International Flyers can Book Slots Online for COVID Tests at Entry Airports Including Delhi and Mumbai in India

In a latest development for international arrivals, major Indian airports which are basically ports of entry for VBM and air bubble flights from abroad have got COVID19 testing facilities. Indians, foreign citizens of Indian origin, and foreign nationals (having a valid visa to India) can now take COVID tests on arrival at entry airports before traveling to the final destination. This is another way for them to get exempted from institutional quarantine at the final destination.

New Delhi International Airport’s COVID-19 testing facility has been operational since September 11, 2020. Located in Terminal 3 of Delhi IGI Airport, the 3500-sq-ft COVID test center can test as many as 2500 individuals a day and deliver test results in 4-6 hours. The COVID testing facility integrates a lounge where inbound travelers can unwind while waiting for the results. It costs an individual Rs. 5000 including Rs 2400 for test and Rs 2600 for the lounge. People arriving at Delhi airport, having a separate ticket for their onward domestic flights and not carrying a negative COVID test report from the port of origin, can get tested at the airport. If the result is negative, they can get away with the 7-day institutional quarantine in Delhi and travel onward.

Inbound travelers opting for onsite COVID tests at Delhi Airport need to book slots on the airport website at least one hour prior to their arrival. They need to provide certain details such as their names, contact details and a valid ID proof while booking slots online. An individual traveling with family or in a group can book a single slot for the testing of all. The pre-booked slot can be modified in view of delay in arrival.

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Many international travelers catch domestic flights to their final destination from the port of entry, like New Delhi and Mumbai. They can get themselves tested for COVID19 before connecting onto domestic flights. Not all of them are able to get a RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of the scheduled VBM and air bubble flights to India, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs’ guidelines for exemption from institutional quarantine. Earlier, it was 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey from abroad. Now it is 72 hours as per the Government of India’ s revised guidelines issued on November 5, 2020.

Some people are facing issues while uploading the test result copy and other documents to the Air Suvidha portal of Delhi Airport. Some of the travelers complained of not receiving response, despite successful uploading of the test result, by the time they boarded the flight to or landed in India. They will surely benefit from onsite COVID19 tests at New Delhi IGI, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai airports.

“However, 6 hours of wait time for COVID test results at entry airports seems a disadvantage for senior citizens and family travelers with kids, especially after a jet lag of flying long-haul routes. The number of international arrivals will shot up if India’s talk with Singapore, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and the Philippines becomes a success,” said the chief travel advisor of Indian Eagle, a leading travel-booking organization.

The idea of taking onsite COVID19 tests on arrival at entry airports in India is feasible for those who are likely to be found symptomatic in thermal screening at their final destination. Many tier II Indian airports have scrapped institutional quarantine only for asymptomatic travelers from abroad.

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585 thoughts on “International Flyers can Book Slots Online for COVID Tests at Entry Airports Including Delhi and Mumbai in India

  1. DJ

    hello i have flight from IAH to EWR to BOM with same airline on single iternary. , should the 96hrs for covid test begin from the time i board the IAH plane or the EWR plane . i am being told that it has to be from the origin that is iah but need to clarify.
    i have a connecting flight to BLR from bom the next day(after 12 hrs) so it will be beyond 96 hrs.. so would that be a problem when i take the domestic flight ? i dont see anyone asking the covid results at the domestic.
    pls confirm

    much appreciated
    Dj

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello DJ! The test must be taken 96 hours prior to your flight from IAH because IAH is your port of origin. You need to take the test 96 hours prior to your departure from the USA, not arrival in India. So, even if it is more than 96 hours by the time you will reach Bengaluru, no problem.

      Reply
  2. Alice

    Hi, if I test negitive for covid on the Delhi airport, do I still have to do 7 days of institutional and 7 days of home quaruntine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Alice! In case the test result is negative, you will be stamped only for home quarantine. Institutional quarantine does not apply to COVID-19 negative individuals.

      Reply
  3. yasmin khatri

    Hi,
    do you know if there is covid testing in Mumbai airport for international arrivals? Also, if I have a pcr negative test result, can I show this when I arrive to the airport or do I have to upload this online on the portal?
    thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yasmin! Yes, Mumbai Airport has got a testing facility to conduct Express RT-PCR tests for international arrivals without a negative COVID test report from the country of origin/departure. If you have a negative RT-PCR test result (which must have been conducted within 96 hours prior to your flight from the port of origin/departure), you will get exempted from institutional quarantine in Mumbai. Yes, you need to upload the test result to Air Suvidha and fill out a declaration form ascertaining the authenticity of the result.

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  4. Akshat

    Hi,
    If I have booked a slot for testing at Delhi Airport. Do I also need to fill exemption form online?

    Reply
      • Malkeet

        HI, I am flying from Brazil and have opted for testing at the Delhi Airport.
        Can I upload the appointment confirmation on the exemption application on AirSuvidha website?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Malkeet! You don’t need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha if you choose to get tested at Delhi Airport.

          Reply
      • Kaushal Dey

        I have a flight from maldives on 10th feb to mumbai from where i have a connecting flight to kolkata within 4 hours of landing. What should be easiest way to get the test

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Kaushal! 4 hours is not sufficient to take a COVID test at Mumbai Airport. Hence, you need to travel with a negative RT-PCR test result from the Maldives.

          Reply
      • Shubham Patel

        Hello,
        I will be travelling from chicago to Delhi on 17 th feb,with my 3 yr and 6yr old kids. If I go through RT PCR test on 14 Feb and as per guideline test within 72 hrs prior to departure from chicago. So what to do if I don’t receive report before my departure from chicago?

        Also do I need to go through rapid covid test at Delhi airport also?As I will reach Delhi at 07:00pm and my next flight to Bhopal will be after 8 hrs,so what is the probability of receiving report within this time difference?

        Also do my kids also have to undergo rapid test as they are 3 and 6 yrs old?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Shubham! All of you can travel to Delhi Airport without any COVID test report. But you (adult travelers) must have a negative COVID test report to make domestic air travel onward from Delhi Airport. You (adult travelers) can take either an RT-PCR test before departure from Chicago or a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport. However, it is recommended you travel with a pre-departure RT-PCR test report. Coming to the kids, you can get them tested at Delhi Airport only if COVID testing is mandatory for their domestic air travel. Please note you need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha for your kids within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Chicago.

          Reply
          • Aatira

            My sister is traveling from Atlanta to Delhi on 15th March. There is no test center available in US allowing test for infants below 2 years. What should we do ?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Aatira! There is no way out. Taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test is mandatory.

          • Sarah Walsh

            Hello, We are traveling from San Francisco to Delhi with children under ten with no onward domestic air travel. Is it necessary for children under 10 to test for covid? Thank you.

  5. Deepika Ravi

    I am traveling from US to Chennai though Mumbai. If I do the rtpcr test here but don’t get the result before I leave US , can I show the online results in the airport ?
    If I do test in Mumbai airport how long does it take to get results ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepika! Yes, you can show the soft copy of the result at Mumbai and Chennai airports. It will take you 4-6 hours to get the result of an Express RT-PCR test at Mumbai airport.

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      • Dinesh

        my connecting flight to Pune from Delhi is in2.30 hours. IS there possibility that i can get results in 1 hour or before my connecting flight?

        Reply
      • Raju TV

        Had one question about the express RT-PCR test. They claim that there is a RT-PCR test that takes 13 mins for a result. I don’t see that on the Mumbai Airport website. Is this available?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Raju! By the end of December 2020, Mumbai Airport introduced Express COVID testing facility which delivers results within minutes. Please log on to http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com and check if Express COVID testing is available for international arrivals or not.

          Reply
  6. Kumar

    Hi,

    I’m traveling from US to Chennai via Mumbai. If I provide a negative before departure, will I be allowed to stay at the airport hotel for 12 hrs till my connection to Chennai? Time for my connection flight is 17hrs from the time of landing in Mumbai and I would rather stay at a hotel than inside the airport if possible.

    Kumar

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! If your negative RT-PCR test report is approved on Air Suvidha, you will get exempted from institutional quarantine and airport COVID testing as well. Yes you will be able to check in at the airport hotel during the connection time.

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      • Kumar

        Thank you! For airport hotel check-in while waiting for connection, is there any prior permission I should get from any authorities?

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      • Kirandeep

        During connecting flights, can we spend 1-2 days in mumbai at friend’s or hotel. Anywhere. Is it mandatory it should be airport hotel?

        Reply
  7. Sudhir Soneji

    I plan to travel from US to Bombay (Direct flight from New Jersey) and my final destination is Bombay. I do not have any connecting flights domestically as Bombay is my final destination. Do I still need the RT-PCR test?

    From what I understood following this link is:
    1) I need to download the Arogya Setu App
    2) Submit a self declaration form on Air-Suvidha 72 hrs prior to departure

    http://www.airindia.in/International-Passengers-Travelling-into-India.htm

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Sudhir! Yes, you need a negative RT-PCR test report to get exempted from 7-day institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  8. Deepak

    Hi,
    I am travelling to Delhi from Bahrain with my wife and 2 kids ( Both 2 years of age ) , my final destination is Jodhpur. I am staying in Delhi for 1 day before taking a train to Jodhpur.
    Please advise if all 4 of us need to go for PCR test to get an exemption from quarantine ?

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  9. Roxy

    I will be flying from California to Delhi. What are the protocols for taking a Covid test before the flight? Is it 72 hours prior or 96 hours? Want to avoid getting tested at the airport as I have to go further to a different state. Please advise! Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Roxy! Previously it was 96 hours. Now it is 72 hours as per the government of India’s revised guidelines issued on November 5. You need to get tested within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from California.

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      • Murthy

        Thanks for the 72 hours confirmation. Planning to India next month.
        I saw an update , on Updated: December 18, 2020 info on Indian express regarding exempt from quarantine as follows.
        ”If a person is able to produce a negative Covid19 certificate from a test done within 72 hours prior to the journey, they are exempt from institutional as well as home quarantine. Earlier, a negative RT-PCR test report would only exempt a passenger from seven days of institutional quarantine and they would have to undergo seven days of mandatory home quarantine.”
        Can you please clarify what is the negative Covid19 certificate and what is the negative RT-PCR test report?
        My understanding is negative Covid19 certificate means is done by Antigen test.( Report available in 5 or 6 hours)
        And negative RT-PCR test is done by Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction test. .(Report available in 2 or 3 days).
        Is it right?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hello Murthy! Any COVID test report is a negative COVID certificate in case the result is negative. In this case, a negative RT-PCR test report is a negative COVID-19 certificate with a valid stamp and signature from the testing lab.

          Reply
  10. Jain

    Hi,

    I plan to travel from New York to Hyderabad . I haven’t booked tickets yet but there are 2 options.
    Option 1: Air India flight which is from New York to Delhi and then a connecting flight from Delhi to Hyderabad which has a layover of 3 hours. Would I be allowed to board a connecting flight or do I need to take a test or show a negative result from 96 hours prior?
    Option 2. Emirates: Which would be from NY to Dubai with a 3-4 hours layover at Dubai and then Dubai to Hyderabad. Do I need a negative test here to get out of Airport?

    Also, Is it mandatory yet to show a negative test? I haven’t read anywhere which says its mandatory.
    Not that I do not want to do it but would prefer quarantining my way with a test and not waiting for their reply.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jai! FYI, it is no more 96 hours. If you wish to carry a negative RT-PCR test report from NY, you must get tested within 72 hours of undertaking the journey as per Indian government’s revised guidelines issued on November 5. If you hold a single PNR for the entire itinerary from NY to HYD and travel without a test report, you will be allowed to board the connecting flight at Delhi Airport and you will be quarantined in Hyderabad. You must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate to board Emirates at the port of origin/departure.

