for traveling with kids below 10 years of age.

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  16. sri

    Sorry. my port of entry that i am planning to book is newark to delhi, delhi to chennai.. pls clarify . i have kids <10 years accompanying me

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    • AV

      I will be travelling from Canada November 13,2021 and will land in Dehili to do my immigration and customs( landing on November 14th AM). I will then take a domestic flight from Dehli to Mumbai within the same interiary and on the same day November 14th but in the afternoon, landing in Mumbai in the evening.

      I will have undertaken my RT PCR test 72 hours prior to my departure from Canada. Is this enough to board my flight to Mumbai and exit the Mumbai airport?

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      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi AV! Hope you’re aware about Air Suvidha where you need to submit a self-declaration form alongside uploading a negative COVID-19 report. If you’re a Canadian citizen, you must have a valid visa to India.

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      • PG

        Hi AV can you please tell your experience, where you required to do testing at Delhi airport for boarding Mumbai flight? I have the same route booking for December 7th. Can anyone please guide as I am getting mixed opinion on this. Just to provide additional information that I have a short layover in Delhi for 2 hours so if again covid test is required before boarding Mumbai flight then it would to too difficult?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Pkhiya! If you are fully vaccinated, make sure to upload your vaccine certificate and a negative RT-PCR test report on Air Suvidha. If you are found asymptomatic during thermal screening at Delhi airport, you will be exempted from additional testing.

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  17. Khatri

    Hi, im soon to travel from Houston to Mumbai, most probably through Heathrow via BA. My final destination will be mumbai itself. I wont be able to carry a test in US due to time restrictions.
    can you advice the cost of the RT-PCR test at Mumbai airport and also if they accept USD.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Khatri! An Express RT-PCR test at Mumbai airport costs around Rs 2000. We are not sure whether you can pay in USD.

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      • Khatri

        Thank you for the information. I’ll try to arrange some INR before i fly. Appreciate your response.

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        • Mary

          Hi I am traveling from Sweden to Mumbai with my 5 years old son. Do we need to take Covid test? Will they let us go home without showing Covid test paper and do quarantine or do we need to take Covid test in Mumbai airport and wait for 8 hours? It’s very confusing as i saw in Air Suvidha website to register for exemption there is option for traveling with child blow 10 years. We won’t be able to take any Covid test from sweden. Plz give me the right information and we are Oci holders.

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          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Mary! If you are traveling directly to Mumbai (not via any other airport in India), you are eligible for exemption on grounds of traveling with a kid below 10 years. In case, testing is required, you can give your swab at Mumbai Airport and can go home instead of waiting at the premises for the result. FYI, Mumbai Airport is now allowing international arrivals to leave the airport premises and go home after collecting their swab for testing.

  18. RAVI KOPPALKAR

    Thanks for Informative article. I am travelling from NY to Mumbai, and then catch flight to Goa, which is my hometown. After getting the RT-PCR at Mumbai airport, do they allow me to travel to Goa immediately? Will there be still a home/institutional quarantine at Goa?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! If the result is negative, you will be able to travel to Goa. There won’t be institutional quarantine for you in Goa; home quarantine may be there.

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  19. Yuvaraj Ghugare

    I have to book on arrival covid 19 test ,so I want link where I book appointments

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yuvaraj! Please go through the article especially from the heading – ‘Express RT-PCR Test” and you will find the link.

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  20. Shrey Veragiwala

    is it okay if it like 76 hours before the flight instead of 72? thats the only appointment available in my location

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shrey! If you take a test outside 72 hours from the journey to India, your exemption request may not be approved on Air Suvidha.

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  21. Santosh Lavjibhai Patel

    Hi, i am planning to travel from Lagos to Mumbai on 18th December 2020, prior to 96 hours i will go for COVID test if i test negative will i still be quarantine in Mumbai, because although i am from Gujarat but my onwards domestic journey from Mumbai to Indore, will i be allowed to travel to Indore same day?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Santosh! It is no more 96 hours. According to the new guidelines effective from November 13, you need to take a test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey to India. A negative RT-PCR test makes you eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine and domestic travel from Mumbai to Indore.

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  22. J S

    @ Indianeagle. Thanks for all the work you guys do. Would you happen to know if the 72 hours cutoff is from the last flight out of US or first checkin. My flight is LAX-EWR-BOM. My flight out of EWR is 9 hours later with 6 hours flight and almost 3 hours layover. Any insight into this? United tells me it is 72 hours from LAX flight which I feel may be incorrect. When I probed, they said to check with embassy.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi JS! You have got the right information from United Airlines. 72 hours will be counted from LAX.

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      • JS

        Thanks. After applying for quarantine exemption prior to travel with a valid negative test, does one get some kind of approval via email or is the application acknowledgement email the only correspondence available. I have seen people talk about getting rejection notifications but have not seen any approval correspondence stories. Any insight?

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  23. Vijay

    Hi, I am planning to arrive in Mumbai Airport from Frankfurt Airport (Germany) on a Lufthansa Flight with a Covid negative test. I will travel further to Hyderabad Airport from Mumbai. As mentioned above I might get a 7 day home quarantine.

    My question is whether it is permitted to travel to Hyderabad from Mumbai after getting a quarantine stamp on hand!? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijay! You will go into home quarantine for 7 days at your final destination. If your itinerary includes a domestic flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad, you will be allowed to continue your travel.

      Reply
  24. Neelima kute

    Iam due to travel from Newark, NJ to mumbai on 11/20/2020, reading mumbai 11/21/2020.
    I have taken the nt- PCR test 72 hr before flight but the results will take 5-8 days.
    Please suggest how to proceed.

    Reply
  25. Yash Patel

    I have to travel to US to Bom tomorrow for Emergency and I didn’t have chance to get Rt-PCR report what is the best option for me?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yash! We regret the delay in responding to you. Hope you had a safe flight and reached your destination in good health.

      Reply
  26. Urvish

    Hi I am travelling to Mumbai from Toronto Via Frankfurt. I will be leaving on Nov 21 at 6 pm. My latest test was done on 18 Nov, at 5:30 pm. Will this result be considerate counting the 72/96 hrs period prior to boarding?
    Please help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Urvish! We regret the delay in responding to your query. Hope you had a safe flight and reached your destination in good health. If possible, please share your travel experience in short so that others can benefit from your experience. Thank you!

      Reply
  27. Gary Mendonca

    Hi, I will be travelling from NYC to Mumbai and will be doing a Covid test 72 hours before departure. I have an onward journey by flight to Mangalore within 7 days of arrival. Would I be exempt from home quarantine and would I be allowed to travel.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gary! You will be allowed to travel to Mangalore given you share details of your onward journey on arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  28. Anil Solanki

    i am a seaman plan to fly from USA ( Houston ) Final Destination Diu on 9th December.
    Please advise COVID Test at Mumbai Airport , and procedure to book online.
    Please also advise after how many hours can i get confirm report

    Reply
  29. Afsha Shaikh

    Hi there! Is there any flight restrictions upon entry? I am flying via British airways from SFO to BOM. Can I only board United to enter USA? I am on H1B visa. Also, can I only board Air India to enter India or British Airways is accepted?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Afsha! If you are a stranded Indian national/passport holder in the USA, you can take a BA flight to enter India.

      Reply
  30. Rohit

    Is there any requirement for COVID test while traveling from Mumbai to Newark ? Or anything else that I need to be aware of . I am traveling to Newark on 26th Nov’2020.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohit! There is no such requirement for those traveling to Newark or any other city in the US. In case you are required to take a COVID19 test upon arrival at Newark Liberty Airport, you can do it there. Newark Liberty Airport has a COVID testing facility for people flying in and out.

      Reply
  31. s. u. vala

    We four seniors will start journey from Fort Myers at 10.58 AM to Mumbai on 30 November 2020. We booked ourselves for test on 27 November 2020 at 10.30 to 11.00 AM slot(will take more time to give sample). I think it will work for 72 hrs. Is it ok if they test rapid antigen test? Booked on csmia.aero. Else should we go for RT PCR test elsewhere?
    suvala

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Mam! According to the Government of India, only negative RT-PCR tests will be considered valid in case of people traveling from abroad.

      Reply
    • Ninganagouda

      Planning to travel to Mumbai from Bangkok on 26th and I’ll arrive Mumbai@8:00 am and have RT-PCR report.
      I need to travel Belgaum from Mumbai on 27th 12:45- 13-50 . Whether I need to test RTPCR again or earlier certificate(less than 72hrs) from Bangkok is it ok to travel Belgaum?

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Ninganagouda! If you are asymptomatic and carrying a negative RT-PCR test report from Bangkok, you don’t need to take another test on arrival at Mumbai Airport.

        Reply
  32. Akshay

    Planning to travel to Mumbai from UK on 12th dec. if I carry negative test report with me and I’m returning back to UK in 4 days will I be exempt from both institutional and home quarantine

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akshay! There is no home quarantine for those traveling back within 7 days of their arrival in Mumbai. Traveling to Mumbai with confirmed tickets for your return flight is advisable.

      Reply
      • kavita

        travelling tomorrow to Mumbai from dubai for 3 days with negative test report and return ticket , i submit the application today only in portal but doubtful i will get approval in such a short period for quarantine exemption , what should i do

        Reply
  33. K Joshi

    We are traveling from US to Mumbai on Wed Dec 02, 2020. For Covid test 72 hrs before travel is the mandate i.e. we have to undertake the test on Sunday. In US labs are not open on Sat-Sun and moreover, the TAT is 5-10days. Please suggest how to go about it.

    Reply
  34. K S Joshi

    In US RT-PCR results are taking minimum 5-10 days and ICMR mandate is test should be done 72-hrs before travel and results we have to either upload or carry with us. All confusion!!
    Therefore, we can take the test at Mumbai airport; but how long we have to be there; our home town is Mumbai, can we go home after the test or do we have to wait at the airport till we get the result from the test?
    We are above 60 years old.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! You won’t be allowed to go home without the test result (negative) at Mumbai airport. You may get the result within 4-6 hours or it may take longer depending on the rush of international arrivals on a given day. You may request the health officials at Mumbai airport to prioritize the delivery of your test.

      Reply
  35. Rajesh

    I am traveling to Mumbai airport from USA and will be carrying negative COVID test report.
    What documents do I need to submit at airport? Like do I need to submit details of onward journey?
    Because I am planning to qurantine myself for 2 days in hotel near Mumbai airport as for safe side I don’t want to trouble my family and after that I will go to my final destination.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajesh! You need to submit a filled self-declaration form and the details of your onward journey after arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  36. Devesh Shastri

    Hi,

    I’m traveling back to united states (BOM-EWR-ATL) on Dec 8th from United Airlines.

    Will I need a RT-PCR test report or it is not required at Newark or Atlanta airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Devesh! Usually, those traveling to USA from India don’t need a RT-PCR test. It may be needed if Newark is your final destination.

      Reply
  37. Jordan Mathias

    Hello,

    We are, four of us, travelling to Bombay on 16th. Flight from DC is at 5:30PM and reaches Mumbai on 17th night at 9:40pm. It takes 3-5 day to get results of RT-PCR results. We have appointment on 12th at 11:30 to do the test which is little more than 72 house before departure. Is that good enough? If we do it next day, i am afraid results may not come on time when we reach Mumbai. Also We have an onward flight to Mangalore next morning at 10:15. Do we still need to have test results before we take next flight out of Mumbai?

    Another question is since we have about 12 hours before our next flight to Mangalore, we are planning to stay at hotel nearby for 12 hours, would that be ok? Will we able to leave the airport for 12 hours?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jordan! As per the government mandate, the test must be taken within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. The time counts from when the sample is collected. If you receive the report (soft copy) by the time you arrive at Mumbai Airport, you can show it to the health officials there. Please note, you may not be allowed to continue domestic travel without a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  38. C P

    I’m planning to travel from London to Mumbai. As I understand arriving international passengers will have an option of getting an RTPCR/ True Nat/CBNAA T (including GeneXpert) testing done at the entry
    airport, wherever, whichever is available.
    I undrstand RT-PCR is available at Mumbai but that takes about 7-8 hours.

    At London Heathrow airport LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification) test is available. LAMP testing is not RT-PCR. Question I have is – Will I be able to go out to my home in Mumbai based on LAMP test assuming that is negative OR will I have to go for only RT-PCR test necessarily?

    Reply
  39. kavita

    Hi sir
    I am planning to fly to Mumbai from Dubai for 3 days I have my test report and return ticket with me. I upload my document in the morning only in Air Suvidha portal for Quarantine exemption and still waiting for the approval , if the approval doesn’t come by the time I fly shall I cancel my traveling as I don’t want to get stuck in Mumbai or with the required documents in my hand I will be allowed to travel back in 3 days

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kavita! Don’t worry! If your RT-PCR test report has a valid stamp and signature, you can carry it and a printed copy of the filled exemption form and a self-declaration form. Yes you will be able to travel back in 3 days.

      Reply
  40. ASHISH

    If I upload a Negative COVID-19 test from Sydney Australia within 72 hours of my boarding the flight to Mumbai with a transit halt of 3 hours at Singapore, will I be required to do another RT-PCR test at Mumbai arrivals or will I be allowed to go home without any Tests or Quarantine requirements ….. please remember Australia is not in a travel bubble with India, but travel exemptions are given to Citizens / OCI holders on a case to case basis

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! Yes, you will be allowed to go home without institutional quarantine. Please note you may have to serve home quarantine.

      Reply
  41. Bhaskar Narayanan

    Dear Indianeagle, I am travelling to Mumbai on 27th Dec from UK and unfortunately don’t have any slot available anywhere to get a PCR test done. I have ticket with British Airways. If you can please help me to find a) will BA allow kw boars the flight without PCR? b) After coming to Mumbai can I get the test done? c) in that case what is quarantine requirement?

    Instead of Mumbai , I can also go to Chennai. Is PCR mandatory for Chennai airport?

    Any info you can provide will be very useful.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhaskar! A RT-PCR test is mandatory for both Chennai and Mumbai airports. Both the airports have a dedicated COVID testing facility for international arrivals. We are not sure whether British Airways allows onboarding of travelers without a COVID negative report. You get tested either before departure or after arrival, 14-day home quarantine is mandatory.

      Reply
  42. Sandeep More

    Dear Indianeagle,

    You are doing fabulous job in this situation. Thank you!

    I am travelling from Dubai to Mumbai on 14th Dec (2 am) with my wife and son (6 years old). I need your valuable advice on below points –
    1. I am planning to take RT-PCR test on Friday 11th morning around 10 am. It will be 62hr before flight departure. Is it OK?
    2. Do we need to take RT-PCR test for my Son who is 6 years old?
    3. I have submitted self-declaration form on Airsuvidha site and got the soft copy. Do I need to apply for the exemption form?
    4. After landing in Mumbai, we are heading to my native Sangli (Maharashtra) by road.
    In this case if we have negative RT-PCR test (within 72 hrs) then can we get the exemption from home quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandeep! Thank you for appreciating our effort! Yes, it is OK to take a test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Dubai. In fact, you are eligible for exemption for traveling with a kid below 10 years; hence, your kid does not need to take a test. You need to apply for exemption on grounds of traveling with a kid. Not sure you will get exemption from home quarantine based on the negative Rt-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  43. Sunita

    Hi,

    I plan to travel to Mumbai from US with RT-PCR test report and want to leave Mumbai within 7 days to come back to US. Will I be allowed to travel back at the Mumbai airport? Or I will have to do 14 days of home quarantine before I can travel back?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunita! If you travel with confirmed return flight tickets and show it on arrival at Mumbai airport, you are likely to get exempted from home quarantine during your short trip.

      Reply
  44. Sundeep

    Hi,
    I will be travelling to Mumbai from Dubai.
    Do I have to carry hard copy of Rt Pcr report.
    Or report sent online with message it is a computer generated does not need any stamp is also valid.
    Will it be accepted in Mumbai Airport

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sundeep! It is highly recommended you carry a hard copy of the RT-PCR test report. You can show a soft copy after arrival at Mumbai airport, but we are not sure whether the report without a stamp or signature will be accepted.

      Reply
  45. Khashiya Shaikh

    I am traveling to Dubai on 10night at 10.15 and got my report test on 9 th and just will get the report, if I return to India on 13 night 9.50 flight do I have to do the rt per test again

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Khashiya! By the time you will return to India, the test report will be older than 96 hours. We are not sure if the test report will be considered valid on your return to India. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  46. Tanveer Zaman

    Hi,
    Thanks for fabulousnwork…
    I am travelling to Mumbai from Manchester via Doha on 11 Dec 2020. I have -ve PCR Test done yesterday (within 72 hours prior to my departure). I have some work in Kochi on 16th December and return back to Mumbai on 18th December. My return Journey from Mumbai will depend on work completion in Kochi. Will I be exempted.from home quarantine at least.till my Kochi work is completed
    I have registered on Delhi Airport website and have a soft copy of same…
    Your quick reply will be highly appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tanveer! If your visit is shorter or equal to 7 days from the date of arrival, you have chances to get exempted from home quarantined. On arrival at Mumbai airport, you need to share the details of your onward journey.

      Reply
  47. Shweta

    I took a test and I am onboard and now they are telling me my sample was not enough for the test but I have no symptoms of Covid. What should I do in this case?
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shweta! May we know where you are traveling to, what airline you will be traveling on?

      Reply
  48. Geeta Shelukar

    I will be traveling from Newark to Mumbai and staying in Mumbai for 3 days. I will carry results of my covid test with me, done within 72 hrs of my travel. Will I be exempt from home quarantine if my test is negative? Will I be allowed to travel back to the US within 3 days of reaching Mumbai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Geeta! Yes, you will be allowed to travel back in 3 days. Make sure to carry and show confirmed return tickets upon arrival at Mumbai airport. FYI, there is no home quarantine for those returning within 7 days.

