September 01, 2021: With immediate effect from September 03, 2021, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai eliminated the mandatory institutional quarantine as per Mumbai’s new guidelines for international arrivals. Only fully-vaccinated travelers and travelers in certain categories of exception were exempt from institutional quarantine until September 2. All Mumbai-bound international passengers, irrespective of their vaccination status, country of origin, and transit in a third country, are now free from institutional quarantine on arrival at Mumbai International Airport (BOM). They must be asymptomatic and upload a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India.
In view of more transmissible variants of the novel coronavirus, the state government of Maharashtra decided that Mumbai-bound international passengers arriving from or transiting through the UK, Europe, and the Middle East are mandatorily subjected to a self-paid RT-PCR test at CMSI Airport, BOM. The same norms apply to international travelers arriving from or transiting via China, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand. Neither vaccinated travelers, senior citizens, nor family travelers are exempted from taking an RT-PCR test on arrival.
Mumbai’s new guidelines require international passengers arriving from or transiting through the above-mentioned countries to submit a self-declaration form to the officers at Mumbai Airport, with an undertaking to 14-day home quarantine, irrespective of their final destination within or outside the state of Maharashtra. They can exit the airport after giving their sample for an RT-PCR test. They will receive the report via email.
If they take a connecting domestic flight from Mumbai Airport, they can continue their onward journey only if their RT-PCR report is negative. It means that they will have to wait for the result after giving their sample for an RT-PCR test on arrival at Mumbai Airport. It may take up to 8 hours to get the test results.
Guidelines for travelers taking nonstop flights to Mumbai
As per Maharashtra’s revised guidelines for international arrivals, those traveling on nonstop flights to Mumbai from USA or any other country except the above-mentioned ones don’t need to take an RT-PCR test on arrival. They must be asymptomatic and upload a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India. They can exit Mumbai Airport or take a connecting flight on showing the negative test report issued in the country of their travel origin. They may be advised self-monitoring of health for 7 to 14 days.
Even if you transit in Japan, South Korea, or any other country (except the UK, the Middle East, Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand), you are exempt from the mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at Mumbai Airport.
Express RT-PCR Test at Mumbai CSMI Airport
Following the directive issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Mumbai International Airport got a 24/7 COVID19 testing facility for all travelers from abroad. 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. International arriving passengers can register on www.suburbandiagnostics.com and book slots online for testing or enroll for the COVID-19 test at the help-desk set up at the arrival terminal of Mumbai airport. 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, with a stamp for home quarantine at the final destination. In case of positive results, passengers are shifted to a designated quarantine facility from the airport.
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