Traveling to New Delhi? Check These Post-arrival Testing and Quarantine Rules for International Arrivals

In view of the growing concern over #Omicronvariant of the novel coronavirus, India revised the guidelines for international travelers from both at-risk countries and countries not at risk. With effect from December 1, the new guidelines apply to international arrivals at New Delhi Airport. Delhi’s current post-arrival and quarantine rules for travelers from abroad are aligned with the government of India’s revised guidelines. We, at Indian Eagle, compiled some FAQs with regard to the impact of the guidelines on your travel to New Delhi and your arrival at Delhi IGI Airport.

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What’s the post-arrival procedure at Delhi International Airport for travelers from countries not at risk?

As of today, Delhi Airport’s post-arrival procedure is relatively simple for fully-vaccinated international arrivals from the countries not at risk. Your negative RT-PCR report, vaccination proof and self-declaration form that you must have uploaded on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to traveling to India will be duly checked and verified. Your travel history for the past 14 days prior to arriving in India will also be checked and verified. Usually, fully-vaccinated travelers from a country not at risk are exempt from additional testing at Delhi IGI Airport. However, only 2% of the total passenger of every flight from countries not at risk will be randomly tested for COVID-19. If you are among the 2% to be tested on a random basis, or if you are found symptomatic, you have to give your swab sample for a test. Once the sample is collected, you can exit the airport or board a connecting flight.

What’s Delhi’s quarantine policy for international travelers from the countries not at risk?

There is no institutional quarantine in Delhi for international travelers from the countries not at risk, such as the US, Canada, Mexico, the UAE, Qatar, Australia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Thailand. If you are asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and found negative in random RT-PCR testing on arrival, you shall monitor your health for 14 days post arrival. Self-monitoring of health is unlike home/self-quarantine.

If you are found symptomatic in thermal screening despite being COVID-19 negative, Delhi’s guidelines require you to follow the home quarantine policy for 7 days.

Unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated travelers from the countries not at risk are required to undergo a self-paid RT-PCR test at New Delhi Airport, 7-day home/self-quarantine, and an additional test on day 8.

I am traveling to Delhi from a country not at risk. I have a connecting flight to Ahmedabad. What quarantine rules do I need to follow in my final destination?

New Delhi’s guidelines for international arrivals from the countries not at risk are aligned with the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s guidelines. All other states, except Maharashtra, follow the same rules we explained above. You need to comply with the above-mentioned rules in your final destination, be it Kochi, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mangalore, Jaipur, Chennai, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Vishakhapatnam, or Hyderabad.

I am fully-vaccinated and arriving from a country not at risk. Can I travel back within 7 days of my arrival in New Delhi?

It depends on what quarantine/isolation measures apply to you. If you are asymptomatic and COVID negative, you shall self-monitor your health for 14 days. Self-monitoring of health does not require you to quarantine or isolate yourself; hence, you can travel back within 7 days of arrival. If you are symptomatic despite being COVID negative, you must quarantine yourself indoors for 7 days. You cannot travel back unless you test negative on day 8 following home-quarantine.

What’s the post-arrival procedure at New Delhi Airport for travelers from a country at risk?

Your self-declaration form, negative RT-PCR report and/or vaccination proof that you must have uploaded on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to traveling to India will be duly checked and verified at Delhi Airport. Owing to traveling from a country at risk, you are subject to a mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival in Delhi, as per Indian government’s current guidelines. On being tested negative, you can go home or travel onward to the final destination where you will undergo home-quarantine for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test on day 8. On being tested positive right after arrival or on day 8, you will be shifted to a medical facility for COVID treatment.

I will travel from a country at risk, but I am fully-vaccinated and COVID negative. Am I exempt to post-arrival RT-PCR testing at Delhi Airport?

You are not. The same rules as explained just above apply to all travelers from a country at risk, irrespective of their vaccination status.

As I am subjected to post-arrival COVID-19 testing at Delhi Airport, can I pre-book an RT-PCR test online?   

You can pre-book a test on the New Delhi Airport portal where you should select ‘International Arrival’ from the dropdown menu under ‘Travel Type’ and enter your SDF request number. You can book a regular or rapid RT-PCR test. A regular RT-PCR test costs Rs 500 per person, but the report is available within 6 to 8 hours. A rapid RT-PCR costs Rs 3900 per person and delivers the report in 60 to 90 minutes.

New Delhi IGI Airport’s 3500-sq-ft COVID-19 testing facility is located in the arrival area of Terminal 3. You can avail payable lounge service while waiting for the result of your RT-PCR test at the airport.

I am traveling to Delhi for an emergency. Is there exemption from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test? 

Currently, there is no exemption. It is mandatory to take an RT-PCR test and upload the negative report on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to your scheduled travel on an international flight to New Delhi, as India’s pre-arrival guidelines for international travelers regardless of their age, travel purpose, vaccination, or country of travel origin.

I am an Indian passport holder. What airlines are operating air bubble flights to Delhi from USA?

Irrespective of what US visa you hold, you can travel on Air India, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines. You can choose to book either airline’s cheap flight tickets on IndianEagle.com.

I am a US citizen with an OCI card. What airlines can I travel on from USA to India?

If you are a US citizen with/without an OCI card, you can travel on British Airways, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Emirates Airlines other than Air India, Air Vistara, and United Airlines (nonstop).

577 thoughts on “Traveling to New Delhi? Check These Post-arrival Testing and Quarantine Rules for International Arrivals

    • 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.

      Reply
  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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
    • Abhi

      Bo exemption especially if you are flying from air India. They don’t care, they will send them back even if old people are on wheel chair or even dying they simply don’t care. Ruthless and rude people. I am saying because I had bad experience just today, and many other families were sent back from the airport. Worse is that Air India is not even refunding the money

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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 ?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  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)?

    Reply
  6. V S VENKATARAMAN

    I will carry COVID report for exemption. I travel from SFO ,USA to Chennai. VBM ticket by Air India is booked upto Delhi only.
    How much time do I need for clearance at New Delhi airport ? – the time needed for me to book onward flight to Chennai?.
    My flight reaches Delhi at 3pm. As myself (65 yrs) and my wife (59yrs) cannot withstand long travel, is there any resting place (paid also ok) within airport?
    Please guide me as I am visiting Delhi for the first time.
    Venkataraman V S .

    Reply
  7. VIRAL SHAH

    In USA covid symptoms are required for RT PCR testing . Since I do not have any symptoms, I am not allowed take RT PCR testing . What document do I need to submit for exemption?

    Thanks

    Reply
  8. Kumar

    Hi,
    We have a RAPID test result within 96 hours in USA traveling to HYD via DEL/EWR. Also submitted online for exemption as we have a death in the family. But, we have not received any approval email from Telangana govt. yet as it is just 48 hours. How do we explain the DEL airport authorities and how do we get exemption from quarantine? Any advise? Thank you.

    Reply
  9. kumar gaurav

    My dad is serious ill and no one is there to take care apart from my mom. She is having own health issues. I have to travel from London to U.P. via Delhi international airport. Does the 7 days institutional quarantine applicable for me as well? I called delhi airport and learnt that delhi institutional quarantine is not applicable for U.P. residence.

    I have to go by my car from delhi to U.P., please do confirm if I will be allowed. I will ensure 14 days quarantine after reaching home

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! We’re very sorry to hear this about your father. May he get well soon! You are required to fill out a form for exemption from institutional quarantine on arrival in Delhi. Along with the form, you need to submit/upload copies of your father’s latest medical reports on the newly launched Air Suvidha portal which you can access through the website of Delhi airport. For details, https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/air-suvidha-inbound-travelers-india/

      Reply
  10. Neena

    Hi.. I’m traveling to IGI airport on 8 th September from Heathrow airport London..and need to reach my home in Faridabad..my question is what I need to do for this?

    Reply
    • Randhir Singh

      Hi Neena, did you figure out quarantine rule for Faridabad? I also need information for Gurgaon.

      Reply
  11. Joy

    Hi I’ll be travelling with British airways soon. Will I be getting the same list of hotels for the 7 days quarantine as given to the passengers travelling with vande bharat?? Thanks

    Reply
  12. Swathi

    Hi, I’m planning to travel from SFO to Hyderabad via United Airlines. United airlines is providing connecting flight from Delhi to Hyderabad but does the new guidelines allow this without institutional quarantine at Delhi? I have a 2 year old accompanying me.

    Reply
  13. Kiranjit kaur

    I am planning to visit India in mid September to mid October for family reason, need to take care of my mother property. She is older and more then 74 she is living with me in ny at present . She cannot travel because she is has asthma, diabetes and Chf. Her property needs repair . If I need to do PCR test for exmpetion . Do I need negative result 96 hours prior to flight or need to take test 96 hours prior to flight. Now these days – we have rapid antigen test – you can get result same day but PCR takes sometimes more then 7-10days . Please be advised what yo do in that Case.
    If someone is antibodies positive , still they need to do PCR .

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  14. ramila kara

    Hi,
    my parents will be travelling from London to Ahmedabad on Vande Bharat flight, they are both 77 years of age, as they are senior citizens is there any way of them having exemption from 7 day intitutional quarantine and instead have 14 day home quarantine,

    Reply
  15. vinod

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am travelling from Toronto to Delhi with my wife and 3yr old kid. Can I book same day domestic flight from Delhi to Pune as I have my own vacant flat in Pune and I can stay for 14days home quarantine at Pune.
    Please suggest.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Reply
  16. Uday

    Hi,
    My son is traveling by United Airlines and his flight is SFO-DEL & DEL-BOM….. the whole ticket is issued by united…..I am told by the travel agent that he will not be hotel quarantined in Delhi but he will be put in hotel for 7 days in Mumbai.
    Kindly requesting you to confirm the above information and how does he deal at Delhi airport to take connecting flight by Vistara to Mumbai.
    Thanking you in advance.

    Reply
  17. Shweta

    Hi…. I am travelling from Toronto to Delhi on 20 August. Then I have booked domestic flight from dekhi to Amritsar. I have already got exemption approval from Delhi airport. Just worried that is this exemption only from Delhi or from my state govt. As it says that I have to quarantine at my address l. But will O be quarantined at Amritsar.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shweta! If you hold a single PNR including both the international and the domestic leg of the journey, then the approval for exemption will apply to the entire itinerary. At your address means at your residence in Amritsar. Be advised to call the Amritsar airport and get your concern addressed. Wish you a safe flight!

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  18. Debayan Chakraborty

    Hi I am travelling to Bagdogra from New York via United Airlines on 28th September. As per the itinerary, the first port of entry will the New Delhi, and there will be a connecting flight to Bagdogra on the same day (after approx 6 hrs). My question is if indeed institutional quarantine for 7 days is mandatory in Delhi upon arrival from the United States, why is the airlines selling tickets with such itinerary, where the connecting flight from Delhi departs on the same day. Also the place where I stay only allows RT-PCR tests if COVID19 symptoms are present. So chances are I will not have a RT-PCR negative certificate when I arrive in India. So will the institutional quarantine happen in Delhi, or the final destination (Bagdogra in my case). If institutional quarantine will happen in Delhi, unless I seek an exemption, why is United Airlines allowed to sell such itineraries with same-day connections.

    Reply
  19. Sarthak Sharma

    Hello,
    I arrived in India from US on 14th August 11:55 PM. My institutional quarantine ends and home quarantine begins on 22nd August. I want to fly back to USA on 29th August (2:55 AM). Will I be allowed to fly out on 29th?
    Please let me know.

    Thank you,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sarthak! If you complete 7 days of home quarantine by or on August 29, you should be allowed to fly out. We recommend you also check with the airline (that you plan to travel on to the US from India)

      Reply
  20. Malti

    Hello,
    I am travelling from US to Delhi while united and then will need to go to Haryana. Where do i have to do institutional quarantine? Delhi or Haryana

    Reply
  21. Bal

    My mom will be traveling alone from US to Delhi. Can someone come to pick her up at the airport? Will that person also have to go into quarantine?
    She will carry negative COVID test report to gain exemption from institutional quarantine. Will the “rapid” test report work?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Balram! Only RT-PCR test reports with negative status are considered valid for exemption from institutional quarantine on arrival. If the online application of exemption is accepted, then you can designated someone to pick her up from Delhi Airport.

      Reply
      • S. M. Shariq Abbas

        Sir I have Emirates Airlines flight from Abuja Nigeria to Dubai, then connecting flight of Fly Dubai airline to Lucknow and Air India flight to my final destination Delhi. I have negative RTPCR report. My question is in the Air Suvidha portal for Self Declaration which flight number and seat number has to be mentioned. Abuja to Dubai or Dubai to Lucknow since seat number for Dubai to Lucknow flight is not available. I am confused please help

        Reply
  22. Monika Verma

    Hi , I need to travel Delhi (from Mumbai) for a day to appear in court hearing .
    Do I need to get quarantine?
    What is the process to take exemption

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Monika! There’s no institutional quarantine in Delhi for domestic travelers.

      Reply
  23. Sunil Choudhuri

    I am travelling on Sept 6th from JFK to Delhi to Bhubaneswar in Air India Flight. When I opened new delhi airport exemption international passenger site, it pops up below message.
    “As per the state rules of Karnataka, Kerala, and Odisha, all asymptomatic passengers will undergo home quarantine. All asymptomatic passengers having the first airport of entry located in these states, have to undergo 14 days mandatory home quarantine. Hence, the exemption is not required.”

    Since I am travelling to Odisha(Bhubaneswar), does that means there is no institutional quarantine and only home quarantine and I needn’t have to apply for exemption?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunil! 14 days of Home Quarantine for all passengers returning to urban areas of Odisha. 7 days of Institutional Quarantine followed by 7 days of Home Quarantine for all asymptomatic passengers returning to rural areas of Odisha. During 7 days of Institutional Quarantine if any passenger is found symptomatic s/he shall be shifted to COVID Care Centre/Hospitals. Since the first port of entry for you is New Delhi, not Bhubaneswar, Odisha government’s quarantine norms may be different for those transiting through any other part of the country.

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      • Sangram Behera

        Does it mean, Sunil / someone coming to Bhubaneswar (Rural area of Odisha) does not have to go for 7 days instututional qurantine in Delhi??

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sangram! If your entire journey (itinerary) from USA to the final destination via Delhi/Mumbai is ticketed in a single PNR, you won’t have to go for institutional quarantine in Delhi. International travelers flying to Odisha are divided into two groups. Institutional quarantine does not apply to those traveling to urban areas of Odisha. Those traveling to rural parts of Odisha are likely to be quarantined at an institutional facility if they are found symptomatic in thermal screening.

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  24. Mary Mathew

    I’m travelling from TVM ( Varista) to Delhi & proceeding on same day to Newark, New Jersey by United Airlines, final destination Dallas, Texas. Do I need to produce a RT PCR negative certificate to land in Newark ? Is there any quarantine in New Jersey upon arrival ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mary! There is no such protocol to carry or produce a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival in Newark. You will undergo thermal screening at the time of boarding your flight from TVM or Delhi. If you are found symptomatic in thermal screening, you won’t be allowed to travel out of the country.

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  25. Sangram Behera

    Hello, I am taking aflight from USA to Delhi via LHR, and the same PNR I have connection flight to Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Do I have to go for 7 days Institutional qurantine in Delhi followed by Domestic Flight??

    Or

    I can take my Domestoc flight and go for 7 – 7 days (Hotel-Home) / 14 days home quarantine in Bhubaneswar itself?

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to comply with the 96 hrs PCR test as I am coming from offshore (Ship) and going straight to airport from ship.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sangram! Since your entire itinerary is ticketed in the same PNR, you won’t be quarantined in Delhi. If you are found symptomatic (fever, cough, cold or sore throat) during thermal screening upon arrival at Delhi Airport, you may be denied boarding to the domestic flight to Bhuvaneswar.

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  26. A. K. Dev

    We r senior senior citizens. We shall be departing from Omaha on 27 September via newark to mumbai by United Airlines
    Well for 96 hour RT PCR test should be from time of departing from omha or newark what are other formalities reuired Which is website for uploading RT pcr test for Mumbai
    Are senior citizens exempt from institutional quarantine

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! NO, senior citizens are not exempt from institutional quarantine. Senior citizens with pre-existing medical problems can seek exemption. You need to get tested within 96 hours of your scheduled flight from Omaha, the port of origin and upload a copy of the test report to the Air Suvidha section of New Delhi Airport website. In case you are not able to get tested for COVID and carry a negative report, you can get tested upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. Mumbai airport has got COVID testing facility for international arrivals. For more information, you can check https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/mumbai-quarantine-rule-international-flyers/

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  27. Pram

    Hi
    My sister passed away two days ago. I am traveling from SFO to Delhi via United. I have separate travel booking from Delhi to Bhuvaneshwar via Vistara. I am also planning to take RT PCR test. hopefully I will get the result by the time I land in Delhi. Will I be exempt from Institutional quarantine.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pramila! We’re very sorry about your loss. If you are able to show your negative RT-PCT test result upon arrival at Delhi, you will be exempt from institutional quarantine. FYI, Delhi airport has got COVID testing facility for travelers from abroad, Wish you a safe flight!

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  28. GADADHAR SARANGI

    I am 71yrs (Senior citizen)
    In 3rd wk of October I have to travel from New york to BBSR THROUGH DELHI with ticket from delhi with a
    Different PNR.The stay at Delhi airport will be 7hours.
    What will be restrictions or requisite at Delhi airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! Either you need to carry a negative RT-PCR test report from USA or get yourself tested upon arrival at Delhi airport. Delhi Airport has opened a COVID-19 testing facility for travelers flying from abroad. You can book a slot online for the test, and receive the result within 6 hours. If negative, you can travel onward to your final destination from Delhi Airport. For more information, please check https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/onsite-covid19-test-inbound-flyers-india/

      Reply
  29. Swati Soni

    Hi,
    I am travelling from United States to Delhi in october. My hometown is in Uttar Pradesh. Can I do 7 day institutional quarantine in new delhi aerocity hotel?