      Reply
  49. Anil kumar

    Hi I am planning to travel from pudong to Mumbai via hongkong and Dubai! My flight at Dubai is on 19 th dec arriving at Mumbai 20 th 2 am! My flight is at pudong on 18 th dec around 12.45 pm ! I will plan going to do pcr test and upload the test report and exemption report online ! Is it still required anything to be follow up! Pls kindly advise

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anil! You need to fill out a self-reporting form, fill out an exemption form based on a RT-pCR test report and submit a self-declaration regarding authenticity of the report. You need to download the Aarogya Setu app.

      Reply
  50. Dipak

    Hi

    Thanks for the work you are doing in such a crucial time and helping passengers.

    I am traveling with my family from US (Newark) to Mumbai on 22nd (Tuesday) and will arrive on 23rd. We have return ticket to travel back on 5th January (total 13 days stay in India). We are planning to take RT-PCR test in US on Saturday (within 72 hours limit). Due to weekend, I suspect I will not get my RT-PCR result before I travel but I may get it when I am in transit.

    If I do not get result in transit then I will need to get RT-PCR test done on arrival. Can I take advance appointment for the same anticipating that I may not get result when I arrive? Do I need to book hotel for a day and get tested at Mumbai airport on next day or immediately on arrival we will be tested? How much is the wait time if we are immediately tested? Can we leave right after our result is negative?

    We are also planning to get RT-PCR test done in advance of 72 hours to make sure we have negative result. Can I upload that result on Airsuvidha and show our return tickets of stay only for 13 days and get exception from test on arrival?

    Your quick response is much appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dipak! Mumbai International Airport has launched Express COVID19 testing facility for immediate testing of international arrivals, which you can book online in advance. Please go through the article and find the link of the website where you can book the test in advance. If you successfully upload the RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha and if it gets approved, no need to take a test on arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • Dipak

        Appreciate your response. I would also like to know that since we are traveling to India only for 13 days, do we still need to home quarantine for 7 days after negative test result?

        Reply
  51. Akbar pagarkar

    Hii
    I am coming from Saudi via Dubai via Bengaluru. And I have valid RT-PCR test report negative. What’s the procedure for me

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akbar! You need to register on Karnataka government’s SevaSindhu portal, apply for an e-pass, fill out a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha and submit an exemption form on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  52. Jaya Ram

    Hi,
    Thank you for answering all queries, this site is really helpful!
    I am traveling from Chicago to Mumbai and Mumbai is my final destination. I am a US passport holder with OCI. I wanted to know if I can travel by British airways direct to Mumbai or do I need to go via Delhi? Also, do I need to get tested if I am only going to be there for 11 days?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jaya! You can travel to Mumbai on British Airways. In order to evade 7 days of institutional quarantine, you need an RT-PCR negative certificate. As per latest updated issued last week, Mumbai Airport allows international arrivals to exit the airport premises and go home after collecting their swab for testing, instead of making them wait a few hours for the result.

      Reply
  53. Lokesh

    Hi ,
    I am coming from USA, Kansas state, My travel date is Dec 17th and gave COVID test on Dec 14th ( because Airsuvidha website saying within 72 hours) and still waiting for test result, Test center person clearly told that it might take 48 to 96 hours.
    Please let me know if I can show the result in email once I reached Mumbai on Dec 18th night 09:40 pm because AirSuvidha website is not allowing to submit without RT-PRC test result.

    Thanks
    Lokesh

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Lokesh! Yes, you can show the result in email. Please do make sure the result/report has a valid stamp and signature of the testing lab. In case you don’t get the result by the time you land at Mumbai Airport, you can give your swab for testing at Mumbai airport and exit the airport. FYI, Mumbai Airport is now allowing international arrivals to go home after collecting their swab for testing, instead of making them wait for the result.

      Reply
  54. Ch

    Hello, if I am an American citizen leaving male Maldives going to Mumbai and then on to New York. Do I need a covid test or will I be subject to quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! Yes, you need an RT-PCR negative certificate and a confirmed ticket for flight to New York from Mumbai.

      Reply
  55. Aamna

    I along with my mother will be coming from Houston Texas with the COVID test reports in January what will be the procedure for us

    Reply
  56. Swetha

    Hi

    I am traveling from Newark to Hyderabad via Mumbai .if I am unable to show COVID negative reports on Mumbai airport my layover time is only 3hrs 30 mins to get tested at Mumbai airport the time is sufficient to continue my travel to Hyderabad..?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Swetha! No, the connection time/layover is not sufficient to take a test and get the result at Mumbai Airport. FYI, Mumbai Airport is now allowing international arrivals to “go home” after collecting their swab for testing, instead of making them wait long hours for the result. However, we are not sure whether the relaxation is only for those whose final destination is Mumbai itself. Please be advised to call Mumbai Airport or Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  57. Rakhi Singh

    Hi I have to travel to Mumbai on 26th morning from dubai I will be carrying a covid rt pcr test report with me I will have to fly back to Mumbai same day on 26th
    Will I have to take a covid test again and how will the results come so soon

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rakhi! No COVID test is required again if you travel back to Dubai the same day (unless a fresh COVID test is mandated by Dubai).

      Reply
  58. Devanshi

    Hi, I am travelling with my family from the US to Mumbai, if we have negative reports i.e. RT-PCR then how many days quarantine is required? And I want to do my marriage in Mumbai so within how many days after arriving in Mumbai I can do that?

    Reply
  59. Devanshi Charadva

    Hi, I am traveling with my family from the US to Mumbai, if I have negative reports i.e. RT-PCR, then how many days of quarantine is required? And I want to do marriage in Mumbai so within how many days after arriving at Mumbai I can do marriage?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Devanshi! All international arrivals are bound to under home-quarantine for 14 days in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Aurangabad. Wish you all the best!

      Reply
  60. arwa

    hie i am going to dubai on tourist visa so ehile returning from dubai do i have to do 96 hours prior corona test or not .and after arriving mumbai i have train journey to surat

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arwa! You need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Dubai.

      Reply
  61. Swapnil

    Hello, I need your advice on my scenerio. I am planning to travel on 27th Dec from Glasgow to Pune. My flights will be from Glasgow to London and then from London to Mumbai with British Airways. Then I want to travel to my home at Pune by road. Now I have few questions:
    1. Will British Airways allow me to board their flights, if I don’t take RT-PCR test at Glasgow?
    2. I want to take RT-PCR test on arrival at Mumbai airport. I didn’t find any link for booking a test on csmia.aero website just like we have on newdelhiairport.in for arrivals in Delhi. Please guide on booking, payments, procedure, etc.
    3. Can I travel by road to Pune, after getting negative results of RT-PCR tests (after waiting for 8-10 hrs at airport)?
    4. Which other GOI/MH govt exemption forms, do I need to fill apart from Self Declaration form on Air Suvidha portal?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Swapnil! Please check with British Airways whether onboarding is allowed without an RT-PCR test certificate. You can log on to http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com and book a slot. In case the test-booking website is not working, please call the helpline of Mumbai International Airport. Yes, you can take a road trip if the test result is negative. You need to install Aarogya Setu app on your phone using an Indian phone number. Please note Mumbai Airport is now allowing international arrivals (those without an RT-PCR certificate) to leave the airport and ‘go home’ after collecting their swab, instead of making them wait long hours for the result. We are not sure if this relaxation applies to you (because you will travel to Pune).

      Reply
      • Swapnil

        Thanks a lot for your vital inputs. British Airways is not confirming anything even after chasing from last 3 days. 🙂
        The link for booking a test is working fine for me. Thanks for that. And regarding traveling to Pune, it is fine for us to wait at airport itself till results come. Two more things on which I need your inputs:
        1. Undertaking form for passengers of International Arrivals at csmia.aero site. I believe this form is also needed along with Air Suvidha self declaration and Aarogya setu app. Can you please enlighten me on this one, please.
        2. How many days of home quarantine I need to undego with a negative RT-PCR test? Can I change home location during the ongoing period of home quarantine. If so, then please let me know the procedure for the same.
        Thanks!

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Swapnil! Hope you must have got the news that India suspended flights to and from the UK till December 31. Maharashtra government has made 14-day institutional quarantine mandatory for travelers from all over Europe.

          Reply
          • Swapnil

            Thanks a lot for your reply. Yes, I have read the same. I think the institutional quarantine clause needs some more clarity. Please do let me know about further news on the same when available. Thanks!

  62. Anonymous

    Hi thank you for the helpful information! I am traveling from EWR to Ahmedabad via Mumbai. My entire round trip from USA to India is for 18 days. so first airport entry Mumbai upon landing India but final destination is Ahmedabad. But I am planning to travel to Mumbai again within 4-5 days of arrival, would I be ok to take the domestic flight within 4-5 days if I have a negative test within 72 hours before departure from USA?

    Thank you for your help in advance!!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! A negative RT-PCR test report qualifies you for exemption from institutional quarantine, not from home quarantine. We are not sure if you will be able to take a domestic flight back to Mumbai during home quarantine in Ahmedabad.

      Reply
  63. Rain

    Hello,
    I am doing a covid test today (Dec 20). My flight to Delhi is on Dec 23. I will reach Delhi early morning of Dec 24. The same evening I have a flight to Mumbai. Will my test be covid test result allow me to take the domestic flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! You are supposed to take an RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India, not arrival in India.

      Reply
  64. Naved Ahamad

    Hi,
    I’m traveling from USA to Mumbai via Amsterdam, with -tive COVID RT-PCR test. Where I have to submit my test results and what other applications I have to download in order to avoid institutional quarantine.
    Thank you so much.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Naved! You need to upload the test result and fill out an exemption form on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi airport website). You also need to submit a declaration on Air Suvidha and install Aarogya Setu App on your mobile device.

      Reply
    • Vivek Chaturvedi

      Hi Naved,

      Wondering how your travel was. Was transiting through Amsterdam cause of any issues due to the Covid protocols in place and upon arriving in India? I plan to travel and wondering if direct flight from US to India would be good or to transit through Amsterdam, thus asking the question.

      Thank you!

      Reply
  65. Ashish G

    Hi,
    I am traveling on 23rd Dec from Helsinki to Mumbai via Doha and further traveling to Belgaum. Regarding the recent development in Maharashtra, I read news of compulsory institutional quarantine for 14 days, even if -ve test results are shown. Do, I need to quarantine even if I have an onwards journey traveling to Karanataka? I will be traveling by Spicejet from Mumbai to Belgaum.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! There is no clarity yet. The directive issued by Maharashtra says that all travelers from Europe and the Middle East will be put to institutional quarantine for 14 days. On completion of 14 days, they will be allowed to go home. As of now it is not clear whether this applies to only Mumbai-bound international arrivals from Europe and the Middle East. Please be advised to call the helpline of Mumbai International Airport.

      Reply
  66. Savleen

    Hey! I am flying to Mumbai from Calgary on 29 Dec via Doha. Its Calgary – Toronto – Doha – Mumbai and I will be travelling with a covid test result. Are people with layovers in Middle East and Europe subject to institutional quarantine as well or is it just for flights originating from these regions?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Savleen! We have the same question too. As of now there is no clarity.

      Reply
  67. Pravin Mangutkar

    Hello,

    I am travelling on 24th Dec from Stockholm to Mumbai via Paris.
    If I have a PCR test done at Stockholm done within 72 hours of flying, what would be the procedure at Mumbai airport?
    Do I still need to undergo institutional quarantine? Is it required to get tested again at mumbai airport?

    Kind regards,
    Pravin

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pravin! This morning Maharashtra government has made 14-day institutional quarantine mandatory for all travelers from Europe and the Middle East. There is no much clarity on the announcement yet, regarding those who will travel with a negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  68. Sumaya

    Hey ! I’m flying from france with my kid age 3 years old. I have done my covid test. Its a direct flight from france to Mumbai. Does this new quaranteen applies to me as my final destination is goa. Please reply as soon as possible because I prefer cancelling my flight then going through quaranteen. Also if you could provide me the helpline number for quick and confirm answers to my questions.Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sumaya! As per the update, the new institutional quarantine policy applies to all travelers from Europe. We’re not sure whether you will get exemption because of the negative COVID report and the kid below 10 years of age. Please call the helpline (022 66851010) of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • John

        I called, and they said NO EXEMPTIONS. Even if you’re coming to Mumbai for 4 days, they will quarantine you for 7/14 days first.

        Reply
  69. Srini

    Hi, I am traveling from US ( Los Angeles) to India on December 25th via Dubai.( Emirates flight). I will be carrying my RT-PCR test result with me.
    Would I be exempted for home quarantine?
    New quarantine rule at the airport applies to flight from US as well or it is just for Europe?
    Please help. Thanks in advance!!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Srini! In Maharashtra, there is no exemption from home quarantine unless you are on a very short visit. Maharashtra’s new institutional quarantine rule applies to travelers from the Middle East and Europe, not the USA as of now.

      Reply
      • John

        Actually I called both MCGM and the airport authorities. Both made it very clear, NO EXEMPTIONS, even for a 1 day visit. Their word was – DON’T COME.

        I’m interested in hearing from anyone who has arrived in Mumbai from Europe or the Middle East after this recent Maharashtra policy came in on 22nd.

        Basically, there is a lot of confusion.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi John! Exactly. No exemption from institutional quarantine for those from Europe and the Middle East.

          Reply
          • Sukasumil Rodrigues

            Hi Sir, I am coming From Saudi Arabia and my flight Is Saudi to sharjah to mumbai to Goa….if I have valid covid-PCR then I may go to take My Goa flight….? because the day I reach in mumbai at 11..20 am I have My Goa flight, please reply.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Sukasumil! You may not be allowed to travel further because Mumbai has a mandatory institutional quarantine policy for travelers from the Middle East and Europe though they travel with a negative RT-PCR report.

  70. Priya

    Hi, Thanks for information!
    I am planning to travel to Mumbai from USA on Dec 26,2020 .I will get myself tested for Covid in USA 72 hours prior to travel. But due to holiday season, I might not get test results by the time I reach Mumbai.
    Whether I will get institutional quarantined at Mumbai? Or can I get tested at airport itself on same day?
    Also, is there any facility to stay at airport by the time we expect Covid test results?
    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
  71. Saahil Chamdia

    Hi
    I am traveling From New York To Mumbai on a Direct Flight on Dec 23, 2020 until Jan 14, 2021.
    I uploaded the RT PCR test on the AirSuvidha portal for an exemption from institutional quarantine.
    The same was rejected. I have the RT PCR – ve result certificate issued on Dec 21 as well as Dec 22. at New York.
    Kindly advise

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saahil! No worries! You can produce the report on arrival at Mumbai Airport and submit a self-declaration. Based on an assessment of the report, you will be allowed to exit the airport or continue your onward air travel from Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
    • Megha

      Hi Saahil can you share your experience at the Mumbai airport. My sister is also coming tomorrow and her RT pcr is negative and she has a direct flight but till her exemption got rejected. Can you tell were you allowed to go home ?

      Reply
      • Essop Nizam

        Hello.
        I am travelling from S.A. Johannesburg to Dubai international airport toMumbai international airport .
        I am Indian citizen so do I have to quarantine even if I am tested negative.
        If yes where do I have to quarantine at home or in airport residence.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Nizam! Reportedly, this weekend the institutional quarantine policy for Mumbai-bound travelers from Europe, South Africa and the Middle East has been revised making institutional quarantine mandatory for them. As per media reports, no COVID test on arrival for those travelers in particular. Please call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

          Reply
    • Srini

      Hi Saahil,

      I am in the same situation. I am traveling from NY to Mumbai on direct flight on Dec 25, 2020. My quarantine exemption application was rejected on AirSuvidha.
      If you have travelled already could you please share your experience?
      Thanks in advance !

      Reply
  72. VJ

    Hi i am traveling to uae on 26th December and coming back on 1st jan 2021. Will i and my wife will be institutional qurantine for 7 or 14days inspite of getting rt pcr test done from UAE and getting negative test report? My final destination willl be Mumbai only
    Please let me know so that i can cancel my ticket. Only 2 days left .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi VJ! Please go through the first two paragraphs of the latest update in the article.

      Reply
      • VJ

        yes i gone through but still confused as some articles reads as compulsion institutional quartine even if the reports from Uae is negative. While some articles says that if you have negative Rt -PCR test report you will be exempted. so it will be needful if you can clear my doubts.

        thank you.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Vj! Don’t get confused. Be assured that you neither need to take a test or undergo institutional quarantine if you have a negative RT-PCR test report. At the same time, please note that the rules may change any time. Please keep a watch.

          Reply
  73. Rohit

    I am travelling from Jaipur to Goa on 25 Dec but I have 6 hour layover at Mumbai Airport…where m not going into Mumbai city I will be Mumbai airport Nd will wait for my connecting Goa flight…should I still need to carry Covid negative report….

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohit! Yes, you need. Goa requires you to show a COVID19 negative certificate issued within 48 hours by an ICMR-recognized lab.

      Reply
  74. Srini

    Hi
    I am traveling From New York To Mumbai on a Direct Flight on Dec 25, 2020.
    I uploaded the RT PCR test on the AirSuvidha portal for an exemption from institutional quarantine.
    The same was rejected. I have the RT PCR – ve result certificate issued on Dec 23.
    Kindly advise

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Srini! Don’t worry if you took the test as per the norms – 72 hours prior to your undertaking the journey from New York. You can show the hard/soft copy of the report after arrival at Mumbai Airport. Make sure the report features ‘RT-PCR’ and a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab.

      Reply
  75. Aditya Kejriwal

    Ditto, same situation for my mom, she is flying on 25th but her app was rejected.

    Reply
  76. Qutub K.

