India’s new rules for incoming travelers from abroad, that took effect on February 23, made the submission of a self-declaration form and the uploading of a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha mandatory for all international arrivals, regardless of age. As a result, the government of Delhi scrapped institutional quarantine for the arriving passengers being asymptomatic and carrying a pre-arrival, negative RT-PCR report. Below is a list of FAQs with regard to the impact on your travel on air bubble flights to New Delhi and your arrival at Delhi IGI Airport.
Do people traveling on air bubble flights from the USA and other countries have to undergo institutional quarantine on arrival in Delhi?
Since carrying a negative RT-PCR report uploaded on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to departure from the US or any other country is now mandatory, you are not subject to institutional quarantine on arrival at Delhi Airport. Travelers coming from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, will be held back at the airport and sent to an institutional quarantine facility, if they test positive in the molecular test taken on arrival.
Do vaccinated international travelers need to present a negative RT-PCR report and take a molecular test at Delhi Airport?
The government of Delhi has not yet issued any relaxation for vaccinated international arrivals. So, all inbound travelers from abroad need to carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure. Even if you are vaccinated, you need to take a molecular test at New Delhi IGI Airport because of your transit via Europe or the Middle East.
Is there any exemption from taking a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi International Airport?
If you are arriving on nonstop flights to New Delhi from USA, Singapore, or any other country, except the UK, Europe, Middle East, Brazil, and South Africa, you are not required to undergo a mandatory molecular test on arrival at Delhi Airport. Please note you must be asymptomatic and carry a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report.
Can I travel back in 7-10 days of my arrival in New Delhi?
Yes, you can travel back within 14 days, if you properly intimate the district/state health authorities at New Delhi International Airport 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.
I am traveling to Delhi for an emergency. Is there any exemption from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test?
If the emergency is death in the family, you can apply for exemption on Air Suvidha portal from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test. Please note you must provide documents justifying your request for exemption and also fly on a non-stop flight to New Delhi. However, you will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test on arrival at Delhi IGI Airport before exiting.
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 (direct), Delta Airlines via France, and American Airlines in codeshare with British Airways. Both Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines are operating one-stop flights to Delhi. 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).
Is there any COVID testing facility at New Delhi Airport?
New Delhi Airport has a dedicated COVID-19 testing facility in Terminal 3 for international arrivals, and the 3500-sq-ft COVID test center has been operational since September 11. You can book a slot online (on Delhi airport website) for RT-PCR testing, at least, one hour before your scheduled arrival at New Delhi. You need to provide your name, contact details and a valid ID proof while booking a slot online. If you are traveling with family or in a group, you can book a single slot for the testing of all. The result is delivered in 4-6 hours. There is lounge service for those who are required to wait for the result of their tests at the airport. The entire service from COVID testing to lounge is payable. It costs Rs. 800 for the test and Rs. 2600 for the lounge per individual.