    Reply
  30. Vaibhav

    Hello,
    We are arriving in Delhi next week and have the exemption for the institutional quarantine. Our onward journey is via domestic connection which is next day of arrival in Delhi.
    Do we need to take the PCR test and must be negative for taking the next connecting flight in Delhi?
    Can we stay overnight in a hotel in Delhi upon arrival before taking the domestic flight? Is PCR negative report required for the same?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vaibhav! If your application for exemption from institutional quarantine has been approved, you don’t need to take the test. You can show a soft/hard copy of the approval of exemption while checking in at a hotel in Delhi. FYI, Delhi airport has opened a COVID-19 testing facility for international arrivals. The COVID testing is a payable service at Delhi airport and the result is delivered within 4-6 hours of the testing. For more details, https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/onsite-covid19-test-inbound-flyers-india/

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      • Raj

        Hello,

        I received the below response from IGI.

        ” Greetings from Delhi Airport!

        As per current government guidelines passengers exempted from institutional quarantine can travel by surface using personal mode of transport. Public transport including domestic flights are not allowed till 14 days of quarantine period is complete. Passengers with RT PCR negative certificate are allowed to take domestic connections.

        Hope this helps.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Raj! Thank you very much for sharing this. In our knowledge, a RT-PCR negative certificate is not mandatory for taking domestic connections from Delhi Airport. Anyway, we will check with our sources and update the article accordingly.

          Reply
          • Raj

            I spoke to Delhi airport 24 x7 helpline and they confirmed that if the exemption is given to a PNR which has a domestic journey then no PCR negative certificate is required. However, nothing is written in black and white it’s all verbal.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Exactly! If you hold a single PNR for the entire itinerary from the origin to the final destination and you are not seeking exemption from institutional quarantine, no RT-PCR certificate is required to continue your travel on the domestic connection from the port of entry.

  31. Krishnan

    I’ve travelled today from USA to Delhi -> Chennai on AI 104. I ran around to get PCR test and exemption forms approved. But after landing in Delhi, no one bothered to check or ask about these documents. We simply went through the security check and to the connecting flight to Chennai. All this process that MOCA is talking about is on paper only. GOD only knows whats going on in Indian govt. agencies

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    • Krishnan

      I take that back. They checked in Chennai. So it is done at the port of exit not port of landing.

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    • Ovais

      Brother can you please confirm whether you Flight USA-DELHI and DELHI-CHENNAI has the same flight number AI 104? Or the connecting flight which u have caught were also the part of VBM or is that a regular domestic flight from DELHI to CHENNAI? Because the case happened with u is only possible in the above 2 scenarios

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  32. VK

    Hello,

    I would be traveling from US to India and applied for exemption with test taken document and result awaited. But I got a rejeection stating test result not found.
    WillI be exempted at Delhi if I would be carrying a negative RT PCR test done within 96 hours of departure?

    Thanks

    Reply
  33. VK

    Hello,

    If exemption for quarantine has been rejected, can I re-apply for same .

    It for rejected despite having uploaded the test taken proof and result awaited.
    I’m still within 72 hours limit

    Traveling from US to India.

    Please reply asap.

    Thanks
    VK

    Reply
  34. VK

    Hello,

    My exemption was rejected despite uploading test take document. Reason cited is no test report could be found.
    Should I try to apply again for the exemption?

    Also, if I can show negative covid test report upon arrival at Delhi, wil they exempt me from instituitional quarantine.

    Thanks
    VK

    Reply
  35. Somrita dey

    Hi. I am travelling from chicago to Kolkata on 9th October in Air India with layover in delhi. Do, I need a RT PCR negative test to avoid institutional quarantine in Delhi. My ticket is under the same PNR
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Somrita! No, you don’t need a RT-PCR negative test to avoid institutional quarantine in Delhi. It is needed only if you don’t wish to undergo institutional quarantine at your final destination, Kolkata. Subho jatra! Subho pujo!

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  36. Praveen

    Hi, I am travelling from uk and I have the approval for institutional quarentine excemption. I have returned ticket booked in 4 days after my arrival. Will I be allowed to travel immediately or will there be any problem?
    Thanks,
    Praveen

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Praveen! There won’t be any problem. The policy for international travelers’ short visit varies from state to state in India. We would have been able to tell you exact things if you had mentioned your destination in India.

      Reply
      • Pankaj Mittal

        Hi, I am in the same situation. I live in Dubai with my Wife and she is not keeping well. I need to travel with her to Delhi so that she can stay with the Family and then I need to return back in 3-4 days. I will get the RT-PCR test done for institutional quarantine exemption. Could you please reply if there will be any issue for my return. I will get another Covid test before travelling back to Dubai

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  37. Radhakrishnan

    I am traveling from sfo to Cochin via Delhi by a connection VBM flight booked through from US. Is the quarantine rule of Delhi is applicable to me or I will be allowed to go to Cochin irrespective of exemption since mandatory quarantine is not there in Kerala.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Radhakrishnan! If your entire itinerary from SFO to the final destination is ticketed in a single PNR, you will be exempted from quarantine in Delhi. hope it answers your query.

      Reply
  38. Pankaj Mittal

    Hi,
    I live in Dubai with my wife and she is not keeping well. I need to travel to Delhi with her so that she can stay with the family and then I need to return back to Dubai in 3-4 Days. I will get the RT-PCR test done for the institutional exemption. I will get another Test done for my return as well. Could you please advise if there will be any issue for my return

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pankaj! May your wife get well soon! There won’t be any problem during your return. You may need to show your return flight ticket when you arrive at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  39. Shruti

    Hi
    I am travelling to Delhi in next 96 hours from US, and my exemption request with RT PCR Test copy (results waited) was rejected. I will be getting the report in next 48-72 hours. Is there any way I can submit it at the airport and be exempted from institutional quarantine? I have an onward journey to other city. Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shruti! Once you get the result report, you can upload it to the Air Suvidha section of Delhi Airport website 72 hours prior to your scheduled travel from the US. In case, it fails to be uploaded or you don’t get response to it, you can carry the report and submit upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  40. Indu Shekhar

    can a person coming from Singapore with negative report get exemption from being quarantined at Delhi as he is having his residence in Delhi

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Indu! If the test is taken as per the guidelines, a traveler from Singapore or any other country will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Delhi. Please note, there is no exemption from home quarantine.

      Reply
  41. Sri

    Indian Eagle Team. I am planning to book united flight from Newark – Chennai. I has 10 hour Layover in Delhi. Do i need to quarantine in Delhi? will be travelling with < 10 yr old kids and the chennai flight from Delhi Airport is on the next day morning but of same PNR.. Pls suggest

    Reply
  42. AA Angels

    If someone has to travel from US to India for personal emergency, will Air Suvidha exemption allow someone to be back from Mumbai in 4 days or 14 days home quarantine is mandatory?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! Those on a short visit to India need to show confirmed return tickets upon arrival at the port of entry in India. If you are visiting India for 4-7 days, you must carry return flight tickets and a negative COVID-19 test report from USA.

      Reply
  43. Sri

    I am lookimng at flights from Newyork to Chennai. I will have to take a connecting flight from Delhi. I am travelling with my kids age less than 10 years. WIll i be able to take teh connecting flight. It looks like it is a single ticket/PNR thru United airlines/Vistara Pls confirm

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Srikumaran! Yes, you will be able to take the connecting flight at Delhi airport. Having a single ticket for the entire itinerary is good. As you will travel with kids below 10 years of age, you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
    • Ammu

      HI Sri, do you have to have PCR negative test as well? I got the exemption approved but in Chennai Airport does that Exemption good enough?

      Reply
  44. Piyush

    I am flying to Delhi from London on 3rd November. I have booked for on-arrival RT-PCR test at Delhi airport. I am not planning to apply for a prior exemption by getting tested before departure. Will I be allowed to go Noida using the private vehicle after I get a negative report at the airport or 7 days institutional quarantine is still mandatory for me?

    Reply
  45. Navpreet Singh

    Hellooo
    Im travelling on 30th oct to delhi from canada and my final destination is panipat,haryana.would u be able to.tell.me that where i will.be doing my institutional quarantine i,e. Panipat or delhi? Cuz last time when i travelled to.delhi in july ,they sent me to panipat for quarantine!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Navpreet! You will undergo institutional quarantine in your final destination.

      Reply
  46. Shweta

    In the exemption form, I had attached my negative COVID report from National Health Services (NHS) UK. The report is in a mail form. My form has been rejected saying that I need to attach a RT PCR report. ButI have contacted NHS, and this is the only report they send.
    My flight is tomorrow from UK to Delhi. How can I be exempted from the institutional quarantine in Delhi.

    Reply
  47. Char

    We are planning to travel from SFO To Delhi in end of Nov. If we get a Negative Covid report prior to travel, How many days of home quarantine do we have to follow?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Char! 7-day home quarantine applies to international arrivals in Delhi.

      Reply
  48. Gaurav

    Hi,

    Me and my wife will be travelling on 28th Nov from Toronto to Ahmedabad via Air India flight.
    My wife’s mother passed away on 10th July 2020 and her grandfather passed away on 24th Sep 2020.
    Can we get exemption in this case?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gaurav! We’re very sorry about the loss in the family back home (India). As it has been a month since the incident happened on September 24, you and your wife may not get exempted from institutional quarantine. Please be advised to take a test in the USA and upload the test result as per the guidelines mentioned in the article.

      Reply
  49. Ray

    I don’t want to be covid tested at delhi airport due to testing inaccuracies producing false positive with no symptoms.Its a 50-50 situation.Will I be swab tested or temp checked thermal screening only for 7 day institutional quarantine in delhi?also when i complete my 7 days will i be swab tested or only temp checked after being released because what is the point then I should just go for the 5000 rupees test at delhi airport and get it over with in the begining rather than spending 7 days and eventually being swab tested doesnt make sense.If only temp check then makes sense because i don’t trust the tests you never know and if comes positive then I’m in a bigger problem.Please advise thank.s

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Ray! We are not familiar with the COVID testing procedure at institutional quarantine facilities in Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you and other passengers will undergo only thermal screening unless you opt for a COVID-19 testing at the airport or you are found symptomatic in thermal screening.

      Reply
  50. vijay

    Hi Team,
    I am travelling from London to Hyderabad via Delhi with Air Vistara on Nov 22nd.
    Do i need to quarantine in Delhi or take a test prior in UK and upload the results prior.

    Where will be my test be in Delhi or Hyderabad?
    I am confused . Please help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijay! You won’t be quarantined in Delhi as Hyderabad is your destination. To evade institutional quarantine, you can take a test in the UK, upload the test result to Air Suvidha as per the specified time, and travel with a soft/hard copy of the test result. Or you can take a test at Delhi airport itself if there is a gap of 6 hours between your arrival at Delhi and the domestic connection to Hyderabad.

      Reply
  51. Ravi

    Hi ,I am travelling with my 6 year daughter from Myanmar tk dekhi ,my final destination will be Gorakhpur,UP. I will take next day flight from delhi to gorakhpur . I will stay in hotel for one night .
    I want to get exempted from testing and institutional quarantine both . Is it possible ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! As you said that you would travel with your 6 years old, you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine. It is optional to take a COVID-19 test at Delhi airport. If you or your daughter is found symptomatic in thermal screening at Delhi Airport, you will be taken to a medical facility for COVID-19 testing. Anyway, do make sure to apply for exemption from institutional quarantine on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  52. sum pats

    hi there, when a family of 4 people are traveling from San Francisco to Ahmedabad Via Delhi under single PNR in VBM Air India Flight, can the family apply for exemption from Institution quarantine as there is a 8 year old minor child in the family also traveling OR does the rest of the travellers need to subit Negative RT PCR resuts and seek exemption on the Minors status.
    please update

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sumit! Only the parents of a minor (below 10 years of age) are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  53. imssv

    Hi,

    I am travelling to India from USA on Thursday. I submitted exemption form with proof that I have taken the COVID test but awaiting the results. My application was rejected. Can I still show my PCR test result for the same ER number when I land at Mumbai? Is there any contact information where I can reach out to the authorities?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! First, we are not sure whether PCR test and RT-PCR test are same. The Ministry of Health considers RT-PCR tests valid for international arrivals. Second, you can contact the Delhi IGI Airport for any valid information related to Air Suvidha. Yes, you can travel with the negative RT-PCR test report to Mumbai.

      Reply
      • imssv

        You are indeed a savoir. I had take PCR test instead of RT-PCR. I got RT-PCR test done yesterday and reapplied for exemption which was approved by authority this morning. I am flying out tonight.

        Thank you very much for responding to my questions.

        Reply
  54. Mandeep

    I have to travel from Newark to Delhi and then go to Ludhiana by road. Have to go for my Mother’s surgery. Can I return in 7-8 days (will have negative covid report)?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mandeep! Yes, you will be able to return in 7-8 days. You may need to carry confirmed tickets for your return flight. Please be advised to check with the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation or the Ministry of External Affairs for confirmation. May your mother get well soon!

      Reply
  55. Nandita

    Hi, What does the “institutional quarantine” mean — are there set hotels or places where you have to quarantine? I cannot find any details online about that anywhere. I need to go to Delhi because my mother is critically ill, and I don’t want to risk her getting an infection so I don’t mind quarantining somewhere else, but there doesn’t seem to be any information about that anywhere! Please can you help?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nandita! Delhi has 7-day institutional quarantine for all international arrivals (who don’t have a negative COVID test report) in place. If you visit the website of Delhi IGI Airport, you will find the information in Air Suvidha FAQs. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for all the information related to travel to Delhi and hassle-free booking.

      Reply
  56. Prateek

    Hi, I am travelling from Boston to Newark to New Delhi on 7th Nov for a family emergency, am accompanied by my wife and a 3 year old daughter. My question is:
    1. Are there different forms to be filled for my wife and kid, we all have same PNR. How do i put multiple passport no in the same form?
    2. I believe I am eligible for NO institutional quarantine as I have a kid < 10 yr age, should I go for RT PCR -ve test report also?
    I have still not filled the forms.
    Any help is highly appreciated!
    thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prateek! An individual traveling with family can fill out one self-declaration form on Air Suvidha. If required, your spouse too can fill out a separate form with her details. No need to fill out a form separately for the kid. Yes, you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine. Please note you need to apply for exemption by filling out an exemption form and uploading supporting documents to Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  57. Aviral Verma

    I have to travel from Dallas to Gorakhpur, but my flight to Gorakhpur will not be on the same PNR. I am seeking exemption from the Institutional Quarantine with a negative report, will my request succeed?

    Reply
    • Yashika Gupta.

      Hi Aviral,
      Hope you made homesafely.!!

      I have a similar flight situation like yours. I’m travelling from Atlanta to Delhi and on different PNR to Patna. My question is what was your experience, did you get the exemption? if yes how. Also what was the time difference between your arrival and domestic flight ? My flight is landing around 2:15 am and I took the flight to Patna at 6:25am so I have a time difference of approximately 4 hours, is it enough or should I book at later flight.
      Your feedback would be highly appreciated.

      Reply
  58. Vikalp

    Hi, I am traveling from Austin to New Delhi and my residence is in New Delhi itself. I have a negative RT-PCR test and am looking to apply for exemption. Since my residence is in New Delhi itself will I still need to undergo Institutional quarantine after exemption?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vikalp! If your application for exemption and the test report are approved by Air Suvidha, you will get exempted from institutional quarantine. Only home quarantine will apply to you.

      Reply
  59. Neha

    Hi,

    My parents are travelling from JFK to Pune via Delhi on Nov 4th @ 12.30 pm. We took the RT_PCR test on Oct 31st @ 12.40 pm. We got back negative results and updated the same to Air Suvidha exception form. WE got a rejection. What do we do next? It said that sine the test was taken on 31st Oct it does not meet the said guidelines for exemption.

    Kindly Help, What can i do next?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neha! It is very unfortunate. Don’t worry! Many travelers carried their RT-PCR test reports and a printout of the self-reporting form as well as the exemption form despite rejection/error on Air Suvidha. They were through at Delhi airport. Hope the same works for your parents.

      Reply
    • Deepak

      Hi Neha, can you pls share how was the experience when your parents landed in delhi? I am in the same boat. Thank you.

      Reply
  60. Shiva

    Hi,

    I’m travelling to India from London . I have separate PNR and my wife and baby has another PNR . Can we all apply for exemption under <10 year category ? Does baby need RT-PCR test ?

    Regards,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shiva! Your wife is exempted from institutional quarantine for sure as she has a minor in her PNR. We are not sure about you. You may be eligible for exemption. If Delhi is your final destination, your kid does not need a RT-PCR test report. Whether a minor needs a COVID-19 test depends on the age of the minor.

      Reply
      • shiva

        Hi
        Thanks for the response.

        our final destination is London>Delhi>Vijayawada. Baby is 11 months old .

        Thanks,

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Shiva! No, your baby does not need a COVID test. As said before, your wife is eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine as she has the baby in her PNR. We are not sure whether you will get the same benefit or not for having a separate ticket.

          Reply
  61. Deepa

    Hi my name is deepa and i am planning to travel from bahrain to delhi and then we have a train to our final destination jodhpur next day. Kindly advise do i need a pcr test report as i am travelling with my twins who are 2 yrs old.
    Kindly advise what about the quarantine process. Its urgent as we are travelling soon.
    Thanks

    Reply
  62. Deepa

    Hi adding to my previous query, as my kids are below 10 yrs old i will be filling up the exemption form just need to be sure whether me and my husband need to go through pcr test?? My kids are 2 yrs old, whether they also need a test??

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepa! You and your spouse are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in India as you will travel with kids below 10 years of age. If you insist on getting tested for hassle-free travel to the final destination, only you and your spouse can go for it. Please note you need to get tested within 72 hours of your journey to India from USA, as per the latest revision of Indian Government’s guidelines for travelers from abroad. Please see our post on our Facebook Page.

      Reply
      • Deepak

        Hi – well, this 72 hours is applicable since when? My wife boarded flight 12:00 PM CST earlier today along with 96 hours RT-PCR report. It seems the rule got revised / announced after the flight took off.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Deepak! The government of India issued revised guidelines for international arrivals with effect on November 5, 2020. Don’t worry. It is not applicable to those who already got approved on Air Suvidha.