    Hi
    I am traveling From Dubai To Indore via Mumbai Flight on Jan 1st, 2021.
    I will upload the RT PCR test on the AirSuvidha portal for an exemption from institutional quarantine.
    So can I travel to Indore without any institutional Quarantine in Mumbai?
    Kindly advise

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Qutub! Make sure to take an RT-PCR test as per the norm – within 72 hours of your journey from Dubai. No matter if the report is rejected on Air Suvidha. You can show it after arrival at Mumbai Airport. Based on an assessment of the report by the health officials and airport authorities, you will get exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
      • Shazeen

        If someone is travelling with kid from Dubai to Mumbai, do they still have to go for institutional quarantine for 7 days with the kid or they can opt for home quanrantine

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Shazeen! We are not sure whether travelers with kids from Dubai are exempted from institutional quarantine. Please call the helpline of Mumbai International Airport.

          Reply
  77. Akanksha

    Hie, I am flying on 25th from Newark to Mumbai. I did my test in 22nd and received the negative result on 23rd. I uploaded the same on the online portal for exemption but got rejected stating that I meet the MCGM team on arrival at the Mumbai airport. What can I do here? The result has been electronically signed of course and that is the only document I have for the test. Do I need to test again at the airport?

    Reply
  78. AMLESHBHAI MISTRY

    Sir, i want travel from Los angles to mumbai on January 20th. What can i do for safely will going to Surat Gujarat.
    Pls advise me.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amlesh! You either take an RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to your journey from Los Angeles or get tested after arrival at Mumbai Airport. Please note you won’t be able to continue your journey to Surat without a negative RT-PCR test report. Besides, you need to fill out a self-reporting form and apply for exemption in the same time frame on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi Airport website). You can book your travel on our website – IndianEagle.com – or call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for hassle-free booking, the best itinerary, and all the information related to your travel. Thank you!

      Reply
  79. Avani

    Hi, my father and my sister are travelling from Kenya to Mumbai via sharjah transit , will they have to quarantine in a hotel or institution? They will be having a test done on a day before the travel.
    Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Avani! Currently, institutional quarantine is mandatory for travelers from Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. As your father and sister will travel from East Africa and if they have a negative RT-PCR test report, they have chances of getting exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  80. Ashish Deahpande

    Can someone educate officials at Mumbai airport on the guidelines or requesting Government to put educated people at the airport who understand guidelines properly. I landed today 26th December, i travelled from Uganda with negative covid test report done on 23rd December and I also got exemption approval on Air Suvidha Portal. In spite of this I am forced to go under institutional quarantine for 7 days. Absolute nonsense things are happening at the airport and seriously people working at the airport needs to be educated. I have to bear covid test cost before traveling and now paying for hotel and again will pay for covid test. How pathetic this is? Can Central government and Maharashtra government do something about this? This is financial loss to me and also to other people. Are they going to bear our cost for sheer uneducated people working at the airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! What you have gone through is truly pathetic. Thank you for sharing your experience. You can tweet your grievance tagging the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Mumbai Airport, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

      Reply
  81. ishak

    Hello,

    Refer ring to your post December 23, 2020

    I am travelling to Mumbai from Doha and I am a resident of Mumbai .If I bring Negative PCR report then can i get exemption of Institutional quarantine. I have not travelled any where in last 10 months except Doha.
    As nowhere it is confirmed of exemption in all the news and MCGM circular.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ishak! On December 25, the policy for travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa was revised to make institutional quarantine mandatory for them. Hence, no COVID test on arrival for them. Asymptomatic travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa will be shifted to payable institutional quarantine facilities where they will be tested on the seventh day.

      Reply
  82. Nawaz

    Hi! i want to travel from Oman (Muscat) , 1) If i have RT-PCR negative report from here, there is mandatory for institutional quarantine at Mumbai airport ?2) for institutional quarantine can we choose the hotel as we can wish as per provided list of hotels?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nawaz! On December 25, the policy for travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa was revised to make institutional quarantine mandatory for them. Hence, no COVID test on arrival for them. Asymptomatic travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa will be shifted to payable institutional quarantine facilities where they will be tested on the seventh day.

      Reply
  83. Arjun

    Hi I am planning to travel on 1st Jan from Toronto to Mumbai flight with layover in Newyark. I am planning to take an RT-PCR test on 29th i.e. 72 hours prior to departure. Would i be exempted from institutional qurantine in case it turns out to be negative

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arjun! In case the test result is negative, you will surely be exempted from institutional quarantine. Make sure to apply for exemption on and upload the report to Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  84. Rajesh

    Hi I want to travel from US to Gujarat but i have heard that passengers are being harassed and robbed on the name of very pricy Institutional quarantine. I can not afford to pay for hotel and for the laboratory tests ? Will I get arrested by the mafia government if I can not pay for lab test and quarantine ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajesh! If you take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your departure from the USA and if you upload the test result onto Air Suvidha or show it on arrival, you will get exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
      • Marvin Noronha

        I’m traveling from USA on dec 31st I’ll reach Mumbai at 10 pm on Jan 1 st.. my next domestic flight is on Jan 2nd 6 .30pm if I bring RT PCR test negative report can i stay in airport till my next domestic flight. Or I’m not bring RT PCR test report what is the rules effect me.. I’ll do PCR test in on arrival

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Marvin! If you carry a negative RT-PCR test report, you can accommodate yourself in some lounge or hotel at the airport premises. Otherwise, you can take a test on arrival at Mumbai Airport. You can log on to http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com and book a test in advance.

          Reply
  85. Megh

    Hi,
    I have couple of questions
    We are planning to travel from CLT -> EWR -> BOM on United Airlines
    1. Is the 72 hours rule from scheduled departure of international flight (from EWR) or from 1st domestic airport (CLT)? I have a domestic connection in USA (CLT) before I take the international flight? Please advise.

    2. Is the RT-PCR test required for quarantine exemption for Senior Citizens (75 years of age)?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Megh! You need to take an RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to your flight from Charlotte (CLT). Senior citizens too require a negative RT-PCR report to evade institutional quarantine.

      Reply
      • Megh

        Hi indianeagle,
        Thank you very much for replying to all my questions promptly.
        Thank you very much for your time and service that you are providing.

        Reply
  86. Nandkishor Kohad

    Hi sir, I’m going to fly onward January 5th 2021 Dubai to Nagpur via Mumbai. If I have PRC negative test result ,so where I’ll to quarantine ??

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nandkishor! You will be home-quarantined at the final destination. Make sure to mention your address in Nagpur while filling out a declaration/home quarantine form online or offline.

      Reply
  87. Sajid

    I am travelling on 8th Jan from Dubai to Mumbai. Is there a possibility mandatory quarantine rule can be revised by that time.
    To avoid quarantine can i travel from Dubai to Hyderabad and then take domestic flight from Hyderabad to mumbai on same. Any chance to get quarantine then.
    I will be taking pcr test report along with me.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sajid! The quarantine rule for Mumbai-bound travelers from the Middle East and Europe may be revised post December 31. We are not sure whether the trick will work.

      Reply
  88. Aafrin

    I am travelling from Toronto-Abudhabi-Mumbai on 3rd jan 2021.
    Lay over is for only 3 hours at Abudhabi.
    If i hv covid negative test (RT-PCR test) from toronto accorfing to mumbai guidlines of 72 hour prior the departure and i have a child with me as well. I will be exempted from institutional quarantine at Mumbai Airport?
    My final destination is Mumbai.
    And if inspite of two of the exemption criteria if they ask to quarantine than do v have a list of hotels whr v need to do or v can do according to our convenient hotel.
    Please advice in both scenarios.
    Can you please give me the contact number to enquire at mumbai airport of constantly changing rules.
    Thanking you

    Please advice

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aafrin! We are not sure whether the compulsory institutional quarantine will apply to you. Please contact the helpline of Mumbai International Airport at 022 66851010.

      Reply
  89. Nirupam

    Sir, I am traveling from Newark to Mumbai on Dec 30th (direct flight) and intend to fly back from Mumbai to Newark on Jan 10th 2021.
    Reason for travel to Mumbai – Immediate family member passed away, hence need to conduct rituals.
    Will be in Mumbai for the entire stay.
    Will be caring a RT-PCR test that was conducted on Dec 28th with me. (that will have been under 72 hours).
    Will be caring death certificate of deceased family member.

    Q1 – Will i be allowed to leave the airport?
    Q2 – Do i need to fill any document?
    Q3 – Is there any category that i fall under?
    Q4 – For return flight, do i need to conduct another test?
    Q5 – My total stay is only 10 days. Is that ok?

    Request your quick response. Thankyou!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nirupam! We’re very sorry for the mishap in your family. Yes, you will be allowed to leave the airport. You may be asked to fill out a declaration form (with your local contact number and address). You fall under one of the exemption categories for the death in immediate family. You don’t need a COVID test unless it is mandated by the governor of New Jersey for travelers entering or returning to Newark. Usually, all international travelers are bound to serve 14-day home quarantine. You may get exempted for your scenario and the 10-day short trip. Make sure to have your return flight tickets during arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • Nirupam

        Thankyou Indiaeagle team for your prompt response. Very much appreciated! I have filled the undertaking form and registered with the self reporting form. Thanks for sharing the exemption details, i have raised an exemption request and tagged it to my self reporting registration.
        Q – how long will it take for the exemption request to get approved? is there anyway one can track it?

        Also, with regards to this –
        You may get exempted for your scenario and the 10-day short trip.
        Q – Do i need to take some kind of approval/stamp for my return.

        Request your quick response. Thankyou!

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Nirupam! The approval time varies from passenger to passenger. Don’t worry even if you don’t get approval on time. You can carry a printout of the filled self-reporting form, the RT-PCR test report and the death certificate, and show the same on arrival at the airport. It will work. Given your situation and the short visit, you will be exempted from home quarantine too. There is no need to take approval for return.

          Reply
  90. Kumkum

    Hi,
    I will be traveling from Ranchi to Mumbai on Feb 9th. Is there home quarantine for domestic passengers if they are asymptomatic? I am further planning to fly to Newark on Feb 18th from Mumbai. Kindly guide me as to my quarantine procedures in Mumbai for the same.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumkum! As of now there is no quarantine for asymptomatic domestic travelers in Mumbai.

      Reply
  91. Hariharan Choodamani

    HEllo sir,

    My mom who was on a tourist visa is travelling back to Mumbai, India from Newark, USA on Jan 6th and reaching mumbai on Jan 7th . We have booked the Air india direct flight from newark to mumbai.

    Here is my question.

    1. I already filled the self reporting form since it had to be filled at least 72 hours before departure. Correct?
    2, Since the flight is Jan 6th form Newark, i am planning to take the appointment for RT PCR test on Jan 3rd around midafternoon since that will be within the 72 hour time limit. Correct?
    3. However since i will have the result only by Jan 5th, i can only fill the exemption certificate on Jan 5th. Is that Okay? Some people were saying that exemption request needs to be also filed before 72 hours of departure?
    4. also The RT PCR test should be taken 72 hours before departure from US or 72 hours before arrival in Mumbai?
    5. Any other documents that you think will be needed to make sure my mom doesn’t has to do any institutional quarantine and her process at mumbai airport is smooth and she can go out of the airport and reach home quickly?

    Appreciate your quick response on the same?

    Reply
  92. curious_traveler

    I am taking a flight from SFO -> EWR -> BOM. My question is about COVID negative testing requirement. Should the test be taken 72 hours prior to my flight from SFO or my flight from EWR?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! Yes, the test must be taken within 72 hours prior to your flight from SFO.

      Reply
  93. Priya

    Hi, I am travelling from Toronto to Mumbai Via Delhi on 18th January. What will be the quarantine rules in Mumbai. Will it be institutional or home quarantine and the number of days. I will be carrying the RT-PCR test with me within 72 hours as required.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priya! Nothing can be said certainly about the quarantine norms in the third week of January. You will be exempted from institutional quarantine for having a negative RT-PCR test report for sure. By then, home quarantine may be reduced to 7 days or lifted for asymptomatic travelers.

      Reply
  94. Pinky

    Hi, I am traveling from San Francisco to Hyderabad and Hyderabad is my final destination. I am a US passport holder with OCI. I will take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to my departure from the USA and I will upload the test result onto Air Suvidha or show it on arrival. My total stay is only for 7 to 10 days. I am planning to travel on 3//26/2021 from San Francisco to Hyderabad and will back on 4/4/2021 , will I be subject to institutional or home quarantine in Hyderabad? Please advice as I need to visit Hyderabad no matter what. Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pinky! You will be exempted from institutional quarantine for having a negative RT-PCR report. If you travel with confirmed return flight tickets, you will get exemption from home quarantine too. Hope the quarantine norms will be relaxed by the time you will travel.

      Reply
      • Pinky

        Thank you Indianeagle for your prompt response. Much appreciated! Just in case inspite of two of the exemption criteria if they ask to quarantine then whom should I contact as my stay is too short. Appreciate all your help and look forward for your reply.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Pinky! If the situation does not worsen further, you won’t be quarantined. The airport officials will approve exemption to you. Thank you for appreciation our efforts. Be requested to recommend Indian Eagle Travel to your friends and relatives for booking of flights.

          Reply
  95. Thomas

    I am traveling from dubai to mumbai on 8th Jan. My return ticket from mumbai to dubai is 14th Jan.
    Do i still need to get institutional quarantine if i show return ticket.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Thomas! Currently, institutional quarantine is mandatory for travelers from the Middle East and Europe. The policy may be relaxed in the first week of January. For better information, please call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  96. Bhavesh Doshi

    HELLO,

    My client would like to travel from LAGOS to MUMBAI with carring RT-PCR with in 72 hrs does he need to go for Institutional Qurantine

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhavesh! If your client is asymptomatic, a negative RT-PCR report may get him/her exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  97. Sonu Bhagat

    Hello indianeagle,
    i will be travelling from berlin to mumbai in 2nd week of january and then by car i will further travel to Navsari, Gujarat . Inspite of carring RT-PCR report do i need to go for institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sonu! As per the mandate issued on December 25, all international arrivals from Europe and the Middle East will undergo compulsory institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
      • sonukumar bhagat

        hello indianeagle,

        is it fine if i book further flight ticket from mumbai to surat ?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sonu! You may not be allowed to continue your travel from Mumbai without institutional quarantine.

          Reply
  98. Pradip Vilas patil

    Hello ,
    we are travelling from Germany to Mumbai on 8th Jan 2021 with my 6 years of daughter.
    I will be carrying the RT-PCR test as well.
    Is it institutional quarantine mandatory to us?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pradip! As per the mandate issued on December 25, institutional quarantine is mandatory for all international arrivals from Europe and the Middle East.

      Reply
  99. Tom Patil

    Hello IndianEagle – first of all thanks for helping out people with clear advise on the process and rules. I plan to fly from NewYork to Mumbai on Jan 22 and back on March 20 via non-stop flights both ways. I will take the RTPCR test within 72 hours before boarding the plane, fill out Air Suvidha form and self declaration for exemption. I plan to travel within Maharashtra to see my parents and work remotely for 5 weeks from Mumbai for my US employer.
    – Do you see any issue with the plan?
    – Will they stamp on my hand?
    – Any other tips/guidelines?
    – what is the best site (in addition to this blog) i should follow for latest developments and rule changes?
    Again thank for your help. Good karma will come back to you.
    Peace,
    Tom

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Mr. Patil! You seem to be well-prepared for your trip to India. You may be stamped for 7-14 days of home quarantine at your final destination in India. You need to upload the RT-PCR test report to Air Suvidha for approval. In case you don’t get approval on time from Air Suvidha, no worries. You can carry the report and show it to the health officials at Mumbai Airport. Please be advised to follow our Facebook page and watch out for latest updates, if there is any. Thank you!

      Reply
  100. Nadeem shaikh

    Hii im planning to reach mumbai by 30th january 2021… if m getting my PCR test report negative
    And the test report will uplod in air suvidha app within 72hours before on departure.. and m staying in andheri west only so i have to be self qurantine at home not in mumbai airport qurantine …flying from middle east to final destination mumbai…. plz rply and help me with this

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nadeem! You need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight from the Middle East, not more 72 hours before the flight from the Middle East. According to the circular issued on December 25, all international passengers from Europe and the Middle East will be put under institutional quarantine, no matter if they carry a negative RT-PCR report. The compulsory institutional quarantine may be revoked by the end of this month.

      Reply
      • AMLESH MISTRY

        I want to travel to mumbai from new jersey on 26th march. I want to know what can i do for safe next travel to surat.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Amlesh! Please be advised to travel on United Airlines (direct flight) to Mumbai and then travel to Surat. You can call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for a suitable itinerary for your hassle-free travel.

          Reply
  101. Reshma B

    Hi Team,

    I will be travelling to Mumbai from Helsinki in February 2021.I am pregnant and visiting my family in India.Which documents do I need to carry to opt exemption from institutional quarantine.Where to upload the same.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Reshma! 72 hours prior to boarding the flight from Helsinki, you need to fill out a self reporting form on Air Suivhda (a section of Delhi Airport website) and apply for exemption from institutional quarantine by uploading documents validating your reason for exemption on to Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  102. Piyush

    Hi, My wife and my kid (5 years old) is traveling from SFO – Delhi and then Delhi- Nagpur (layover of 6 hours). Since my wife is traveling with <10 years there is exemption at delhi airport (and she don't need to provide a negative RT-PCR report). Do she still need a RT-PCR negative report (since she is entering from Delhi to Nagpur) or the same exception (from delhi airport will work). if not and she needs to provide a negative RT-PCR report than does my kid also needs the negative RT-PCR report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Piyush! Despite the exemption, she may not be able to continue onward travel from Delhi Airport without a negative RT-PCR test report. The 5-year-old is likely to be allowed without any such report. Still, be advised to call the helpline of Delhi International Airport for a more satisfying answer.