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      • Mukesh

        Hi, I have similar issue like this but I have a question
        Will I be quarantined in Hyderabad or will I be tested in Hyderabad?

        Reply
      • Mukesh

        I have similar question Amsterdam-London-Delhi-Hyderabad. If I don’t take test in Delhi as I have connecting flight to Hyderabad
        Will I be quarantined in Hyderabad or will I be test in Hyderabad.

        Thanks.

        Reply
  11. simran preet

    Hello
    My exemption form got rejected for the category of RT-PCR negative test report and i was waiting for report and i uploaded waiting document in the form . Do i have to undergo 7 days institutional quarantine? Or i can show negative test results on the arrival?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Simran! Many travelers experienced the same inconvenience. You can travel with the report and a printout of the self-reporting form as well as the declaration form, and show them on the arrival.

      Reply
    • Gauri Shinde

      Hi,
      So I am traveling from New Jersey to Mumbai and planning to get tested 72 hours before my flight. I am not sure if I will get my results before I land. But if I get it till the time I land, can I fill the exemption form after I land in Mumbai?
      Another question is, can I fill the exemption form without getting my results?

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Gauri! Based on the receipt of the test taken, you can fill out the exemption form and take a printout of the filled form.

        Reply
  12. M S

    For international travel into Mumbai, do I have to book a covid RT-PCR test in Mumbai airport prior to my travel, or can I take the test on the spot?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello! Given the rush of international arrivals, it is advisable to book your slot for a test in advance.

      Reply
      • davinder kaur

        how to book slot at mumbai airport, can you please provide the link..Also,advsied if travler is travelling from GOT to BOM without RTPCR test, will they allow to travel from GOT with KLM?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Davinder! You can log on to http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com and book a slot. In case the test-booking website is not working, please call the helpline of Mumbai International Airport. You need to install Aarogya Setu app on your phone using an Indian phone number. Please note Mumbai Airport is now allowing international arrivals (those without an RT-PCR certificate) to leave the airport and ‘go home’ after collecting their swab, instead of making them wait long hours for the result.

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  13. Ronman

    Hello,
    How can I do the test 72 hours before boarding and upload the test report on the Air Suvidha also 72 hours before boarding?
    This won’t be possible since it will take 24 hours for me to get my test report.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ronman! You need to get tested and upload the test result within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India.

      Reply
  14. Boiman

    Hello,
    My flight is on 20 November at 12:40 pm. My test will be done on 17 November at 2:25 pm.
    That means the test will be done 70 hours before the flight. So that is fine right?

    Reply
  15. Varneeraj Patel

    I am travelling to Mumbai tomorrow from Newark and my final destination is Ahmedabad, I haven’t done covid test as so many of the pharmacy’s and doctors told me that I don’t have the symptoms so i am not eligible for test as there are limited testing kits, air India is giving me mixed answers, I know that I can get tested in Mumbai so my question is will they quarantine me in Mumbai even if I my test result is negative in Mumbai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Varneeraj! We’re sorry for not being able to address your query on time. Hope you had a smooth flight and arrived safely. In case of negative result of the test done at Mumbai Airport, you will get exempted from institutional quarantine. But home quarantine will apply at your final destination.

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  16. Rahul

    Hi
    I am willing to fly london to ahmedabad via Delhi I have 6 hour in Delhi
    If I book for COVID test at Delhi and just in case results don’t come until my connecting flight
    Would I be able to fly or I have to wait for my results then I can leave that lounge ??
    Thanks

    Reply
  17. Ridhima Sharma

    Hi,

    I am a student based in Seattle, who would be required to fly back to India by the end of November. The PCR test facility is not feasible for me in Seattle. I need to understand the criteria – am I required to do the test before boarding a flight from SEA? I am reading about another option wherein we get tests done after the arrival – I would like to know the process behind it. Also – what exactly is the Vande Bharat mission – does it offer some kind of solace in terms of financial aspect? Please do let me know.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ridhima! Vande Bharat Mission is the term for (paid) special/evacuation/repatriation flights that the Government of India launched in May 2020 for Indians/Indian-origin people abroad amidst the suspension of regular international flights and international travel restrictions. Over time, Vande Bharat Mission led to air bubble flights. There is no financial concession for VBM/air bubble flights. You can either take a test within 72 hours of your journey from the USA or a test upon arrival at the port of entry.

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  18. Ranjan

    I plan to travel from Newark to Patna on the 12th. I booked the flight from Newark to Delhi and then a connecting flight from Delhi to Patna which has a layover of 4.5 hours. I am taking RT-PCR test on 9th evening and hoping to get the result before flying.

    I am trying to fill the Air Suvidha Exemption Request Form but it is asking to upload the Uploaded ‘RT-PCR negative report / copy of RT-PCR tests where results are awaited’.
    And per form I need to applied the form atleast 72 hours prior to departure and pcr test should be taken within 72 hours of departure. how it is possible?
    Will I allow to travel domestically by showing the pcr test report without filling the exemption request form?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ranjan! A lot of confusion prevails in the current circumstances. We are trying our best to streamline the delivery of the latest information. Some travelers whose exemption requests got rejected traveled with a negative RT-PCR test report and were through to their final destination via Delhi/Mumbai. Nothing can be said certainly.

      Reply
  19. SM

    I need to fly to India to drop my mother in HYD and return to US. I am an OCI card holder and my mother is Indian citizen.
    1) If we both have a negative PCR test 72 hours before we board the plane in US, can we take flights from US to HYD or do we have to fly to Delhi or Mumbai and catch domestic flight to HYD. Most of the flights to HYD will have a brief (2 to 4 hours) stopover in Europe.
    2) Can I catch an immediate return flight from India to US or do I need to allow for a minimum of 7 day home quarantine in HYD (assuming I get exemption from institutional quarantine due to negative PCR test).

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SM! May we know which airline you and your mother will be traveling on? To the best of our knowledge, OCI card holders and Indian passport holders can’t travel on British Airways and Lufthansa. As per the revised guidelines, you need to take the test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from the USA. There is no direct/nonstop flight between USA and Hyderabad. Travelers with confirmed return tickets within four days of arrival in Hyderabad will not be home-quarantined if they show their Negative RT-PCR test report from the port of origin/departure, according to Telangana’s guidelines. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for the best itineraries available based on your visa and nationality in the current circumstances and hassle-free booking.

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      • Vijay Reddy

        You are saying…

        “To the best of our knowledge, OCI card holders and Indian passport holders can’t travel on British Airways and Lufthansa.” is this true.
        I am a US passport holder with OCI and my wife is an Indian Passport holder and we have booked British airways flight to India. (to Delhi then Domestic flight).

        Please confirm / clarify.

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        • Ashish Mishra

          Hi Vijay,
          Did you managed to travel via BA on Indian passports?

          Ref: “To the best of our knowledge, OCI card holders and Indian passport holders can’t travel on British Airways and Lufthansa.”

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          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Ashish! Currently, OCI cardholders can travel on British Airways from USA to India.

  20. Guru

    Hello, I will be travelling from Chicago to Chennai via London. Can I get tested at the Chennai airport in case my RT PCR test results in the US don’t get through in time. Does Chennai airport have this test facility? Thanks.

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  21. Nezhat

    Hey
    My family and I are travelling from Maldives to Mumbai. Can I get the PCR at Mumbai? And is there an extremely long wait time at the airport (I’ve been told it’s almost 9 hours once the test is taken at the airport). If I take the PCR once I arrive in Mumbai, any idea what facilities are available if there is a wait time and can I get the institutional quarantine waived along with the waive time as I’m travelling with my parents who are both 64.

    Thank you!

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  22. Abhi Mevawala

    Hi, I’m travelling to India(Mumbai) from the US on 14th Nov. I will reach Mumbai on 15th Nov 9:40 PM. Since my flight is on 14th Nov 10:10 AM I need to get tested at least 72 hours before my departure that is 11th Nov (Wednesday). I’m a student and free RT-PCR test is offered by my university but since 11th Nov is Veteran’s day my university will be closed so I’m getting tested on 12th Nov. The issue is I won’t be able to get the printout copy of my report as the results will come when I would have already started my journey. Is a pdf report accepted at Mumbai Airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abhi! We are not sure whether soft copies of the test report are considerable at Mumbai airport. Please be advised to call Mumbai Airport’s helpline number and check with them. Wish you a safe trip!

      Reply
  23. PRIYODARSHI SEN

    Hi two questions:
    1) What is the website to book/reserve a slot for covid testing at Mumbai Airport for International Arrival passengers?
    2) Is the only testing facility on Departure Level 10? Is that accessible for International Arrival passengers?
    3) Do passengers who avail of the “testing on arrival” facility have to fill out any exemption paperwork? Is this process something that is done *before* immigration or *after* immigration?

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  24. Jake

    Hey,

    My aunt and uncle are Indian nationals flying from DFW-EWR-DEL-TRI via United this Saturday. They have a 10 hour lay over in Delhi before their connecting flight to Trivandrum. In order to not undergo the institutional quarantine, can they just take the COVID test at Delhi airport and then board their connecting flight to TRI because of the long layover? Also, if they were to do this, do they still need to fill out the exemption form?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jake! The 10-hr layover makes it possible for them to get tested at Delhi Airport. In that case, no need to fill out the exemption form.

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  25. Jake

    Also, if they were to take the test in the US, would they need to take it 72 hours before boarding the DFW flight? Would normal PCR tests qualify? When would the results need to be uploaded on the website by? Sorry for all the questions!! Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jake! India-bound travelers need to get tested and upload the test result within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight to India.

      Reply
  26. Ronald

    Hello, I am planning to travel from Newark to Mumbai to Goa on United Airlines. This itinerary has a single PNR. I am a bit confused on the testing and quarantine rules. The State wise guidelines on Air Suvidha website says that for Goa there are no requirements for domestic passengers, and mandatory antigen testing for all international passengers. Which quarantine / testing rules apply to me? Will I be considered domestic or international passenger for my flight from Mumbai to Goa. Since I have single PNR, do I still need to get a quarantine exemption in Mumbai? Please note that I am a US citizen with OCI card.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ronald! Mumbai is the port of entry for you, and your final destination is Goa. You will be treated as an international arrival in Goa. Goa’s quarantine and testing rules for international arrivals will apply to you. Given the current circumstances, it is recommended that you travel with a negative RT-PCR test report from the USA.

      Reply
  27. Lavanya

    Hello, I have booked Emirates flight from Zurich to New Delhi via Dubai. My home is Gurgaon (Haryana) in Delhi NCR. I plan to book RT-PCR Test upon landing at Delhi Airport. Will I be allowed to board starting flight @ Zurich and then connecting flight from Dubai to Delhi? Should I submit online form before starting my journey or that can be done after RT-PCR Report?

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  28. Jake

    Follow up question regarding the trip from DFW-EWR-DEL-TRI via United this Sunday. They were planning on taking the COVID test Thursday which is 72 hours before but the results usually take 2-3 days. So how would it be possible to still upload the results 72 hours prior? If not, can they just show a copy of the negative test result when they reach Delhi Airport?

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  29. Bhavan Prasad Mishra

    Hi, I am travelling with 2 kids, 4yrs and 8 yrs old, from Lagos to Delhi on 14th November. Do I have to carry COVID test result for my kids also to be able to take my connecting flight to Bhubaneswar on 16th? Also, with the change in the testing time before the departure (from 96hrs to 72hrs now), will we be allowed to take the connection flight by just showing the test result on arrival without uploading the result on the portal? It is practically impossible to upload the result before 72hrs of boarding the flight on AirSuvidha portal. Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhavan! You need to upload the test result within 72 hours, not before 72 hours of undertaking the journey to India. FYI, you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine for traveling with kids below 10 years of age. To make your travel safe and smooth, you and your spouse can get tested as per the guidelines. Not so necessary for kids.