          Reply
  63. Varun Rijhwani

    Hi,
    I have a flight from SFO to Mumbai via NY(EWR), in the Air Suvidha application i am supposed to fill out the flight number and seat number. Do i need to provide the flight and seat number for the flight from EWR to Mumbai or my origin flight number which is SFO to EWR

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Varun! If you hold a single PNR for the entire itinerary originating from SFO, then you need to provide the flight number and the seat number of the flight from SFO. Otherwise, EWR.

      Reply
  64. S

    Hi
    My grandmother is traveling from Toronto to Delhi, arriving in Delhi on Nov 6. She got a negative covid test result before departure but her airsuvidha came back rejected saying the journey date has expired. My grandmother is carrying a negative test result with her, will she be exempted from institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shina! Yes, she will get exempted from institutional quarantine. Please do let us know if she has reached safely and got exempted.

      Reply
      • S

        Hi! yes, she did. Everything went well. Thanks so much! Her institutional quarantine was exempted.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Shinas! We’re glad to know this. Thank you very much for letting us know.

          Reply
  65. Shashi

    I am traveling on Tuesday night 9 pm. Is it ok if I take RT PCR test on Saturday ? Does it have to be exact 72 hrs or lesser before journey. Will my results be considered at Delhi airport

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sashi! You need to get tested and upload the test result within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India. Hope you know about Air Suvidha.

      Reply
      • TravelToIndia

        Air sudivha states that exemption request must be filed 72 hours prior to flight whereas rt-pcr testing requirement is to test within 72 hours.
        How can anyone apply for exemption before getting tested (they wont even have proof of testing as testing is yet to happen)?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hello! We have the same confusion. All we can say is an exemption request should not be filed more than 72 hours before your journey to India.

          Reply
  66. Joseph Daniel

    Hi. I have an Airindia flight from Chicago to Chennai via Delhi on the 21st of December. The layover time in Delhi is only 2 hrs. Will those 2 hrs be sufficient enough for me to catch my next flight to Chennai, if I have all the required documents(Covid report, etc)? Also, since I have the same booking reference number for both my flights, I am assuming that I will be permitted to board my next flight to Chennai without having to complete any formalities at the Delhi Airport. Please let me know if I am wrong here.

    Thank You
    Joseph

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Joseph! The same booking reference number and a pre-approved RT-PCR test report (negative) from the USA will get you through at Delhi airport. You will go through some formalities like documents checking, thermal screening, pulse oxymeter checking, etc. Whether 2-hr layover is sufficient or not, depends on the rush of international arrivals on a given day. There is no rush some days, while it is the opposite on some other days.

      Reply
    • Yashika Gupta

      Hi Joseph,

      Where 2 hours enough for you to catch the next flight, I’m in same situation with transit time at Delhi airport of 3 hours.
      Please let me know, I’m travelling in a week, landing on 19th Dec.

      Reply
  67. Sachin

    Hi,
    I’m traveling with my 8 years son but My exception request rejected with reason – Please attach RT-PCR test result.
    Not sure why I need that as I’m applying exception under “kids under wage 10”.
    Can you help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sachin! That’s unfortunate. Please be advised to fill the exemption from properly and tray again. Also make sure to fill out a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  68. Priyanka

    Hi,
    I have flight from Frankfurt to Delhi and then Mumbai,I am travelling with 2 year old,I have applied for self excemption twice,it got rejected because I failed to fill details.But again I have submitted one with all details.Its in pending now I am worried,will I have to do institutional quarantine at delhi and not take flight to Mumbai.
    I have my flight tommorow at 12pm IST

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priyanka! We are sorry for not being able to address your query on time. You are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine for traveling with a 2-year-old. You should not face quarantine issues at Delhi. You should be allowed to continue onward travel to Mumbai.

      Reply
  69. Shivangi Gambhir

    Hi,

    My parents are travelling from Austin to Delhi and they have got the testing done here but the reports haven’t arrived yet. If at all, they are not bale to get the report in time. Can they use the testing and lounge service and Delhi Airport and get the testing done there? Will they be exempted from institutional quarantine in that case? ( If the results are negative )

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shivangi! The report can be uploaded to Air Suvidha anytime before undertaking the journey from the USA. They can also travel with the report (hard copy) and a hard copy of the filled out declaration form ascertaining authenticity of the report. In case the report (in hard copy) is not accepted at Delhi airport, they can take a test there and get exempted from institutional quarantine (if the result is negative).

      Reply
  70. TravelToIndia

    The new rule of getting tests done within 72 hours of travel contradicts the rule of filing for exemption at leaast 72hours before travel.
    If one must apply for exemption 72 hours before flight, how can anyone provide any evidence of test while requesting exemption since test can only be done within the last 72 hours from flight ?

    Reply
  71. SD

    Hi,

    I am so confused about the new rules that say you should take a RT PCR test WITHIN 72 hours of the flight, yet the Air Suvidha Exemption Form has to be uploaded “at least 72 hours PRIOR to the flight”.

    How can it be possible to do both of these things? The timelines don’t make sense.

    Looking for any guidance – this is so confusing!!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SD! You need to get tested not more than 72 hours of undertaking the journey to India. The moment you get tested, try to fill out the exemption form with the receipt of the test taken.

      Reply
    • SH

      I am having the exact same question – these rules are so confusing. Did you get any clarity on this? How can we get tested within 72 hours but then also upload our exemption at least 72 hours before we travel? This makes no sense…

      Reply
  72. Vikram

    Hi, I am planning on traveling Chicago to Delhi at the end of the month. I had heard of new guidelines on quarantine from central govt. issued on 5th November 2020. Can I get exempted from Institutional and Home quarantine if I have a negative RT-PCR test performed 72 hours before undertaking the journey?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vikram! Yes, a negative RT-PCR test will get you exempted from both institutional and home quarantine. You will only have to undertake self-monitoring of your health for 14 days.

      Reply
  73. VR

    Hi, I am planning on traveling Chicago to Delhi at the end of the month. I had heard of new guidelines on quarantine from central govt. issued on 5th November 2020. Can I get exempted from Institutional and Home quarantine if I have a negative RT-PCR test performed 72 hours before undertaking the journey?

    Reply
  74. Yusra

    Hi.. I am planning to travel Delhi from London on 15th of November along with my 2 year old son.i will carry my RT.PCR certificate but do my son also require PCR certificate .Thank you

    Reply
  75. Yusra

    Hi. I am planning to travel Delhi from London along with my 2 year old son on 15th of November. I have booked my RT.PCR TEST i want to know does my son require RT.PCR certificate also. we have a connecting flight on same day from Delhi to srinagar. Thank you

    Reply
  76. Varsha Yallamanchi

    My mother has flight from newark-to delhi- hyderabad all under united Airlines on 13/NOV.2020 @ 2:30 PM, we would not receive the test results until 13/NOv/2020 12:00 PM. My questions are

    1. Can she carry hardcopy PCR results?
    2. IF not, where would she have to quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Varsha! Yes, she can carry the hard copy. If not, she will have to undergo quarantine in Hyderabad.

      Reply
  77. Rasika

    Hi,
    I have a flight on Nov 29th United.I applied exemption as i am travelling with 2 kids less than 10 years old. But it got rejected saying RT PCR test required for domestic flight connection. But my ticket is single PNR..What can be done?

    Reply
  78. Rasika

    We are travelling with kids less than 10 years old newyork-delhi-chennai single PNR.
    Applied for exemption as passengers travelling with kids less than 10 years. but it got rejected with the reason saying RT PCR negative test required for domestic connection. Pls suggest..

    Reply
    • sri

      Hi Rasika, did you travel on 15th, can you share your experience. I am looking for travel with kids and have same questions.

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        HI Sri! You may apply for exemption based on traveling with kids below 10 years and travel to the port of entry without a negative RT-PCR test result, but you may need a negative COVID certificate for the domestic connection from the port of entry in India.

        Reply
  79. Priyabrata Dey

    Hi Team,
    I am traveling on 17th November from Chicago to Delhi then connecting to Bhubaneswar 2 hrs layover with same PNR along with my wife and 15 months infant. Our exemption request is already approved . Me and my wife went for Rt-pcr test today but because of huge cases in USA they are taking 5-6 days to give results.

    Kindly let us know if we will be allowed to take our connecting flight to Bhubaneswar on same day.

    Both of our flight are of Airindia with same PNR and Chicago to Delhi is by VBM.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Priyabrat Dey

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priyabrata! A RT-PCR negative certificate is mandatory for taking domestic connection flights as per the Government of India. However, the approval to your exemption request means you are likely to be allowed on the connecting flight to Bhubaneswar on the same day. Wish you a safe trip!

      Reply
  80. rasika

    We are travelling with kids 8, 9 years old. Submitted exemption request for the same, but they rejecetd saying RTPCR required for connecting flight.. Pls suggest..

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rasika! You are eligible for exemption from quarantine in India because you will travel with kids below 10 years. However you need to take a RT-PCR test either before traveling or upon arrival at the first port of entry so that you are allowed to continue your travel for domestic connection, as per the government’s revised guidelines with effect from November 12.

      Reply
      • rasika

        Thank you. Do we need PCR test even if the PNR is same (domestic leg of journey)? I thought if it single ticket they allow taking the connection

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Rasika! Until November 11, a RT-PCR test was not required to continue domestic travel on the same PNR.

          Reply
  81. Deepak

    Dear Team,

    I am travelling to Delhi with my wife and 2 kids aged 2 and 4 . I will be staying in Delhi for 1 day before taking the Onward Train to Final Destination (Jaipur).
    I will be filling the Exemption Category of Travelling with Kids below 10 years.
    Please advise the following.
    1) What address should I be putting in Exemption form ? Delhi or Jaipur.
    2) If exempted form is approved will we be allowed to exit Delhi Airport and also will we allowed to take train to Jaipur.
    Will appreciate your kind response and guidance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepak! If you put Delhi as the final destination, you will have to undergo 7-day home quarantine in Delhi where you have no residence. Hence, it is recommended you put Jaipur as your final destination.

      Reply
      • Deepak

        Thanks for your prompt response.
        Regarding next day Train boarding..is it possible if exemption is approved ?
        Also can we stay in hotel for 1 day ?

        Reply
          • Raviraj

            Doesn’t he require an RT PCR negative test report for all of them including kids to take a train from Delhi to Jaipur? do he and his family need to be institutionally quarantine for 7 days in that case?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Raviraj! He is eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine for traveling with kids below 10 years.

  82. Apurba Kumar Datta

    I am planning to go Kolkata from Boston USA on 17 th November . I am sick Senior citizen and my wife is also senior citizen. Our journey route by BA from Boston to London , London to N. Delhi , N.Delhi to Kolkata.. My question is 1) I will submit my prayer for exemption due to sickness. If I get exemption , Can I avail onward domestic flight?
    2) Submission of prayer before 72 hours or RTPCR test before 96 hours time will be from departure boston flight time or Delhi departure time ?

    Reply
  83. Akhil

    Hi

    We plan to travel from Washington DC to New Delhi (no domestic flights) via London.
    One of our son is less than 10 years old. One 12. Seems like we don’t require a Negative PCR report c, correct?

    Based on our son, how soon we can apply for an exemption?
    Our trip starts on Nov 25 and return on Dec 6th.
    Appreciate any response!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akhil! You need to apply for exemption exactly before or within 72 hours of your journey from Washington DC.

      Reply
  84. Ash Kumar

    Hi -we have taken an appointment for RTPCR test and submitted the sample to Curative lab in Delaware. The tets are conducted via Delaware State Govt. I have attached the appointment email to show the proof of taking the test. My application is rejected. Should i carry the negative tests email showing that it is RTPCR test at delhi airport to be exempted? Please let me know.
    Thanks
    Ash

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ash! While applying for exemption, you need to submit a proof that you have taken the test. If you have got any test receipt, please submit it on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  85. Apurba Kumar Datta

    Hi I am a sick Indian senior citizen and my wife is also senior citizen. I am preparing to move Kolkata from USA.
    If I get exemption along with PNR of flight ticket ,Can I avail connected flight from Delhi Airport to Kolkata?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! You need a negative RT-PCR test certificate to continue your journey from the port of entry, Delhi airport.

      Reply
  86. Nitin

    Hi there –

    I am looking to travel to India, and would like to avail of the institutional quarantine facilitiy, before i visit my elderly relatives. Is there a web-portal where I can book this quarantine accommodation ?

    Also are hotels in general accepting international travellers if they have negative RT PCR test (taken at airport) ?

    Thanks Nitin

    Reply
  87. Pratik

    Hi I am taking a flight on 26th evening from USA to Delhi. Testing results here are taking more than 72 hrs.
    Incase I don’t have my test results, will I be allowed to take the connecting flight to Pune? Where does the quarantine happen? At the port of entry (Delhi) or final destination(Pune)

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pratik! You may not be allowed to continue your journey from the port of entry, Delhi, without a negative RT-PCR report.

      Reply
  88. Ash

    Hi – I attached a negative report for RT-qPCR report in my exemption form but it got rejected with reason – RTPCR report not attached. Does it mean the attachment was missing or something else? Could it be due to size limitation?
    Any help will be much appreciated as we have flight in few hours.
    thanks
    Ash

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashvat! Please upload the report once again. In case it is rejected again, you can carry the hard copy and show on arrival in India.

      Reply
  89. A Jayaraj

    I’m Traveling from Vancouver to Calicut (Kerala) via Delhi. Should I need a negative PCR Test result to board my connecting flight from Delhi to Calicut?
    It’s booked through Air Canada’s air bubble agreement and has a single PNR number.

    Reply
  90. Divyanshi Singhal

    Hi, I am travelling to India next Thursday, and I have a few questions. My flight leaves at 10:20 am from DFW (my port of origin) on Thursday but at 9:30 pm from EWR. I can take my Covid test after 10:20 am on Monday, right?
    Also, the center I am getting tested at does RT-qPCR test. I was wondering if there is any difference between RT-qPCR and RT-PCR? Also, if I were to book a slot to get tested at the Delhi Airport in advance, is there a way to cancel it without being charged if I my test reports conducted in the US get to me in time?

    Reply
  91. Diya

    Hi, I am planning to take a short trip to delhi for 3 days to visit family, I am coming in from UAE and will be conducting a covid test before and after arrival will i be able to exit india without completing the 14 Day home quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Diya! You will be allowed to travel back if you carry confirmed flight tickets for return travel and show it on arrival at Delhi airport. For more accurate information, you can call Delhi airport’s helpline number. Thank you!

      Reply
  92. Abhi

    Flying British Air from Washington DC to New Delhi.

    Is RT PCR Covid Test required for kids 9(Turns 10 year after travel departure and return) and 12 years old kids?
    I understand since my son is less than 10 – exemption is possible even without COVID test.

    Also did anybody fly British via Lonon to New Delhi – any issues for US Citizens with OCI card?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abhi! In the first place, we doubt you may not be allowed to travel on BA from USA to India. As per the current travel eligibility criteria, OCI cardholders cannot travel on BA from USA to India.

      Reply
  93. Manoj Verma

    Hi,

    My mother-in-law is traveling from Chicago to Delhi. Does she need to fill self reporting form or simply carrying report would be sufficient?

    Also do they need hard copy of showing report in email works also work?

    Please advise
    Thanks
    Manoj

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manoj! It is mandatory to fill out the self-reporting form. You can do it for her on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  94. Nitin

    Hi,

    I’m scheduled to arrive in Delhi to visit my elderly parents in early December. I wanted to make use of the institutional quarantine facilities in Delhi – is there an an online website to book these ? If there is no online site, is there an updated list of hotels that offer this facility ?

    Thanks Nitin

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nitin! We have little knowledge about institutional quarantine facilities in Delhi. Please be advised to contact Delhi airport’s helpline number or visit the website of Delhi airport.

      Reply
  95. Divya

    US Citizen. Got emergency visa from embassy and heading to Mumbai. I have taken RT-PCR test 70 hours before my scheduled departure in US and submitted both self-declaration form and COVID-19 negative test result to Govt via online form which is currently in Pending status. Upon getting approval from the Govt to proceed with final destination, shall I stay in a hotel in Mumbai or Pune for a day or two before I fly to my final destination state? Any thoughts/advice please?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Divya! Upon approval of the RT-PCR test report and the exemption request on Air Suvidha, you will be allowed to continue your journey to the final destination from Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  96. vinoth

    Hi,
    I am travelling with small kid. Filled self assessment and exemption. Flying from USA to Chennai via dubai-Emirates.
    Emirates has a new guideline nov 23rd that people flying from USA transiting don’t need negative test and it depends based on origin/destination countries. If my exemption gets approved, do I still need to do negative test-where I live it usually comes 3-4 days so won’t be in time. Emirates was requiring test before boarding before?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vinoth! Yes, you don’t need a negative R-PCR test certificate to board Emirates flights from the USA. But Chennai requires you to travel with a negative COVID certificate from the port of origin. As per the norm, you are eligible for exemption as you will travel with a kid below 10 years of age. Please apply for exemption on Air Suvidha. If approved, you are good to travel without a RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  97. Subhajit

    Hi,
    I just got my Air Subidha Exemption certificate approved as I fall under the category “Parents Travelling with below 10 years old child”. Do I still need to take a RT-PCR test to take another domestic flight from Delhi to Kolkata ? My Delhi to Kolkata flight PNR is different.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subhajit! Having a different PNR for the domestic flight to Kolkata, you may need a RT-PCR test to continue your journey from Delhi Airport. Besides, West Bengal government requires Kolkata-bound international passengers to have a negative COVID-19 certificate.

      Reply
  98. Divya

    Does anyone know how long it will take to get the quarantine exception request with RT-PCR test negative report to get approved? I have submitted more than 24 hours ago, and status is still Pending. Any thoughts?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Divya! Please ensure the RT-PCR test report has a valid stamp and signature from the lab where you took the test.