      Reply
  103. Aka Doshi

    Hi, I n my son want to come mumbai from usa. Do v need to b quarantined? Cn v travel further domestic after 1 week?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Alka! If both of you take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 before your journey from the USA, and if the result is negative, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Yes you can travel further in one week. Please make sure to share details of your onward domestic travel when you arrive at Mumbai International Airport and fill out a self-declaration form.

      Reply
  104. Adhithya MaduraiVenkatesan

    Hi, I have my flight scheduled on Saturday (Jan 9) 11.15 AM from Newyork-Delhi-Chennai. I have booked my COVID PCR test on Wednesday (Jan 6) 2.15PM so that it is within the 72hr window. If i do not get the negative PCR report on time and i am not able to fill out the self declaration form for exemption at air suvidha, will i have to undergo the institutional quarantine at Delhi or will i be allowed to do so in Chennai.

    If i receive the report during the flight journey, can i produce a soft copy of that at the Delhi airport and then do the onward journey to chennai

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Adhithya! No worries if your are not able to fill out self declaration form online. You can fill the same after arrival at Delhi Airport. Yes, you can show the soft copy of the negative RT-PCR test result to the health officials at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  105. sudhansu

    Hi,
    I have a direct bound flight from USA (Newark) to Mumbai and have connecting flight next day after 18hrs of international arrival. And i have booked hotel out side of airport. My question is, if i am carrying -ve CPR test result prior to 72hrs, am i allowed to exit airport and back again to airport to board domestic flight after 18hrs ? And i have a return flight to USA on 14th day so does that make me exempted from home quarantine ?

    Please advice. Have call all possible numbers but no clarity. If anyone has similar experience please share.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sudhansu! As far as we know, you can exit the airport. For a more definite answer, please call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • sudhansu

        Thanks Indianeagle,
        yes, i can exit the airport with -ve test result, but if i can re-enter again for domestic boarding is the main confusion. no clarity in their guideline also.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sudhansu! Anyone holding a confirmed flight ticket for domestic/international travel can enter the airport.

          Reply
  106. arun tandon

    I am flying from Chicago to Mumbai – my labs PCR test result says q-PCR is that eligible or same as RT-PCR ?
    This is a well qualified CLIA waived certified lab and take 2-3 days to get the results. Please HELP !!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arun! We are not sure whether he test you have taken is the same as an RT-PCR test.

      Reply
  107. Amjad Solkar

    Hi,
    Thanks for helping out people you are doing great job,
    I am planning to travel from Dubai to Mumbai on 6th Jan 21 and I heard that there is mandatory 7 days institutional quarantine.
    To avoid this quarantine can I travel to any other state like Dubai to Hyderabad than hyderabad to Mumbai by domestic airlines. Still there will be mandatory quarantine.
    Please help me out.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amjad! Yes, you can travel to Hyderabad. If you don’t reveal your onward travel plan for Mumbai, you will stamped for home quarantine in Hyderabad. If you mention Mumbai as your final destination, you will be stamped for quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  108. KS

    Hello,

    Could you please let me know if the new express testing made available at the Mumbai airport can also be pre-booked?

    I would be arriving at Mumbai on the 18th from Newark, USA.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kvasan! We have no idea whether an Express COVID test to be taken at Mumbai airport can be booked online in advance. Please log on to http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com and check if the online booking of Express COVID tests is available or not.

      Reply
  109. Vijay

    Hi,
    My travel plan:
    Newark to Mumbai: Arrival Jan. 23, 10 PM
    Mumbai to Madurai: Jan. 24
    Madurai to Mumbai: Jan. 26
    Mumbai to Newark: Jan 27,12:05 AM
    I plan to get COVID PCR within 72 hrs before the flight.
    Can you shed some light on the quarantine given the short stay (4 days) and a negative COVID PCR result prior to travel. I have also received the Covid vaccine.
    Appreciate your time and help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijay! The government of India has not issued any circular for international travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. So, you need to take an RT-PCR test before departure or after arrival. Given your short visit, you will be exempted from home quarantine. You need to show your return flight tickets and provide details of your onward domestic travel when you arrive at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  110. charanjeet kaur aulakh

    Hi I am travelling from Canada to Mumbai I will carry my -ve test report .As I travelling with my 4 yr old and infant does that make me exemptions from quarantine at Mumbai airport.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Charanjeet! In Maharashtra, the quarantine norms are not as strict for travelers from Canada and the US as it is for travelers from the Middle East and Europe. We recommend you apply for exemption in one of the special categories on Air Suvidha. If approved, you will be able to travel to Mumbai and be exempted from institutional quarantine without a negative RT-PCR report. In case your request is not approved, you can take an Express COVID test after arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  111. Samantha Rodrigues

    I’ll be coming from Canada to Mumbai on a business visa and I will complete my Covid test before arrival into India. I’ve read the quarantine rules up and down but I’m still pretty confused. Upon arrival with my negative Covid test results can I proceed with quarantining at my apartment that I am booking, or I must quarantine in one of their designated quarantine hotels and if so for how long? Or do they make me stay at the airport until the next day to take another test? While I am quarantining can someone share the hotel/apt with me? Sorry for so many questions I’m just anxiously trying to sort this out. Thank you!

    Reply
  112. Abrar Shaikh

    hi
    i am from Aurangabad – Maharashtra
    i will be arriving on 26 jan 2021 to Mumbai from Mozambique
    then i will be leaving for my home town Aurangabad
    do i have to undergo institutional quarantine for seven days in Mumbai or at my home town Aurangabad
    Please advise

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abrar! As you will travel from East Africa, you may not be shifted to institutional quarantine if you have a negative RT-PCR report.

      Reply
  113. Richie S

    Wishing You are Doing Great. Thank You compiling the details in one place.
    Planning to travel from US to Mumbai tentatively from Feb 1st week till mid Mar
    Based of what I have read
    1. Get a RT-PCR test, 72 test before travel
    2. Upload the RT-PCR test at this website https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/allairports.
    a. There are 2 forms, do I need to fill both the forms before my travel
    3. Based on the time I can get a status update on that website. If I don’t get the status I will be able to show the report at the airport.
    4. With a -ve RT-PCR based on the status update it will be 7 or 4 days of self quarantine
    5. —– Are there Any requirements when coming from Mumbai to US at the end of the stay

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Richie! Yes, you can show the negative RT-PCR test report at the airport. Make sure the report issued within 72 hours before you board the flight from the USA. You will be advised home quarantine for 7 days. There is no protocol for traveling to USA from India.

      Reply
  114. Sunita

    Hello

    I just heard from the Maharashtra help line , the number that is on the mumbai airport web page that
    ALL international passengers have to undergo 7 days institutional quarantine in Maharashtra. I am arriving in Jan 29 from the US
    and am totally confused now.
    Could you please check of the info about Quarantine exemptionsewot a negative Rt- pcr test taken within 72 hours of the flight is still valid. Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunita! All international travelers from Europe, the Middle East and South Africa have to undergo 7-day institutional quarantine in Maharashtra, not those from the USA with a negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
          • Shyam

            Me, my wife n my daughter with her 41/2 month infant plan to travel on 24 th May2021 to India with ticket having single PNR
            24 th may 2021- Phoenix USA to Newark by United airlines
            25 th May2021- Newark to New Delhi By air india
            26 th May 2p21- New Delhi to Aurangabad IXU by air india
            My question is 1) RTPCR test 72 hrs prior cutoff shall be counted from boarding flight from Phoenix or Newark
            2) is infant of 41/2 months needs to carry out RTPCR test

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Shyam! Negative RT-PCR test report 72 hours prior cutoff shall be counted from boarding your flight from Phoenix since your entire journey is on the same PNR. As per the guidelines laid down by Indian government, all international arrivals need to present the negative COVID report, irrespective of their age. SO yes, your daughter also needs to present the report.

  115. Ekta

    Hi,

    I got a question . If someone is travelling from Brisbane to Ahmedabad via Dubai . Do they need to quarantine ? Also once they arrive in Ahmedabad , after 2 days are the allowed to go to Mumbai via road without being Quarantine in Mumbai ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ekta! All international arrivals are bound to serve 7-14 days of home quarantine in Ahmedabad. We are not sure whether you will be allowed to go out of Ahmedabad just after 2 days of your arrival.

      Reply
  116. krishnamoorthy

    HI I am travelling from London to Mumbai on Jan 10th 2021 and am going to take connecting flight to Coimbatore . I am taking RT-PCR test at London as well. Could you please let me know what would be the guidelines for me to take onward journey from Mumbai to Coimbatore?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Krishnamoorthy! As per the mandate issued by the Government of India on early this month, all travelers from the UK must carry a negative RT-PCR report and they must take a payable COVID test upon arrival too. After arrival at Mumbai Airport, you have to either take a test or obey 7-day institutional quarantine before traveling further.

      Reply
  117. Rasesh Shah

    HI, have been hearing rumors that NOW institutional quarantine is also required for people travelling from US on direct flight to Mumbai even if they are carrying a negative PCR test with them. Any of this true and Has there been any updated circular from State or National government that has come out in last couple of days? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ravi Jog

      What you have stated is applicable to travel from UK. Youbcan check it on AIr Suvidha Delhi Airport web site

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rasesh! There is no such regulation for travelers from the US. If you are carrying a negative RT-PCR report, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  118. Megh

    Hi Indianeagle,
    I am trying to fill the self declaration form, I am flying CLT -> EWR -> BOM,
    1. what would be my city of Origin? CLT or EWR?
    2. which flight # should I mention, CLT to EWR flight # or EWR to BOM flight#?

    Thank you very much for your service that you are providing, I really appreciate it.

    Reply
  119. Priyanka Dave

    Hello sorry my family is travelling from Saudi so what’s the current rule will they be quarantined in mumbai ? As they are from Gujarat

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priyanka! As per the guidelines issued on December 25, all travelers from Europe and the Middle East will be quarantined at institutional facilities after arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  120. Pravin

    Hi Indian Eagle. My parents are returning on Jan 10 from USA and both are carrying a negative covid testing report . We applied for exemption on air suvidha and got the below reply. Why are they not exempted. Have the rules changed ?
    Reason for Rejection: On arrival, please contact Vande Bharat Mission MCGM team at airport for further assistance please

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pravin! It is a generic reply. Don’t worry! If your parents have a valid negative RT-PCR report, they will be exempted from institutional quarantine after arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • AMLESH MISTRY

        I want to travel from Chicago to Mumbai on February 5th . Pls advise me for without any restrictions i will go to Surat.
        I have no book any flight this time.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Amlesh! If you are asymptomatic and travel with a valid negative RT-PCR test report issued within 72 hours prior to your journey from Chicago, you will be allowed to travel to Surat without institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

          Reply
  121. Mahendra Ahuja

    Hello Indian eagle, Thanks for doing such a wonderful job! I will be travelling from LAX to Mumbai via Dubai by Emirates. I will carry with me negative PCR test, I will not be quarantine institutionally, but home quarantine. Provided I fill both the form on Air Suvidha Exemption form and self declaration form. Please respond and GOD BLESS YOU!
    Best Regards,
    Mahendra Ahuja

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mahendra ji! You are right. Please note if your request for exemption is not approved on Air Suvidha for some reason, you can carry the report and show it on arrival at Mumbai Airport. Thank you for appreciating our effort.

      Reply
  122. Rupa Mudundi

    Hi, My parents are returning to Indore from New Zealand on 17th Jan 2021 via Dubai to Mumbai and their next flight is for indore from Mumbai. They are going to do RT- PCR test on 15th. Can they get any exemption from institutional qurentine. Please let me know if yes,please advice any forms needed to fill and what are the procedures. Thanks in Advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rupa! Given a negative RT-PCR report with a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab, they will be exempted from institutional quarantine. On behalf of them, you can fill out a self-reporting form and an exemption form on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi IGI Airport) within 72 hours prior to their journey from New Zealand. Once the report is available, make sure to upload it onto Air Suvidha and submit a declaration ascertaining the authenticity of the report.

      Reply
  123. Pawan

    I am planning a short visit (7 days) to Delhi from US because of an urgent work. I will carry my covid test report done within last 72 hours with me. I understand that I will be exempted from institutional quarantine with a negative test report. My questions are

    1) Will there be any mandatory home quarantine for 14 days for me?
    2) As I am returning in next 7 days to US. Will India allow me to travel back before completion of 14 days of home quarantine requirement.
    3) If I will be allowed, then is there some process I should follow at airport or inform some authority at airport that I will be back in 7 days.

    Thanks for your time and sincere effort to make life easy for travelers

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pawan! If you show your confirmed return flight tickets upon arrival at Delhi Airport and share your travel plan, you will be exempted from home quarantine and allowed to travel back in a week. For more information on the same, you can call the helpline of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
    • sneha

      Hi Pawan,

      I am in similar situation. Were you able to skip the home quarantine? I am also planning a 7-10 day return trip.

      Reply
  124. Unknow

    Hi , my mom who is 75years and my doter is 13years are planning to travel from dubai to mumbai back home anywhere in jan.please let me know do dey need institutional quarantine for 7days at hotel. As looking at der age n health wont dey be exempted and home quarantined. Pls help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Seema! 7-day institutional quarantine is mandatory for anyone traveling to Mumbai from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa, except pregnant women and those having a death in immediate family.

      Reply
  125. Sana G

    Hello,

    I need some advice. I’m planning to travel from Washington DC to Mumbai from 12-FEB till 13-March. I’m considering two different flights and trying to figure out the best route based on the current quarantine rules in Mumbai. First flight is through airline United (DCA-EWR-MUM) has a layover in New York, The second flight is through Qatar (IAD-DOH-MUM) has a layover in Doha. The city of origin is Washington DC. Even though I’m coming from US, if the layover is in the middle east, does the 7 day compulsory institutional rule (in Mumbai) apply or not with the latest guidelines for flights from Europe and middle east? Would it be better to have a layover within USA and not in middle east based on the quarantine rules, if it applies? I plan to carry the negative PCR-T test from US.
    Secondly, In addition to rules of the country, do airlines have their own requirements in regards to carrying the PCR-T test? I hear Qatar airlines irrespective of the place or origin or destination requires the travelers to carry negative test results.. it that really true?

    What would I need on my way back from Mumbai to USA? Does Mumbai airport or certain airlines leaving from Mumbai to USA require a PCR=T test also? I don’t believe international arrivals in USA are required to show PCR-T test if I’m not wrong.

    Thank you so much, appreciate your advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sana! If you travel on Qatar Airways, a negative COVID-19 test report is mandatory for you to board the flight both from India and the USA. Hence, we recommend you travel on United Airlines via EWR. If you are not able to take an RT-PCR in DC, you can get tested upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. If the result is negative and you are asymptomatic, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  126. Raj

    Hello, first of all thank you so much for such an informative article. God bless you ! I need some advise. We are family of 3 including my daughter. She is 2 years old, travelling from Toronto Canada to Mumbai via Doha.

    According to new rules for Middle East – Would we subjected for mandatory 7 days institutional quarantine even if country of origin is Canada ?

    Do we have to bring negative RT-PCR considering we will be applying for exemption under Air suvidha under parents travelling with child under 10 years category. Thanks again for all your advise !!

    Reply
  127. Raj

    Hello, first of all thank you for such an informative article and your prompt replies to queries. God bless you !

    We are travelling from Canada with toddler 2 years old. Our connecting flight is from Doha.

    Would we be subject to mandatory 7 days institutional quarantine because we are transiting from Middle East or they would consider country of origin to see applicable policies ?

    Lastly do we all need to have negative covid results even though I would be applying for exemption for quarantine via Air Suvidha under “parents travelling with child under 10 years” category

    Thanks again !

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! Canada being your country of origin, you won’t be subject to 7-day institutional quarantine if you are asymptomatic and carry a negative RT-PCR test report. We are not sure whether the 2-year-old is currently exempted from COVID testing. It is recommended that you apply for exemption in the special category. If the exemption is approved, then no COVID test is required for the 2-year-old. If the exemption is rejected, the 2-year-old can be tested after arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  128. Rasesh

    Hi, how long it takes to get approval on exeption request on Air Suvidha after submitting negative PCR test results?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rasesh! There is no definite duration for approval. In case there is no response to your request for exemption on Air Suvidha, you can carry the negative RT-PCR test report and show it to the officials at the port of entry/arrival in India.

      Reply
  129. Raj

    Hello need some guidance on my trip.

    I am travelling to India to meet my family with the following plan:-
    SFO to Delhi: Arrived on Jan 11, with -ve RT-PCR
    Undergoing 14 day home quarantine
    Delhi to Mumbai: Jan. 26
    Mumbai to Delhi: Jan 30,
    Delhi to SFO: Feb 02

    Since I will complete my home quarantine before going to Mumbai and have a short 4 day trip to Mumbai – will I be exempt from the 7 day quarantine at Mumbai ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! First, you will visit Mumbai as a domestic travelers (on completion of 14-day home quarantine in Delhi). Second, there is no quarantine in Mumbai for asymptomatic travelers on a short visit. So, no worries!

      Reply
  130. Naveen Chhikara

    Many thanks for the article & highly appreciated.
    I will be travelling from Port Moresby, PNG to Mumbai transiting via Brisbane & Doha on 18-Feb-2021.
    At Port Moresby, PNG I will be taking RT-PCR test before boarding the flight for Brisbane.
    I am residing in Delhi. Do i need to have institutional quarantine on arrival Mumbai or I can continue my travel to Delhi (with negative RT-PCR test done in PNG before starting of journey)

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Naveen! If you are asymptomatic and travel with a valid negative RT-PCR test report, you will be allowed to continue your journey to Delhi without institutional quarantine in Mumbai (in case the COVID situation does not worsen in February).

      Reply
    • Vardhaman Modi

      Hello need some guidance on my trip-

      I will be travelling to India from USA, my flight is scheduled for 31st January from SFO – BOM through Air India

      I would like to get details about any new travel restrictions and quarantine rules at Mumbai.
      I will carry the RT-PCR test along with me, if it’s negative do I still have to undergo quarantine at Mumbai airport?
      Also, what documents do I have to carry?
      What if I don’t get my test results before boarding the flight? Will Air India allow me to board the flight?