      Reply
  30. Ajacob

    Hello, I booked an Air India ticket from Canada to Cochin airport Kerala, having 4 hours layover in Delhi. Do I have to take covid test prior to my journey, as I have only one PNR number for the whole journey and as air india flights come under Vande Bharat mission. Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi AJ! You may not be allowed to continue onward domestic travel from Delhi airport, without a RT-PCR test report, as per the revised guidelines. The 4-hr layover is not sufficient for you to take a test at Delhi airport. Hence, it is recommended you get tested within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Canada and upload the test result for approval.

      Reply
  31. Sona Das

    Hello,
    My Parents are travelling from DFW – CHICAGO- DELHI (Layover for 12 hrs) – KOLKATA (Final Destination).
    Here are my following questions :
    1. Do they have to get their PCR testing done before they board the flight to Delhi from DFW? Or can they test at Delhi airport?

    2. If results are not back at Delhi airport Covid test on time before their flight to Kolkata, can they still fly?

    3. How are these results are shared with the passengers? (Email or paper form)?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sona! 12-hr layover is sufficient for them to get tested after arrival at Delhi airport. Test results are delivered in 4-6 hours in both digital format and hard copy. Or else, they can take a test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from DFW.

      Reply
  32. Girish

    Hello,
    I am traveling in Air India flight from San Francisco -> Delhi -> Mumbai on 26 Nov. My layover at Delhi is just one hour.
    Suppose I get tested in US within 72 hours but I do not get reports within that time or If I do not get tested in US, can I take RT-PCR testing in Mumbai by boarding flight DEL -> MUM ? If not, can you suggest on what can I do, I need to go to Mumbai and avoid staying in Delhi.
    Thanks for helping us here.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Girish! You get tested either in the USA before traveling or after arrival at the port of entry, Delhi Airport. But, you can’t take a test in one hour of layover at Delhi IGI Airport. You can upload the test result any time before your flight to India from SFO. You can also carry a soft copy of the test result.

      Reply
    • shilpa

      I have the same situation for my parents and don’t know if I will get the test results before they board. So do they have to take test in Mumbai is not even clear after calling air india multiple times.

      Reply
  33. Bhupendra

    Hi, I am travelling from London to Raipur via Delhi. I have only 6hour layover. can I get the RT-PCR testing done in Delhi with in that time (6hours)? please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhupendra! According to many of our customers who have traveled to New Delhi and took a test upon arrival, Delhi airport’s COVID testing facility delivers results in 4-6 hours.

      Reply
      • Bhupendra

        Thank you for quick response. Will I be given priority if I have to check-in for domestic flight in 4-5 hours ? if delayed I really double airline will reschedule in such a short notice. please advise.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Bhupendra! It may help if you book a slot in advance (before arriving in India). If there is no rush, you may get the result in 4 hours.

          Reply
  34. Swathi

    Hi!
    I have a vande bharat flight from New york to Delhi and another vande bharat connecting domestic flight from Delhi to Bangalore. The layover time is 3 hrs and 40 mins.
    In this case, would my final quarantine destination be Bangalore, or will I have to undergo the test at Delhi and have to wait for the results there only ?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Swathi! If you hold the same PNR for the entire itinerary, you will be quarantined at the final destination. The connection time at Delhi airport is not sufficient for you to take a test and get the result. Please be advised to take a test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from NY and carry the negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  35. SB

    I will be booking a flight of Saturday evening (Newark to Mumbai) and currently it is Thursday afternoon. I am not able to fill the exemption form (<72 hours left) since I have not booked the tickets yet. But I have taken the COVID test and will be able to show the result at Mumbai airpot.

    Question 1: If I am -ve, can I be exempted from the institutional quarantine even though I have not filled the exemption form?

    Question 2: Will I be exempted from the institutional quarantine if I test -ve at Mumbai airport?

    In both the scenarios, I have not filled the exemption form.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SB! Yes, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. No need to fill the exemption form if you choose to get tested at Mumbai airport.

      Reply
  36. Ram

    I am flying British Airways from DC to Chennai via London (US passport/OCI).

    1. Do I need to take RT-PCR test 72 hours or 96 hours in advance?
    2. Is the hours above from the time of arrival in chennai or departure in DC?

    thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ram! For Chennai, you need to take a RT-PCR test in advance. In case of travel to Chennai, you need to get tested within 96 hours of your arrival in Chennai.

      Reply
  37. Bhavana

    Hello,

    I am planning to travel from Seattle to Mumbai around end of November. I am planning to travel by United Airlines through EWR. Do we need negative RT-PCR test for boarding United Airlines flight (at point of departure, or transit through EWR) ?
    Or do we need it only when we arrive in Mumbai, for exemption from institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhavana! Neither United Airlines nor Newark Liberty Airport requires you to have a negative RT-PCR test for boarding flight to India.

      Reply
  38. Mohammed Abdul

    Hello, Thanks for your reply. I will be reaching Delhi Airport at 12.45am on 23rd Nov and my domestic connecting flight to HYD is at 7.30am, which means i have 6hr 30 min aprox. If i book RT-PCR test on Delhi Aiport, will i be able to get Result within in 4-5 hr and what will happen if i don’t get result before my connecting flight.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mohammed! Usually, it takes 4-5 hours to get test results at Delhi Airport. However, it depends on the rush of international arrivals on a given day. If your domestic flight is not the feeder flight for the international flight operated by the same airline, you will not be allowed to continue onward travel without a negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  39. Mohammed Ashraf

    I am travelling from Chicago to Kochi via Delhi in AIR INDIA VBM flight during the 1st week of December 2020.The flight from Delhi to Kochi is the feeder flight for flight from Chicago to Delhi and both the tickets are having the same PNR number.Is it mandatory for me to show copy of RT PCR test report at Delhi Airport for boarding my next feeder connection flight to Kochi.OR can I travel to kochi without RT PCR test from Chicago and take my test if required at Kochi, as per the new guidelines.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mohammed! To the best of our knowledge, you will be through at Delhi airport without a RT-PCR test report from Chicago, the port of departure.

      Reply
  40. G soared

    Am travelling from London to Goa can I do my covid 19 after landing in Goa, is this facility available there or I have to land in Mumbai test and take a domestic flight.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      There is yet no COVID testing facility at Goa airport. You can take a test at Mumbai airport and board a domestic flight in case the test is negative.

      Reply
  41. Adlin

    Hello,
    I will be flying from Tampa-New York-Delhi-Bangalore.
    I will try getting the rtpcr test 72hrs prior to my journey, but if I am unable to do so can I get tested on arrival at Bangalore airport?
    Does the Bangalore airport have that facility? Also, could you please furnish me with the link for test slot booking?

    Thanks a lot!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Adlin! As far as we know, Bangalore Airport does not have COVID testing facility for international arrivals. If you receive the result in the eleventh hour before your journey, you can carry the hard copy and show it upon arrival at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  42. Het

    Hello, I have flight from SFO to EWR to BOM with united and then connecting flight to Ahmedabad in Air India (Final destination).
    Q-1 Should the 72hours for covid test begin from the time I board the SFO plane or the EWR plane?

    Thank you

    Reply
  43. syeda

    Hi,

    I will be flying from Savannah, Georgia to Hyderabad Via Delhi, And RT- PCR test is not feasible here in Savannah,Is it okay if I book Slot for RT-PCR test at Delhi airport ?

    Also what is the procedure required for Exemption from Institutional Quarantine!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Syeda! Yes you can book a slot for RT-PCR test at Delhi airport. In case the result is negative, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  44. Hiral

    Hello,
    I am are travelling from SFO – Newark- Mumbai (Layover for 9 hrs) – Bangalore (Final Destination).
    Here are my following questions:
    1. Do the 72hrs calculated from the SFO or from EWR?
    2. Can I get tested on Mumbai airport if my report would not come on time?

    Reply
  45. Shashank

    Hi, I am traveling from SFO to New Delhi and planning to take a train next day from Delhi to MP after staying overnight in Delhi. If my test is negative and exempted, would I be allowed to stay in Delhi overnight and take the train next day? Please guide. Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shashank! Yes, you will be allowed to continue your journey next day in case you are tested negative.

      Reply
  46. kumar

    Hi, I travelling from Newark – Delhi – Chennai with a single itinerary/PNR ( Air India Air bubble flight).
    My layover in delhi is 4 hrs.
    1. Will i be allowed to board the flight in Newark without RT-PCR test report?
    2. Will i be allowed to board my connecting flight in delhi to Chennai without RT-PCR test report?
    3. I would like to be tested in Chennai (final destination). Is that possible?
    4. How long does it take to get the test results in chennai airport and what is the cost?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kumar! You will be allowed to board the flight from Newark without a RT-PCR test report. According to the Government of India’s new guidelines issued on November 5, a negative COVID test is mandatory for catching domestic connecting flights. We are not sure whether this applies to the itinerary with a single PNR. Yes, it is possible to take a test at Chennai airport.

      Reply
  47. Sethu

    Hi, I am travelling from London Heathrow to Chennai via Delhi connecting flights. I have a time of 2.5hrs between connecting flight to Chennai. Could you please guide me should i take test at Delhi airport or Chennai airport? Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sethu! 2.5-hr layover is not sufficient to take a RT-PCR test at Delhi Airport. According to the Government of India’s new guidelines issued on November 5, a negative COVID test is mandatory for catching domestic connecting flights. We are not sure whether you will be allowed to continue your journey from Delhi Airport without a negative report.

      Reply
  48. Sneha

    Hey, I am travelling from Washington to Chennai (via Delhi). I many not be able to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to leaving Washington, so I will have to take the test at Delhi airport. But my next flight to Chennai is in 4 hours, will I get the PCR test results within that time at Delhi, or will I miss my flight to Chennai?
    Should I request them to give it to me before 4 hours? Or can I leave Delhi without taking the test, and take it at Chennai airport instead? Please help me,
    Thanks a lot in advance, Take care.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sneha! You may not get the test result before 4 hours. If the rush of international arrivals is low on the day of your arrival, you may get the result before you board the next flight. We are not sure whether you will be allowed to continue your journey from Delhi Airport without a negative report. As per the latest mandate from the Government of India, international flyers need to show a negative RT-PCR report for catching domestic flights upon arrival at the port of entry in India.

      Reply
  49. Balaji

    Hello,
    If my connecting flight from Delhi, is in 4 hours, and I am taking a test at Delhi:

    1. Is there a way I can get the results before 4 hours and my next flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Balaji! You may not get the test result before 4 hours. If the rush of international arrivals is low on the day of your arrival, you may get the result before you board the next flight.

      Reply
  50. Kiran Jadhav

    Hi!!
    I am travelling from Saudi Arabia – Sharjah – Chennai on 21st Nov.
    Is it mandatory to have negative RTPCR test result before boarding the flight (Air Arabia)?
    OR it can be done on Arrival Chennai?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kiran! The Government of Tamil Nadu requires international arrivals to travel with a negative RT-PCR report. We are not sure whether Air Arabia requires you to have a negative COVID report for boarding the flight. Please check with the airline.

      Reply
    • Anannya

      Hi!
      I’m travelling from Chicago – Delhi – Bangalore. My layover in Delhi is only for 2 hours.
      Since it is Thanksgiving holidays, most centres are expecting delays in lab results.
      In case I don’t get my result in time, can I show my rapid test result as backup?