      Reply
  99. Niya

    Hi, I’m arriving on 30th Nov from London with a negative RT_PCR. Under the 5th Nov guidelines, I understand I don’t need institutional and home quarantine. Is that correct? Also, am then allowed to fly to Bangalore on the 7th December? Please help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Niya! Yes, a negative RT-PCR certificate makes you eligible for exemption from both home and institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  100. Niraj Mehta

    I have taken pcr test on 27th nov ie yesterday . Uploaded the result but exemption approval is still pending .
    How much time it takes to get the approval . I am travelling to mumbai on 29th nov .

    Reply
  101. Niyama

    Hi, I’m scheduled to fly into Delhi from London on 30th Nov with a negative RT PCR. I understand that I will NOT need to institutional and home quarantine. Is that correct? Also, please advice, if I can then fly to Bangalore on the 7th December?
    Many thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Niyama! As per the revised guidelines, international arrivals with a negative RT-PCR certificate are eligible for exemption from both institutional and home quarantine. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi airport and check. If 7-day home quarantine is in place, you can travel to Bangalore on December 7 after a week of home quarantine Delhi. Having a RT-PCR certificate allows you to continue your onward journey to Bangalore without any halt.

      Reply
  102. Syed

    I have applied for exception under “Parents Travelling with below 10 years old child” and got approval. Apart from my PCR test, should i take the PCR test of the child as well or it is not required for the Minor?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Syed! It depends on the age of your child. If Chennai is the destination, a kid older than 6 months requires a RT-PCR test.

      Reply
  103. Sumi

    Hi,
    My mom has Indian passport and will be traveling to New delhi from US in Feb 2021. She will be flying to Bagdogra then. Can she fly any airline or does it have to be Air India? I will be doing the RT-PCR test for her 1-3 days before her travel date.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sumi! There is no such restriction on domestic travel. If you book Air India’s itinerary from USA to her final destination, her checked-in baggage will get through to the final destination.

      Reply
  104. Divya

    My special thanks to Indian eagle folks for patiently answering everyone’s asks. I have a one more asks… I will go to BOM. My final destination is another state than Maharashtra. Due to uncertainity of journey, I haven’t planned to book domestic tickets from BOM to my final destination. With -ve PCR test, would be Indian authorities allow me to stay in a hotel in Mumbai for couple of days until I book my tickets to my final destination in India? Any thoughts?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Divya! If you arrive at Mumbai airport without a confirmed ticket for the onward domestic travel, you will have to undergo home quarantine in Mumbai. You will be able to make it to the final destination only after home quarantine.

      Reply
      • Srinath

        Thank you for your prompt reply. I really appreciate your help.

        Understood. Do they allow me to stay in a hotel the day I land (I land at late night and there are no flights to my destination during night time) and take the domestic flight the next day?

        Reply
  105. Mathew Xavier

    I am travelling from Kochi to Delhi early Morning and returning from Delhi to Kochi Same morning .
    Do I need to submit any covid test report?
    Is there any Quarantine Period from both sides (Kochi and Delhi)

    I am planning to travel day after tomorrow.
    Any help is really appreciated.

    Reply
  106. Haroon

    landing at Mumbai and taking a domestic flight to Kochi. I have applied for an exception under “Parents Travelling with below 10 years old child” and got approval. Apart from the exemption, do I need to take the PCR test as well or not?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Haroon! Passengers without a RT-PCR certificate may not be allowed to catch domestic connections from Mumbai or Delhi. According to Air Suvidha, passengers exempted from institutional quarantine can travel by surface using personal mode of transport from the port of entry to the final destination.

      Reply
  107. Ajay Tulsyan

    Hello,
    I am travelling from Blacksburg, Virginia, USA to Patna, Bihar, India. I booked United Airlines flight from Washington DC to Newark to Delhi (18 hours layover) to Patna (Air India). So my list of questions are:

    (** I am travelling to Washington from Blacksburg by car)

    1) What to fill for port of origin in self reporting form?
    2) how much before should I take COVID test?
    3) Here at USA, its taking three days for test result to come so how to fill for exemption?
    4) is it mandatory to take covid test at port of origin?
    5) Will I be able to catch domestic flight to Patna, if get exempted?

    Thanks in advance for all your supprort

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ajay! Your port of origin will be Washington DC. You need to take a test within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey from DC. You can choose to get tested after arrival at Delhi Airport since the layover is as long as 18 hours. Please note it may take 4-5 hours to get the test result at Delhi airport. You may not be allowed to continue your domestic air travel from Delhi without a negative RT-PCR test certificate.

      Reply
  108. Sharad

    Hi,

    I am travelling from Germany to India on 10th December, 2020. My RT-PCR test sample will be collected on 08th December at 09.00 am. I am expecting the test result on 09th December. But there is a possibility that I may not get the result on 09th December. My house doctor told that sometimes it takes 2 to 3 days to get the test result .
    He (house doctor) told that if somehow I am not getting the test result on 09th December. In that case he will send me the soft copy over email. Does soft copy of RT-PCR test report is acceptable in Delhi airport for international travel?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sharad! Please make sure to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha and upload at least the test receipt. Do take a printout of the filled exemption form. Yes, you can show the soft copy of the RT-PCR test report. If possible, take a printout of the same.

      Reply
  109. David

    We are planning to travel from Austin ->Delhi->Patna with a kid who is 9 month old. Can we all get an exemption based on the category of kid below 10 or only one person will get the exemption?
    The onward journey form Delhi to Patna will be via train. If we get exemption based on kid age category, can we travel by train? Is there any restrictions to take taxi from Delhi Airport if one does not have -ve RTPCR test?
    Any other restriction we need to consider?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi David! The parents of a kid are eligible for exemption. Since train is a public transport, we doubt you won’t be allowed to continue domestic journey without a negative RT-PCR certificate. There is no restriction on taking a taxi from Delhi airport.

      Reply
  110. V Singh

    Hi,

    My wife is travelling on 4th dec 2020 and we have submitted the RT-PCR report today on Air Suvidha portal on New Delhi. Her final destination in in Uttar Pradesh. Want to know how much time usually Authorities take to approve the request for exception under “RT PCR test report certificate” category?
    wants to avoid the 4-6 hour of stay on Delhi airport. Appreciate the response and if you the Alternative in case application still stays in “Pending” status till the date of travel.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vishal! If everything is fine about the report (having a valid stamp and signature from the lab), it takes 10-12 hours to get the report approved. If the status remains pending by the time she lands at Delhi airport, she can carry the report (hard copy) and a printout of the filled exemption form to Delhi airport.

      Reply
  111. Ajit

    Hello there!

    I have a couple of questions. I am an Indian citizen and will be travelling from the US to India with United airlines. My port of entry is Delhi with further connecting flight to Bhubaneswar (on the same PNR). My layover at Delhi is 6 hr 15 mins. So if I decide to get the covid PCR test in Delhi, will the duration be enough to get the results before I board the domestic flight ? (Including the time taken for immigration) Kindly help to shed some light on this. Thank you in advance!

    Reply
  112. Suman Paul

    Hi,

    Me and my wife will travel from New York to Bengaluru via Delhi. I think my immigration will be at Delhi. My wife is pregnant. I will fill up the exemption form so that PCR result will not be mandatory for us. In that case, will we have any issues in boarding the connecting flight to Bengaluru? In the Air Suvidha portal, its mentioned that we can only travel by road in this case which seems odd for long distance travel, especially with pregnant lady. I will anyway take the PCR test in US as a backup but most likely won’t have the results in time before arriving in Delhi.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Suman! You may not be allowed to travel on the domestic connection without a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  113. Mihir Dave

    Hi,

    I will be travelling to Japan from Delhi on 20th December evening. I will be arriving at Delhi from Rajkot by a domestic flight on 19th evening. Can I leave the airport to go to any nearby hotel for the night stay without getting quarantine? I will be carrying an RTPCR test report.

    Thanking in advance..

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mihir! There is quarantine for international arrivals, not for those traveling out of the country.

      Reply
  114. Stephen Pulickal

    Hi Team – thanks for the great article!

    We are travelling from London to Kerala on 22 January 2021 and intend to home quarantine for the required 7 day period.

    On our return back to London, we are planning to visit New Delhi for 3 days (i.e. arrive 11 February 2021, departing to London on 14 February 2021).

    Could we check if we have to be in quarantine in Delhi on our arrival from Kerala for those 3 days?

    Reply
  115. Aliakbar Shafi

    Hi Team,

    I landed in Delhi from Chicago on December 5th and took a flight to Udaipur on 5th morning. I had filled the institutional quarantine exemption form before departing from Chicago. Its more than 48 hours now that I applied for exemption with negative RT-PCR results. My application is still in pending process and due to this, I have been put under institutional quarantine by Udaipur Airport authorities. Any leads on how can I get a decision on my exemption application?!!

    Thanks and Regards,
    Ali.

    Reply
  116. Nikhil

    Hello,

    I’m traveling to Delhi from Newark Airport on December 7th. I have not filled exemption because I don’t have a RT PCR report and I’m willing to go for paid institutional quarantine for 7 days. Once I finish seven days of institutional quarantine, can I travel to my hometown directly or Do I have to go for Covid testing again?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nikhil! On successful completion of institutional quarantine, you will be allowed to go home.

      Reply
  117. Amarnath

    Hello I am going to travel from USA to Madurai (Tamil Nadu) on Dec21. I will be filling exemption form before 72 hours since I have children below 10 years old. I have 19 hours lay over at Delhi airport. Can I use same exemption approved print out for domestic travel from Delhi to madurai (Tamil Nadu) flight or should we (all family members) take RT PCR test at Delhi before take next flight? Please clarify me.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amarnath! As per the government’s mandate, an RT-PCR certificate is mandatory for continuing onward travel from the port of entry (Delhi in your case). If an RT-PCR negative certificate is required despite the exemption approval, you will have ample time due to the 19-hr layover to take a test on spot at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  118. Ashish

    Hello,
    I am planning to travel on 18th from London to New Delhi with negative RT PCR report. If I receive the exemption from institutional quarantine:
    1. Can I travel to Jaipur from T2 through Indigo airlines?
    2. Do I need to be home quarantined in Jaipur ?

    Thanks,
    Ashish

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! Yes you will be able to travel to Jaipur. Yes, there is home quarantine in Jaipur.

      Reply
  119. Rajmohan Kurup

    Hi

    I and my wife are traveling from Idaho, US to Mumbai airport on Jan 21 with the final destination being Mumbai. Our daughter is 7 years old. If we get an exemption under the category “Parents of a child less than 10 years old” do we have to take a RT-PCR test too? Or just this exemption will be enough? Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajmohan! The current rules and regulations may be relaxed by the time you will travel to India. You are supposed to get exempted from COVID testing. In case the testing is mandatory for you and your wife, you can give swab at Mumbai Airport and exit the airport for home (as per the update dated December 11).

      Reply
  120. Revanth

    Hi

    Sorry if it’s a repetitive question. I am planning to travel to Hyderabad from JFK next week and wanted to check if I need a negative COVID-19 test if I am travelling with a minor ( 7 year old) or am I exempted ? I have a domestic connection from Delhi to Hyderabad. Please clarify

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Revanth! You’re eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in Delhi. As per the government’s mandate, you need a negative RT-PCR certificate for continuing travel to the final destination. For a more satisfying answer, please call the helpline number of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  121. Sush

    Hello I am planning to travel from YYZ (Toronto) to DEL (Delhi) on December 17th with end destination being Mumbai. As I wont be able to get the test done at YYZ, I have booked a slot at Delhi Airport. I have a layover of about 12 hours before my onwards flights to BOM (Mumbai). I will fill the self declaration form before I depart, is there anything else I should be aware about or should do to avoid last minute hassle. Any comments would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Sush

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sush! You need to fill out the self-reporting form on Air Suvidha and download the Aarogya Setu app on your phone.

      Reply
  122. Sathish

    Hi,

    I am planning to travel from US to Kochi via Delhi in the month of January. Please confirm if RT-PCR exemption certificate is mandatory or not.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Satish! You may need an RT-PCR negative certificate to continue the journey from Delhi to Kochi via air.

      Reply
  123. Vik

    Hi Indian Eagle – I am travelling to Delhi from London on Thursday and it is my final destination. I submitted my negative test result conducted by the Government (within 72 hours of departure) but the Air Suvidha exemption came back as rejected. This is rather confusing considering I have submitted a UK government test result. Will I be able to show my test result at the airport and receive exemption for quarantine? If not accepted by the officials, can I take a test at the airport to gain the exemption?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vik! Please make sure the RT-PCR test report has a valid stamp and signature of the testing lab. In case the report (rejected on Air Suvidha) is not accepted by health officials at Delhi IGI Airport, you can get tested at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  124. Nick Patt

    My wife will be travelling from CMH to EWR to BOM. She will have a layover in EWR. What flight details (flight number and seat number) should I fill on Air Suvidha Exemption form? She has negetive RT-PCR. Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nick! She can provide the flight number and seat number of the international leg of her journey.

      Reply
  125. Utkarsh

    Hi, I am planning to travel from New York to Delhi in the coming weeks. I got tested positive for COVID on 3rd November. In USA, you are not allowed to do a PCR test for 90 days after the initial positive result as the PCR test might result in false positive due to inactive virus load. The health authorities here say to use the old positive COVID report as a basis for exemption (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html). I want to know if an old positive report will be accepted as a valid form of exemption at the Delhi airport. I can get tested at the airport but as the CDC says, it can give false positive and I don’t want to go to COVID care centre on arriving. Please help me out!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Utkarsh! We have little knowledge about your scenario. Since Delhi is your port of entry/destination, please call the helpline of Delhi Airport for any query.

      Reply
  126. Harjot

    Hi
    My wife is travelling to India on the 20th December and as per the requirement the covid test should be taken within 72 hours of departure and exemption form has to be submitted at least 72 hours in advance. How can i submit the negative report before atleast 72 hours if it has to be taken within 72 hours. I am really confused.
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Harjot! You can submit the exemption form within 72 hours based on the receipt of the test taken.

      Reply
  127. Nikita Bhanu

    Hi!

    I am an OCI card US citizen holder – flying from Dulles (DC) to Bangalore with a 6hr layover in Delhi via Air India (both flights are Air India – from DC to Delhi, and Delhi to BLR).

    I uploaded a quarantine exemption form with negative test results in the 72hr window at 3pm on 16th Dec 2020. How long does it typically take to hear a result from Air Suvidha on the exemption form status?

    Additionally – will the symptom screening/covid test/institutional quarantine happen at Delhi Airport (first entry location) or in Bangalore airport (final destination). I know Bangalore is not doing institutional quarantine – but Delhi still is.

    Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nikita! Hope your exemption request and the test result got approved by this time. If not, you can submit the test report along with a declaration form after arrival at Delhi IGI Airport. Make sure the report has a valid stamp and signature of the testing lab. You will undergo thermal screening both at Delhi and Bengaluru airports.

      Reply
  128. Venu

    Hi,

    We are travelling from USA ( Austin -> Chicago -> Delhi-> Trivandrum) with 11 hrs overlay at Delhi. We are travelling with kids less than 10 years old. We applied for exemption and it is approved. But can we take the domestic flight with the exemption approval? Do we still need to produce RTPCR test for domestic leg (last leg)? If yes, do we need to take test for the kids also? Can we travel on domestic flight with the exemption approval? We have a hotel booked in Delhi due to long over lay, are we allowed to leave airport. Please help clarify.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Venu! You may be allowed to leave the airport, but not continue your travel to the final destination from Delhi Airport without a negative RT-PCR report. The COVID testing may be required for kids.

      Reply
  129. Ravi

    Hi, I am traveling from US to Delhi. I took PCR test and my exemption got rejected. Is it because of just PCR not RT PCR? I am so confused what test to take as my city is not offering RT PCR test anywhere. Please help what to do?

    My wife and kids are on different itinerary and their exemption got approved with category “Parents traveling with children under 10”. I don’t see an option to club my itinerary with my wife’s while applying for exemption. Can I say we are family traveling together with different itinerary in Delhi airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport and get your query addressed. Hope you will get a solution.

      Reply
      • Satwik

        Hi Ravi, I had the same issue regarding the rejection. Please let me know if you were able to receive any feedback. Thank you in advance!

        Reply
  130. PM

    Hello,
    I’m traveling with my wife and 1 yr to Bengaluru from SFO with a 5 hr layover in Delhi.
    I can file for exemption as we are traveling with a child less than 10 years of age. Had a couple of questions
    1- Can I board the flight from Delhi to Bengaluru with this exemption?
    2- The Delhi airport has RT-PCR testing. Since I have a 5 hr layover I was thinking of getting tested. With the negative test I won’t need to have the mandatory home quarantine in Bengaluru. The testing center however does not test any child less than 10 years. Did i understand this correctly. What are my options in this case?
    Thanks!
    PM

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prathap! COVID testing is not mandatory for your one-year-old infant. Please note 5 hours at Delhi Airport may not be sufficient for you to get the test result. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi Airport for better guidance in this regard.

      Reply
  131. Surender Taneja

    I am 80 year old of reasonable health. Have to travel new delhi only for few days. I am U.S. citizen with O.C.I card
    I can get negative test report what other fomalities are required to be fulfilled. Please guide me in details so I do not make any mistake I am planing to travel Air India chicago delhi. thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! You need to book your flight first and then take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Chicago. You are required to fill out a self-reporting form with details like the flight number, destination, etc. on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi IGI Airport website). If you receive the test report before departure, please upload it to Air Suvidha and apply for exemption. In case the report is not delivered before departure, you can show the soft copy after arrival at Delhi Airport. You also need to install Aarogya Setu app on your phone. For more information and hassle-free booking, you can call our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969.

      Reply
  132. Anshul

    Hello,
    I am travelling to Delhi from US with my family ,we will be landing there on 26th Dec around 8:30 PM. We have exemption form approved as our 5 year old daughter is travelling with us. Our final destination is Jaipur, we want to take a out station taxi for Jaipur. We do not want to travel during night , is it possible if we can stay at a hotel for the night and start via taxi in the morning ?