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Vardhaman! If you travel with a negative RT-PCR test report or take a COVID test at Mumbai Airport and the result is negative, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. If you receive the test result before you arrive at Mumbai Airport, you can show the digital copy to the officials there. You also need to carry a printout of the self-reporting you will fill out on Air Suvidha.

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  131. Rama Kaushik

    I will travel BOM-EWR on25Jan and EWR-Fort Lauderdale on25Jan and return by same route to BOM on10Feb.What will be RT-PCR and Quarantine requirement for all stations

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rama! With effect on January 26, travelers need to provide a negative RT-PCR test report at the time of boarding flights to the USA. You may not need it as you will travel on January 25. For your return travel to BOM from the USA, you need a valid negative RT-PCR test report issued within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight from the USA.

      Reply
  132. Deshmukh subhash

    dear sir ,
    I am going to plan to travel from abudhabi to Aurangabad by indigo airlines with RT-PCR Negative test report so I can get exemption from institutional quarantine in Mumbai or I can get allow to go connecting flight to Aurangabad
    can you advice pl

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subhash! FYI, Mumbai imposes 7-day institutional quarantine on all international arrivals from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa. Though you carry a negative RT-PCR test report, you are likely to be put at a payable institutional facility for 7 days.

      Reply
  133. Venkata Lakshmi

    Hello, Thanks for awesome document and prompt responses.
    I’m 68 yr old Indian citizen, departing on Jan 16th from Phoenix, AZ, USA to Mumbai by British air, via Heathrow London. Reason for travel is death in extended family not immediate.
    I have a RT-PCR test given today and will receive the result tomorrow.
    Do I need to go through test at airport and institutional quarantine at Mumbai India (if covid -ve ). I will be staying in Mumbai at my daughter’s home for indefinite period.
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! If you have a valid negative RT-PCR test report and if you are asymptomatic, you need not go through any COVID test, except basic temperature check, at Mumbai Airport. Institutional quarantine is not mandatory for asymptomatic travelers from the USA.

      Reply
  134. Prajit

    Hi… I m planning to fly from doha to bangalore via Mumbai with a single pnr…I will carry rt pcr report with me..will I be subject to any quarantine ? Will I be allowed to travel to bangalore?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prajit! FYI, Mumbai imposes 7-day institutional quarantine on all international arrivals from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa. Though you carry a negative RT-PCR test report, you are likely to be put at a payable institutional facility for 7 days.

      Reply
  135. Pravin

    My wife and 2 sons want to travel to mumbai from abudhabi, all are carrying rt pcr negative test certificates. They are visiting mumbai as her mother has udergone heart surgery and currently in ICU in mumbai , would they exempted from institution quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pravin! We cannot say anything certainly. Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport, they can provide their negative RT-PCR reports and valid documents regarding medical emergency in immediate family to the officials at the airport. Hope they will be exempted from mandatory institutional quarantine. Be positive. Everything will be fine.

      Reply
  136. Sarfraj Lakdawala

    Nice information… On of relatives making a plan to come in India from Saudi Arabia to Mumbai airport in Feb. Month… If he carry negative covid report so will he be subject for quarantine? Or will he be released at that time? He is from Vadodara…

    Please let me know ASAP.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sarfraj! Even though he carries a negative RT-PCR report, he will be subject to institutional quarantine in Mumbai. Please note Mumbai’s quarantine policy for travelers from Europe and the Middle East may be revised or relaxed in February.

      Reply
  137. Shakil Ahmed

    Hi I am travelling to Mumbai On 22 an I will reach Mumbai on 23 Jan direct fligh from doha and carry – ve RT PCR do I have to be quarantine and if I carry medical certificate of my wife having surgery will I get exempted from institutional quarantine

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shakil! We are not sure whether you will get exempted. In Mumbai, institutional quarantine is mandatory for travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa. Please call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  138. Tej

    Hi,
    I’ll be traveling from Miami to Mumbai on February 17th via Delta Airlines (Operated by AirFrance).
    I’m a US citizen with OCI, is this a good route to take?
    Miami –> Paris
    Paris –> Mumbai
    I’ll getting the RT-PCR test done 72 hours before boarding. If it’s negative, will I still have to do the institutional quarantine for 7 days?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tej! If the AF flights are marketed by Delta Airlines, you can travel this route. If you travel with a negative RT-PCR result and if you are asymptomatic, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  139. MUKESH KUMAR

    hello indian eagle I am travelling from DOHA to delhi and then taking domestic flight next day to Mumbai
    just want to know will I am required to go for institutional quarantine

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mukesh! If you travel with a negative RT-PCR report or take a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport, then only you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Delhi. Make sure to share your onward travel plans with the officials at Delhi Airport, so that you are not stamped for home quarantine in Delhi.

      Reply
  140. Raj Tailor

    gm.
    thank you for all your respond . very help full.
    my name is raj planing come see our motherland.end off this month. as well my neg.test. seens i have direct fly from new jersy dose is still req,me to do 7 day ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! You will be exempted from institutional quarantine, but home quarantine applies.

      Reply
  141. Smita Shah

    I want to fly from Nairobi, Kenya to Mumbai on the 25th of January for medical purpose.
    When should I do my Covid test. Would I have to be quarantined with a -ve result from the test.
    What are the procedures. Please let me know as soon as possible.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Smita! If you travel with a negative RT-PCR test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. But home quarantine applies. You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before boarding the departure flight from Nairobi and makes sure the test result features a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab. You also need to fill out a self reporting form on Air Suvidha (a section of the Delhi airport website) and take a printout of the filled form.

      Reply
      • Smita Shah

        My husband needs immediate treatment for cancer. Is there no way I have to not quarantine.
        I can show his medical reports.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Smita! Given your medical emergency and medical reports, you can request exemption from home quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. Wish you good luck!

          Reply
  142. Kartik

    Hello author,

    I am planning to travel from Toronto. My home is in Mumbai but I believe I would need to quarantine at home for 7 days even with a negative RT-PCR test. Is this right?
    Can I instead travel to New Delhi from Toronto (there is a direct flight), spend 2 days there and then travel domestically to Mumbai. Will I be serving a 5 day home quarantine or it would still be 7 days?
    Sorry if this question sounds silly. 🙂

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kartik! Yes, you will be mandated to follow 7-day home quarantine in Mumbai. We have no definite answer to your second question.

      Reply
  143. Dev

    I am flying to Mumbai from EWR on United nonstop flight. I can apply & get a -ve PCR test report from USA and I can also try and get a test report at Mumbai airport if I don’t receive US report in 72 hours.. Either way they may let me go home. My concern is – I have senior citizen parents at Mumbai with health pre-conditions. I would like to avoid meeting them or anyone directly after such long flight…. Covid symptoms may appear after 2- 3 days..So to avoid risking my parents health I would like to self quarantine myself at a hotel first for 3 – 5 days.

    I called one of the listed hotel and they said I can book hotel like a regular visitor and stay but quarantine rules won’t apply to me..also charges are different. Then they said – no matter if you are coming from US – now govt is sending everyone for 7 day quarantine.. is that true ?? I would anyhow choose to be quarantined at hotel for safety reasons and get tested after 2 – 3 days to be on safe for all loved ones. (hopefully not 7 though)

    Quarantine rates at these 5 star hotels are 4000 Rs that includes 3 meals and proper quarantine routine – testing by BMC in 3 to 6 days.. How do I avail that I WANT self quarantine ? Should I just not bring a -ve Test result from USA ? Will that make sure I am sent to Hotel .. Also the hotel said they don’t provide pick up service – will the airport arrange drop off at hotel if I have to do Institutional quarantine ? I am reaching on 25th Jan. Thanks for your time and response in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dev! You have two options – travel with a negative RT-PCR report or travel without a negative report. If you travel to Mumbai Airport without a negative RT-PCR test report from USA, you will be asked to take a COVID test after arrival at the airport. If you deny to take a test at the airport and explain the reason to the officials there, only then you will be shifted to a payable facility for 7-day institutional quarantine. Please note only travelers from Europe, the Middle East and South Africa are subject to compulsory 7-day institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  144. Shazeen

    I want to travel from Dubai to Mumbai for two weeks. Do I still have to undergo institutional quarantine even if my PCR is nagative. Please advise if I can avoid institutional quarantine. We are also planning to get vaccinated before travelling.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shazeen! All international arrivals from the Middle East and Europe are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine in Mumbai even though they have a negative RT-PCR test report. The government of India has not yet come up with a different policy for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

      Reply
  145. Ravi

    Hello,
    I am Ravi. We stay at Pune.
    Booked for SFO-EWR-BOM flight for 27th Jan 2021. WIll get RT-PCR test done on 24th Jan (72 Hours before SFO-EWR Flight). Not sure if we will get results by the time we leave SFO/EWR. If we get the results will fill exemption Form.
    We will fill self reporting form on Air Suvidha on 24th . Our son (in USA) will probably get RT-PCR results while we are travelling to Mumbai. He will forward them to us on our E mail, so that we can get them on landing at Mumbai.
    Questions are:
    1. Is this OK. We will carry a receipt for having undergone test in USA.
    2. Can we show soft copy of the report received on E mail at Mumbai to get exemption from 7 day Institutional quarentine?
    3. We have booked a taxi for Travel from Mumbai Airport to Pune Home. Can we travel in this Taxi or any more declartaions are required to be filled in. We will get quartentined at our Pune Home for 7 days, as required.
    Plese enlighten on the above. Thanks a lot

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! You can fill out the exemption form and upload the receipt that you will receive on taking the test in the USA. We recommend you do this for sure. You can also carry the receipt as well as the report (in digital format) and show them upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. Please note that the test report features a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab. At Mumbai Airport, you will be asked to submit a declaration regarding home quarantine at your final destination. You need to install Aarogya Setu app on your mobile phone.

      Reply
    • Raghu

      Hi Ravi

      Can you please share your experience? Did you get the test result on time?

      Thanks
      Raghu

      Reply
  146. Vipul

    Hello,

    I am travelling today from YYZ – DXB and 3 hours layover and DXB – BOM

    I have negative PCR report, still I will have to go for 7 day mandatory institutional quarantine as I don’t live in mumbai but I am looking to book a flight there from BOM to STV

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vipul! If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result with a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  147. Hitesh

    Hi..
    I will go with covid 19 NEGATIVE test..
    I am planning to travel aruba to Amsterdam then Amsterdam to mumbai and then same day i will take flight to mumbai to ahmedabad.. last destination is ahmedabad..

    What and where and how many days quarantine rule i will get.?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Hitesh! It seems you are from Europe. All travelers from Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine in Mumbai despite their negative COVID test report.

      Reply
  148. Rohit

    Hello,

    I am planning to travel to Mumbai from Toronto via Dubai on an Emirates flight. The transit to Dubai would be for a couple of hours. What are the quarantine rules to follow upon arrival at Mumbai? Does the transit to Dubai make any difference to the quarantine rules?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohit! The transit at Dubai does not make any difference. If you carry a negative RT-PCR test result with a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab, and if you are asymptomatic, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  149. Pradhumn Doke

    Hello ,
    My name is Pradhumn I am doing my studies in Italy . I belong from India (Mumbai) and right now I am in Italy I want to book flight ticket for Mumbai in first week for February.
    Can you please tell me that 7 days of institutional quarantine is mandatory or not if I am being the negative test reports from Italy. Bcoz I can’t bear the 7 days institutional quarantine expenses in hotel on my own as I am a student.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pradhumn! We can understand your situation. As of now, all travelers from Europe are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine and COVID testing on the 7th day of institutional quarantine. If things go well, this regulation may be relaxed in the first week of February.

      Reply
  150. santosh

    Hi there,
    I’m Travelling on 27th from London to Chennai Via Mumbai and I will have my RT & PCR certificate. So What are the quarantine rules to follow upon arrival at Mumbai? Does the transit to Chennai make any difference to the quarantine rules? Will I need to go under institutional quarantine? let me know, please.

    Many thanks in advance

    Reply
  151. santosh

    Hi there,
    I’m Travelling on 27th from London to Chennai Via Mumbai and I will have my RT & PCR certificate. So What are the quarantine rules to follow upon arrival at Mumbai? Does the transit to Chennai make any difference to the quarantine rules? Will I need to go under institutional quarantine? let me know, please.

    Many thanks in advance

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Santosh! All travelers from Europe are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine in Mumbai even though they have a negative RT-PCR result.

      Reply
  152. pinky

    Hi there,
    I called helpline , and they said NO EXEMPTIONS. Even if you’re coming to Hyderabad for 4 days and show confirmed return flight tickets, they will home quarantine you for 7/14 days first. I will be exempted from institutional quarantine for having a negative RT-PCR report. Please advice as I need to visit Hyderabad no matter what. Thanks.

    Reply ↓

    Reply
  153. Amit Kharde

    Hi ,
    I am traveling with my family on 24th Jan from UK to London. I know we have a mandatory quarantine for UK passengers. Can I apply for exemption as I have children under age 10 traveling with me ?
    How long it takes to get the exemption certificate?

    Kind Regards,

    Amit Kharde

    Reply
  154. Romesh

    B1/B2 Visa : Booked ticket to Travel back from Seattle,US to Mumbai,India via Lufthansa Airlines (SEA-FRA-MUM) .

    1] any issue using Lufthansa Airline because of air bubble?
    2] When to submit Self reporting form before departure.. We need to fill-in the Seat Number of our final destination flight (FRA to MUM). This means, i will be able to fill-in the form only after i get the seat number (i think, i am likely to get seat number either 24 hours before departure OR just at the time of departure from Frankfurt to Mumbai. Sorry but i am confused on the submission time-line.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Romesh! You need to fill out the self-reporting form on Air Suvidha within 72 hours of boarding the flight from the port of origin/departure.

      Reply
      • Atul Sawant

        Hi, am travelling from abu dhabi to mumbai. I would be landing with a fresh negative pcr test and my trip is for 6 days and have a confirmed return ticket. Do I still need to go for institutional quarantine or am I exempted.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Atul! You are not exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai unless you are older than 65 years or have a death-like emergency in India.

          Reply
  155. Himanshu

    I m travelling from middle east on 18 feb & i will bring negative rt pcr report of 48 hrs before of travel date with me of … so do i hav to go institutional quarantine or i can continue for my next flight.. plz respond

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Himanshu! As of now, travelers from the Middle East and Europe are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine in Mumbai. This regulation may be relaxed in February.

      Reply
  156. SHILPA

    HI
    can you guide us , my senior is indian passport holder coming from USA to mumbai without RT-PCR TEST . CAN HE DO TEST AT MUMBAI AIRPORT AND WILL HE GET EXEMPTION FROM INSTITUTIONAL QUARNTINE IN MUMBAI ALSO KINDLY ADVISE CAN HE GO BY ROAD TO PUNE ON SAME ARRIVAL DAY

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shilpa! Yes, he can travel to Mumbai and take a COVID test upon arrival. If the result is negative, he will be exempted from institutional quarantine. But home quarantine will apply to him at his final destination.

      Reply
  157. Ramesh Sangani

    Travelling : Seattle to Mumbai Airline: Lufthansa Itinerary: SEA-FRA-MUM
    Travel start Date: SEA Jan 26, 2021 FRA: Jan 27, 2021 &
    Reach MUM: Jan 28, 2021

    What should I fill-In in “date of Journey: column in Exemption Request Form For International Arriving Passengers To Mumbai India.

    thanks

    Reply
  158. Umesh Vakil

    Hi
    I want to travel from Maldives to Mumbai airport in February,
    I have passport adress is of Surat Gujarat , I want to come back by private vehicle from Mumbai to surat .if I have latest reports of RTPCR negative from Maldives resorts ,I have to go undergone institunal quarantine in Mumbai or not ? Can I book cab or train to surat on same day ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Umesh! If you are asymptomatic and have a valid negative RT-PCR test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine and be able to travel by cab or train to Surat on the same day.

      Reply
  159. Rima Rao

    Hi! My mom 68 year old single woman will be flying to Mumbai from Atlanta via Delta/Air France flight. When we booked the flight there was no institutional quarantine. She is traveling alone and has to be home for my dads 1st death anniversary. Can she get exemption from institutional quarantine since she is a senior citizen, she will be carrying a negative RT-PCR test report and also my dads death certificate. She will be staying alone at home since my dad passed away a year ago.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rima! No problem. If she is asymptomatic and has a negative RT-PCR test result, she will surely be exempted from institutional quarantine. Wish her a safe and hassle-free flight.

      Reply
    • Raghu

      Hi Rima

      Can you please share your mother’s experience when landing in Mumbai? Was she exempted from institutional quarantine?

      Reply
  160. Bhadresh Savaliya

    Hello Indianeagle,

    I would like to travel from Washington DC to BOM via Doha (Qatar Airways)…I will travel with negative COVID test result…Am I eligible for an exemption from institutional quarantine?

    Also, I have another option for travel from EWR (Newark,NJ) to BOM on nonstop flight (United Airlines)….So I would like to know which route is best for me to travel to get an exemption from institutional quarantine..

    If I am eligible from institutional quarantine, Can I travel to Surat by road from BOM airport ?

    Thank You!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhadresh! You can travel either of the routes you mentioned. If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Yes, you can travel to Surat from BOM airport.

      Reply
  161. Shrikant Patel

    Hello Team,

    I am planning to travel from Atlanta to Bombay (via Amsterdam (ATL-AMS-BOM)) on Jan 29 or Jan 30_2021.
    I will travel with a negative COVID test (RT-PCR) result.
    Will I be exempted from institutional quarantine?