      Can I still fly from Delhi to Bangalore in that case?
      Would home quarantine be an option if I don’t have my RTPCR test back?

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Anannya! You can show a soft copy of the negative RT-PCR test report with a valid stamp and signature from the lab when you land at Delhi airport. Please note you may not be allowed to continue your onward travel from Delhi without a RT-PCR test certificate.

        Reply
  51. Aishwarya

    Hi,
    I’m travelling on Nov 21st on United Airlines Newark-Mumbai-Chennai. My university is offering free saliva based RT-PCR testing. Is that acceptable ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aishwarya! If the test report comes with a valid stamp and signature ascertaining the authenticity of the test result, it will be acceptable.

      Reply
      • NP

        Hi,

        Can somebody confirm saliva based RT-PCR test is OK for travel? A friend just informed me that airlines like Delta are insisting on nasal test. But nowhere I could find this rule. Thanks in advance.

        NP

        Reply
  52. rk

    Hi
    I am travelling from EWR to Delhi on 22nd Nov(Sunday), My flight starts at 9pm EST. I have booked my Covid test appointment on 19th at 12 Noon. Is this time frame ok or do i need take test exactly 72hrs from flight departure time?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi RK! It is not exactly 72 hours from the flight departure. You need to get tested within 72 hours of undertaking the journey to India.

      Reply
      • KaySee

        I have a similar question. My flight is on Dec 27 at 8:15 PM. Can I take the Test on 24 Dec around 3PM which will a little more than 72 hours or does the test have to be taken after 8:15 PM on Thursday?

        Reply
  53. Deepa

    Hello ,

    I am flying from Frankfurt (Germany) to delhi on 21st november and have not done RT-PCR testing in Frankfurt.
    Our final destination is Delhi only , do we need to have RT-PCR testing at arrival and do pre booking is required in this case?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepa! Without a negative RT-PCR test report, you will have to undergo 7-day institutional quarantine upon arrival in Delhi. You can either travel with a negative test report or get tested at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  54. Deepa

    Hello Indiananegale ,

    Thanks for the reply, i am going for medical emergency (for a surgery) , for this i applied for exemption at Air Suvidha. But they rejected it twice.

    Do i need to have negative RT-PCR test report in case of serious illness ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deepa! You need to upload valid medical documents on to Air Suvidha in order to ascertain the authenticity of your medical emergency. In case your application is rejected for the third time, you need to have a negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  55. Bhavana

    Hi
    My name is bhavana Iam planing to travel on 22 Nov from Chicago to Vijayawada via Delhi with my two kids ages 10 and 8 years old. I applied for exemption and I got approval from Delhi government. Please let me know still I need to show rt pcr negative test reports to travel Delhi to vijayawada

    Reply
  56. dr vikram patel

    Dear Sir/Madam
    My mum is traveling from USA to Ahmedabad via Delhi on 1st december and she is 70 yrears old . if she carry with her Negative RT-PCR test report does she have to go for institutional quarantine or she can self quarantine at home.as indian people says that delhi airport they do to all pessangers institutional quarantine. is that true?
    I will relly appraciate if you give me some advise on this matter.

    Thank you in advance

    Dr vikram Patel

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Dr Patel! A negative RT-PCR test report, if approved on Air Suvidha, makes your mother eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine at both, Delhi (the port of entry) and the final destination, Ahmedabad. Please don’t believe in rumors.

      Reply
  57. Avr

    We are family of three travelling back to Hyderabad via delhi airport on 20 Dec2020 through airindia vande bharat mission scheme, whether RTPCR tests can be done hyderabad if not done at US, please let me know

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi AVR! According to the current guidelines, you may not be allowed to continue your travel from the port of entry, Delhi, without a negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  58. Mahesh

    Hello InidanEagle,

    I have a flight scheduled from USA to Hyderabad via Delhi thru United Airlines on Dec 11th and i have layover time of 10 hrs in delhi airport to connect hyd flight. is it mandatory to show negative covid report at delhi airport.?
    Will they allow me to Hyderabad without negative report and can i request delhi authority to have me quarantine in Hyderabad instead of Delhi.?

    Thank you! I really appreciate your response

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mahesh! Yes, it is mandatory to show a negative COVID (RT-PCR) report for taking a domestic connecting flight from Delhi airport. You may not be allowed to take the domestic flight without a negative COVID report. You can utilize the 10-hr layover to take a test at Delhi airport.

      Reply
      • John Mary

        If the test in delhi is positive and asumptomatic what happens next? Can we travel to chennai and take quarantine? Or how long will we have to quarantine in delhi?

        Reply
  59. Mathew

    Hi, I am planning to travel to Kochi (COK) from London Heathrow on a direct Air India flight. Do I need to do a RT PCR test 72 hours prior to travel or can this be done at Kochi on arrival?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mathew! In case you are not able to take a RT PCR test in London, you can take the test upon arrival at Cochin International Airport. On November 5, Kochi airport opened a COVID testing facility. Please note it may take up to 8 hours for delivery of test results at the airport.

      Reply
  60. Priya C

    Hello, I’m flying to Mumbai from Newark on November 29. I’ll be carrying an RT-PCR report that has been done within 72 hours of flying out. I’ll be staying with family for 36 hours in Mumbai and then continue my journey from Mumbai to Coimbatore on Dec 2. Two questions:
    Is 7 day home quarantine still mandatory in Mumbai with a negative test report?
    Will I need to take another test in Mumbai before going to Coimbatore?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priya! Do make sure to show your confirmed travel ticket for Coimbatore when you arrive at Mumbai Airport. You don’t need another COVID test to travel to Coimbatore. Please note you will have to undergo 14-day home quarantine at your destination in Coimbatore.

      Reply
  61. Archana

    Hi Indiaeagle,

    I am planning to fly from iAH to MAA via Duabi on Emirates. RT-PCR test should be 96 hours before departure or 96 hours before arrival? Since it takes almost 48 hours to get the results in the US, this eats most of the time before we can actually leave. Do I have to fill out the Arogya Setu app before 72 hours or it can be lesser? What are the other requirements to land in Chennai? Thank you!

    Thank you.

    Reply
  62. Rajesh

    Hello – I want to travel from Singapore to Vijayawada, is RT-PCR testing center available at Vijayawada airport, if not available should we need to be in for 7days institutional quarantine?, as Singapore don’t allow to take RT-PCR tests for travel to Vijayawada.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajesh! Vijayawada Airport is a small airport. There is no COVID testing center. If your port of entry is Hyderabad RGI airport, you can choose to get tested there before traveling on the domestic flight to Vijayawada. Please note 5-6 layover is required for testing at Hyderabad International airport.

      Reply
      • Sudhakar

        I’ll be travelling from London to hyderabad on 16th Decemeber. How long before boarding the flight should I take a test? If it is not feasible in London, Can I take a test in Hyderabad and how much time it takes for the result? Do they provide a lounge whilst waiting for test results. If it is negative, is it mandatory to be quarantined at home or can I move around to other places in the state of Telangana?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sudhakar! In the first place, please check with the airline (you will travel on) whether you will be allowed to board without a negative RT-PCR certificate. Second, if you domestic connection at Delhi/Mumbai, you may not be allowed to board the domestic flight to Hyderabad without a negative certificate. If you are flying directly to Hyderabad and if the airlines allows you to board from London without a negative COVID certificate, you can choose to get tested on arrival at Hyderabad Airport.

          Reply
      • ram

        hi, i am travekking from lhr-delhi-hyd with 6 hours layover in delhi. can i catc hyd flight without testing in delhi and get tested directly in hyd?

        Reply
  63. Akash

    Hi,

    I have covid negative report which is approved by airsuvida. However, my friend who is flying with me took the the test at same time and was rejected saying it was not inside 72hrs. Now, will this be a problem for me on reaching though approved.

    -Akash

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akash! It happens at times due to glitches. Please be advised to call Delhi Airport’s helpline number.

      Reply
  64. KG

    Hello Sir,

    I am travelling on 27th from London to Pune. Can you please share the link to register at the arrival terminal’s helpdesk to enroll for the test.

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
  65. Shivangi Das

    I have a flight on 29th to Raipur from Ahmedabad via Mumbai. I will be at Mumbai Airport for 3 hours? Do I need RT PCR covid test report at mumbai airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shivangi! We have little idea about this (domestic sector). Please contact the airline you will travel on.

      Reply
  66. vivek

    hi

    I am flying newark -mumbai on 4th dec at 8 pm, my rt-pcr test is scheduled 9 am on 1st december becos of thanksgiving overload they cant gurantee the result if i take it later than that, will that be accepted at mumbai airport because technically my test is 82 hrs before , the reports will be available only on 4th morning, pls clarify

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vivek! You need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha and upload the test result/report on Air Suvidha first. If your request for exemption/test report is approved on Air Suvdidha, you are good to travel. NO worries.

      Reply
    • Krishna

      Hi,

      I have booked air india flights to travel from EWR-DEL-MAA on Dec 14. I will go for a rt-pcr test in US within72 hours. Below are my questions
      1. If I don’t have the results before arriving at Delhi, will I be allowed to catch my connecting flight to Chennai?
      2. If I opt to take test at Delhi, would I be receiving the results by 4 hours as my connecting flight to Chennai will be in 4 .5 hours
      3. If not in Delhi, can I take the test at Chennai after reaching Chennai?

      Thanks,
      Krishna

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Krishna! If you receive the soft copy of the test report by the time you land at Delhi, you can show it to the health officers there. We doubt you may not be allowed to continue domestic travel without a RT-PCR certificate. Usually 4-hr time is not sufficient for you to get the test result at Delhi airport; it depends on the rush of international arrivals on the day of your arrival. Please be advised to check with Air India and Delhi airport’s helpline number.

        Reply
  67. Dharmendra

    Hi I am planning to travel from Frankfurt to Delhi on 27th Nov 2020 and would be residing in Delhi only. And booked a slot for RTPCR test @ Delhi Airport. With the appointment confirmation I have applied for an institutional exemption also.
    But received a reply from from AIR SUVIDHA that my exemption application got rejected because RTPCR report not uploaded, though I had uploaded that my appointment confirmation mail for the test at Delhi Airport.

    Request you to please clarify do I need to apply again as I am not getting my test done here in Germany. Or what to do.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dharmendra! There is no need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha, if you take a test on arrival at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  68. nidhi

    Hi,

    My parents are flying from Delhi to Toronto. Canada does not require them to take any covid test, just 14 day quarantine on arrival. Is there a mandate at delhi airport to take the test?

    Reply
  69. ram

    hi,
    i have booked flight airindia from LHR-DELHI-HYD with a layover of 6 hours . Is it mandatory i should take the test in Delhi if couldnt get tested in UK? and if so will this 6 hour layover is sufficient?

    Reply
  70. Nishad

    Hi,
    I am travelling on 2 Dec from RDU-IAW-DEL-PNQ a single PNR ticket. I am taking Test within 72 hours of boarding.
    Q. If I don’t get result by the time I land at Delhi, can I enroll on the spot for test at DEL. If yes, is there any additional cost for on the spot? P.S. Layover between DEL-PNQ is 13 hours.
    Thank you and kudos for your help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nishad! Yes, you can enroll for a test on spot after arrival at Delhi Airport. 13 hours of layover is more than sufficient for you to get tested and receive the result. There is no additional cost for booking a test on spot. If you receive the RT-PCR test report in your email by the time you land at Delhi, you can show it to health officials there.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ankita! You don’t need a COVID test to depart from Mumbai Airport unless it is a mandatory requirement to travel to your overseas destination.