    If not possible with just the exemption on the basis of Parent accompanying minor, would it be possible if get RT PCR test done and results are negative ?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Anshul

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anshul! You can stay at a hole for the night. We are not sure whether a COVID report is mandatory for booking accommodation at a hole in Delhi. You can get tested after arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  133. Lijo

    Hi!
    I am travelling to India tommarow morning 7.20am.I have uploaded the Antigen test negative results taken on yesterday (19-12-20202) (haven’t got the time to get PCR test results) . Will i get exemption from instituional quartine.

    Reply
  134. JJ

    Hi,
    I’m travelling on Dec 26th to India- Hyderabad via Delhi from Chicago, what forms has to be filled in advance and in how many hours has to be done. Can you please share those links and any other information. I’m planning to get the RTPCR done either on 23rd or 24th, is that fine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi JJ! 72 hours prior to your departure from Chicago, you need to fill out a self-reporting form, apply for exemption and submit a declaration on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi IGI Airport website).

      Reply
  135. Surbhi

    I am travelling to India on 3rd Jan from Europe ( Prague-Netherlands -Delhi ) , is institutional quarantine is mandatory at Delhi IGI airports ?or Will i get exemption from institutional quarantine after -ve COVID report ?

    What are my options in this case?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Surbhi! The Government of Delhi has not yet made institutional quarantine mandatory for travelers from Europe. Hence, a negative RT-PCR test report will get you exemption from institutional quarantine in Delhi.

      Reply
  136. Dashmi

    My husband is travelling from USA to India on 25th he is United States citizen with OCE card holder…is he doing his RT PCR test and coming can I now what are all the rules.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dashmi! This part of your query – is he doing his RT PCR test and coming can I now what are all the rules – is not clear to us. Please edit or resubmit the query.

      Reply
  137. Dashmi

    Hi……..My husband is us citizen with OSE card travelling from USA to dehil with all requirements needed
    Is there any ban for USA peoples 25th he will start from there.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dashmi! OCI cardholders, irrespective of their citizenship, can travel to India. No restrictions.

      Reply
  138. raje

    I am travelling to India from Budapest (Budapest – Frankfurt – Delhi – Nagpur) on 31st and will reach India on 01st Jan,
    my destination is Nagpur, travelling with kid 3 years old, received exception approved from institutional quarantine from air suvidha app, but current advisory is mandatory institutional quarantine for Maharashtra,
    so where should I be in Institutional quarantine (Delhi / Nagpur ) ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raje! Not everyone traveling to Maharashtra is bound to serve institutional quarantine. If you carry a negative report of RT-PCR test taken 72 prior to your departure from Budapest, you will get exempted from 7-day institutional quarantine. RT-PCR test is not required for your kid.

      Reply
  139. ishb

    Hi,
    I am traveling from US to Mumbai on 23rd December
    I uploaded my negative RT-PCR test but it got rejected not sure why. Can I just show my negative report at the airport and get exemption ? Please suggest.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ishan! Do make sure that the report has a valid stamp and signature from the testing lab. Also, it mentions ‘RT-PCR’. If everything is fine, you can carry a hard/soft copy of the report and show it on arrival.

      Reply
  140. Debojyoti mondal

    Hi , my name is debo I am travelling from Canada to india via air Canada next month on 15 Jan ,2021, my final destination is Kolkata . My question is if I do the rapid test in New Delhi airport and is I am exempt from quarantine upon reaching my home destination to kolkata .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Debojyoti! If the result of the test taken at Delhi Airport is negative, you may be exempted from institutional quarantine in Kolkata. For a more satisfying answer, you can call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport.

      Reply
  141. Prathap

    Hi,
    I’m traveling with my wife and 1 year old from SF to Bengaluru with transit in Delhi.
    My wife and I received our negative RT-PCR results today but the exemption form submission portal allows me to upload only one RT-PCR document.
    I uploaded my test results and but my application was rejected stating that my wife’s test results have not been submitted.
    Has anyone faced this issue? Would appreciate any comments.
    Thanks!
    PM

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prathap! Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airports. FYI some of our customers faced similar issues. They submitted the report and a declaration form after arrival at the port of entry in India and got exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  142. Akanksha

    Hello, i am traveling on the 25th dec from Newark to Mumbai. Got tested on 22nd. I uploaded my negative results under exception for the rt-pcr test. I received rejection saying that i need to contact MCGM once I arrive. What does that mean? I lost my father in sep and that is why I am going home for a month. Can I take a test again at the mumbai airport? Also I do not have any other receipts apart from the online test result which has a valid electronic signature.
    Can you please help?

    Reply
  143. Akanksha Bakre

    Hello, i am traveling to India on 25th from Newark to Mumbai. I took the test on 22nd. I uploaded my negative RT-PCR result on the portal under exception category and received a rejection stating that I should contact the MCGM team once I arrive at Mumbai airport. The result is electronically signed of course. The online result is the only document I have regarding the test. What can I do here? I am visiting my mother and brother because my father passed away this September end. Can I show them the hard copy of the result and seek exemption?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akanksha! You are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine for two reasons – a death in the immediate family and a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of your departure from Newark. No worries! You can show the hard copy or soft copy to health officials at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
      • Akanksha

        Thank you so much for your reply. In these trying times it is difficult to find help and/or simple answers. I am glad to have come upon your site. Thank you for your prompt response once again.

        Reply
  144. Neha Sharma

    ,I am travelling from Netherlands to Delhi on 27th December and then to Jaipur with domestic flight. I have filled self declaration form 72 hours ago however I have uploaded negative RT-PCR on exemption form on 25th as I got tested and got result on 25th December only. Could you please tell me if it will be acceptable? And also when will be receiving the confirmation regarding exemption from Institutional quarantine?

    Reply
  145. Mayuri

    I am travelling from Boston to Delhi today and I am awaiting my RTPCR report. What will be the process if I don’t get the results of my test by the time I land in delhi?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mayuri! Hope you have received the test report by now. If not, you can take a COVID test after arrival at Delhi IGI Airport. Otherwise, you will be put under institutional quarantine for 7 days.

      Reply
  146. Raveendra

    My wife, Mother-in-law and 3 year old kid are travelling from Chicago to Hyderabad on Feb 3 2021. Can i apply institutional quarantine exemption for my wife and mother in law both as they are accompanying kid below 10 years old and are using the same PNR? Also, can i apply for exemption before 7-10 days of the journey or does it need to be in only 72 hours before departure?
    thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raveendra! Their journey is still one month away. There may be new guidelines by the end of January 2021. Currently, travelers need to fill out a self-reporting form and apply for exemption 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure. It may be revised in January or February. Please keep a watch for the latest updates here.

      Reply
      • Raveendra Boyapati

        Thank you for quick response. Can i include my mother in law also with my (wife and kid) under exemption for accompanying kid below 10 years?

        Reply
          • Sunil

            Indian Eagle,
            Thanks for providing information during these times. Just wanted to provide some information to people travelling from USA to Hyderabad.
            We have reached Hyd on 3/19/21.

            It is better to carry 4 copies of Air Suvidha self declaration form printed in color per person, along with Negative RT-PCR test results copy printed. Hyderabad Airport authorities require all in physical documents. they are not accepting soft copies.
            Passengers have to fill 4 copies after landing at airport. 1 copy for Airport authorities, and 3 copies to different state authorities stationed at arrivals location. hope people can avoid this hassle we have been through.

            Sunil

  147. Megha Baid

    Hi, I am traveling from New York to Mumbai and my final destination is Mumbai. The facility where I am getting my RT PCR test done only provides an online report. Is stamping and signature necessary or an online authentication will be enough?

    Secondly, the test is an RT PCR, but the report calls it a SARS CoV 2 RNA test. I am worried, will this cause any misunderstanding?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Megha! We are not in the know of any difference between an RT-PCR test and a SARS CoV 2 RNA test. Please be advised to google. Digital reports, if issued within 72 hours of scheduled departure, are being accepted at Mumbai Airport. If the digital/online report features a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab, you will be on a safer side. Further, you can call the helpline of Mumbai Airport for a more definite answer to your query.

      Reply
  148. Vee Patel

    My parents are traveling to India on January 10th, 2021 from USA to India. They are having COVID test appointment on January 7th which is with in 72 hours. If I fill exception form before 96 hours how can I upload test report or proof ?

    Technically I have to fill up form on January 6th and their appointment is on January 7th.

    Please reply

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vimal! You can fill the exemption form and upload the receipt of the test taken (unless the report is issued) within 72 hours.

      Reply
  149. Kiranpal

    I am travelling from Toronto to New Delhi and I applied for exemption from institutional quarantine with negative PCR test report attached. But my application got rejected on the grounds that “No PCR test report was attached”.
    I have re-applied for the exemption by uploading the same documents again.
    Please advise what will be process if same thing happens again.
    Is it possible to get exempted from Institutional quarantine by showing the negative test report at Delhi Airport itself?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kiranpal! Make sure that this is a negative RT-PCR report with a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab and issued within 72 hours prior to your departure. If this is rejected over and again, you can carry the hardcopy along with a printout of the self-reporting form that you might have already filled on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  150. Harshit

    Hi, I and my wife are travelling from San Francisco to Delhi and we got RT-PCR test within 72 hour of departure.
    I submitted my report on AirSuvida for exemption but didn’t find a place to submit my wife’s report in co-passenger section. (How to submit a report for co-passenger?) And It got rejected with the reason : Please apply again with authentic relevant document with attested by the Doctor and co-passenger RTPCR.
    Is it rejected because I couldn’t submit my wife’s report? Or is it because my report doesn’t contain doctor’s sign/stamp (but it has lab/doctor info)?

    Reply
    • vikram

      Hi Harshit – Were you able to resolve the doctor attestation issue? I got the same rejection last night and am flying out to SF today evening. Am wondering how I can get this issue resolved. I got the standard test report and it seems they want some sort of doctor attestation on top of that.

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Vikram! A negative RT-PCR test report must have a valid signature/stamp from the testing lab.

        Reply
  151. Anand

    Hi I am travelling with 9 year child and wife so applied for exemption but it got rejected and says we need to show negative rt pcr test. Is rt pcr test mandatory effective jan2021 since earlier it was mentioned this is not required while traveling with children less than 10 years. Anyway we are taking rt pcr test as well..

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anand! May we know where you are traveling from? If you are traveling from the UK, then a negative RT-PCR test report is mandatory for you and your family.

      Reply
  152. Bratty Jain

    In January, I am coming from japan.
    On the basis of traveling with a 3-year-old boy, I have already received confirmation for the exemption from institutional quarantine. However, I have no RT-PCR test report from Japan and I don’t want to take it at Delhi airport.

    I have a question that;
    Can I leave the airport and take my private car to go home without any other test or formality ??
    Or
    Still (even after getting exemption permission), I need to take RT PCR test at Delhi airport.

    Please let me know. I have to make the necessary arrangements accordingly.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bratty! If your itinerary does not include a domestic flight for further travel from Delhi Airport, you can exit the airport without a taking a COVID-19 test and take a private card to go home.

      Reply
  153. Jhanavi

    Hi,
    Need a info, I am traveling from USA to Delhi from Delhi to Bengaluru under same PNR. Which city will be Delhi or Bengaluru? I will be carrying RT – PCR test report. After landing in Bengaluru I am staying at my relatives home. After 1 day I am planning to travel to my hometown by car. Is travel allowed as that is my final destination which I will mentioning in expemtion form?

    Reply
  154. ARUN RAJPAL

    Hi

    My wife and kids are travelling to India on 21/Jan/2021. My daughter is 8 and boy is 13 years old.

    Can my wife get exemption as my daughter is under 9 ?
    OR
    Do they all need RT-PCR Certificate before start of travelling ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arun! Where are they traveling from? What is their port of arrival or final destination in India? if they are from the UK, then no exemption. If they are traveling from the US and Delhi/Mumbai/Hyderabad/Bangalore is the port of entry and final destination both, the request for exemption may be approved in one of the special categories.

      Reply
      • arun kumar

        do my daughter need RT-PCR test , she is under 10 ?

        I called delhi airport helpline and they told me she does not required. but it is not written anywhere on Air suvidha website.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Arun! If you are not traveling from the UK, you are eligible for exemption for traveling with a child under 10 years of age. Especially the kid needs no COVID testing. You need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi IGI airport website) and provide valid documents (like a copy of your daughter’s passport) for her age verification.

          Reply
    • NAUSHAD AHMAD

      Dear Sir,
      My wife and kids are travelling to India from Oman on 26/Jan/2021. My children are 8 and 4 years old.

      Can my wife get exemption from RT PCR Test as my children is under 10 Years ?

      Can my children get exemption from RT PCR Test?
      OR

      Do they all need RT-PCR Certificate before start of travelling ?

      Thank you in advance.

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Naushad! If Delhi is the first port of entry and the final destination, you wife is likely to get exemption for traveling with kids below 10 years of age. Do make sure to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha not more than 72 hours before boarding the flight from Oman. If the exemption is approved, then your wife and kids do not need to take an RT-PCR test. If the exemption is rejected, they can take a test after arrival at Delhi Airport.

        Reply
  155. Sid

    I am traveling from USA directly to Mumbai. I uploaded the RT-PCR test and received an email that my request was rejected. Reason was given as “please contact vande bharat mission team”. Any suggestions?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sid! That is a generic response. There is no institutional quarantine for travelers from USA with a negative RT-PCR report issued within 72 hours prior to your journey for India. You can carry the negative report and show it on arrival at the airport.

      Reply
  156. Jatin

    Hello Team,

    My dad is travelling to delhi from sydney on 11th Jan 2021. I have got his negative PCR report & have applied for the exemption. But even after attaching the negative PCR report, the request is being rejected giving reason as:
    “attach valid document”.
    I retried it one more time, assuming there might be some issue, but it was again rejected with same error. Any idea or anyone else facing similar Issue ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jatin! Please make sure the report is for an RT-PCR test. It features ‘RT-PCR’ and a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab. If the report you do currently have ticks all the boxes, your dad can carry the hard copy and show it to health officials at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  157. Apurba Kumar Datta

    I am going to Kolkata from Boston (USA) to Kolkata by British Airways. Our journey by flight from Boston – London- Delhi – Kolkata. My question is 1 ) Am I be treated at Delhi Airport as UK passenger ?
    2 ) Can I avsail connected Kolkata flight from Delhi if I take negative RTPCR report from Boston.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Apurba! You won’t be treated as a traveler from the UK. If you have a valid negative RT-PCR test report and if you are asymptomatic, you will be able to continue the journey to Kolkata.

      Reply
      • Apurba Kumar Datta

        My flight will reach at Delhi Airport at 6 : 30 AM and connected flight to Kolkata at 5.00 PM. If I do RTPCR test at Delhi Airport , Can I get the test report in schedule time so that I can avail connected flight.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Apurba! Given the 10.5-hr layover at Delhi Airport, you will get the test report on time.

          Reply
  158. Seema

    Hi,
    My name is Seema. I am travelling from EWR ( USA) to Delhi and then connecting flights to Indore on February 9 . I work in health sector in USA. So I am getting Covid vaccine on January 11 and second dose on February 8. What would be the quarantine rule. Do i still need to carry negative RT-PCR report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Seema! The government of India has not yet issued a circular for international travelers who have been vaccinated. As of now, all international travelers, except those in special categories, are required to take a pre-departure test or an on-arrival test. There may be exemption for vaccinated travelers in February.

      Reply
  159. HKG

    Hi, I am flying from the UK to New Delhi within the next 2 days, am I able to exempt myself from the 7 day institutional quarantine in New Delhi? I have just lost my father and I do have reports and certificate as evidence if required. My family back in India is waiting for me to arrive in order to attend the funeral. Please help me out here, I don’t know what to do or who to contact regarding this issue. Thank you .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi HKG! We are very sorry for your loss. FYI, the government of Delhi has made on-arrival COVID testing and 7-day institutional quarantine mandatory for all travelers from the UK. You may be exempted considering the emergency in your immediate family. Pleas apply for exemption on Air Suvidha and call the helpline of Delhi Airport for better guidance.

      Reply
  160. Gobind

    Hi! Are there any guidelines for international passengers who can’t stay the full 14 day period in Delhi? For instance, I need to travel from Canada to India to take care of a family matter, but I don’t expect that to take more than 5 days. Can I return within 5 days or do I have to stay the 14 days + 5 days?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gobind! As you are not from Europe, the regulations are not strict for you. If you travel with a negative RT-PCR test report (having a stamp/signature from the testing lab) and confirmed return travel tickets, you will have exemption from home quarantine in Delhi. For a more definite answer, you can call the helpline of Delhi International Airport.

      Reply
  161. Unni

    Hello,
    I am flying to India on 29th January from France. I will be arriving at Delhi airport and my final destination is Cochin. Do I need to carry a negative PCR test result to travel on a domestic flight from Delhi to Cochin?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Unni! Yes, you need a negative RT-PCR test report to continue your journey from Delhi.

      Reply
  162. Priyanka Mathur

    Hi My mother passed away and I need to travel to Delhi from New Jersey . Can I come back in one week as my daughter will be staying in US only?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priyanka! We are very sorry about your loss. Yes you can. Make sure to travel with confirmed return flight tickets and show the same upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  163. Leon

    I am travelling from Toronto to Mumbai in next 24 hours. It has been 28 hours since i submitted Exemption form with Covid Negative report.
    How long does it usually take to get a reply from the authorities ?
    If it still shows pending, what can be done when i reach Mumbai Airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Leon! At times, it takes unexpectedly longer time. If the negative RT-PCR report features a stamp/signature from the testing lab, you can carry the hard copy/ soft copy and show it to the officials at Mumbai airport.

      Reply
  164. SB

    Hi, I am traveling with my family (along with 9 year old daughter) from UK to Delhi. My destination is Jaipur. Will I get the exemption if I get the RTPCR test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandeep! Though you travel with a negative RT-PCR report from the UK, you will be tested again after arrival at Delhi Airport. Even if both the results are negative, you are bound to serve 7-day institutional quarantine at a payable facility in Delhi before heading to anywhere.