    Thank you in advance!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shrikant! If you are asymptomatic and if the negative result is not older than 72 hours from the time the test is taken, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
    • Vivek Chaturvedi

      Hi Shrikant,

      Wondering how your travel was. Were you exempt from quarantine upon arrival at India? Was transiting through Amsterdam cause of any issues due to the Covid protocols in place and upon arriving in India? I plan to travel and wondering if direct flight from US to India would be good or to transit through Amsterdam, thus asking the question.

      Thank you!

      Reply
  162. Asmani

    Hi there,

    Thank you for all of the helpful guidance in the comments section of this post! I plan to travel from Boston to Mumbai in March and stay in Pune for about 10 days. I have received both doses of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine (as a healthcare worker) in the US. I plan to travel with a valid RT-PCR negative covid testing result (within 72 hours of travel). Would you please clarify whether I will need to abide by any additional quarantine requirements while in Pune?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Asmani! As of now, home quarantine applies to international arrivals with a negative RT-PCR test result. Regulations for international travelers arriving in India will change for sure by the time you will travel. Please watch out our Travel News section for the upcoming updates.

      Reply
  163. Radz

    Hello Indianeagle,

    Thank you for patiently answering all these questions.To add to it I have two questions:

    1) I am planning a visit in Feb for my sister’s daughter (niece’s) wedding. The wedding is in a day of me reaching. I will arrive with a RT-PCR negative COVID testing result, however I will not have any time to quarantine since I am coming only for two weeks. Do you recommend that I arrive a week ahead of the wedding rather than stay after?
    Or should I not book my tickets, since I cannot stay longer than 2 weeks? Would be a bummer to miss this special occasion.

    2) If I am allowed to participate, I am looking at flying Emirates and have a lay-over of 2.5 hrs in Dubai, hopefully based on your previous responses that won’t be an issue correct? Best to double check.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Radz! We will be able to address your queries only when we know where you will be traveling from and your destination in India.

      Reply
          • Radz

            Sorry about my incomplete replies. I will be traveling from Chicago (US) and my final destination is Mumbai.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Radz! If you are asymptomatic and have a valid negative RT-PCR test result when you arrive at Mumbai Airport, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. But 7-14 days of home quarantine will apply. Home quarantine means staying indoors and that won’t be a problem.

    • Neha

      Hello Radz,

      Would you please update any decision on your travel plans? I am planing to travel from EWR-BOM, early February as well and havent been able to decide yet due to the aiport quarantine rule.
      I would really appreciate if I can get any insight.
      Thanks

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Neha! If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result with a valid signature/stamp from the testing lab, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai. Institutional quarantine is mandatory for travelers from Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.

        Reply
  164. Manish

    Hi I am travelling from Maldives to Mumbai without a prior PCR Test. Can I take a PCR Test on arrival at Mumbai Airport and avoid institutional quarantine ??

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manish! Yes, you can. In the article there is a link of the website where you can book a slot for COVID testing at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  165. Sam

    Hi

    I am traveling from Montreal to Mumbai through Frankfurt without a COVID test report. May I know –
    1. Where is the facility to test COVID at Mumbai Airport and the expected time of result? Is there a “tatkal” scheme to get the result faster?
    2. Until the results are made available, where does one stay – in Airport or have to go to a hotel?
    3. Whether hotel booking can be done at the airport or does one need to reach the hotel (of choice) and do the check-in directly.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sam! The COVID testing facility is located within the airport premises. You will be guided to the facility upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. Early this month, the airport introduced Express COVID testing, the result of which is delivered within one hour or two. You can log on to http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com and check whether slots for booking an express COVID test are available. You can accommodate yourself in a lounge at the airport while waiting for the result.

      Reply
  166. Shreya Sawant

    Hi,
    I’m travelling from USA to Mumbai on 15 th February 2021. My flight is from Chicago to Delhi to Mumbai.
    Please tell me if I have to take the RT PCR test on Delhi airport or Mumbai airport? If it is done on the Delhi Airport than can I be able to fly to Mumbai before the report comes?
    What are the current quarantine rules for international flyers to Mumbai?
    Please reply.
    Regards
    Shreya

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shreya! If you travel without a negative RT-PCR test result, you will have to take a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport, not Mumbai. You won’t be able to continue your travel from Delhi without a negative test result. Please make sure the connection time/layover is minimum 7-8 hours at Delhi Airport. If you are asymptomatic and have a negative test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Only 14-day home quarantine will apply.

      Reply
  167. Kartik

    Hi,

    I have my flight to Mumbai tomorrow. I am flying from Toronto on 29 Jan on an Emirates flight to Mumbai via Dubai. The layover at Dubai is for 3 hours and would be arriving at Mumbai on 31 Jan. I applied for institutional quarantine exemption in the Air Suvidha portal with a proof of negative RT-PCR test result, but my application got rejected.
    Please advice on what can I do to have this exemption from quarantine. I al happy to do 7 day home quarantine in Mumbai. My final destination is Navi Mumbai.

    Thanks,
    Kartik

    Reply
  168. Kartik Sivakumar

    My reason for rejection is as per SOP no.DMU/2020/CR.92/DisM-1 of Government of Maharashtra dated 21/12/2020. Would I still need to do institutional quarantine if I have a negative PCR report and my country of origin is Canada?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kartik! The response you received is generic. If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  169. Abdulhusein kapadia

    Hi,
    I am planing to travel to Mumbai from UAE with my family with a negative PCR reports will I be exempted from 7days institutional quarantine as I want to travel to pune also my wife is pregnant can someone help with the recent rules of the state.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abdul! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa despite their negative RT-PCR test results. Upon arrival, you can request exemption from mandatory institutional quarantine based on the negative COVID result and your wife’s medical condition.

      Reply
  170. shilpa

    HI
    My sisiter is British citizen and coming to india with 2 kids one is 5 years old and another one is 7 years old . she is holding OCI card. as she is travelling with kids under 10 years does she needs to still quarantine in mumbai ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shilpa! Mumbai has had mandatory institutional quarantine for all travelers from the UK, irrespective of their negative COVID status, since the discovery of the new strain of the Coronavirus. We are not sure whether exemption will be given to her on grounds of her traveling with two kids below 10 years of age. Please be advised to contact the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  171. Ravi

    Hello,
    We traveled from SFO-EWR-BOM on 27 Jan 2021. Our experience is as below:
    We took the Covid test on 24th Sunday at Walgreens. Report was expected after 48 Hours. We filled online SRO form on Delhi airport Website and got the number and E mail in one hour. Took a print of the Email attachment and carried it with us. This is required to be shown while check-in at SFO, as also if we have down loaded Arogya Setu app on our phone.. We also carried Walgrens receipt for having undergone the Test.
    The Covid report did not come till we left SFO. We had informed our son in USA to fill-in the Exemption request after the report are received. Also forward the reports to us on our Email, which we could check a EWR during layover or after reaching BOM. A soft copy could be shown at BOM. If we did not received any report, we were ready for test at BOM airport.
    Airline does not check ERO report. However, they check SRO at SFO and EWR.
    After reaching BOM, we saw that we had received the Covid negative report. Though ERO form was filled in, it was pending with Govt of Maharashtra.
    At BOM immigration, we asked where should we show the SRO and Negative Test report. They indicated that after the Bags are collected.
    There was separate queue for for Passengers arriving from USA and those coming from UK or Gulf countries. All passengers coming from USA were separated. The passengers after Customs were sent for MCGB counters.No one asked us to show the ERO form or Negative report. May be they have prior info. Passengers going within Mumbai City were diverted to Counter 1 and others traveling to Pune or taking other local flights were sent to Counter 2. we were asked to fill in a Form and indicate Vehicles Number and Driver’s Name (since we were traveling to Pune in a pre-booked Taxi). This form we filled in and took a Photo on mobile phone, in case anybody on the way asks us.
    The entire procedure was completed in less than 1 hour. There are few passengers traveling and receiving baggage takes max time.
    After reaching Pune, we got a call t forward the Covid Negative reports on WhatsApp, which we did . After that there was a advise from PMC that be in quarantine for 7 days.
    I hope it may help those traveling in near future.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Ravi! Thank you very much for sharing your travel experience in detail. It will definitely help many travelers searching for reliable information related to travel to Mumbai in the current circumstances. We are seeking your permission to publish your travel experience in form a travel story in our dedicated ‘Travel News‘ section, so that it benefits other readers.

      Reply
  172. John

    Flying in early March, EWR-BOM-MAA. Will have PCR test before boarding. Flight lands in BOM around 10 pm. First flight to Chennai around 8 am. Will passenger be allowed to go home in Mumbai, then come back to check in for flight to Chennai? Or, will leaving the airport (to go home in Mumbai and rest for a few hours) make any quarantine rules take effect? Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi John! Since home quarantine applies to international arrivals in India, you may not be allowed to exit the airport without completing the journey. For more definite information, you can call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  173. Saumya

    I am travelling to Mumbai from Bahrain with my daughter who is 7 years .I have my PCR test results with me. Does the child need to do the test. Please advise.

    Reply
  174. Dhimant

    I travelled from Dallas to Mumbai via Doha on feb 3rd. Since I transited via Middle East, I was asked to do a mandatory institutional quarantine which I am doing right now. So any one planning to travel or even transit via Middle East , UK or Africa pls be ready for an institutional quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dhimant! Thank you for sharing your experience. It will surely benefit others. Hope you reach your destination safely.

      Reply
  175. Devraj

    Hello, I have a connecting flight from Toronto to Mumbai via Frankfurt. I also have negative PCR test from Toronto. Do I still have to undergo institutional quarantine in Mumbai after landing or I can be exempted/

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Devraj! You are traveling from Toronto, means your itinerary origins in Toronto, you are much likely to be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
      • Dhimant

        No. U will not be exempted. Since u transit via Europe to Mumbai. 7 days institutional quarantine is mandatory. I m a recent traveler from Dallas to Mumbai via Qatar. I m doing my quarantine.

        Reply
  176. Pallavi

    Hello,

    Thank you for providing so much information. It certainly puts the mind at ease.

    I want to fly from Montreal to Mumbai in April 2021. Is it ok to take flights with layover at Frankfurt, Switzerland, Munich or France? Are we still under air bubble restriction?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pallavi! Whether you can take layover in Europe, depends on the airline you will travel on and your nationality as well as visa type. FYI, the current route-specific restrictions under air bubble may be lifted by the end of March.

      Reply
  177. Sadaf Musani

    I am travelling to mumbai from dallas with my mother and my 3 kids. My youngest
    one is only 16 months, 2nd one is 3 years and eldest is 9 years old.
    I submitted the exemption form online but havent received any response
    Am i exempt from instituational quarantine upon arrival ?
    Mumbai is my first and final destination.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sadaf! Mumbai being your first and final destination, you have one benefit. If COVID testing is mandatory for you and/or kids, you can take it upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. If not, all of you will be allowed to exit the airport and serve home quarantine for 14 days.

      Reply
    • Dhimant

      If you are flying to Mumbai. Be ready for 7 days institutional quarantine. If u want to skip it fly via United airways or air India.

      Reply
  178. Sunita S

    Hello and thank you for all the information you have been giving us. Great job!
    I have a question regarding flights from Mumbai to the US. As the US Govt now requires all passengers to have a
    RT -PCR or antigen test with 3 days of boarding the flight, I was wondering if there were testing facilities available at Mumbai airport outside, before entering the airport, where one could get a test done for example 8-10 hours before the flight, and if one could pre-book an appointment.
    I cannot find any information for international departing passengers.
    Thank you for your help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunita! Mumbai Airport’s COVID testing facility is for international arrivals. Please be advised to read the information under “COVID-19 testing” on https://in.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ or call the Ministry of Health’s toll-free COVID helpline dialing 1075. Or you can Maharashtra state government’s helpline – +91-20-26127394 – for any COVID related query.

      Reply
      • Sunita

        Thank you so much, for the info and the link, your service is much better than the United airlines help desk!
        You are really doing a great job!

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sunita! Wish you good health and a safe trip back to the USA. FYI, we are a leading travel-booking organization in the US-India travel sector. If possible, please recommend us to your acquaintances.

          Reply
        • AMLESH MISTRY

          I want to travel to mumbai from new jersey on 26th march. what can i do for safe travel to Surat & i got corona vaccine in Phoenix USA.

          Reply
  179. prathamesh

    i am coming to mumbai from dubai .bt on same day i had a flight to gao so can i exempt quarantine in mumbai.i am carring covid negative test from dubai

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prathamesh! FYI, travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
    • Dhimant

      No exemption. U will be quarantined in a hotel of ur choice. So plan ur trip accordingly. Fly to Ahmedabad or Bangalore. Don’t fly to Mumbai if u want to skip quarantine.

      Reply
  180. Aadil

    Hi. Is there a quarantine exemption in place for anyone arriving from UAE and will be staying in Mumbai for less 4 days?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aadil! As per the mandate, no exemption from institutional quarantine in Mumbai for travelers from the Middle East. You may be exempted in the worst case of emergency, but we are not sure. You can call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  181. Raghu Rao

    My wife is travelling to India today morning via Atlanta-Newark-Mumbai on United and her RT-PCR exemption has been rejected on Air Suvidha and she has been asked to contact Vande Bharat Mission MCGM team at airport for further assistance. She is in panic mode as she is travelling for family medical emergency. Will she have to quarantine at Mumbai airport ?? for how many days? how can i make arrangements for her additional testing/stay ? PLEASE HELP!!!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raghu! That’s a generic response. Nothing to worry about. She can carry the hard copy/printout or soft copy of the report and show upon arrival at Mumbai airport. She will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
    • RJ

      We are traveling next week from Europe to Mumbai, and It would be helpful if you can share what happened on arrival?

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi RJ! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe, Brazil, South Africa and the Middle East.

        Reply
  182. Quresh

    Hi,

    My in laws aged 72 & 62 were on tourist visa to Dubai and are returning back to Mumbai on 23rd Feb 2021. Do they need to get negative test report? Also Please let us know if they will be exempted for the mandatory 7 days hotel quarantine ? What do we need to do get the exemption?

    Reply
  183. Abhay

    I am planning to travel EWR-BOM by United Airline non stop flight next week.
    Plan to have the RT-PCR test before arriving in Mumbai.
    Mumbai is my final destination.

    Just wanted to check if I would be required to undertake home quarrantine? And if so how many days ?

    Reply
  184. Daniel

    As per the new federal government SOP effective 22nd of Feb 11:59 pm, there should not be any quarantine rule for passengers arriving from Europe (except for UK) with a negative RT-PCR test. Does this apply to Mumbai/Maharashtra as well or will they overrule it with a separate SOP?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Daniel! The SOP bulletin from the government of India does also mention, “States may consider (if required) additional requirements with regards to testing, quarantine and isolation as per their risk assessment.”

      Reply
      • Daniel

        Thanks a lot for the additional Info. I guess best would be to fly in domestically via Delhi…

        Reply
  185. S S Ahmed

    As per the new SOP, travellers from Middle East have mandatory institutional quarantine even after Covid -19 PCR test negative.
    I would like to know, after 7 days mandatory quarantine, I would like to travel back to the UK from Mumbai airport possibly after day 10. I am one of the frontline workers in the UK, and need to return home (UK) ASAP.
    Will I be able to book tickets to LON HEathrow from Mumbai after 10 days quarantine? I will provide COVID-19 PCR which would be valid for 72 hours.
    Also, my parents have received 2 doses of the vaccination, does that exempt from institutional quarantine?
    Many thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ahmed! India has not come up with exemption guidelines for the vaccinated. On 5-7th day of institutional quarantine, you will be tested. If you are negative, you will be discharged from institutional quarantine and be allowed to travel.

      Reply
  186. Manish Mehta

    Hello
    I have reviewed algorithm. I plan to travel on non stop flight directly from newark to Mumbai some time in May, 2021. I hold OCI. Assuming this new covid rule implemented on February, 22, 2021 stay good when I travel, do I still need to get covid 19 PCR test even though I would be vaccinated before I travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manish! The government of India has not yet issued relaxation/exemption guidelines for vaccinated travelers. There may be some relaxation for vaccinated international travelers by the time you will travel to India in May.

      Reply
  187. Namrata

    Under the new rules that came into effect in February 2021, are passengers arriving from UK to Mumbai allowed to travel to any other city in Maharashtra via road (like by taxi) or they need to undergo institutional quarantine after submitting negative RT-PCR Test and molecular test?
    Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi! Namrata! Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from the UK.

      Reply
  188. Joanne Robles

    How about a foreigner coming from the Philippines. Will India be issuing a tourist e visa? And if yes, even having tested negative from RT – PCR from Philippines am I still required for an institutional quarantine if I’m just going to stay there for 14 days ?

    Reply
  189. Ruth Dsouza

    Hi I arrived last night from London and have been forced by the BMC to a hotel quarantine. This is the case for everyone on my flight . They never even looked at the negative test. The claimed that state can enforce their own guidelines. Even though Mumbai airport had the new circular updated on their website.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ruth! Since December 25, 2020, institutional quarantine has been mandatory for Mumbai-bound travelers from the UK, South Africa and the Middle East.

      Reply
  190. Shruti Rane

    Hi! I will be arriving in Bangalore after transiting through Abu Dhabi. 2 days after my arrival in Bangalore, I have a flight to Mumbai, which is my final destination. Will I still have to undergo institutional quarantine in Mumbai? Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shruti! Might be. The officials at Mumbai Airport will get to know from your passport that you traveled from the Middle East. If you travel to Mumbai as a domestic traveler, you may be able to evade institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  191. Vishal Hingorani

    I am flying from US to mumbai via Dubai.
    Will I be forced for mandatory institutional quarantine?
    I am thinking to change my flight and fly with united directly to mumbai.
    Any thoughts are appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vishal! It is recommended you travel on United Airlines (direct flight) to Mumbai.