      Reply
  71. Yash

    Hello Team

    I am travelling from London to Bangalore direct flight. Do I need to take the RT-PCR test ,am struggling to get the slots here in UK. Please help me.
    Am travelling in Air India. There are no proper information for this.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yash! If Bangalore is your first port of entry and your final destination is in Karnataka, you (asymptomatic travelers) don’t need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha and a RT-PCR test.

      Reply
  72. KK

    Hi,

    I’m scheduled to fly in Dec from Newark to Chennai with Layover in Delhi. Earlier I can go directly to transit area and wait there for my Delhi – Chennai flight and clear immigration in Chennai. With the current situation with Air-Suvidha and RT-PCR testing – it is not clear whether I need to clear immigration in Delhi and re-check in the baggage’s or Clear immigration in Chennai and RT-PCR will need to be shown in Delhi Airport or Chennai Airport.

    Any information on this will be helpful

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi KK! You need to show a negative RT-PCR certificate at both Delhi and Chennai airports. Possibly, you are needed to clear immigration at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  73. Manoj Krishnan Srinivasan

    Hello, I am planning to travel from MAD to MAA via LHR. The RT-PCR testing facility is available at Chennai airport of I need to get it done in Spain itself ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manoj! Chennai requires international travelers to arrive with a negative RT-PCR test. In case it is not possible for you, you can take a test on arrival at Chennai airport.

      Reply
  74. Rohit

    My united airline flight from USA is landing at 12:45 am on 5th Dec at Delhi airport. What slot should I pre book for RT-PCR test? I have booked 12:00 – 1:00 am slot. Will this be o or should I move it to 1:00 – 2:00 am slot? How flexible are they at the airport?

    Reply
  75. SS

    I am going to travel from London to Ahmedabad in December.
    At Ahmedabad airport is it mandatory to do RT-PCR test?
    If yes, then how much they charge for RT-PCR test?
    7 days institutional quarantine is mandatory?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi SS! A negative RT-PCR certificate is mandatory for your travel to Ahmadabad. There is no COVID testing facility at Ahmadabad airport.

      Reply
  76. Venu

    Hi,

    Me and my parents are traveling from Washington IAD to Hyderabad, layover at Delhi Airport through air India flight on dec. when asked air India customer service they said that we can do our Rtpcr test at Delhi Airport and it’s included in the ticket price no additional cost is available. Is that true??

    And if I take test in Delhi airport and wait for results it will take around 6 hrs for the result, in this case we will miss our connecting flight to Hyderabad so how is this manageable.. pls assist

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Venu! As far as we know, the cost of the test to be taken at Delhi airport is not clubbed with the ticket price. The cost of a RT-PCR test per individual is mentioned in the article. You may not get the result within 6 hours at the airport depending on the rush of international arrivals on the day of your arrival.

      Reply
  77. T SINGH

    hi, I am planning to take flight from London to Mumbai on 11th Dec. I will get RT-PCR test in mumbai airport. I want know whether I will be eligible for sefl monitoring or would I have to go for home quarantine if I get test done at the airport itself. I am planning to stay within Maharastra for 3 weeks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Mr Singh! International travelers flying into India, with a negative RT-PCR certificate or getting negative test results at the port of entry in India are exempted from home quarantine. They are advised self-monitoring of health. But it is subject to the regulations that vary from state to state in India.

      Reply
  78. Imran

    Hi,
    I am scheduled to fly next week to Delhi which is my final destination and don’t have any connecting flight onwards. I have filled the self reporting form and have also scheduled covid-19 RT-PCR testing at Delhi airport.

    Few questions, please help by answering same:
    1. Do I need to submit the exception form also saying test result awaited ?
    2. The test lab & waiting lounge at Delhi airport is before immigration posts ? If not, how the officers would allow us to move out without showing negative report?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Imran! No need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha for taking a test at Delhi airport. We have little knowledge about the exact location of the testing center and the lounge at Delhi airport. Please visit the website of Delhi IGI airport.

      Reply
  79. Bethany Mathews

    Hi,

    Is there a COVID testing facility at Ahmedabad?

    I’m in Glasgow, UK, and flying via Glasgow on 6th. The latest test slot is Friday (4th). Due to my layover in Dubai, I will reach Ahmedabad on the 8th morning. I’m just nervous about my PCR-test being valid. Here there are no other options as they only test you if you show symptoms. Free testing (I am a student so cannot afford private) cannot happen at weekends. Please advise.

    Reply
  80. Shreya

    Hi,

    I am taking a British Airways flight from Edinburgh to Bangalore via London. I will be landing in Bangalore only the next next morning and was wondering if the rt pcr test is to be taken 72 hrs prior to my arrival in Bangalore or my departure in Edinburgh?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  81. Lavanya katta

    Hi I haven’t checked the new 72 hrs hour rule and gave a test today (96hrs) cannot get tested again. Will my test be considered ?
    Travel – > SFO -> Delhi -> (7hrs halt) -> Mumbai (final stop)

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Lavanya! Most probably, it won’t be considered valid. You can choose to get tested after arrival at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  82. Shreya

    Hi,

    I am taking a British Airways flight from Edinburgh to Bangalore via London. I will be landing in Bangalore only the next morning and was wondering if the rt pcr test is to be taken 72 hrs prior to my arrival in Bangalore or my departure in Edinburgh?
    Will a test taken on 14th afternoon be valid for my arrival in Bangalore on 18th early morning?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  83. Karthik

    Hi there, I have two stops flight with United Airlines from US to India, which is LAX to Chicago to Delhi to Bangalore.
    Do need to get tested within 72hrs of departure from LAX or Chicago?
    I appreciate your time and efforts.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Karthik! If you hold a single itinerary with United Airlines from LAX to Bangalore, you need to get tested within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from LAX.

      Reply
  84. Mukesh

    Travelling to Hyderabad via Delhi
    Will I get tested at Delhi or Hyderabad? since I believe Hyderabad has testing facilities

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mukesh! Hyderabad Airport has the COVID testing facility for international arrivals. But we doubt you may not be allowed to continue domestic travel from Delhi without a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  85. Shashi Kumar sharma

    We are senior citizens traveling from Washington to Delhi. As we understand,we need to get ourselves tested for covid at the airport.We have 2 queries. 1 Being senior citizens do we get some concessions in getting the test done and in getting our reports. 2 Can we leave airport for some local stay during the wait period for reports.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Mam! As far as we know, there is no age-based concession in the testing costs at Delhi Airport. No one can exit the airport premises until the test result is delivered. Your passport will be collected when you undergo the test. The passport will be returned along with the test report.

      Reply
  86. Prince

    Hi, I have a flight from London Heathrow to Delhi and then I am travelling to Chandigarh via domestic flight from Delhi. And also I am getting tested at Delhi airport as I have a sufficient time for receiving the result. I just want to know will I be exempted from Institutional quarantine and home quarantine in Punjab if I am getting Negative COVID results from Delhi Airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prince! The test report from Delhi airport will get you exempted from institutional quarantine, but we can’t say certainly whether it will make you eligible for exemption from home quarantine too.

      Reply
  87. Pras

    Hi ,

    I am travelling on 7th Monday early morning from Poland to Delhi via Germany by Lufthansa and have a connecting domestic flight to Trivandrum. Since Saturday and Sunday is public holiday in Poland, covid tests done on Friday wont be available until Tuesday. So I have done a covid test on Thursday which is with in 96 hours but not 72 hours. When I called covid 19 helpline for delhi airport 2 days back they told test needs to be done within 96 hours only and results with in 72 hours. But after seeing the comments here I am confused on this info. Also the air india website and also civil aviation ministry website also showing 96 hours. Air India website link below.

    http://www.airindia.in/International-Passengers-Travelling-into-India.htm#:~:text=RT%2DPCR%20test%20is%20not,to%20seek%20exemption%20frominstitutional%20quarantine.&text=However%2C%20these%20passengers%20will%20have,mandatory%2014%20days%20of%20homequarantine
    Could you please let me know if you got any info like this

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pras! It has been revised again very recently, which is not yet updated on our portal.

      Reply
  88. Sudhanshu Prasad

    Hi, I have booked a flight from London Heathrow to Delhi and then I am traveling to Jharkhand on the same day of arrival after 10 hours through Rajdhani train since there are no direct domestic flights for my home town.

    Questions:
    1. Will it be sufficient time to go for the RTPCR test at the Delhi airport?
    2. If my covid test report is negative then will I be exempted from Institutional quarantine and travel through the booked Indian railway Rajdhani train further?

    Please answer.

    Reply
  89. Sudhanshu

    Hi, I have booked a flight from London Heathrow to Delhi and then I have booked an Indian Railway ticket in Rajdhani for domestic travel since there are no connecting flights for my home town. There is around 10 hours gap between arrival time at Delhi airport and scheduled train from the new Delhi railway station.

    Questions:
    1. Will it be sufficient time to go for the RTPCR test and result at Delhi airport before catching the train?
    2. If the COVID test is negative, will I be exempted from Institutional quarantine and will I be able to travel through Indian railways Rajdhani train.

    please answer.

    much appreciated.

    Reply
  90. Santosh

    Hi, I am travelling with 5 year old daughter. Received exemption from institutional quarantine. Need to home quarantine for 14 days. I will be doing Covid testing 72 hours before flight. My questions are
    1. On the basis of Covid test, Can I apply for second exemption from home quarantine ?
    2. Does 5 year old child need covid testing?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Santosh! May we know what your final destination is? Exemption from home quarantine varies from state to state in India.

      Reply
  91. Sudhanshu

    Hi, I have booked a flight from London Heathrow to Delhi and then I have booked an Indian Railway ticket in Rajdhani for domestic travel since there are no connecting flights for my home town. There is around 10 hours gap between arrival time at Delhi airport and scheduled train from the new Delhi railway station.

    Questions:
    1. Will it be sufficient time to go for the RTPCR test and result at Delhi airport before catching the train?
    2. If the COVID test is negative, will I be exempted from Institutional quarantine and will I be able to travel through Indian railways Rajdhani train.

    please answer.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sudhanshu! 10 hours is sufficient to get tested and receive the result at Delhi airport. If the result is negative, then no problem.

      Reply
  92. Vijay

    I have taken my COVID PCR test about 80 hrs before the scheduled flight from Dallas to Chennai via London on British Airways. Because of increased testing in US, I was told my results might not come before my scheduled flight. What are my alternatives if I don’t get my results before boarding. Can I get tested in Chennai, can I board the flight without test results.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijay! In case you are not able to take a test in the USA, you can choose to get tested after arrival at Chennai airport. Please be sure British Airways allows you to board the flight without a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
      • Vijay

        Thanks for a very prompt response and I truly appreciate the service that you provide. I was told by my Airline that American passport holders can no longer transit through London, can you please let me know if this is true. I got an entry visa from Indian consulate a week back because of the need to visit my father who is not doing well.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Vijay! As far as we know, US passport holders with OCI cards cannot transit through London for India. In case of emergency, you can travel on Air India or United Airlines.

          Reply
          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Vijay! You’re welcome. According to the bulletin we received from British Airways yesterday, US citizens with or without OCI cards and their dependents can transit through London Heathrow.

  93. BK

    I am flying from EWR to Mumbai on December 14 then connecting flight to BBI. I am 62 years old. Am I exempt from RT-PCR test at Mumbai airport to catch the connecting flight to BBI? Will appreciate your reply. Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Sir! We doubt you may not be allowed to continue your domestic travel without a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  94. AD

    If for some reason my PCR results is not available by the time I arrive in New Delhi, then if I miss my connection while waiting for a covid test, will Air India be amenable to change my ticket to the next available flight to my final destination? Thank you in advance for responding.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aveek! To the best of our knowledge, Air India is not responsible for the delay in your receiving the RT-PCR test result. Not sure whether Air India will accommodate you on the next available flight if the connecting flight is missed. Please be advised to check with Air India for your satisfaction.