      Reply
  165. Zee Bhandari

    I am travelling from SFO to Mumbai and am taking the COVID Test on the 25th that has a 24 hr turnaround guaranteed. However, I need to fill out the Self Declaration Form that has three questions at the end you have to agree to and one of them is that you agree to do a 7+7 day quarantine. I do not want to agree with that.
    In that case, i have to fill out the Exemption Form. I am not sure what I can upload. At this point, all i have is my paid receipt for an appointment on the 25th from the lab.
    Is that good enough to upload so that i can get a number to enter in my Self Assessment Form. Do i then still have to agree to the question about the 7+7 day quarantine?
    It is very confusing the way it is presented. Thank you for a response.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhandari! You can fill out the exemption form and upload the test appointment receipt. You can fill out the self-reporting form and the exemption form within 72 hours prior to your journey from SFO. No matter even if you agree to the clause about the quarantine. If you travel with a negative RT-PCR test report and if you are asymptomatic, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
      • zarina bhandari

        Thank you for your reply. I have one more question. If i upload the test appointment receipt, can i then go back and upload the negative certificate later. I will only get that the day of my travel

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Zarina! Yes, you can do but it may take time to receive response to your negative report. Not to worry! You can carry the hard copy and show it to the officials upon arrival at the port of entry.

          Reply
  166. Neha Sharma

    I have a covid test result taken 76 hrs before boarding the flight to Delhi. Will it be accepted?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neha! We are afraid the test report may not be accepted. In case the report is not accepted, you can take a COVID test at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  167. Arjun

    I’m traveling from USA to Kerala via Delhi. I will be reaching Del on 19th and my flight to Kerala is on 20th. Can stay in hotel for a day if I carry my RT PCT negative test which I did in US or do I need to do test in Del airport

    Reply
  168. Apurba Kumar Datta

    Hi I am planning to go to Delhi from USA and then connected flight to Calcutt
    a.
    Can I submit through Air Subidha 2 nos item I. e Sickness certificate for exemption and RTPCR test report next day for exemption?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Apurba! No need to upload any sickness certificate if you upload a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  169. Sunny

    Hi.
    I have my relwtive coming to india from singapore with RT pcr negative in past 72 hours.. Is it still mandatory for him to go ahead for institutional quarantine… Pls advise..
    Also he has to travel to UP by train after arriving to delhi… Can he also book a connecting flight to kanpur from delhi..?
    Any concern in booking connecting flight..
    Pls advise.. Appreciate quick response

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunny! Travelers with a valid negative RT-PCR report from Singapore are not subject to compulsory institutional quarantine in Delhi. Yes, he can take a connecting flight to Kanpur from Delhi.

      Reply
  170. Jay A

    Hi team, Thanks for all your prompt replies. I have a question as well. I am planning to travel from Newark to Delhi(planning to exit the airport and stay in a hotel as layover is 20hours) and then travel to Chennai. Which state should I mention in air suvidha for quarantine. Delhi or chennai? If I mention chennai, would delhi govt allow me to exit the airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! You must mention Chennai as your final destination; otherwise, you will be subject to institutional or home quarantine in Delhi. In our opinion, you can exit the Delhi Airport premises. For a more definite answer, you can call the helpline of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  171. Nolveera

    Hi Team,

    My sister’s flight from London to Bangalore have been rerouted to London–> Delhi–>Bangalore. Has she have to undergo institutional quarantine in Delhi?

    Thanks,
    Nolveera

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nolveera! As per Delhi Government’s mandate, all travelers from the UK are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine and thereafter, they can travel further within the country. Please be advised to check with the airline and call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport.

      Reply
  172. Amy

    Hi
    We have flight booked on 9 feb we are travelling with family which includes 2 children one 2 year and 5 year
    . If we have negative test report.. do we need to do institutional quarantine at airport ???

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amy! We would be able to address your query if we know where you are traveling from and your destination in India.

      Reply
  173. Apurba Kumar Datta

    Hi , I have taken ticket for journey to India from Newwark USA by Indian Airlines
    I want to know the protocol before boarding I.e any form to be filled up and process of submission.

    Reply
  174. Aman

    Hi,

    My Wife and Son (8 Years old) are traveling from Toronto to Delhi (Direct Flight). Do they need to have a negative RT PCR report or they can be directly exempted under “Parents accompanied by children below 10 years” by just submitting the passport copy?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aman! If Delhi is the final port of arrival and if they take private transport to reach the destination in Delhi, they do not need an RT-PCR test. However, your wife needs to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha citing the reason/category for exemption. If the exemption is approved, they don’t need any test.

      Reply
  175. Aman

    Hi,

    My Wife and Son (8 Yrs old) are traveling from Toronto to Delhi (Direct flight). The final destination is also Delhi. Do they need to have a negative RT PCR report or they can be exempted under “Parents accompanied by children below 10 years” by just uploading the passport copy?

    Thanks

    Reply
  176. dinesh

    Hi, I am arriving at Delhi airport and have connecting flight to Pune in within 3 hours. DO i get exemption approval as per Delhi gov policy or Maharashtra gov if i have covid negative report. I heard that there is mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving in Maharashtra.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dinesh! Maharashtra has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa. If you are traveling from the UK, you will be shifted to an institutional quarantine facility immediately after a COVID test at the airport.

      Reply
      • Kais

        Does Maharashtra also have similar requirements for those arriving from the USA with a negative RT-PCR test? If I were to travel from the USA to Delhi, and connect to Nagpur, would I be able to do so? or be quarantined in Delhi? or be quarantined in Nagpur?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          HI Kais! Having a negative RT-PCR test result, you won’t be quarantined in Delhi. You will undergo either institutional quarantine or home quarantine in Nagpur.

          Reply
          • Kais

            Thank you! Therefore, traveling to Nagpur from USA, irrespective of a negative RT-PCR test result, there is a quarantine requirement (either at home or institutional). Is that correct interpretation?

  177. Sonika R

    Hi,

    I will be arriving at New Delhi on 2nd Feb (family emergency) from the UK with 2 kids, 4 year old and 2 year old.
    Do I and kids need to take a RT-PCR test on arrival? Also, can I get an exempt from institutional quarantine as I am travelling with 2 kids. I will, however, be doing a home quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sonika! We wish you get exempted from institutional quarantine. Since you are traveling from the UK, you may have to take a COIVD test upon arrival too. Please advised to call the helpline of Delhi airport and check regarding institutional quarantine in your case.

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sonika! That’s unfortunate. Please be advised to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha asap, based on traveling with kids below 10 years.

          Reply
  178. Anamika Chaudhary

    I have landed at Delhi Airport from UK. I have a negative PCR test from UK taken 48 hours before and awaiting result at Delhi airport for the 2nd Covid test.
    I have been vaccinated. Why do I still have to do institutional quarantine? Can I do home quarantine? Can my quarantine period be reduced from 7 days?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Anamika! Delhi government’s mandate is that all travelers from the UK are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine despite negative pre-departure and post-arrival COVID tests.

      Reply
  179. JMALHOT

    I am traveling to Delhi from Montreal on Jan 29th with my wife and 3.5-year-old child. Me and my wife are taking RT-PCR test but I would like to confirm if my child also needs negative RT-PCR report or is he exempt ayways? I could not find this information on Air Suvidha website.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jmalhot! Usually, children under 10 years are exempted. It is recommended you apply for exemption on Air Suvidha in a special category. If the exemption is approved, your child does not need a test. If rejected, you can get him/her tested upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  180. Indulekha

    Hi I will be travelling to India next week from SFO to Trivandrum via Delhi. Do we need to install Arogya Setu app in mobile before taking flight from SFO. Is it Mandatory in SFO /Delhi airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Indulekha! If you are traveling on Air India from SFO to DEL, the airline crew may check whether you have installed the app during boarding at SFO. It is mandatory at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
      • Remya Alex

        I will be traveling in Feb mid to India from SFO to cochin via Delhi. I have my 3 year old daughter accompanying me.Is Rt-PCR negative certificate mandatory to exempt from Institutional quarantine. Or can I apply to exemption from Institutional quarantine since I have a minor accompanying me.

        Please clarify…

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Remya! The 3-year-old does not need a COVID test. You can apply for exemption on grounds of traveling with a minor, but you need a negative RT-PCR test result to continue the journey from Delhi to Cochin. Hence, it is recommended you take an RT-PCR test either before your departure from SFO or upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

          Reply
  181. Apurba Kumar Datta

    I am going to Delhi on 31st January from Boston USA and from Delhi again to Kolkata by Air India flight.
    Me and my wife both are senior citizen. We will do the RTPCR at Delhi. So any any RTPCR negative report is needed to board at USA?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! You don’t need a negative RT-PCR test result to travel from USA to Delhi Airport. Please do make sure if your layover/connection time is minimum 7-8 hours at Delhi Airport so that you can receive the test result before flight to Kolkata.

      Reply
  182. Mel

    Hi, I am planning to travel from Toronto to Mumbai via Delhi. I will be submitting the negative RT-PCR test prior to travel which I understand will exempt me from institutional quarantine. If I undergo the PCR test at Delhi airport, am I am exempted from home quarantine.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mel! If you submit a negative RT-PCR test result prior to travel, you don’t need to take a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport. There is no exemption from home quarantine, except in certain cases including medical emergency or death in family.

      Reply
  183. chirag

    Hi IndianEagle,

    Traveling from NewYork to Delhi, Final destination Ghaziabad UP.

    I just got a mail from Air India stating that the RT PCR test can be within 96 hours from the time of travel.

    Delhi Airport website still says 72 hrs. In USA it take 3-4 days to get the result, do you have any information on time window extension to 96 hrs.

    P.S – you are doing a great work here, Govt. should have been proactively helping citizens.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chirag! As per the current mandate, you need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your scheduled departure from New York. You have an option. You can choose to take a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  184. Naveen Kumar Jain

    Hi,

    I have taken covid test and I got negative result.
    As due to Japanese I had to translate and send and I attached original
    But they rejected many times.

    Not sure

    Reply
  185. Amit Kumar Giri

    Hi Team,

    Thanks for helping here. Can you suggest me what will be my options. I will reach delhi on 6th feb night 9 pm from USA (i will submit negative RT-PCR prior to board my flight) and my next flight from delhi to Bhubaneswar, Odisha is on next morning 7th feb 8 am. So after reaching delhi if i go out of airport to stay at hotel, will i be able to board my bhubaneswar flight next morning ? Or i have to stay in delhi for 7 days home quarantine ? or i have to stay in airport until next morning so that i can board for bhubaneswar flight ?

    Thanks you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! Home quarantine will apply to you at the final destination, not in Delhi, if you mention Bhubaneswar in the self-reporting form and share your onward travel plans upon arrival at Delhi Airport. In our opinion, you should be allowed to step out of the airport.

      Reply
  186. Syoven Srivastava

    Hi Planning to travel to Delhi from London on 1st Feb. Any update on quarantine, as the rule was applicable only till 31st Jan 2021 ? Any news would be highly appreciated. thanks

    Reply
  187. Kalpana

    Hi. We need to travel to Delhi from London as there’s a medical emergency in family. If we submit negative RT-PCR, can we get exception from institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kalpana! Travelers from the UK are required to take a mandatory COVID test upon arrival at Delhi airport despite their negative RT-PCR test result from the UK. If both the results are negative, they are exempted from institutional quarantine. Hope you get exempted from on-arrival COVID testing given the emergency in family.

      Reply
  188. Vineet Sharma

    Hi , I am traveling from Nigeria to Delhi transiting through Dubai tomorrow i.e 1st Feb,2021. I had applied for exemption twice and got rejected saying my Covid report wasn’t found and it wasn’t uploaded the second time. I uploaded the report both times. What should I do ? Will I have to face Quarantine in Delhi?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vineet! 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 Delhi. But, 7-day home/self quarantine will apply.

      Reply
  189. Akshay Patil

    Hello,
    I am planning to fly from Frankfurt to Delhi IGI on 8th Feb. I do not have any onward journey from Delhi but the address on my passport is from Maharashtra.
    So my questions are:
    Can I still get the exemption from institutional quarantine in Delhi if my RT-PCR test is negative?
    Can I exit the Delhi airport? I will do the home quarantine in Delhi at my brother’s place.
    Also In this case, what should I mention last stop in the self-declaration/ exemption Form? Delhi or Maharashtra(due to the address on my passport)? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akshay! That should not be a problem. If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Delhi. If you have no immediate travel from Delhi Airport, you will be allowed to exit the IGI airport. You will be allowed to do home quarantine at the address that you mention in the self-declaration form.

      Reply
  190. CM

    Hello, I am planning to travel from London to Delhi later in February, and then take an onward flight to Pune. If I submit an RT-PCR test result prior to departure, and also do one on arrival, can I seek exemption from institutional quarantine in Delhi, and would I be permitted to fly onwards to Pune? Also, would there be institutional quarantine in Pune, or just home quarantine? Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi CM! The government of Delhi has lifted mandatory institutional quarantine for the UK travelers who take a pre-departure RT-PCR test and an on-arrival COVID test at Delhi Airport, and both the results are negative. You will be allowed to travel to Pune without any quarantine in Delhi. Most probably, you will undergo home quarantine in Pune.

      Reply
  191. NB

    Hello, I am flying YVR-DEL-AMD on feb 12, with 9 hr layover at DEL. I have filed for exemption request due to death in family. Will I still need negative PCR test to fly the domestic flight DEL-AMD? Any help or direction is much appreciated! Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi NB! Given the 9-hr layover at Delhi Airport, you can take a COVID test upon arrival if it is mandatory for your domestic travel to AMD from Delhi.

      Reply
  192. Hemant

    I am Hemant travelling from EWR (USA) to DELHI. My final destination is BLR
    I have my father expired a month back. Due to restrictions I could not travel.
    I am filling expection under the death of family member category.
    Please advise , if I will be approved ? I am NOT carrying negative RT PCR
    Secondly , If I am approved , will they still have my Covid test in DELHI before I can take a flight to BLORE

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Hemant! We’re very sorry for the loss. Even if the exemption is approved on Air Suvidha, it makes you eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in Delhi. However, you may need a negative COVID test result to travel further from Delhi Airport. Make sure that the layover is at least 6-8 hours long at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  193. MS

    Hello,
    We are traveling from NJ USA to Mumbai. I have my wife and 3 years 3 months old son traveling with me.

    Can we get exemption from COVID test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi MS! If you are traveling directly to Mumbai from the USA and if you are asymptomatic, you will get exemption from COVID testing and institutional quarantine. If you are traveling to Mumbai indirectly, you must have a negative RT-PCR test result from NJ.

      Reply
  194. vishal

    hello,
    we are traveling from Dubai to Delhi and have summited the exemption form with negative rt-pcr test but were not able to do 72 hours before flight as were only able to do 30 hrs before flight . so will i get the exemption
    please help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vishal! No problem. As per the mandate, international travelers need to submit the exemption form and the test report within 72 hours of undertaking the journey. In case the approval status remains pending, you can carry the hard copy or a printout of the report and show it upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  195. Anne

    Hello,
    I applied for exemption with negative rtpcr report taken before 48 hours of departure.The exemption form is still in pending for approval status.Will i still be asked to institutional quarantine at Delhi then in the application is still pending?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anne! In case the approval status remains pending till your departure, you can carry the hard copy/a printout of the report and show it upon arrival at Delhi Airport. Please make sure the report has a valid signature/stamp from the testing lab.

      Reply
  196. Prem Goyal

    I plan to travel to Delhi in March. I am a senior citizen and wil have already been vaccinated 2 doses of the Moderna Vaccine. Do I still need RT-PCR test done before departure?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! The government of India has not yet issued relaxation/exemption from COVID testing for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, you can travel to Delhi without a negative RT-PCR test result. If COVID testing remains mandatory for vaccinated international arrivals in March, you can take a test at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
      • Prem Goyal

        But taking test at Delhi airport means waiting at the airport for few hours and waiting at the airport after a long journey will be very painful.

        Reply
  197. harman

    Hello,

    I applied for the exemption ,but got rejected saying “please upload authorized stamp and signature”. I got the scanned copy of result from the lab mentioned their address , lab number ,phone number and which stamp was expected?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Harman! Without a valid stamp or signature from the testing lab, reports will not be approved. Do make sure that your RT-PCR test result has a stamp/signature from the testing lab.

      Reply
  198. Subhashini Muhandiram

    Hi, I am a Sri Lankan passport holder who wishes to arrive New Delhi India next week to collect a long stay employment visa from Estonian Embassy in New Delhi. I will enter India on an entry visa and wish to stay only 3-4 days (<7 days). My appointment at Estonian embassy on 18th Feb 2021. I will carry my RT-PCR report with me and I would be grateful if you could provide me details on quarantine guidelines for me. Would Negative RT-PCR test an exemption from both institutional and home quarantine requirement ( I will be staying in a hotel and will leave India after collecting my visa from the embassy which will take less than 7 days and my visit would be short stay/I will carry a return ticket to Sri Lanka as well). Can I visit the Estonian embassy in less than 7 days of arrival to India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subhashini! Usually, in Delhi, 7-day home quarantine applies to international travelers with a negative RT-PCR test report. However, there are relaxations. Please share your purpose of visit, duration of stay and show your return flight tickets upon arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be exempted from home/self-quarantine.

      Reply
  199. Ashish

    Hi Team,
    I am planning to travel from Washington (USA) to New Delhi. My final destination is Roorkee, which I will be travelling via Taxi (or any road transport as there are no flights for onward journey). I am planning to take the RT-PCR test within 72 hours of my departure and will be willing to take the test once I land in New Delhi. My home is not in Roorkee and I will have to find quarantine facility in Roorkee (which I will have to sort it out mostly in hotel). Now my queries are
    1. Will I be given exemption from institutional quarantine?
    2. Will I be allowed to take the Taxi from Delhi to Roorkee?
    3. Can I do quarantine in Roorkee?
    Any help will be appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! On having a negative RT-PCR test report with valid signature/stamp from the testing lab, you don’t need to take a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport and you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. You can take a taxi or any other private/public transport from Delhi to Roorkee. Yes, you can quarantine yourself in Roorkee. You may have to mention it in a declaration form upon arrival at New Delhi.

