FAQs: New Delhi Airport’s Institutional Quarantine Norms for International Flyers Traveling to India

Do people traveling on air bubble flights from the USA and other countries have to undergo institutional quarantine on arrival in India? 

‘Yes, they have to,’ said New Delhi IGI Airport authorities. All travelers flying to Indira Gandhi International Airport will have to be quarantined for 7 days at institutional facilities. Institutional quarantine is not only mandatory but also payable. New Delhi Airport’s institutional quarantine for international travelers apply to those having no onward connections to other part of the country.

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Is Delhi Airport’s institutional quarantine protocol only for passengers of Air India flights under the Vande Bharat Mission?

“No. It equally applies to all inbound passengers, irrespective of the airlines they are traveling on to New Delhi,” said the spokesperson of Indira Gandhi International Airport. The passengers of Air India’s Vande Bharat Mission flights and the flights being operated by foreign carriers including United Airlines are bound to undergo 7 days of institutional quarantine if New Delhi is their final destination. However, there are certain exemptions.

Why should I undergo institutional quarantine on arrival at Delhi Airport if my residence is in Delhi itself?

Delhi has been next to Mumbai in numbers of positive COVID19 cases. New Delhi Airport has been the destination of maximum flights operated for repatriation of Indian nationals from different parts of the world. Currently, New Delhi is the main destination of Air France and United flights having onward connections in India. That’s why Delhi government has mandated 7-day institutional quarantine for all inbound passengers having no domestic connections. It has been in place since the beginning of repatriation flights to India. The 14-day institutional quarantine has been reduced to 7 days in the fourth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission.

Are there exemptions to Delhi Airport’s institutional quarantine for inbound travelers?

Yes, certain inbound travelers are exempted from Delhi IGI Airport’s institutional quarantine protocol. Pregnant women, travelers with children below 10 years, travelers/senior citizens having serious health problems, and travelers having an emergency like death back home can seek exemption from the 7-day institutional quarantine on arrival at the airport.

If you fall into any of the four specific categories of inbound travelers, you need to fill out an undertaking form and send it to airportcovid@gmail.com, along with valid documents as attachments in support of your exemption request. The documents include a copy of pregnancy proof for pregnant travelers, a copy of medical certificate for travelers having serious health issues, a copy of death certificate for travelers having a death-like emergency, and a copy of age proof if you are being accompanied by a minor.

“If you fall into one of the four exemption categories and are seeking to exempt from institutional quarantine in your final destination other than New Delhi, you need to send a copy of your flight ticket for the onward domestic connection from Delhi Airport, along with an undertaking form and a supporting document (mentioned above), to airportcovid@gmail.com before you travel to India,” said the chief travel advisor of Indian Eagle with regards to booking of flights to India under the air travel bubbles.

12 thoughts on “FAQs: New Delhi Airport’s Institutional Quarantine Norms for International Flyers Traveling to India

    • indianeagle Post author

      The government of India’s new guidelines, with regards to quarantine upon arrival, for international travelers flying in will take effect starting August 8. It re-ascertained 7 days of mandatory institutional quarantine and 7-day home quarantine for all inbound travelers except for those in four categories. Those falling in any of the specific categories will be eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine only if they apply on the website of the airport – New Delhi or Mumbai – prior to 72 hours of boarding the flight to India.

      As per the new guidelines, any international traveler can be exempted from institutional quarantine upon submitting a negative RT-PCR test upon arrival in India, and the test should be conducted within 96 hours of the scheduled onward travel to India and uploaded to the website of the primary destination airport. Giving a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report is required. Travelers not seeking exemption from institutional quarantine are required to submit a self-declaration form along with an undertaking to comply with the quarantine norms, at least, 72 hours before their scheduled flight to India. In case they don’t fill the self-declaration form before their travel begins, they can fill it during the flight or upon arrival in India.

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  1. Manju Chexal

    My 10 year Visa to India expired in February 2020. Now my Dad is seriously sick and is in the
    hospital for almost 10 days. I have a sister who is taking care of my Dad & mom. But she herself has lots of health issues and is on the brink of nervous breakdown. I know I can be of great help to the family. I need to go to Chandigarh & am not sure if I’ll be stuck in Delhi for quarantine.
    My dad is 90+, my mom 89,
    I’m a senior citizen 65+
    Please tell me how soon can I get the visa for India & will I have to Quarantine in Delhi because my final destination is Chandigarh. If I can’t get there soon enough, it could be too late.

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  2. jay vora

    I had a sudden death of a family member and I am travelling from Paris. Where Can I find the undertaking form??

    Also from my understanding as I fall into exemption, what are the steps to be followed?

    – Fill up the undertaking form
    -attach documents with flight details
    – and send it to airportcovid@gmail.com

    Please let me know if that not correct. I am on time crunch and Any help is really appreciated?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! If you are traveling on Air India, you will find the undertaking form on the airline website from August 8. Besides the above-mentioned process, you can check the new guidelines. As per the new guidelines, any international traveler can be exempted from institutional quarantine upon submitting a negative RT-PCR test upon arrival in India, and the test should be conducted within 96 hours of the scheduled onward travel to India and uploaded to the website of the primary destination airport. Giving a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report is required.

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  3. Meenal Goyal

    My parents are traveling to India from US on 17th August. My dad is a senior citizen and mom is slightly less than 60.. they both have high BP and high sugar problems. Are they eligible to get exemption to quarantine?
    If yes, what documents are needed (if needed )
    Also will you be accepting 20 days old 12 days old negative covid negative test reports?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Meenal! As per the new guidelines, any international traveler can be exempted from institutional quarantine upon submitting a negative RT-PCR test upon arrival in India, and the test should be conducted within 96 hours of the scheduled onward travel to India and uploaded to the website of the primary destination airport. Giving a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report is required.

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  4. Rakesh Joshi

    I am traveling from Newark to Delhi via United airlines with a 9 hour halt in Delhi and onward connection to Mumbai via Vistara. When i called Delhi airport they said that i will have to quarantine in Delhi and cannot take onward flight. Is this true ? If so why is United and even IndianEagle selling itineraries with this connection ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rakesh! If you call Delhi airport again, you will get a different piece of information. You won’t have to be quarantined if your United Airlines PNR includes the domestic connection in India. Anyway, the scenario is changing every other day. FYI, As per the Ministry of Home Affairs’ new guidelines taking effect on August 8, any international traveler can be exempted from institutional quarantine upon submitting a negative RT-PCR test on arrival in India, and the test should be conducted within 96 hours of the scheduled onward travel to India and uploaded to the website of the primary destination airport. Giving a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the RT-PCR test report is compulsory.

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  5. Shankar

    Hi, if we have a negative covid report taken within the last 96 hours of travel date and we arrive in Delhi, will we be able to take a non-vbm domestic flight to reach the final destination (Visakhapatnam)?

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