      Reply
  95. AS

    I am planning on going to Delhi, India from San Diego, CA.
    Do I get to get myself tested for Covid-19 in US? If so where can I get myself tested in San Diego, CA?
    or Do I get tested in Delhi airport?
    I would greatly appreciate your helpful comments.
    AS

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arvind! We have little knowledge about COVID testing centers in California. Yes, you can choose to get tested after arrival at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  96. R. V. S

    I’m flying form ksa to delhi on 14 dec then I have to take a flight to BBI do I need to do test in Saudi or It can be done at delhi airport and is it necessary to do RT-PCR test as some ticket agents are saying that it’s not necessary I’m confused please help. Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajesh! You may not be allowed to continue onward travel from Delhi to BBI without a negative RT-PCR test certificate. If the connection time is as long as 5-8 hrs at Delhi airport, you can choose to get tested on arrival at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  97. Anand

    Hello,

    I am travelling from Mumbai to Chennai on 13-Dec-2020.

    Am I required to provide an RT-PCR COVID-19 negative test report at the Chennai airport? If I do carry one, will it exempt me from testing at the airport (I’d rather not wait 6 hours at the airport)?

    Thanks,
    Anand

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anand! Yes, you need to provide an RT-PCR certificate at Chennai Airport. If considered valid by the Chennai airport authorities, you will be exempted from testing at the airport itself.

      Reply
  98. A.k.Handa

    What is the current test price of RT-PCR Test for international arriving passengers at IGI terminal 3, since the Delhi Government has already reduced the price from Rs.2400/- to Rs.800/-. Pls. Reply

    Reply
  99. Anitha

    Hi, I am flying with my 3 year old from Newark to Delhi and then to Chennai. If my PCR results don’t come by the time I land in Delhi, will the Delhi airport accept a rapid test taken in USA.?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anitha! Only RT-PCR test results are accepted at Indian airports. If you receive the test result in your email by the time you land at Delhi, you can show it to the health officials there.

      Reply
  100. Shiv

    Hi, I am flying from London to Mumbai in next week with my wife and one year daughter to Mumbai.
    1. Can we get exemption from institutional quarantine without RtPCR Report.
    2. Is the results received in email is considered as valid.
    3. In case we are choose to test at Mumbai airport, how long is the waiting time for results. Based on RTPCR Report can I get exempted from home quarantine in Maharashtra.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shiv! You are traveling directly to Mumbai and you are eligible for exemption for traveling with a kid below 10 years; hence, you may not need a RT-PCR test. Yes, the soft copy of the report is considered valid if the report displays a valid stamp and signature from the lab. It may take 5-7 hours to get the test result depending on the rush of international arrivals at Mumbai airport. Not sure whether the RT-PCR negative certificate will get you exempted from home quarantine.

      Reply
  101. Arpit

    Hi, Thanks for the valuable information.

    I am taking United flight from SFO-DEL on Dec 16. I am confused with the 72hrs limit for both COVID test and exemption form. I cannot get the test done within 72 hrs and apply for exemption form at least 72 hrs before. Not sure if I am missing something or reading it wrong? Can you please help?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arpit! You can take a RT-PCR test within 96 hours of undertaking the journey from SFO, but you have to apply for exemption on and upload the test report to Air Suvidha within 72 hours of undertaking the journey.

      Reply
  102. Joseph Thottungal

    Hi, I am traveling from US to Cochin via Delhi. I am coming with COVID negative result taken 72hr prior to my travel. I have a 11hr layover at Delhi. Can I exit the airport and stay in a near by hotel? Will there be an issue to board domestic flight to Cochin due to that? Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Joseph! In our opinion, there should not be any problem. Please be advised to call Delhi Airport’s helpline number and check with them.

      Reply
  103. Priyanka

    Hi – I am travelling to Chennai from London (British Airways direct flight) with my 4 year old son. I will be getting the negative RT PCR certificate for myself. Does my son need this certificate as well? If he is not able to do the RT PCR test in London, can we get it done in Chennai airport on arrival? I tried contacting British Airways on whether they will let us board the flight without a negative RT PCR certificate for my son, but they are not able to give a definitive answer.

    Reply
  104. R Fernandes

    Hi, I am travelling to Goa from London vai Delhi. I have a stop over of 4.5hrs in delhi. Do i need to take a RT-PCR test in delhi as there doesnt seem to be enough time in delhi for it? Will i be allowed to take the test in Goa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hello Russel! You may not be allowed to continue the domestic travel to Goa from Delhi without a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Varun! You can take an RT-PCR test within 96 hours of your scheduled departure, but you need to upload the report on Air Suvidha and submit a declaration within 72 hours of the departure.

      Reply
  105. Sudeep Kumar

    Hi

    I am traveling from New York(EWR) to Patna via Delhi. I have a stoppage of 5.35 hrs. Is enough time to RT-PCR TEST in Delhi Airport?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sundeep! 5.35 hrs may be enough or may not be depending on the rush of international arrivals on that day.

      Reply
  106. VIJI BALA

    Hi, I am traveling from Toronto to Chennai, do I need a COVID test report to be shown at Chennai airport and if yes, is there a test centre at Chennai if I don’t carry a test report . Please let me know. Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Viji! There is a dedicated COVID testing facility at Chennai Airport. However, it is highly recommended that you travel with a negative RT-PCR test certificate.

      Reply
  107. Aish

    Hi, I m planning to travel from London to Chennai via Delhi, through air India.

    I am planning to take RT-PCR test in Delhi or Chennai.
    Will I be able to board flight without RT-PCR test report from London?

    Reply
  108. YVK

    I’m flying from Toronto to Delhi. My negative test report says ‘PCR’, is it acceptable at Delhi airport ?or does it have to say ‘RT-PCR’?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi VVK! A PCR test is not acceptable from international arrivals. Only RT-PCR tests are valid at Indian airports.

      Reply
  109. Praveen

    Hi, we (my wife and myself) along with our 1 year old kid are travelling from Toronto to Bengaluru via Delhi on 19th December. Toronto-Delhi and Delhi-Bengaluru are booked with same PNR number(Delhi-Bengaluru is a feeder flight where domestic passengers are not allowed). Since we are travelling with Kid, we will get exemption from quarantine in Delhi. Would we be able to board flight in Delhi to Bengaluru without RT-PCR test and be in home quarantine in Bengaluru for 14 days(as per state rules)? Please let me know. Thanks much.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Praveen! Holding the same PNR for the entire itinerary and having a feeder flight from Delhi, you should be allowed to continue travel to Bengaluru without an RT-PCR test. You are eligible for exemption from quarantine in Delhi for traveling with a kid below 10 years. You need to apply for exemption in this category on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  110. Raj

    Hi,
    I’m travelling to Hyderabad from London via Delhi on 20 December 2020. I’ve a 6 year old travelling with me. The flight is booked on a single PNR from London to Hyderabad. I’ve requested for exemption from institutional quarantine based on the fact that I’m travelling with a child under 10 years. Will I need to take a RT-PCR test in Delhi to be able to board my onward flight to Hyderabad? I only have 3 hours of lay-over in Delhi and understand that the covid test results could take up to 6 hours. what are my options?? Please advice.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! As per the government’s mandate, a negative RT-PCR certificate is necessary for continuing domestic travel from Delhi Airport. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  111. Rohit

    Hello,

    Folks in USA, where did you guys take COVID test? I don’t know any lab who provides signature or stamp.

    Appreciate the help. Thanks!

    Reply
  112. John Mary

    Hi, A person has flight from germany to delhi to chennai as final destination. if the person does not do the PCR test in germany, can he take test in Chennai or need to take in Delhi? If taken in delhi and he is asymptomatic, he will be allowed to travel to chennai and take institutional quarantine or he has to do institutional quarantine in delhi and if in delhi how many days and what happens next and when he can go to chennai? Should he reschedule his flight or will airport authority help in rescheduling?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi John! You need to take a test at Delhi airport before continuing the journey to Chennai. If the report is negative, you will be allowed to travel to Chennai and you will also be exempted from institutional quarantine in Delhi as well as Chennai. Make sure the connection time is minimum 7-8 hours at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  113. Joel Kunjumon Mathew

    I am travelling from Germany to Kochi via Delhi on 16th December 2020.The flight from Germany to Delhi and Delhi to Kochi having the same PNR number. I have layover in Delhi for 7 hours. Is it mandatory for me to show copy of RT PCR test report at Delhi Airport for boarding my next feeder connection flight to Kochi.OR can I travel to kochi without RT PCR test from Germany and take my test if required at Kochi, as per the new guidelines.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Joel! As per the government’s mandate, it is mandatory to show an RT-PCR certificate for continuing journey from Delhi to Kochi. For your satisfaction, you can call the helpline of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  114. Tarak Parekh

    Is it important to pre-book the RT-PCR test (at the Delhi Airport) prior to reaching there? Or is it a walk-in? Just trying to avoid the situation where there are not testing slots available once we reach at Delhi Airport

    Reply
  115. PRABHLEEN KAUR

    Hello, I am arriving at Delhi Airport from Canada. Do i have to get tested before boarding? Or i can just get tested when i will arrive at Delhi? And how much time it takes for the whole process? I have to wait at the airport till result or i have to book a instituitional quarantine place?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Prabhleen! Whether you need to get tested before boarding, it depends on the airline you will travel on. Yes, you can choose to get tested after arrival at Delhi airport. It may take 4-7 hours. Yes, you will have to wait at the lounge until you get the result.

      Reply
  116. Kman

    My flight is at 8:15 PM from Atlanta on Dec 27. Can I take the test at 3 PM On Dec 24 ( which will be 77 hours) before the flight . Is that okay or the should the test be taken EXACTLY within 72 hours

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kman! We cannot say anything certainly. Please call the helpline number of Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  117. Saral

    Hi, I am traveling from London to Ahmedabad this month, when we asked our airlines they are saying the testing facility is available at Ahmedabad airport. Is it a different test other than RT PCR?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saral! We are not sure whether there is a COVID19 testing facility at Ahmedabad Airport.

      Reply
  118. Paul

    I have Air India flight from Newark to DElhi to Kolkata on 31 Dec . I have a layover of >9 hrs at Delhi airport.
    I am planning to do the Covid testing at Delhi airport.
    My question:
    If I do not take any test in USA, will I be able to board the flight from Newark. (as I dont have negative RT PCR Report with me but planning to take the test at Delhi airport)

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Paul! Yes, you can board the flight from Newark depending on the airline you will travel from USA.

      Reply
  119. Solanki

    I am traveling to Maldives in the month of feb 2021 and will be returning back in 6 days . While returning can I get a COVID test done at the Mumbai airport ?? and what are the charges for that ..
    Any other important information available with you that one has to keep in mind while traveling to and fro from Maldives ??

    Reply
  120. PGG

    Hi, I will be traveling from Toronto to Mumbai via Delhi. I am facing some issues to get a PCR test done 72 hours before departure. Since my layover at Delhi is only for 3 hrs 55 mins only, I am afraid that I might miss my connecting flight if I book COVID testing at Delhi Airport. Thus, my queries are:

    1) Will I be allowed to board my connecting flight at Delhi, which is under the same PNR or they will stamp me for institutional quarantine at Delhi?
    2) Can I pre-book COVID testing at Mumbai Airport to qualify for quarantine exception?
    3) I have further travel scheduled from Mumbai after 2 days. So will I face any issues later if I get a negative result?