      Reply
  200. Siddharth Basu

    Hello, I live in South Wales, United Kingdom. My grandmother is critically ill in Kolkata and I have proof for my essential travel. I need to travel to Kolkata from London ASAP. I had a covid PCR test yesterday and I should receive my results today/tomorrow. Air india flights avaliable (16th and 17th Feb) from London to Kolkata are via Delhi and Bangalore. If I show a negative test result and a doctor’s certificate for my reason to travel, can I be exempt from quarantining in Delhi/Bangalore and get on the connecting flight to Kolkata?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Siddharth! FYI, both Delhi and Bangalore have lifted mandatory institutional quarantine for UK travelers given they carry a negative RT-PCR test report and test negative upon arrival at either airport. You can travel via either Delhi or Bangalore; you will have to take a COVID test upon arrival. If both test reports – the one you will carry and the one you will receive upon arrival – are negative, you will be allowed to travel further from Delhi/Bangalore. Hope this information helps you.

      Reply
  201. Venkata

    Hi,

    Due to death in family, we have to travel to Hyd. I am travelling from Frankfurt- Delhi – Hyderabad.

    I am travelling with 2 year old and 5 year old.

    As the reason falls under humanitarian grounds, is PT PCR test report mandatory before boarding the flight? or is this required on arrival in delhi? I am travelling by airindia

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Venkata! We are very sorry about the mishap in your family. Your kids are eligible for exemption from COVID testing. You need to apply for their exemption on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to your journey from Frankfurt. Please note you must have a negative RT-PCR test report to be able to travel onward from Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  202. Rutuja

    Hello,
    I am travelling from Munich to Delhi and then Pune, since there would be an institutional quarantine in Mumbai. if my arrival port in india is Delhi, with a negative test, then I would be allowed to travel further to Pune. is that correct?
    Thank you for your help 🙂

    Reply
  203. Mehul

    hi, No lab report gives stamp/signature in USA I believe. What is this deal with stamp/signature ofr COVID PCR.
    Please, advise.
    2.when boarding flight in USA-Does air india needs neg COVID or antigen test?
    I was thinking to get COVID test done at Delhi airport before taking connecting flight to Ahmedabad,
    3.with Neg PCR test at Delhi- any further quarantine needed at Ahmedabad(final destination).
    Thank you for quick replies.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mehul! Boarding and traveling on Air India does not require a negative RT-PCR test report. You can get tested upon arrival at Delhi Airport. On having a negative COVID report, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine at the final destination.

      Reply
  204. Aly

    Hi, I am traveling February 26th from Los Angeles (LAX) to Mumbai, with a 2 hour stopover in Amsterdam airport. As a transit passenger arriving from Europe into India, even though I started in the USA, will I be expected to undergo the mandatory 7 day institutional quarantine?

    My other question is- are negative results from oral swab RT PCR tests accepted for travel and in India? Or only nasal swab tests?
    Thank you for your help! 😊

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aly! Only those traveling from Europe are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine in Mumbai. We are not much in the know of oral or nasal swab test.

      Reply
  205. Kushal

    Hi: My parents will be travelling on a direct flight from Newark, NJ to Mumbai on Friday. Mumbai is not their final destination. After few hours of hold in Mumbai, they will board their flight to Vadodara. I have two questions:

    They recently did their RT-PCR test within 72 hours before journey begins. We have not yet received the results yet but we should before they leave on Friday. If they are negative (which we expect them to be), would providing a hard copy of the results be acceptable to make sure they are not put in institutionalized quarantine? Would having the results electronically be acceptable?

    Second question is, we forgot to put PNR number in the self-declaration form. Is there a way to edit the form? I don’t believe it was a required field in the application. Would not having the PNR number in the self-declaration form be an issue?

    Thank you for your help!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kushal! Both hard copy and soft copy are acceptable. We are not sure if the self-declaration form is editable. It should not be an issue.

      Reply
  206. Amit

    Hi, I am travelling with my wife and 8 year old kid from US to Delhi (Direct flight and no further domestic flight). I understand, our entire family may get exemption from RT-PCR report or Covid test under one of the exemption categories (Travelling with under 10 years kid). Is it correct?
    How early I can apply for exemption?
    Without Covid test report, Is it 7 days or 14 days of home quarantine after we get exemption? Does this home quarantine period remain same even with negative RT-PCR report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Amit! 14-day home quarantine is mandatory for those who are exempted in this category. You need to apply for exemption not more than 72 hours before undertaking the journey from the US. If you are traveling before February 22, you can benefit from the exemption. The new rules, which will take effect on midnight of Feb 22 (IST), may not give you exemption in this category.

      Reply
  207. Phani

    Hi , I am travelling from Frankfurt to Hyd via delhi by Air India. My Layover in Delhi is over 7 hours. If i book a separate domestic flight from Delhi to Hyd lets say another airlines, will i be alllowed to board? provided i am carrying a negative test report and approved exemption form.

    Or the routing to final destination has to be in the original ticket?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Phani! You will be allowed to board. No issues with booking a separate domestic flight.

      Reply
      • mangesh

        Hello Indianeagle,

        I have done a new booking departing Frankfurt and arriving in Delhi Terminal 3 on Sunday 21st March by LH 760 at 01.50. This may allow me to take my vaccinations in Italy. According to the New SOP with effect from 22nd Fen 2021, I am supposed to do a self paid COVID 19 test on arrival, even though I may be tested negative on RTPCR within 3 days of departure from Europe. 
        What I am not sure is whether I can board the connecting flight soon to Kolkata (if there is one) or allowed to board only if the test is negative and how much time I have to wait to get the results. In one place it says that it may take up to 8 hours and the transit flight may be booked accordingly. If you can clarify this, it would be very helpful. I hope they are not going to create much problems for a 83 year old and I may be allowed to board flight.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          HI Mangesh! You will have to wait for the result of the test at Delhi Airport. You will be allowed to take the connecting flight only if the result is negative. Yes, it may take up to 8 hours or more.

          Reply
  208. Sunanda Mondal

    Hi,

    I’ll be flying from Toronto to Delhi and then to Kolkata. My flight is on Feb 20th, I have applied for exemption with RT-PCR report more than 16 hrs ago, but still the status is showing as pending. I called the helpline number of Delhi Airport and they told me that if it remains Pending, then at Delhi airport I can show the status and the RT-PCR report and that should be good. In one of the previous questions you mentioned to carry the prontout of the filled form, but after filling the exemption I just got a tracking number in my email and that doesn’t have the filled up form. So, should I reapply again and this time print out the filled form ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunanda! You were needed to take a printout of the email that you might have received after filling out the self-reporting form on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  209. Sohini Sarkar

    Hi. My fiancé is travelling from Hamburg, Germany to Kolkata via Mumbai. His layover in Mumbai is of 6 hours and he has booked a separate domestic flight to Kolkata. He is carrying a negative RT-PCR test with him but his quarantine exemption request is rejected with the reason: Institutional quarantine is mandatory in Maharashtra. Will he be allowed to board flight to Kolkata if he shows confirmed tickets to Kolkata in a separate domestic flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sohini! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe, irrespective of their negative RT-PCR report and onward travel plans.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sohini! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe. He will be able to travel to Kolkata only after completion of institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  210. Rajdeep

    Hi i am traveling from pune to Delhi and from delhi to Toronto and i have a layover of 6hrs 25 mins in delhi. So can i go out of the delhi Airport and if yes so will i have to take my check in luggage with me or it will be directly transfered to my flight.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Rajdeep! Whether your checked luggage will be directly transferred or not, depends on the airline and the itinerary.

      Reply
  211. Mythili

    Hi, am travelling to India on 27 FEB 2021 from USA… I have of kid of age 9.Do i have to take RT-PCR test for Him.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mythili! India’s newly issued guidelines make taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test mandatory for all international arrivals.

      Reply
  212. Sunny Malhotra

    Hi Indianeagle team,
    My flight from USA to Delhi is under 2 PNR Numbers
    First PNR is from Raleigh to Newark (2.24 PM Departure from Raleigh and arrival at 4 PM in Newark)
    Second PNR is from Newark to Delhi on the same day (9.30 PM Departure from Newark)
    I have 2 questions

    1) Does the 72 hours prior RT PCR requirement will start from 2:24 PM (start of journey from Raleigh) or will it be from 9.30 PM which is the direct flight from Newark to Delhi?
    2) What should be mentioned in the Self Declaration form as the Port of Origin?

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunny! Your port of origin is Raleigh. You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your flight from Raleigh.

      Reply
  213. Sam Desai

    Hi, I am traveling on Feb.27 from Atlanta to Mumbai via Paris. I have applied for exemption due to death in the family. The status is still pending. Also filed self declaration form with negative Rt-Pcr test results. I will traveling to my home in Gujarat by car. Will they make me do quarantine in Mumbai?? What do I need to do if the status stays pending before I board the flight for exemption??? Please advise. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank You

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sam! We’re very sorry about the mishap in your family. If the status of your application for exemption in the event of death in family does remain pending, please be advised to carry valid documents of the death in the family, a printout of the self-declaration form, and the hard copy of the negative RT-PCR test result. You will surely be exempted from quarantine in Mumbai and be allowed to travel further.

      Reply
  214. Abhishek Kumar

    Hi,

    I am planning to travel to Delhi from USA and reaching Delhi by 11th of March . I am planning to carry negative RT PCR test with me then I would like to meet my relative in Delhi and then take my onward flight to Ranchi on 14th Match . Can you please suggest if I will be allowed to leave the airport with negative PCR test upon arrival from USA? Also, if I will be allowed back to board the domestic flight after 2 days on 14th March?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abhishek! We are not sure about this. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  215. AK

    Can I fill the Air Suvidha form before my COVID test results and upload the form later, or should I do it once I get the result. I will have the result only 2 days prior to my travel, and it is on a weeknd

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi AK! According to the new guidelines, you can fill out the self-declaration form when you upload a negative RT-PCR report onto Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  216. Jay S

    Hello, you guys are doing a great job answering critical questions for travelers. Your help is much appreciated.

    I will traveling to India from USA to visit parents. Here are my questions:

    1. Any issues traveling with an OCI card for USA Citizens?
    2. I have both doses of Moderna Vaccine already taken and have the Immunization Card/Proof. Do I need to do any PCR before leaving USA?
    3. Will I have to do any tests when I land in India (most likely in Ahmedabad, via Dubai)?

    Thank you,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! There is no restriction on OCI cardholders’ travel to India. Since the government of India has not issued any relaxation/exemption for vaccinated travelers with a proof of immunization from abroad, you will have to take a pre-arrival RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before undertaking the journey from the USA. As you are planning on traveling via the Middle East, you will have to give your swab sample for a molecular testing at the arrival airport in India.

      Reply
  217. Mabin Joseph

    Hi,

    We are planning to travel from Chicago to Bangalore via Delhi. We will be doing a RT PCR test before boarding the flight at Chicago.
    1) I want to know if there is any form of quarantine that we need to do at Delhi before proceeding to Bangalore ?
    2) we plan to return back to Chicago within 7 days of arrival at Bangalore . Is transit time from Delhi to Bangalore included in the 7 day time period?(some tickets have 10 hrs of transit time at Delhi)

    Thankyou
    Mabin

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mabin! If you are asymptomatic and have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test report, there is no quarantine for you at Delhi. You will be allowed to take the connecting flight to Bangalore without any hassle. You will be able to travel back within 7 days provided you arrive with confirmed return flight tickets and give proper intimation of your return travel plans to the state/district health authorities either at Delhi Airport or BLR Airport.

      Reply
  218. Rohit

    Hi,

    I would be arriving in Delhi from Amsterdam. I would do a RT PCR test before boarding the flight to Delhi.
    1. Would we also be subjected to molecular tests on arrival at Delhi airport?
    2. Do we have to wait for the results of the molecular tests before exiting the airport?

    Regards,
    Rohit

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rohit! All international arrivals coming from or transiting in Europe will have to give their swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport. However, you don’t need to wait for the result which will be communicated to you via email or over the phone.

      Reply
  219. MK

    Hi team,I would travel from Chicago to Pune via Delhi by United Airlines on 28th March 2021.connecting flight from Delhi to Pune on 30th March 6.30 am by Air India …in that case lay over time is more than 11 hrs.on Delhi Airport….I have 2 questions…..
    1. If I would carry RT PCR test report than need to test again for my connecting flight.?
    2. If I would go outside from Airport than need to Covid-19 test again for catch my connecting domestic flight for Pune??

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi MK! You are not required take another test upon arrival at Delhi Airport for the connecting flight. We are not sure if you would be allowed to exit Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  220. Rathika D'Cruz

    Hello!
    Is there a deadline to submit the Self Declaration form? My RT-PCR test result will only be available 24 hours before I depart. From my understanding, we need to submit our RT-PCR negative results when filling out the Self Declaration form. However, I’ve read in some places that you need to submit the Self Declaration form 72 hours before your flight departure. Is it ok if we submit the self-declaration form along with the RT-PCR negative results 24 hours before our flight?

    Also, what flight number do you enter on the self-declaration form? I’m traveling from the U.S. to Bengaluru and my flight route is as follows Nashville to Chicago to Frankfurt to Bengaluru. I’m not sure which flight number to enter.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rathika! You can submit the self-declaration form along with the negative RT-PCR report. You need to enter the number of the flight from the first port of origin.

      Reply
  221. Shishir Kumar

    hi Indianeagle, I have few questions. I’m travelling from US (San antonio > Houston > Chicago > New Delhi). I plan to travel by train to Bihar from New Delhi railway station the next day.
    1. If i upload the rapid test instead of lab test, will it be ok as I don’t know whether I will be able to upload the PCR test in portal before leaving USA (Chicago)?
    2. Is train journey from Delhi be considered an onward journey or no? This is asked in the question while trying to schedule the covid test in delhi. If I tell them I’m travelling by train, are they going to quarantine me? Reason being I’m planning to undertake covid test at new delhi airport after reaching Delhi.
    3. If I upload the rapid test before travelling, and I still undertake the covid test and it comes negative will they allow me to travel by train.

    Your prompt response will be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shishir! You need to take an RT-PCR test and upload the negative report onto Air Suvidha, according to the guidelines. Rapid test results are not accepted. If you are travelling on a direct flight to New Delhi, you don’t have to take another RT-PCR test at Delhi Airport. You will be allowed to take onward travel without quarantine in Delhi.

      Reply
  222. mira swarup

    Dear Indian Eagle, the Air Suvidha portal guidelines are asking for an Undertaking from passengers along with the SDF and negative RTPCR test result. (on this link – https://www.newdelhiairport.in/media/1622/latest-guidelines-for-international-arrivals.pdf )
    But there is no Undertaking form on the portal. Will the Airline give us this Undertaking form? Or should I write my own letter and bring it to the airport? Could you please guide on what this Undertaking form is?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mira! Don’t worry! The airline will either email the undertaking form to you or handover it on flight. Please be advised to check with the airline too.

      Reply
  223. Tj

    Hello,

    I had a sudden death of a family member and I am travelling from US but I will not have any India Contact Number to enter in the exempt form neither would my US number be working at the time when I will land in New Delhi thus wanted to check what should i do in this case. Can i submit the form with the phone number of a relative?

    Please advise.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi TJ! We are not sure if you can enter your relative’s number. You may enter your US number and then talk to the officer in-charge at Delhi Airport about the same once you land. Or, please be advised to check with the Delhi Airport authorities.

      Reply
  224. Arjun

    Hi, I am planning to travel India in June and my daughter is 10 years old and will turn 11 in September. Are we included in the exemption condition of having a minor with us . Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arjun! No, there is no exemption for parents with kids above 5 years of age.

      Reply
  225. Laksh

    Hello

    I am traveling from Boston, the USA to New Delhi from united airlines which is arriving at Delhi on 1st April 2021, and on 2nd April 2021, I have a flight from Delhi to Hyderabad. I want to know if I have to do a mandatory quarantine or test if I am traveling with a negative RT-PCR test to board my domestic flight.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi laksh! If you are flying on a direct or non-stop flight to Delhi with a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before your journey, you won’t be subject to institutional quarantine or be required to take another COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  226. Minakshi jagwani

    Hi,

    I am travelling with my 5Years Old child from United Kingdom(London) to New Delhi.
    1) My flight Start time is 5pm from London Airport on 3rd April. I understand, we have to take COVID test 72hrs before the journey, So I have booked test on 31st March at 5:30pm.
    I believe any Test center will just mention the date of Sample taken and tested date(Not time).
    Can you please guide, how we can make sure our test result will be accepted and how they will verified against 72hrs, We cant take test later than 31st March, as It may be risk of getting result back on time.

    2) My kid will be turning 5years old just 10days before the flight, Will he be exempted from testing again at New Delhi airport or he is also required to take RT-PCR test again.

    3) I will be arriving at Delhi airport at 6am and have to travel to MadhyaPradesh(MP) whose last flight is at 11:50am same day. I have been informed, there is risk of missing the flight if COVID test result does not arrive by that time. So I am planning to take direct train to my hometown from Delhi Station.
    Am i required to wait for my test results, even If I don’t have transit flight or can exit the airport after giving sample to catch the train?

    Thankyou.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Minakshi! Date and time of sample taken are required to be present on RT-PCR report. Both you and your kid will be required to submit your swab samples for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport and wait till the result arrives.

      Reply
  227. Anurag

    Namaste Indian Eagle team,

    On 14th April, I am traveling with my wife and 3 years old son from San Francisco to New Delhi via a direct United airlines flight. We all hold Indian passports. 6 hours after landing in New Delhi, we plan to take a train to Uttar Pradesh from New Delhi station. We are planning to take RT-PCR tests 72 hours prior to boarding in San Francisco. Looking at this very informative article of your’s, it seems like if we have a negative PCR test report, we won’t need to home/institutional quarantine in Delhi and shall be allowed to take the train for journey forward via train. Is this understanding correct?

    Also, will it be a good idea to also apply for quarantine exemption as well in AirSuvidha as we are traveling with a child? It should not harm to have both negative test report and a child exemption too? Is this correct?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anurag! Since you are traveling on a direct flight from the US, you will be advised to self-monitor your health upon presenting pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report at Delhi Airport. You can exit the Delhi Airport and take the train as well. you can apply on Air Suvidha for exemption only in case of a death in family.