      Reply
  192. Rohit

    I just wanted to give a first hand experience for people traveling from US to India via middle east. I had planned my travel from Dallas to DOH to BOM but I ended up changing my port of entry to Ahmedabad, GJ, given the potential of institutional quarantine in BOM.

    Ahmedabad (AMD) was no problem at all. Of course, everyone needs to have a PCR test in US prior to departure but at AMD they did not even look at my PCR test results. They did their own PCR test on arrival at AMD at the traveler’s cost of Rs.800 (be ready with rupees but they take USD as well). Pretty efficient process with PCR test and then immigration and customs.

    Overall AMD arrival was very smooth. Not sure about the situation in BOM but if you are going to Gujarat then AMD is a smooth process and will avoid the anxieties of BOM/ Maharashtra rules.

    Reply
    • Rohit

      Just wanted to clarify. Passenger has to get the PCR test at AMD, costing Rs 800 BUT you don’t have to wait for the result. You simply give your phone number of a local contact and then you are free to go out of AMD airport right away.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohit! Thank you very much for sharing your travel and arrival experience with us and other travelers.

      Reply
      • AMLESHBHAI

        I want to travel to mumbai from new jersey on 26th march. what can i do for safe travel to Surat & i got corona vaccine in Phoenix USA.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi AmleshBhai! Vaccinated travelers flying into India from abroad have to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before their scheduled journey to India. Please be advised to avoid Mumbai if your itinerary includes a layover in the Middle East. You may be subject to institutional quarantine for your transit in the Middle East.

          Reply
    • Rashid

      Thanks Rohit for sharing your experience

      What final destination did you mentioned in your Air Suvidha Form ?

      This will help me to fill my form as well

      Reply
  193. Olivia

    I am planning to take a trip from Dubai to Maldives: stay for 1 week then travel from Maldives to finally land in Mumbai. In this case will I still have to do institutional quarantine in Mumbai if I have negative RT-PCR test which was done at my departure in Maldives?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Olivia! It is a bit tricky. If the officials at Mumbai Airport got to know from your passport that you traveled from Dubai to Maldives in the past 7 days, you may be subject to institutional quarantine. But we think that you will be allowed home-quarantine based on your travel from the Maldives and the negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  194. Nida Abdullah

    I am travelling to mumbai from kuwait on 9th march with my 4 years daughter.. Is is mandatory for me to do institutional quarantine?? Or I can do home quarantine??

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Ni Nida! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East.

      Reply
  195. Bhavesh

    Hi , i wish to travel to Mumbai from Dubai on 05/03/2021. I stay in Nasik. My journey is for just 8 days and would return back to Dubai. Is it mandatory to do Institutional quarantine? Yes, i will travel with Negative PCR Report. Please advise. Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhavesh! Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East, irrespective of their negative RT-PCR test reports.

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Bhavesh! Among Mumbai-bound travelers from the Middle East and Europe, only elderly passengers above 65, pregnant women, parents accompanying kids below 5 years, passengers with serious medical conditions, and passengers having death-like emergency in family are exempted from institutional quarantine.

          Reply
  196. Sivasai

    Hi, i wish to travel from Mauritius to Mumbai , Can help me what are the procedures and Quarantine is compulsory

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sivasai! Institutional quarantine is not compulsory for travelers from Mauritius given they are asymptomatic and take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours of undertaking the journey for India. You need to upload the negative RT-PCR test report onto Air Suvidha and fill out a self-declaration form on the same portal within 72 hours of undertaking the journey.

      Reply
      • Khadija

        Hi, I am traveling from Canada to Mumbai with a -ve test. Upon arrival in Mumbai, can I travel to Pune by road and do my home quarantine in Pune?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Khadija! If Maharashtra is your final destination and your flight to Mumbai originates from or transits in Europe/Middle East/Brazil/South Africa, you are subject to 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport, despite you being asymptomatic and having a negative RT-PCR report approved on Air Suvidha. On the 7th day of your stay at institutional quarantine facilities, you will be tested. If the result is negative, you will be discharged and advised 7-day home quarantine. You will have to give an undertaking with your consent to 7-day home quarantine. If you test positive again, you will be shifted to a hospital for COVID treatment.

          Reply
  197. Jyoti

    Hi, I would like to know if there are any Covid quarantine restrictions for passengers travelling from Dubai to Pune? Secondly, I’m planning to travel onward from Pune to Thane via Cab or private vehicle, are there any restrictions for passengers travelling to Thane via Pune from Dubai.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jyoti! On December 22, Pune imposed mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East and Europe. We are not sure if this regulation is still in place for Pune-bound travelers from the Middle East and Europe.

      Reply
  198. Kajal Chandarana

    Hello, I really need your help
    I am planning to travel from Poland (Europe) to Mumbai via Emirates, and then take a domestic flight from Mumbai to Rajkot as I am a student and my family is in Gujarat ( Address on the passport is also Rajkot.) However I have the following questions, I would really appreciate your help.

    1) I will be taking a RT – PCR test in Poland before departing, so If will have a negative test result certificate which is less than 72 hours , will I still have to undergo institutional quarantine in Mumbai for 7 days OR I will be allowed to take the domestic flight and go home / Rajkot ?

    2) If I have a RT-PCR negative test result taken in less than 72 hours, am I still required to take another test on arrival at the Mumbai Airport?

    Thanking you in advance for all your help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kajal! Mumbai has compulsory 7-day institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe, the Middle East, Brazil and South Africa. Only on completion of institutional quarantine, you will be allowed to travel to the final destination.

      Reply
  199. Jenila

    Hi
    My niece will be traveling from Dubai to Mumbai on 13th March, can she avoid institutional quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jenila! Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East. She is not exempted from institutional quarantine unless she is pregnant, or traveling with kids below 5 years, or having an emergency in India.

      Reply
  200. Sameer

    I am planning to travel from Saudi Arabia to Mumbai in 1st week of April with my 5 year kid and 7 month pregnant wife , further i have to travel to Aurangabad in a private vehicle , I will have -ve RT-PCR test report .

    Please let me know how to exempt institutional quarantine , and what document/certificates required for that .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sameer! Usually, Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East. However, you can seek exemption by providing valid documents of your wife’s pregnancy and your five-year-old’s age proof to the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. Before exiting the airport, you, your wife and kid will have to the swab sample for a molecular test.

      Reply
      • Sameer

        Thanks for immediate feedback, please let me know following .

        can airport authority release us for further journey after molecular swab test , or we need to wait till
        swab results are come .

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sameer! We don’t have the exact information related to your query. As far as we think, those exempted will be allowed to exit the airport after their swab is collected for a molecular test.

          Reply
      • Dheeraj

        Would the spouse of pregnant women travelling from UK also be exempted from institutional quarantine? Also, is there a timeframe to define ‘advanced stage of pregnancy’?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Dheeraj! In the guidelines announced by the Maharashtra government, there is no definition for ‘advanced stage of pregnancy’ and there is no rule about spouse of pregnant woman getting exemption. Please be advised to call the helpline number of Mumbai International Airport.

          Reply
    • Khadija

      Hi i want to know, am traveling from qatar to mumbai and am vaccined with my 2nd dose, and will have pcr test also carrying with me, but my daughter she is 14yrs traveling with me ,so will she be exempted from quarantine?.please need a reply. Thank you

      Reply
  201. Raghu

    Hi
    My mother (65) is flying back form Los Angeles to Mumbai in April. As per the rules will ge getting the negative PCR test before boarding. In this case does she need to take institutional and home quaratine? or she will be exempted? Please share your experience if anyone travelled in Feb 2021

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raghu! May we know whether your mother has transit in the Middle East or Europe? That will help us give you a definite answer.

      Reply
  202. Dsouza Anzy

    Dear All,

    I would like to know the procedure if i need to visit India for only 4/5 days from Dubai showing the return ticket do i need to be in quarantine and self isolation even after doing my PCR test of 72 hours which is still valid.

    Also while returning back to Dubai do i need to to PCR or any covid test?

    Awaiting for your positive response..

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dsouza! If you are arriving at Mumbai Airport and Maharashtra is your destination, you will be subject to compulsory institutional quarantine in Mumbai. If your final destination is outside the state of Maharashtra, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine provided you have a negative RT-PCR test report and you are asymptomatic. International travelers on a short trip (less than 14 days) outside of Maharashtra can seek exemption from home-quarantine on proper intimation of their return travel plans to the state/district health authorities. If Dubai’s entry requirements include a negative COVID test report, you will have to take a test prior to traveling back to Dubai.

      Reply
      • Dsouza Anzy

        Dear team my final destination will be in Mumbai only for4/5 days within Maharashtra..How can i avoid the quarantine & self isolation procedure.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Dsouza! You can evade institutional quarantine by modifying your itinerary. You can travel to Mumbai via Bangalore.

          Reply
  203. RAYAN

    Dear All,

    I would like to gather some information stating if i need to travel Mumbai for less than 6/7 days showing the return ticket with my final destination only in Mumbai do i need to be in quarantine or self isolation period.

    & what the procedures or the steps before landing Mumbai?

    Do i Need to upload documents & information in Suvidha portal or in Arogya app. Is Indian number also mandatory to be in the airport if there is any OTP to be shared?

    Which apps are mandatory to be uploaded in mobile devices?

    Yours Sincerely.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rayan! Knowing where you will travel from will help us answer your queries. Whatever you are required to provide should be uploaded onto Air Suvidha, not Arogya Setu app.

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East unless they are senior citizens above 65 years, pregnant women, have serious medical conditions, accompany kids below 5 years of age, or have family emergency.

          Reply
          • RAYAN

            Thank you for your prompt reply.. I have a daughter who is 2 years of age & son is 5 years would we all be exempted from quarantine and is there any PCR test we all have to do in Mumbai airport as the PCR is still valid for me and my spouse for 72 hours.

  204. aravind

    hello, I will be travelling from latvia via germany to mumbai and final destination is vijayawada, I will be travelling with family 2kids age 2 and 6. I will be taking my PCR test before i travel. Do I have to take compulsory institutional quarantine?
    Your comments will be great help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aravind! You can seek exemption for accompanying a kid below 5 years by providing valid documents to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. Please note your request for exemption is subject to approval.

      Reply
  205. Murli

    I need to know if a passenger is travelling from Oman, Muscat to Mumbai and then to Baroda, Gujarat by train in few hours after landing at Mumbai airport. Are there any quarantine rules.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Murli! Since Maharashtra is not your final destination, you may have exemption. Please note exemption is subject to approval based on your documents to the satisfaction of the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  206. Khushboo

    If i have taken both the dose of covid vaccine and I am flying Mumbai from Middle East (Qatar) then do I need to go through institutional Quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Khushboo! There is no relaxation/exemption for vaccinated international travelers in India. If Mumbai/Maharashtra is your final destination, you are subject to 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  207. Mahin

    Hi Indianeagle, if I travel from US to Bangalore/Mangalore via middle east or Europe, can I travel via road to kerala without quarantining in Karnataka? Another option is to travel directly to Mumbai/Delhi and take a connection to Mangalore and then cross the border, my final destination is Kasaragod in Kerala.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Mahin! You can travel to your final destination without any quarantine in Karnataka.

      Reply
  208. Kalyani Thakre

    Hello Team.

    I am coming to Mumbai from Dubai on 8th March 2021 early in the morning at 6. I did covid test here today that is on 6th March 2021. Which is within 72 hours of my travel. Do I have to still undergo institutional qurantine in Mumbai even if the report is negative? How do i avoid I institutional quarantine?
    Please reply and confirm as soon as possible.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kalyani! We regret the delay in addressing your query. Hope you had safe travel and arrived safely.

      Reply
  209. Kenneth D'souza

    Great job guys. This forum is very helpful.
    I am travelling with my wife and 2 daughters 2 years and 6 years from qatar to mumbai.
    I have read that i can get exemption with child below 5 years.
    I need to know if i need to request for an exemption online or do i have to request it after arrival in mumbai.

    I also have a friend traveling with us who has been vaccinated. Please advise if he can avoid institutional quarantine.

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  210. Jonita

    Hello,

    I wish to travel to Mumbai from Dubai for 5 days for visiting my doctor. How can I evade the mandatory institutional quarantine in Mumbai? If I travel via Bangalore and take a connecting flight to Mumbai, wouldn’t I have to update my final destination as Mumbai on the self declaration form? Will it be a problem at BLR or BOM airport by doing so? Please let me know. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jonita! If you are having a serious medical condition and you are going to visit a doctor in Mumbai for the same reason, you can seek exemption from institutional quarantine by providing valid document to the in-charge officer present at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • Jonita

        Thank you for your prompt reply. I am not sure if my condition will be considered serious, as I went through the list and it only states few medical condition as serious. I can get a letter from my doctor however, it will be a chance that I will be taking. As I don’t have many days in Mumbai, i prefer avoiding the risk. Is it ok to travel via BLR? I can stop in BLR for a day and then take the domestic flight to BOM?

        Reply
  211. Deepika

    I am planning to travel to Mumbai from UAE. I am vaccinated, also my travel duration will be only 7-8 days, will I get exemption from institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepika! Neither vaccinated travelers nor travelers on a short-term from the Middle East are exempted from institutional quarantine, in our knowledge. Please be advised to call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  212. Azmatullah

    Hi,
    We are planning to visit İndia on March 20, 2021 for 3 weeks. Our journey starting point is İstanbul (Turkey) and end point will be Mumbai. We may come via Dubai or Doha. We have 2 children of 9 year & 2 years of age.
    will we get exemption from 7 day compulsory quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Azmatullah! We cannot confirm it. The details of Mumbai’s quarantine policy and exemption are provided in the article. Please go through the article.

      Reply
  213. Stinson Stephen

    Hi,
    I am travelling from UK to Mumbai around the end of Mar, will remain in Mumbai for 3-4 days and then return back to UK. Can you let me know if i will get quarantine exemption for short trip which is less 7 days?
    Appreciate your help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Stinson! As far as we know, there is no exemption for UK travelers on a short trip to Mumbai.

      Reply
  214. Tushar

    I am planning a travel from UK to Hyderabad. My home is in Solapur(which is in maharashtra but nearest airport is Hyderabad). So i will be traveling by road from Hyderabad to Solapur.
    I will be returning to UK within 6 days. What will be the quarantine rule for me?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tushar! Make sure to carry the negative RT-PCR test report, a printout of the self-declaration form after filling it on Air Suvidha, and your return flight tickets. Accordingly, you will be advised home-quarantine in your final destination.

      Reply
  215. Piyush

    Hello, I am traveling from Atlanta, USA to Mumbai around Mar 16, transiting/connecting flight in Amsterdam,
    Do I still need to Quarantine in Mumbai? My final destination is in Surat traveling by road. I also have Senior Citizens
    traveling with me.
    I would appreciate your help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Piyush! Since your final destination outside of Maharashtra, you are exempted from Mumbai’s institutional quarantine. You will be able to exit the airport or take a connecting flight after giving your swab sample for a molecular test at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
    • Vivek Chaturvedi

      Hi Naved,

      Wondering how your travel was. Was transiting through Amsterdam cause of any issues due to the Covid protocols in place and upon arriving in India? I plan to travel and wondering if direct flight from US to India would be good or to transit through Amsterdam, thus asking the question.

      Thank you!

      Reply
  216. Supriya

    I am travelling from London to Bangalore for a business trip. I need to return UK in less than 7 days.
    I have to visit Pune for 2 days in between(travel by domestic flight). What quarantine process do i need to follow? Please guide. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Supriya! You need to take an RT-PCR test before traveling from London and a COVID test upon arrival at Bengaluru Airport. If both the test results are negative, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Considering your short trip, you may have exemption from home quarantine too. You need to share your domestic travel plans and produce your return flight tickets upon arrival at BLR Airport.

      Reply
  217. Natvar

    I am planning on travel from USA to Mumbai with connecting flight in Amsterdam. From Mumbai I will be traveling to Surat by car. I will be returning to USA in 12 days. what rules will apply to me?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Natvar! Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport, you will have to give your swab sample for a molecular test. You will be able to exit the airport without having to wait for the test result. The pre-boarding rules require you to take an RT-PCR test and upload the negative result onto Air Suvidha within 72 hours of your flight from the USA.

      Reply
      • Vivek Chaturvedi

        Does the molecular test apply only in Mumbai or does it apply if I land in Delhi, traveling from USA, via Amsterdam, taking a domestic connecting flight to Chennai. Are there any additional screenings if i am going through Amsterdam or should I take a direct flight instead from US to India if that makes anythings easier at Amsterdam or Delhi/ Mumbai?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Vivek! If you transit through Europe or Middle East, you will have to give your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at any airport in India.

          Reply
  218. Aaquib

    Hi Indianeagle,

    I intend to travel from New York to Mumbai in the first week of April on a permanent basis.
    I plan to take a COVID test 72 hours prior to my departure from New York as per the prescribed guidelines.
    My question is whether institutional quarantine is required in the above scenario and whether the answer changes if the flight is direct or with a layover.

    Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aaquib! You are not subject to quarantine upon arrival if you travel on a direct flight to Mumbai without transit in the Middle East or Europe.

      Reply
  219. Darryl Dsouza

    Hi
    I am traveling to Mumbai on the 5th of April 2021. I am 56 years of age and have undergone an open heart surgery.
    Please tell me if I would have to undergo the institutional quarantine.
    My wife who is 58 years of age would be traveling with me as well.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Darryl! You can seek exemption from institutional quarantine by providing valid documents regarding your age and medical condition to the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  220. Shubham Pandey

    I am travelling from Dubai to Mumbai on 15 th March I have to go to Gujarat and I have booked my train 2 nd class ticket can I go by train after reaching Mumbai update me please

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shubham! Yes you can. Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport, you need to give your swab sample for a molecular test and show your train tickets for onward domestic travel.