    Thanks in Advance!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pooja! First, you need to take an RT-PCR test,not a PCR test. Second, please call the helpline of Delhi Airport and check if you will be allowed to continue your travel to Mumbai without a negative RT-PCR certificate. Third, if you are allowed from Delhi, you can pre-book a test at Mumbai Airport. Fourth, Mumbai Airport lets travelers go home after collecting their swab for testing (latest update). Fifth, you may be allowed to travel further from Mumbai provided you share details of your onward journey.

      Reply
      • Yashleen Kheterpal

        Hi,

        I am traveling Chicago to Delhi via Newark on the 23rd of December. I had few questions in mind which I have an idea about but just needed a confirmation:

        1. If I get tested here in the US will I have to get tested within the 72 hours of me boarding the flight from Chicago.
        2. If I cannot get tested in the US, I have an idea that I can get tested in Delhi airport but the question that I have regarding that is will I need to pay for that or there are free covid testing available on the airport?

        Thank you

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Yashleen! The COVID testing services at major Indian airports including Delhi IGI are payable. Yes, you need to take a test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Chicago.

          Reply
  121. Cheryl

    Hey, I have flight from Toronto- London-Delhi. If I choose to get tested before 72 hours of my flight, then Do I need to get tested again at Delhi airport?. Also, is there any need to fill the exemption form, or I can just show my negative test results after arriving at Delhi airport for the exemption of institutional quarantine? Lastly, what all documents do I need to fill before my flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Cheryl! If you get tested before the departure and the report is valid, you don’t need a test again at Delhi Airport. If you take a test before the departure, you need to fill the exemption form and upload the receipt of the test until you get the result. Make sure the test report has a valid stamp and signature from the testing lab in the US. In case the report comes late, you can show its print or hard copy to the health officials at Delhi Airport. You need to fill out a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha and submit a declaration on Air Suvidha or at Delhi airport.

      Reply
  122. Jay

    Hi
    I’m traveling from Manchester-Kochi-Bangalore on 20th December. I’m unable to get a test from Manchester. The layover in Kochi is more than 12 hours so is it possible to get an RT-PCR test in the Kochi airport before going to Bangalore? Will I be exempt from quarantine in Karnataka?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! FYI, both Kerala and Karnataka don’t require a negative RT-PCR certificate from asymptomatic international arrivals. In case a COVID negative report is mandatory for continuing the journey from Kochi to Bengaluru, you can choose to get tested after arrival at Kochi Airport. There is no institutional quarantine for asymptomatic travelers in Karnataka. A negative RT-PCR certificate will get you exempted from home quarantine in Bangalore.

      Reply
  123. Swetha

    Hi

    I am confused with the RT-PCR test process of 72 hours.can you please tell me if I get tested on 15th dec it will take 3 days to get my results if I got my results on 18th this test results are valid to travel on dec20th from Newark to Hyderabad via Mumbai flight..? Or I need to get my test done on 18th December?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nitin! You can book a slot for testing on http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com. FYI, Mumbai Airport is now allowing international arrivals (arriving passengers) to exit the airport and go home after collecting their swab for testing, instead of making them wait a few hours for the report.

      Reply
  124. Billa Dhaliwal

    hii

    i am in canada and i have a flight to delhi

    is i need covid pcr test before departure or just regular covid test

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Billa! You need to take an RT-PCR test as per the guidelines mandated by the Government of India.

      Reply
  125. ALIYA PATEL

    TRAVELING FROM CHICAGO ON QATAR VIA DOHA. WE ARE TRAVELING WITH 2 KIDS UNDER 10. I DID FILL OUT SELF REPORTING,AND EXAMPT FOURM FOR KIDS TRAVELING UNER 10. I AM NOT TAKING ANY DOMESTIC FLIGHT.I AM ALSO TAKING COAID TEST IN CHICAGO BUT RESULT WILL COME NEAR DEPARTURE TIME. SHOULD I NEED TO APPLY ONLINE FOR RT- PCR TEST EXAMPT OR I CAN TAKE RESULT AND SHOW IT TO AIRPORT? DOES THIS NAGATIVE RT-PCR TEST STILL NEED TO DO 14 DAYS HOME QUARANTI ?ALSO HOW CAN APPLY EXMAPT ON PCR TEST BEFORE 72 HOURS WHERE RESULT TAKE 48 HOURS AND MORE ?THANKS

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aliya! You can apply for exemption uploading the receipt of the test taken within 72 hours. Yes, you can show the RT-PCR test result in soft or hard copy and submit a declaration at the port of entry.

      Reply
  126. Gok

    I am transiting from Delhi to Chennai with layover of 4 hrs in Delhi. Connection flight will be 3 hrs to Chennai. Do you recommend to take RT-PCR in Delhi between 4 hrs transit or shall I take test at Chennai airport? Is Chennai airport taking COVID test? Suggest which is best or I need to take in original destination. Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gokul! 4 hrs is not sufficient time to take a test and get the result at Delhi Airport. If you are an international arrival, you may need an RT-PCR negative certificate to continue your domestic travel from Delhi to Chennai. Chennai Airport has a COVID testing facility.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aliya! Basically, all international arrivals including kids are bound to undergo home-quarantine for 7-14 days even though they take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey to India. A pre-departure RT-PCR test (in case the result is negative) gets only Karnataka-bound travelers exempted from home quarantine in Karnataka.

      Reply
  127. VK

    Hi, I am flying next week (SFO-DEL-PUNE) via United with 9h45m layover at Delhi airport. Will 9h45m be sufficient to commute between terminals to test center, get tested, get test results and then catch domestic flight to Pune ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi VK! Yes, the connection time is enough for you to get tested and get the result. Be advised to book a slot for testing in advance.

      Reply
  128. Akshay

    Hi,
    I’m travelling from the USA to India via United Airlines and Vistara.

    I’ve booked a connected flight with the following stops –
    1. PIT (Pittsburgh, USA) to EWR (Newark, USA)
    2. EWR (Newark, USA) to BOM (Bombay, India)
    3. BOM (Bombay, India) to BLR (Bangalore, India)

    Do I need to get the test 72hrs prior to my flight from PIT (Pittsburgh, USA) or 72 hrs prior to my flight from EWR (Newark, USA) ?

    Thank you for your help

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akshay! You need to take the test 72 prior to your flight from Pittsburgh.

      Reply
  129. Madhur

    hello,

    We are flying from London to Mumbai on 21st dec. we have got exemption approved as we are travelling with a kid under 10yrs.
    Can you please let me know if i need to book the PCR test to take a flight to nagpur or i can use the approved exemtpion

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Madhur! In our opinion, the approved exemption should apply to your itinerary till the final destination because Nagpur is in Maharashtra itself. Please be advised to call the helpline of Mumbai International Airport.

      Reply
  130. Ramya

    Hi, I am travelling from NY to MUM via EMirates. Is Rapid RT PCR test acceptable at mumbai ? I am travelling with a 3 year old. I will apply for exemption.
    1. Can i do the test and is it ok if i receive the results after i board ?
    2. Rapi RT PCR is similar to Express RT PCR that is done in Mumbai airports . Pls confirm if that is valid

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramya! We are not sure whether Rapid RT-PCR and RT-PCR are the same test. You can take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to your departure from New York. You can hand over a hard copy or soft copy of the test report after arrival at Mumbai Airport. Please note Maharashtra Government has revised the guidelines to put travelers from Europe and the Middle East to 14-day institutional quarantine, effective from December 21.

      Reply
  131. Santosh

    Hello,

    Going from sfo to Delhi and then blr. If we get exemption under 1 out 5 category. Do we still need to take RT-PCR test in order to board domestic air India flight to blr ?

    Reply
  132. Mohd Faisal

    Hi,
    I m Fly from Riyadh To Delhi Then I have to Attend same Business Meeting In Jodhpur. I have PCR Negative Certificate from Saudi Arabia Riyadh Medical Healthcare. I have Tickets Riyadh To Delhi Then Domestic Flight Delhi To Jodhpur after Meeting Finish I want go to my home Jaipur By Car. My Question Is can Travel free mind no one stop me At Delhi And Jodhpur Airport with Negative PCR Test Hard Copy and Soft Copy Can I go to My Home after Finish In Jodhpur Meeting ???

    Thanks A Lot

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mohd! You are likely to get exempted from home quarantine during a short business visit to India. Yes, you can travel to Jaipur from Jodhpur.

      Reply
  133. Srinivasan

    Hello,
    My flight is on 24 November at 8:40 pm. My test will be done on 21 November at 6:30 pm.
    That means the test will be done 74 hours before the flight. So is that fine?

    Reply
  134. Shivani Sachdeva

    Hi
    I am travelling from Toronto, Canada to New Delhi, India. I want to do the Covid test at Delhi Airport and I will book a slot online. If i am tested negative, do i still need to do institutional quarantine?

    Reply
  135. Jitendra S

    I am intending to travel to Mumbai from London on 2 January 2021. I will get my RT-PCR done in London. If the result of the test is negative do I still need to be quarantined in Muumbai hospital or hotel for 14days? Is it possible to quarantine at home?

    I believe I still need to take an RT-PCR test in Mumbai on arrival and departure?

    Please advice.

    Reply
  136. Fazlur

    Hi I have a flight from Dubai to Bangalore i have not taken COVID19 TEST as I have no symptoms is it mandatory to take the test in dubai or can I take the RT-PCR test after reaching Bangalore airport? And which website can we book online test in Bangalore airport

    Reply
  137. Shubham Ashish

    Hi. I’m travelling from Maldives to (Mumbai) India in the next 3-4 days. Do I need to fill the exemption if I want to get myself tested at the Mumbai airport, as I don’t have the test result to be uploaded on the suvidha portal and hence its not accepting my exemption result.
    Also just filling the self declaration asks to acknowledge that we’re willing to undergo institutional quarantine. Is it going to be an issue if we tick that as without ticking, it’s not accepting the form.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shubham! No need to apply for exemption/fill the exemption form on Air Suvidha, you choose to get tested after arrival at Mumbai Airport.

      Reply
  138. Abhay

    Hello, I plan to travel from Toronto to New Delhi. New Delhi is my final destination.

    I will likely not have a PCR report with me so can I get directly get tested at the Delhi Airport to avoid institutional quarantine? (and just quarantine at home). I will be traveling alone.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abhay! In order to evade institutional quarantine in Delhi, you can take a COVID test after arrival at Delhi IGI Airport.

      Reply
  139. Shriya Vanvari

    Hello. I do not have an exemption or self reporting form filled. However I do have negative covid test report. I’ll be landing in Mumbai. Will I still have to do institutional quarantine? Also whats the process for people without these form that arrive at Mumbai airport? How much longer could I take?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shriya! Every international arrival needs to fill out a self-reporting form and apply for exemption on Air Suvidha. If you are traveling from Europe, South Africa and the Middle East, you are likely to face 7-day institutional quarantine despite a negative RT-PCR test report.

      Reply
  140. Amit Kumar

    Hi Team,
    First of all, Let me thank you on behalf of everyone here for answering each and everyone’s questions here very precisely and thoroughly. GREAT JOB during this pandemic.
    It takes lot of attention to read through each single request. Appreciate your efforts here.
    Now, My turn to get your expert advice, Although my flight is still far from today i.e 1st Feb 2021 and Hope that By then we have more relaxed rules.
    My flight will be from Frankfurt to Delhi and I booked on arrival test and paid for two people. I just want to know if I need to fill/printout any other docs before boarding flight and After receiving the negative report, How to get the exemption as I would not have filled the exemption form online.
    Sorry for long reply.
    Thank you,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! As per the existing mandate, travelers need to fill out a self-reporting form and apply for exemption on Air Suvidha (if they take a pre-departure RT-PCR test or fall under any of the exemption categories). If they choose to get tested on arrival at the port of entry in India, no need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
      • Sunny

        Hi im flying from Atlanta USA and my connection flight through heathrow airport by Virgin airline and im taking my rtpcr test on january 2nd but my flight on january 4th and also I’m confuse for London flight can you tell there’s any issue with London flight in dehli

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sunny! Is the first leg of your itinerary from Atlanta operated by Virgin Atlantic or some other airline?