      Reply
  228. SARVESH KUMAR Gupta

    Hi Indian eagle team,

    I have flight on April 24th Air India to New Delhi.I came to know today that one of my friend was asked to submit her passport and collect after 14 days from magistrate office. She has US passport. I am not sure why ,Is there any such rule to submit your passport? Also The RT/PCR test I am taking is at 9:30 am on 21st and my flight is on Saturday at 1:30 but I think I will get boarding pass 2 hours before around 11:30 would that work because It will be around 74 hours ,I mean 2 hours over the 72 hours window. Will this be a problem?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sarvesh! If it is more than 72 hours from the time the sample is taken, it might be a problem. Especially, Air India and United Airlines are very strict about it. Those who were subject to institutional quarantine before February 22, 2021 had to submit their passports and collect the same back after the quarantine was over.

      Reply
  229. Priti

    Hi,
    I was having many doubts in regard of my travel but reading above FAQ’s have resolved them many. But still one doubt would like to ask. I am travelling on 3rd April from Lansing-Chicago-Delhi-Pune .I will be doing Covid test on 31st of March evening. They are giving me result within stipulated time but will email us and I have to take a print of it. Is that acceptable?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priti! Yes, you can take a print out of the negative RT-PCR test report sent to your E-mail. You must also upload the result onto Air Suvidha portal.

      Reply
  230. vidi

    Hi- is institutional quarantine mandatory for international travellers from the middle east landing in Delhi even if there is a negative RT PCR report and one is travelling alone?

    Kind Regards

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vidi! No, there is no institutional quarantine in Delhi if you are carrying a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test. But you will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  231. Aanika

    Hello – I am traveling from US to Delhi via London in early April on the AA/BA flight. My final destination is Indore, which I am planning to connect to the morning my arrival in Delhi. I have had both shots of Moderna vaccine (Mar 29th was the second shot) and will upload RTPCR test results before departure. Would I need to quarantine or retest in Delhi? If yes, how long would either of them take? Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aanika! The government of Delhi has not yet issued any relaxation for vaccinated travelers. So, you will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport and wait for the result, which may take 6-8 hours.

      Reply
  232. Rajasekhar

    Hi, I have booked Qatar long back for April 17 from DFW – Doha – Hyderabad. Are there any other documents I have to carry other than negative RT-PCR test. Any new regulations for the travelers traveling through middle-east countries. Thank You.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajasekhar! You will have to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal and also upload your negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before your departure onto the same portal. You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Hyderabad Airport.

      Reply
  233. Subramanyam Swaminathan

    My wife and I both are OCI cad holders and will be arriving in Delhi by United Airlines direct from Chicago, USA on our way to Madras. We will have RT-PCR test within 72 hrs of departure from USA. I understand we have to have a molecular test at Delhi airport. Do we have to wait for the results before boarding the connecting flight (we have about 6 hrs to board the connecting flight). Do we need another at Chennai on our arrival? Do we need to quarantine for 14 days in Chennai, if we have negative results? We both at are completely vaccinated (two doses each). Will this give us any advantage?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subramanyam! You need to register on Tamil Nadu state government’s website and obtain a TN e-pass. You and your wife need not take a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport and take your connecting flight to Chennai. But you may need to submit your swab samples for a test at Chennai Airport. You will be allowed to exit the airport without having to wait for the result. If negative, you will be asked to self-monitor your health for 14 days.

      Reply
  234. Ashish

    Hi

    My family is travelling from Washington DC to New Delhi ,April 11. Final destination is Punjab by car.
    Besides Negative RT-PCR Report and Self Declaration – Anything else needs to be done or will be done at the airport? Do we need to prepare anything else.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! If you and your family are flying on a direct/non-stop to Delhi from the US, then you will be allowed to exit the airport if you are asymptomatic and carry a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report. If your itinerary involves transit in the Middle East, Europe (including UK), Brazil, or South Africa, you will have to undergo a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  235. Prakash

    Upon arrival at Delhi Airport T3, how much time it takes on average to go through for a molecular test and result?

    Reply
  236. PRASHANT

    Hi,

    I am in US and need to do change of visa status. I want to visit US Embassy in Delhi. I carry Indian Passport and my residence address is of Mumbai.
    After 4 days in the embassy I would like to travel back. So basically my stay in India will be less than 14 days.

    Will there be any quarantine measures put If I carry RCT-PCR report.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prashant! Since you are coming for a short trip, you can seek exemption from quarantine (if there will be any). You have to properly intimate the district/state health authorities at New Delhi International Airport about your travel and also show your confirmed return tickets. You must carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure and remain asymptomatic.

      Reply
  237. Sonu

    Hi,

    I am travelling from Tokyo to Delhi and planning to stay in delhi for 3 days and after that i will be going to Madhyapradesh. Is it allowed to travel to Madhyapradesh after staying in Delhi for 3 days as my quarantine will start in delhi from the 1st day so i might need to complete 14 days in Delhi only.

    Thanks to provide your comments here.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sonu! You won’t be subject to institutional or home quarantine, if your travel does not involve a layover in the Middle East, Europe (including UK), Brazil, and South Africa. You will be advised to self-monitor your health and hence you can travel to Madhya Pradesh.

      Reply
  238. Subramanyam Swaminathan

    can US citizens with valid 10 year tourist visa travel to India now? It was not allowed for a while but has the policy been change now?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subramanyam! Travel to India on a tourist visa is currently suspended.

      Reply
  239. Shashikant Thakkar

    My elder brother and his wife booked ticket from Mumbai to Seattle through Delta Airlines. Their travel itinerary will be Mumbai – Amsterdam – Seattle with KLM & DL resp. on 25th May 2021. They hold US B1/B2 tourist visa. Will they be allowed to travel ?

    Reply
  240. rajasekar

    Hi, i will be uploading my RT-PCR test result in Air Suvidha self declaration form today, can i know how much time will it take to get the approval. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajasekhar! It usually takes a few hours and you will mostly receive a PDF file to your registered mail ID.

      Reply
  241. Subramanyam Swaminathan

    We are traveling from Dallas, USA to Chennai, India by United airlines on 18 May 2021. We are flying via Newark directly to Delhi and then to Chennai. Our flight from Dallas to Newark is at 1:15 pm and then from Newark to Delhi is at 9:45pm. When does the 72 hr clock start ticking? Taking a test after 9:45pm on 15 May be problematic. Any suggestion? 16 May happens to be Sunday, and I am not sure if RT-PCR test centers will be open.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subramanyam! You need to get an RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours before your departure from Dallas. The 72-hour clock starts ticking from the time your swab sample has been collected for the RT-PCR test.

      Reply
  242. Kumar

    Hi, We are traveling from India to the US, via Germany. We booked online appointment on the Delhi airport website so we can get the covid-19 test results prior to departure from Delhi to Frankfurt. We booked the appointment the day before departure to give enough time. Is this location/testing available to passengers departing internationally from Delhi? Also, while making the appointment, we put in our aadhaar number instead of our passport number. Do you know if the test report will only contain our aadhaar number or can we also provide our passport info when we get to the airport for our test so that can be reflected in the test report? In Germany / US, they require passport info on the test report to make sure it’s legitimate; they will not recognize aadhaar number. If that is problematic, I can cancel and book another appt; will probably lose the booking fees, but that’s ok.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! You can either call Delhi Airport’s testing center and put across your query or make a new booking with your passport numbers.

      Reply
  243. Subramanyam Swaminathan

    Is it possible to complete all the required details in Self declaration form of Air Suvidha, submit it and then upload the RT-PCR results prior to the day of departure? This will save some last minute confusion. In other words, can we retrieve the submitted form to fill in the missing details? Also, once the final form with results, etc submitted do we have to wait for any response from Air Suvidha? Do we get an email from them to show at the airport before departure?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subramanyam! You can fill out the self-declaration form and upload the negative report any time within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. If some details are not provided, the self-declaration form may not be submitted successfully. On successful submission, You will receive a PDF to the registered email ID and you need to print out the PDF.

      Reply
  244. Sam

    Hello,

    I am planning on traveling on Air India (Chicago to Delhi to Ahmedabad). I am vaccinated with two doses and will have a negative RT-PCR Test. Will I be exempted from BOTH institutional quarantine and home quarantine and what other documents are needed?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sam! You won’t be subjected to any quarantine since you are flying directly from the US to India. You will be advised to self-monitor your health for 14 days upon presenting your pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report and remaining asymptomatic.

      Reply
  245. Vinay

    Hi,

    I will be traveling to New Delhi from Brussels on 30th July with a 4 hour layover in Dubai and final destination Dehradun.
    Will I be required to wait for the molecular test result at the airport or I can travel ahead to Dehradun after giving the sample for test?
    Also how much time does all this procedure take, with and without being made to wait for test result?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vinay! You will be allowed to board your onward flight to Dehradun after submitting your swab sample for a molecular test without having to wait for the result. The time for submitting the sample depends on the rush at the airport on the given day.

      Reply
  246. Anu d

    Hi
    My aunt and uncle is in India on B1/b2 visa and my Mom here is very sick she is in hospital and wants to see her sister from India? How can they come? There NIE was declined even there is emergency? Pls help

    Reply
  247. Rominder Singh

    Hello,
    I have a ticket from Frankfurt to Delhi, but my final destination is Kolkata which I plan to fly the same day I land in Delhi (have not brought the ticket yet). I believe a PCR test will be done on my arrival in Delhi.
    My question is:
    Can I leave the airport after giving my PCR test sample or are we confined in a designated area?
    Do I have to wait for the results before I can take my flight to Kolkata?
    Is a negative test mandatory for domestic air travel?
    Thanking you,
    Singh

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rominder! You’re not required to wait for the test results at Delhi Airport. You will be allowed to proceed for the connecting flight after giving the sample.

      Reply
  248. Nancy

    Hi,
    I have to travel from USA to India for 4 days in last week of Aug’21.
    I’m vaccinated with both doses, will carry negative rtpcr, Is there a institutional or home quarantine ? Can I return back to USA in 4 days or will i have to stay in india for 14 days ?
    Thanks,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nancy! You can travel back to the US in 4 days of your arrival in India. Make sure to carry your confirmed return tickets. There is no institutional quarantine for you. You will be advised self-monitoring of health.

      Reply
  249. AG

    The last question on your FAQ about RT-PCR test site at Delhi airport on arrival states “….schedule online at least, one hour before your scheduled arrival at New Delhi. “

    This does not make sense. Did you mean to say schedule the test at least an hour “after” scheduled arrival?

    Reply
  250. Ayaansh

    1. Does the RT-PCR test need to be exactly 72 hours from the time of flight departure? I have my flight scheduled on 14th August 18:30. My test is slated for 11th August 13:00. It comes to 77 hours from time of travel. Is this acceptable or does it have to be exactly 72 hours from time of travel?

    2. I would be reaching Mumbai on 15th at 19:00, and have a domestic flight from Mumbai to Ranchi on the 16th morning at 11:30. Will i be subjected to mandatory institutional quarantine at Mumbai?

    Thanks for patiently replying to all the folks here.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ayaansh! You are required to give your sample for an RT-PCR test within 72 hours, not before 72 hours, from the time of boarding for India. If it is more than 72 hours, you may be denied boarding. Having a connecting flight to the destination outside the state of Maharashtra, you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  251. Ani

    hi there, I am travelling from Dallas, TX to Indore via Dubai, New Delhi. We are fully vaccinated and have uploaded negative RT PCR Test as required. Our connecting flight to Indore is in 4 hours upon our arrival in New Delhi. Do we have to still do RT PCR test on arrival in New Delhi? If so, is 4 hours enough to take our next connecting flight?

    Thank you for providing such useful information.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ani! You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport and continue to take your connecting flight without having to wait for the result. So yes, 4 hours might be enough depending on the rush at the airport on the given day.

      Reply
  252. Ashish Gupta

    Hi, I am planning India travel. NYC to HYD either via Delhi or Mumbai. Am fully vaccinated and will carry negative rot pcr done within 72 hrs of departure. Have a few questions:
    1- Delhi option is Air India with an AI international flight directly to Hyderabad from Delhi as well. Since I am just transiting, would there be Covid report check in Delhi? Does my 72 hour meter time resets when I board AI Int Hyd flight from Delhi? Or since it is same journey, and technically Delhi is just transit, the Us report would work even though it by the time I arrive in Hyderabad May be over 72 hr old
    2- I have a 9.5 hr wait in Delhi. Assuming can’t go out since connecting AI is also international flight?
    3- NYC – MUM- Hyd is United and Vistara with 12 hr wait. Same reservation. Does immigration happen in Mumbai or Hyd? Can I go out during 12 hr? What about Covid test? Do I need to show a new report in Hyd?

    Sorry a lot of questions. But see you have been very helpful so dared to ask

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! A pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 before departure in the US would be enough for your entire journey. You might be allowed to exit the airport in Delhi or Mumbai since you won’t be subject to any kind of quarantine. You won’t be required to undergo a separate COVID test in Delhi or Mumbai.

      Reply
  253. D Sam

    My husband is looking to travel from London to Ghy via Delhi. He is keen to be through checked in and British airways have an option with a 6 hour gap between arrival at Delhi and departure to Ghy. Will this allow him time to transit, test and continue his onward journey?

    He is fully vaccinated and will have completed a PCR test 72 before travelling to India.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Divya! 6-hr layover at Delhi Airport may be sufficient for COVID testing and transit depending on the rush of international arrivals on a given day.

      Reply
  254. Sonu

    Hi ,I am travelling to delhi from saudia via kuwait airlines with one stop at kuwait for 7 hours ,I and my family are fully vaccinated and will carry negative pcr repot .I have indian airlines connected flight to jammu.after 6 hours from arrival.
    Do I need to have another covid rt per at delhi airport.
    If I stay in delhi and take next day flight to jammu what I need to do ..
    Please help with both the options as I will be travelling with family
    .thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sonu! On arrival at Delhi Airport, you need to take a self-paid RT-PCR test. To get results in 1-2 hours, you can opt for a rapid RT-PCR test which costs 6-7 thousand rupees per person. The result of a regular RT-PCR test comes in 5-6 hours. You can choose to stay in a hotel in the airport area.

      Reply
  255. Ashish

    Hi,
    I am travelling from Oslo Norway to Delhi via Frankfurt, and then further to Lucknow with domestic connecting flight with in 4 hours. We are fully vaccinated and have uploaded negative RT PCR Test as required. Our connecting flight to Lucknow is in 4 hours upon our arrival in New Delhi. Do we need to wait for the results or we can proceed for our connecting flight after giving sample swab in new delhi airport ?
    Ashish

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! You will be able to proceed for the connecting domestic flight without waiting for the test result at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  256. Rajiv

    Hi,

    I am confused on what are the rules for US citizen with OCI card to travel to India regarding quarantine? My understanding that the rules for self quarantine are different for less than 14 day travel and more than 14 day travel.

    I need to travel to Delhi, Bangalore and Mangalore and my trip will be 14-16 days. Do I have to go through mandatory home quarantine for 14 days if I stay more than 14 days in India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajiv! If you travel to India via the UK, you will have to undergo home quarantine for 7 days on arrival. If you travel to Delhi via the Middle East or Europe (other than the UK), you will be advised only self-monitoring of health for 14 days. Please note self-monitoring of health does not restrict domestic travel in India. If you take a direct/nonstop flight to New Delhi from the US, you won’t have to take an RT-PCR on arrival. If you transit in the UK, Europe, or the Middle East, you will have to take a self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival at New Delhi Airport. Hope this information helps you.

      Reply
      • Rajiv

        This definitely helps, thanks lot for all the help that your team has been providing to all of us.

        Reply
  257. Ravi

    Hi, I am planning to be in India for 10 days …coming from UK and landing in Delhi airport while moving to stay in Gurgaon – There is this clause for short stay travellers – “under proper intimation to their District/State health
    authorities” – what does this mean?
    How do i do this? How is it checked for?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! You are required to give intimation about your short stay and return travel to the district or state health officers deployed at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  258. hs

    Hello.. Is it 72 hrs before first boarding? Flight is San Francisco – Dallas on American with 4 hours halt. Then Dallas-Doha-Mumbai on Qatar. Should the test be with 72 prior to boarding in SF or in Dallas or in Doha?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! If you hold a single PNR for the entire itinerary from SFO to Mumbai, you need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding at SFO. If you have a separate PNR for the international flight from Dallas, you should take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to traveling from Dallas.

      Reply
  259. Raj

    I am planning to take Emirates flight from Seattle to Delhi through Dubai. Do I need to stay back at the Delhi airport to have my RT-PCR test results before I commence my journey to Bhopal? or Can I just give my samples to take my connecting flight.

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! If you are asymptomatic, you will be allowed to proceed for the connecting flight without waiting for the test result at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  260. Sandeepa

    Hi!
    I will be travelling to India in November from Stockholm, Sweden.
    I will fly to New Delhi and from there to Guwahati(different PNR)
    Do I need to take 2 PCR tests(one upon arrival to New Delhi and one while baording from New Delhi to Guwahati)?
    Or one PCR test at New Delhi T3 will be enough?

    I havenät booked my flight to Guwahati as I am not sure how long should I be waiting in New Delhi as I have different PNR.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandeepa! You will have to take a self-paid RT-PCR test only once on arrival at Delhi Airport. As you are not traveling from the UK, you won’t have to wait for the test result at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  261. Yogesh

    Hi,

    I am traveling with family from Orlando to Frankfurt and then Frankfurt to delhi. I have to take domestic flight from delhi to Ahmedabad. Layover time is only 5 hours in Delhi so is that enough time to finish RT-PCR test and get the result so I don’t miss my connected flight to Ahmedabad?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yogesh! If you are fully vaccinated, make sure to upload your vaccine certificate on Air Suvidha along with a negative RT-PCR test report. You won’t have to take an RT-PCR test on arrival anywhere in India. If you are unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated, you will have to take an RT-PCR test on arrival and undergo home quarantine for 7 days.

      Reply

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