      Reply
  221. shadab

    Hi I am travelling from Saudi Arabia to Mumbai along with family includes 2 kids less than 5 years old. Would i be able to apply for home quarantine by uploading pcr report online ?? whats the whole current process as daily there is a new protocol followed specially at mumbai airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shadab! For accompanying kids below 5 years, you can seek exemption from institutional quarantine by providing valid documents to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. Please note you should take an RT-PCR test, upload the negative report onto Air Suvidha within 72 hours of your travel from Saudi and carry a printout.

      Reply
  222. Ankita Peety

    Hi,
    We are planning to travel from London to Mumbai with 3 year old child. How does that apply on quarantine for us considering that young child?

    Also, what if myself along with child travel via private car to Surat, Gujarat straight from Mumbai airport and my husband stay back in Mumbai?

    Thanks in advance,
    Ankita Peety

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ankita! Possible exemptions from institutional quarantine are detailed in the article. Your husband and you can seek exemption from institutional quarantine by providing valid documents to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. Besides, you are exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai for your travel to the final destination outside the state of Maharashtra. You can travel to Surat while your husband can stay back in Mumbai.

      Reply
  223. Dillan

    Hi, I will be travelling London to Mumbai and will be traveling via Private car to Gujarat- Will I need to institutional quarantine in Mumbai ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dillan! Since your final destination is out of the state of Maharashtra, you may get exemption from institutional quarantine in Mumbai. You must carry a negative RT-PCR report from London and take a molecular test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  224. Ashwini

    Hi,

    I am traveling to Mumbai for 3 weeks in April 2021 from a direct flight from the USA with my 2 year old baby.

    Here is my itinerary –
    Day 1 – USA to Mumbai direct international flight
    Day 3 – Mumbai to Lucknow, UP in domestic flight
    Day 5 – Lucknow to Mumbai in domestic flight
    Day 20 – Mumbai to USA

    Will I be allowed to travel to and from Lucknow within 2 days of travel to Mumbai? What documents /Tests I need to carry?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashwini! As per the new rules, both you and your baby have to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your departure from the US. You must fill out self-declaration form and upload the negative test reports onto Air Suvidha within 72 hours. Make sure to carry a print out of the negative report and self declaration form. You maybe allowed to travel to and from Lucknow on sharing of your domestic travel plans with the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  225. Natasha

    Hello,

    I am planning on travelling from Toronto to Mumbai direct flight on last week of April. I will be doing the covid test from Canada here before 72 hour of flying and would upload negative test on Air Suvidha. Would i be exempt from institutional quarantine?

    Regards
    Natasha

    Reply
      • Natasha

        Thank you aton. Appreciate the valuable service, time and efforts you are putting in. Cheers!

        Reply
        • Natasha

          also, just wanted check that the flight that i am thinking to book is Toronto-Delhi-Mumbai. I will be going to Virar after that. Does this change anything?

          Reply
          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Natasha! No restrictions. You will be able to reach your final destination.

  226. Shaila Thakur

    I am traveling from usa Atlanta,Paris,mumbai , do I require quarantine in mumbai
    After having vaccine, two shits done and rtpcr _tiv

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shaila! The government of India has not yet announced any relaxations for vaccinated travelers. You may be subject to 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival in Mumbai because of your transit in Europe.

      Reply
  227. Vishal Patel

    Hi, I am planning to travel from Frankfurt to Mumbai and further directly from Mumbai Airport to Surat via Private car or via domestic flight from Mumbai to Surat, I will stay in India for 10 days. What if I bring RT PCR negative test from Frankfurt, Do I need to test again at Mumbai Airport when I arrive ? or Institutional quarantine in Mumbai ?

    Thank you in advance !

    Regards,
    Vishal

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vishal! You will be required to take a molecular test upon arrival in Mumbai and then you can proceed towards the final destination.

      Reply
  228. Raj Mukundan

    Hi,
    I am travelling to Mumbai from Qatar on 6th April. I have taken vaccine and the second and final dose is on 2nd April. Will I be exempt from hotel quarantine. I will be also taking the PCR test 48hr before traveling… I also heard there is express PCR test at Mumbai airport which gives result in 8hrs and if negative I can go home… Please advice. Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! The government of India has not released any guideline regarding exemption for vaccinated travelers. You are likely to undergo 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai, if your final destination is within Maharashtra.

      Reply
  229. Snehal

    Hello, we are planning to travel from London to Mumbai on 26 March. Then we are going to Nashik by car. We have 2 kids aged 4 and 5. We have medical emergency in family and we have required document for that too. We are going to carry mandatory PCR test with us. Can we get exemption from hotel quarantine? Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Snehal! For accompanying kids below 5 years and having a family emergency, you are likely to get exemption from institutional quarantine. Please note it is subject to approval based on your documents to the satisfaction of the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  230. Pooja

    I am traveling to Mumbai for 4 days. Will the institutional quarantine rules apply? Please let me know.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pooja! Can you please share from where you are traveling, so that we can give a more definite answer?

      Reply
  231. Gaurav

    Hello,
    I am planning to travel to Mumbai From New Jersey (USA). on March 29th
    I will be taking direct flight from EWR-BOM (United Airways). I am planning to take the RT-PCR test 72 hrs before the departure.
    If I don’t get the results before the departure of my flight would I be allowed to board the flight & take the RT-PCR test at Mumbai on arrival OR the airlines will not even allow to board the flight.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gaurav! According to the current rules, you must take an RT-PCR test before undertaking the travel to India. Without a negative report, you won’t be allowed to board the flight. Please be advised to check with United Airlines too.

      Reply
  232. sameep

    hi bro,
    i am travelling through ethopian arilines from nigeria to mumbai on 31st of march and will be landing on 1st of april. my flight carrier is ethopian airline. from mumbai i will be proceeding to pune. what are the chances of 7 day quarantine at mumbai on arrival.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sameep! If your final destination is within Maharashtra and your flight does not originate/transit from UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Brazil, you will not be subject to institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai. But you must be asymptomatic and should have filled out self-declaration form and upload a negative RT-PCR test report within 72-hours of your departure on Air Suvidha.

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  233. Jo

    Hi,
    My father in law is ill, bedridden at the moment, my husband needs to go see him and will probably only get leave for 7 days, what is the quarantine protocol for coming on a 7 day emergency visit? He has no documentation for his father’s illness as he has to go there to meet with the doctors, etc. He will be travelling from the UAE- Dubai.
    Kindly advise. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jo! As per the guidelines, valid documentation regarding family-distress (emergency situation) must be submitted to the in-charge officer at Mumbai Airport to seek exemption institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  234. Karthik

    Hi,
    I am planning to travel from Dubai To Mumbai (On 23-Mar-2021) for 4 days stay in Mumbai.
    Return will b on 26-Mar-2021. Please advise if i will get exemption in quarantine as my stay in Mumbai lasts only for 4 days ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Karthik! Those planning a trip to Mumbai shorter than 7 days are likely to get exempted from quarantine given they being asymptomatic and carrying confirmed return tickets. But we are not sure whether this relaxation applies to travelers from the Middle East. Please be advised to call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  235. Manohar Vassolekar

    I am planning to travel from Frankfurt, Germany to Mumbai on 29.03.2021. And then directly proceed to Goa via a domestic flight from Mumbai. I will travel with a negative PCR test. If I am asymptomatic and have a -ve test report, will I be subjected to institutional quarantine in Mumbai?
    Are the rules about this clear or can the officer decide at his own discretion? Is it better to transit via Delhi?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manohar! No, you won’t be subject to institutional quarantine in Mumbai. You will be required to give your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport and then you will be allowed to take your connecting flight to Goa. The result of the molecular test will be communicated to you.

      Reply
  236. Saniya kazi

    Hi, I am planning to travel From Nairobi, kenya to Mumbai next month for 3 months. And I have my baby with me who is just 14 months old. Please advice if I can get exemption as I have read in airport rules there is exemption.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saniya! Yes, you can seek exemption from quarantine on the basis of accompanying a child below 5 years of age. You have to submit required age-proof documents to the officer in-charge at Mumbai Airport. Please note approval is based on the satisfaction of the in-charge officer based on your documents.

      Reply
  237. Natasha

    Is covid test done again after arriving in Mumbai? Just curious

    or after landing and picking up luggage, we can go? (assuming we present the negative RT-PCR test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Natasha! If you travel on a nonstop/direct flight to Mumbai from the US or any other country, excluding the UK, Europe, South Africa, Brazil and the Middle East, you can exit Mumbai Airport without taking a molecular test upon arrival.

      Reply
  238. Rahul

    Hey so I wanted to know i will be traveling from sfo US to mumbai and will be transiting thorough germany I will get my negative pcr test do I still need to quarantine at mumbai airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rahul! If your final destination is within Maharashtra, then you will be subject to 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport, despite having a negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  239. Jay

    Hello,
    I am travelling from NJ to Mumbai non-stop on 1st April, 2021. I am vaccinated – both shots on 14th Jan, and 11th Feb. So my travel is after around 1-1/2 months after taking 2nd shot. Do I still need to carry negative PCR test report?
    Thanks,
    Jay

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! You need to carry a negative RT-PCR report uploaded and approved on Air Suvidha within 72 hours of your journey from NJ. Vaccinated travelers are not yet exempted from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test.

      Reply
  240. Pankaj Shet

    Hi, I am Pankaj Shet. My wife and kids are coming to Mumbai from Kochi in March for summer holidays. As per rule RTPCR -ve report required for pesons coming from kerala. Is it required for childrens below 10 yrs of age or there parents test reports are enough.

    Reply
  241. Annie Andreas

    Hi I want to travel NY to Mumbai via united airlines or qatar. Which would be considered best? I have a 2.5 y old child, my husband and my self who will be pregnant at the time travel. We need to then go on to pune via car so are looking to avoid institutional quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Annie! Considering your case, we recommend travel on United Airlines’ direct NY to Mumbai flight. If you travel on a direct flight without transit in Europe or the Middle East, neither of you will be required to take a molecular test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. Our website IndianEagle.com has the best deals for United flights. You can feel free to call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for any assistance.

      Reply
  242. Stevan

    Hi I want to travel doha to mumbai in may. And i had completed my 2 dose of vaccination in doha so can i skip the institutional quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Steven! The government of India has not yet issued any relaxation/exemption for vaccinated travelers from abroad.

      Reply
  243. Brijesh Gaur

    Hi I’am a seafarer and have been on a ship in Qatar from last 6 months, I’am doing my PCR test and ma very sure I will be negative as our ship is COVID free from last 6months, do I have to do institutional quarantine or I am exempted from quarantine for being a seafarer like every other country

    Reply
  244. Winnie

    Hi, I am travelling from seattle via Qutar with my 5 year old .Will
    I need to do institutional quarantine. I have taken both shots of my vaccine. I also have visa stamping in 3 days. Will I be able to keep that appointment if I have a negative covid test.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Winnie! As per the updated guidelines, travelers inoculated with both doses of an approved COVID vaccine, can seek exemption from institutional quarantine and exit the Mumbai Airport on production of the vaccine certificate to the satisfaction of the airport staff. However, you will still require a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shaista! Your family and your daughter will be subject to 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival at Mumbai Airport, if your final destination is within Maharashtra or if you are not vaccinated.

      Reply
  245. Tanvi

    I am pregnant and I want to travel from London to Mumbai for 10 days for some urgent work …..I will be exempt from institutional quarantine .is it possible to have a short stay in Mumbai and how many days do I have to quarantine ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tanvi! You can seek exemption from institutional quarantine on grounds of being pregnant. Also, for short trip, you need to show confirmed ticket for your return flight upon arrival at Mumbai airport to seek exemption from quarantine. Please note exemption is subject to approval on condition of providing valid documents to the satisfaction of the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  246. Boris

    Any exemption for senior citizens aged 65+ at Mumbai international airport arriving from Dubai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Boris! Yes, you can seek exemption from institutional quarantine at Mumbai Airport, for being above 65 years. Please note exemption is subject to approval on condition of providing valid documents to the satisfaction of the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

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  247. H Patel

    Hi Good Morning,
    I am traveling from London to Ahmedabad via Mumbai through Air travel with my wife. we both have Two doses of Pfizer/Biontech Vaccines.
    My question is, Do we have to do Institutional quarantine in mumbai or we are allow to take connecting flight to ahmedabad as is consider as Other state.

    Thank you
    Waiting for your valuable reply

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Patel! Since your final destination is out of Maharashtra, you won’t be subject to institutional quarantine. However, you will be required to give your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport and then wait for the result. You will be allowed to take your connecting flight to Ahmedabad if your molecular test result is negative.

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  248. Vivek

    Hi , I will be arriving to Mumbai from UK at midnight and will be then taking a connecting flight. How long does it take to get the results of molecular tests. Is 7 hours enough time between arrival in Mumbai and the departure of connecting flight? Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vivek! The 7-hr layover may be sufficient depending on the rush of international arrivals on a given day.

      Reply
  249. Nalini Dhere

    I am planning to travel from USA Atlanta, Paris, Bangalore for six months. (delta flight connecting to airfrance in Paris)I have already taken two COV-19 vaccine shots. If my RT-PCR test comes negative 72 hours before departure will I require 7 day quarantine in Bangalore? Also do I need to upload the RT-PCR test report on air suvidha portal.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nalini! If you have a negative RT-PCR report within 72 hours prior to your departure, you can exit the Bangalore Airport after giving your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival. Also, you will have to upload your pre-arrival negative RT-PCR onto Air Suvidha portal.

      Reply
  250. Umesh

    Hi , my wife and my 2 kids ( 2 year and 7 year) travelling from Jaipur to Mumbai by Spicejet flight. Whether i need to carry negative covid report for my kids also. Kindly confirm.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Umesh! As per the guidelines, all travelers from Rajasthan must carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure.

      Reply
  251. Winnie

    I am fully vaccinated and travelling to Mumbai via Qatar with a 5 year old child. I see the rules have changed and I will not be exempt from institutional quarantine as I am vaccinated. But will my child who is 5 years old also be exempt or we will have to go through institutional quarantine as she has not received the vaccine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Winnie! Parents accompanying kids below or up to 5 years of age can seek exemption from quarantine. Please note exemption is subject to approval on condition of providing valid documents to the satisfaction of the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  252. Dolly Parasher-MA

    Hello! I am traveling from usa to mumbai in may 2021- I have a 10 year visitor visa- but I read that it is not being honored and only emergency visas are being issued. I will be completely vaccinated by the time I travel- I am seeing mixed messages in embassy site- can you provide some direction please??? Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dolly! Currently, India is permitting travelers with a regular entry visa or emergency entry visa. Entry on tourist visa is not allowed.

      Reply
  253. Adnan Sayed

    I am travelling from Mumbai to Oman on OmanAir, please advise
    1. The PCR test needs to be done 72 hrs before arrival at destination or from departure ?
    2. If i take PCR test in Goa and then travel to mumbai by road, will my PCR test be valid for travelling from mumbai airport ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Adnan! As per the requirements of Oman, you are required to take a PCR test within 72-hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival and present a negative COVID-19 test result. Your test result taken in Goa will be valid if it falls within the required time frame when you arrive in Oman.

      Reply
  254. NIKHIL KOTHARI

    Hello,
    I am planning to travel to Mumbai in April. Can someone please tell me what are the quarantine rules for travelers traveling from USA to Mumbai? Do we still have 14 days home quarantine even if we have negative RT PCR report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nikhil! If you are traveling to Mumbai on a direct or non-stop flight from the US, you won’t be required to undergo home quarantine, given you are asymptomatic and have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report.

      Reply
  255. Nishant

    Hi, I am planning to travel to India from USA (via Transit in Germany), I will be traveling with 9 and 14 year old kids, While both parents are/will be fully vaccinated (2 doses), do I still need to check in institutional Quarantine for 7 days, post Negative RT-PCR test (72 hours prior)? I will be traveling to Pune from Mumbai.
    Thank You
    Nishant

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nishant! As per the updated guidelines of Mumbai Airport, travelers inoculated with two doses of vaccine can seek exemption by providing both vaccination certificates. Please note exemption is subject to approval on condition of providing valid documents to the satisfaction of the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  256. PatXen

    The exemption from quarantine due to vaccination order only talks about completing 2 dosage of vaccine. Johnson & Johnson has only 1 shot. Will I be exempted? How should I go about this?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi PatXen! Mumbai’s advisory strongly recommends two doses of an approved vaccine. Please be advised to call the helpline of Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  257. Nisha

    Hi, I am traveling from Dubai with my family to Mumbai and will be staying for 10 days. Will I be exempted from institutional quarantine ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nisha! Travelers arriving in Mumbai for a short trip of 7-10 days can seek exemption from institutional quarantine by showing confirmed return tickets to the airport authorities. Please note exemption is subject to approval on condition of providing valid documents to the satisfaction of the In-charge officer at Mumbai Airport. Also travelers should test negative in molecular test taken upon arrival and be asymptomatic.

      Reply
  258. Amod

    Hi, I am traveling to Mumbai from USA via Amsterdam with my 6 year old child.
    I also have a pet Cat traveling with me. Do you know if there will be any exemption as institutional quarantine facilities are not allowing pet.
    Additional do you know if I’ll be able to book the quarantine hotel once I land in Mumbai or do I have to book it before travel.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amod! You won’t be subject to institutional quarantine at Mumbai Airport if your final destination is outside of the state of Maharashtra. But if your final destination is within Maharashtra, you and your child can seek exemption from institutional quarantine at Mumbai Airport, if both of you are vaccinated with two doses of COVID vaccine. Please note approval is based on production of your vaccine certificate to the satisfaction of the airport staff. You can book for quarantine hotel upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

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      • RAJIV NAIR

        Hi. I ama seafarer and would be flying from korea to Mumbai via dubai and Hyderabad. I have negative RT-PCR test uploaded on Air Suvidha. Do I need to go for institutional quarantine.