          Reply
  141. Kiranpal Brar

    Hi,
    I am travelling from Toronto to New Delhi. I have 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 Abilash! Without a negative RT-PCR certificate, you may not be able to continue the journey from Delhi Airport. If your itinerary includes a minimum 8-hr layover at Delhi, you can take a test there. Kochi has 7-14 days of institutional quarantine for symptomatic travelers and 14-day home quarantine for asymptomatic travelers.

      Reply
  142. Ankit

    Hi, I plan to travel to Delhi with a direct flight from USA. I am planning to get RT-PCR test in USA. I have visa appointment after 2 days on arrival at Delhi. If my report is negative on arrival, would I still be required to do mandatory 7 days home quarantine in Delhi? I see that rules have changed recently and website says that if test is negative, no quarantine is required. Is it true and can I give my interview after arrival? Kindly do let me know. Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ankit! In our opinion, all international arrivals are bound to serve 7-day home quarantine in Delhi. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi International Airport.

      Reply
  143. Thomas Paul

    Hi,
    My parents are traveling from USA to COK via Delhi. They have taken the RT-PCR test and are awaiting the results. In case if they don’t receive their test results in time do they have a provision to get the COVID test done at Delhi airport and book the next connection flight to COK? and should I book a slot for COVID test before hand in order to avail this service

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Thomas! If they receive the RT-PCR result in email, they can show the soft copy on arrival at Delhi Airport. Or else, they can take a COVID test on spot at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  144. Akash

    Hi,

    I am supposed to come to Delhi from London in the 1st week of February.
    I am assuming flights between UK and India will be resumed after 7th Jan.
    Most likely the new guidelines will mandate one week institutional quarantine for passengers coming from UK.

    Please can you share that whether passengers will be given an option to chose the quarantine location/hotel.
    Is there a link from where we can get to know about the different private quarantine venues and how much they have been charging.
    As I will have to work remotely, a fast and stable internet connection will be my main requirement.

    Kindly try to provide the required info.

    Best regards

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akash! We have the least knowledge about venues for institutional quarantine in Delhi.

      Reply
  145. Shriya

    Hi, I’m supposed to travel from London to Ahmedabad via Delhi. I will be getting a RT-PCR test before traveling, however, if my test results don’t come before traveling, can I show a soft copy of my results on arrival?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shriya! You can show the soft copy to the health officials at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  146. SUMIT KUMAR GHOSE

    I am travelling to Bhubaneswar via Delhi through Vande Bharat Flights (VBM) from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My family includes my wife and two children – 10 years and 5 years old. I have around 12 hours lay-over in Delhi airport for Domestic departure. Already got approval on Institutional Quarantine exemption with category as 10 years below child is travelling with us.

    My query
    1) In above scenario, Do we still require Covid19 test in Delhi Airport before on-boarding Domestic Flights to Bhubaneswar? Also in this scenario they are following Delhi State Rules and Odisha State Rules?

    Note – There is no such requirement of Institutional Quarantine in Odisha State as of now. Everybody needs to follow 14 days home quarantine only.

    2) If answer to Q1 is yes, then do we need to do Covid19 test for children’s also?

    Please help on the above queries.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sumit! You have a very simple way out. If you see after arrival at Delhi Airport that a negative COVID test report is mandatory for boarding the domestic flight to Bhubaneswar, you and your spouse (or all of you) can take a test at Delhi Airport as the layover is as long as 12 hours.

      Reply
  147. Aditya Mohata

    Hi,
    1) Can we get Rapid RT-PCR test that gives result in 30 mins ? This is offered in many places in New Jersey with a fee.
    2) Is the test to be taken within 72 hours/ 96 hours of boarding the flight ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aditya! Only Rt-PCR test results are accepted from international arrivals in India. You need to take the test not more than 72 before boarding the flight.

      Reply
      • Aditya Mohata

        In took the test at 11AM Sunday and my flight from Newark to Mumbai is @ 11:45AM on Wed. This is slightly over 72 hours (but considering boarding starts 50 mins before departure then I am just under 72 hours). Hope it works, will update here if I get the exemption.

        Reply
        • Raj

          Hey Aditya,

          Did you get this exemption. My test is going to be 75 hours before. Curious as to what happens then.

          Reply
  148. Josh Pinto

    Hi,
    I am due to fly from London to Goa via Delhi on 8th Jan after the travel ban gets lifted by India for UK flights. As per the new regulations (which are confusing at best), it says that “passengers are required to do an RT-PCR test witin 72 hours of boarding a flight from UK as well as doing another test at airport of arrival ” which to me seems excessive and expensive.

    The concern I have is that if this is mandatory, the RT-PCR tests taken at Delhi Airport take 4-6 hours to get the results and I have a domestic connection to Goa after a 4 hour layover at Delhi airport so, there is a chance that I could miss my connection if the results do arrive on time. Are UK passengers transiting to other Indian states exempt from doing this test at Delhi airport again, if they carry a negative test certificate with them from UK that was tested within 72 hours of their travel and fill out the exemption form online?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Josh! As per the circular issued by the Government of India on January 2, both pre-departure RT-PCR test and on-arrival COVID test are mandatory for travelers from the UK between January 8 and January 30, 2021.

      Reply
  149. bharath das

    Hi,
    I am due to fly from London to Kochi via Delhi on 25th January with a layover of 9 hours at Delhi.
    Is this time good enough to complete the RT PCR test at Delhi and board my connecting flight to Kochi?
    Also, will I have to get my luggage at Delhi and check-in again for the connection flight? ( It is a VBM flight and both flights on the same PNR number)
    Thanks

    Reply
  150. bharath das

    Hi,

    Is 9 hours layover at Delhi airport good enough to finish the test and catch my connecting flight, including security checks and check in?

    Reply
  151. Annie

    I am flying from EWR – Delhi – Ahmedabad. If i take the Rt-PCR test here they do not garuntee the results within 72 hours. Is it okay if i get my results after i board my flight? Will they let me board the flight? Just in case i have also booked a slot for testing at Delhi Airport. I have a 5 h 15 mins layover, will that be enough to get tested and get results so i can board my next flight?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Annie! If you are traveling on Air India or United Airlines, you can board the flight without a negative RT-PCR test report from EWR. Please note you will have to take a test after arrival at Delhi Airport, but the 5-hr layover may not be sufficient.

      Reply
  152. Arun

    Hi,
    I have flight from SINGAPORE to Jodhpur.
    It is connecting flight,
    SINGAPORE to BANGLORE to DELHI to JODHPUR.

    Do i need to carry RT-PCR test report.?

    Reply
  153. Imran

    HI Team ,

    May be this question already being asked several times ,
    but to know the latest

    my itenary
    San Francisco (United Air lines) –> New Delhi –>(Air India) Kolkata (15 Feb 2021)
    Kolkata –> new Delhi –> (United Air lines) San francisco ( around April 2021)

    Question:-

    i am opting to have test at delhi airport after reaching there from San Francisco,

    my concern :- will i be allowed to board plane from San francisco to Delhi without Negative RT PCR test ,

    note for U.K i know they have to undergo test from U.K as well as in India , not sure if the rule same for USA.

    the reason i have a doubt for USA , because
    https://www.newdelhiairport.in/blog/delhi-airport-offers-special-packages-for-arrival-departure-passengers-at-india-s-first-airport-covid-lab
    here in the link it states that

    “As per government mandate, international passengers who are traveling to Delhi can take flight only with RTPCR COVID negative certificate. ”

    Please give your useful advice, if i can board the flight without RT-PCR test at all but opting to test at delhi

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Imran! You can board United Airlines for Delhi from SFO without a negative RT-PCR certificate. But you would have to take COVID test at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  154. Helen

    We’ve been told we need a PCR test before leaving the UK and on arrival in Chennai airport. Anyone know how long it takes to get a test and result at Chennai airport?

    Reply
  155. SG

    Are there any institutional quarantine requirements for direct flights from US to Mumbai? or with layover from US-Doha-Mumbai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sana! All international arrivals, irrespective of direct or connecting flights, are subject to institutional quarantine on arrival at Mumbai. If they have a negative RT-PCR report issued within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey from the US, or if they take a COVID test upon arrival at Mumbai, they will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  156. Jane

    ello,

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

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

    Thank you so much, appreciate your advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jane! Only Qatar Airways needs you to travel with a negative COVID report. As of now, COVID testing is not required for traveling to the USA. FYI, the group of US airlines has requested the Department of Transportation (DoT) to make COVID testing mandatory for international arrivals. Currently, Mumbai imposes 7-day institutional quarantine on travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa; not on the travelers transiting via the Middle East. Please note the rules may become stricter if the situation worsens in February. Hence, it is recommended you travel the DCA-EWR-BOM or DCA-DEL-BOM itinerary.

      Reply
  157. Reshma

    Does Delhi IGI Airport accept Rapid Diagnostic Test (ID NOW) and/or Rapid Antigen Test (BinaxNOW) covid-19 negative certificates from International travelers?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Reshma! Only negative RT-PCR test reports are accepted from international travelers arriving at Indian airports.

      Reply
  158. bharath das

    Is there a mandatory 7 days institutional quarantine at Mumbai for UK arrivals? Or is it only applicable for Delhi?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bharat! Both Mumbai and Delhi have imposed 7-day institutional quarantine for travelers from the UK despite they have a negative RT-PCR certificate.

      Reply
  159. Lakshmi

    Hi, I have family member travelling to India from USA. We took Pro-AmpRT test instead of RT-PCR test. Is the test report still valid at Delhi airport (port of Entry)? Or do we need to take only RT-PCR test

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Lakshmi! Only RT-PCR test results are accepted from international travelers arriving at Indian airports.

      Reply
  160. bharath das

    As per the circular from the govt of India air suvidha self-declaration form for travellers from the UK should be filled 72hours prior to departure. Is anyone having trouble submitting the form without the RT PCR test report?

    Reply
  161. SENTHILKUMAR

    Hi ,

    I am planning to travel from Toronto to Bengaluru via Delhi in February with single PNR in AI VBM flight. Can I have RT PCR test get done at Delhi Airport. If yes, will AI will allow to onboard a flight at Toronto to Delhi without RT PCR test certificate ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Senthil! A negative RT-PCR test report is not mandatory for boarding AI flights for Delhi from the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. If the layover/connection time is minimum 7-8 hours at Delhi Airport, you can take a COVID test after arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  162. Sandip Mukherjee

    Hello, Can I travel to India from USA without a COVID test? I will be flying on January 15th from JFK in New York to New Delhi and from there to Kolkata. I have a 10 hour waiting at the Delhi airport before my flight to Kolkata

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandip! Yes, you can travel to Delhi without a negative RT-PCR report, but you will have to take a test Delhi Airport so that you are allowed to continue onward travel to Kolkata.

      Reply
  163. Sarangarajan Tirucherai

    https://www.bengaluruairport.com/corporate/media/news-press-releases/rt-pcr-test-facility-for-covid-19-launched-at-blr-airport.html

    Under the express test method on the globally acclaimed Abbott ID Now™, the RT-PCR test result would be available in less than 15 minutes, while the regular RT-PCR test result would take upto six hours. Until the test results are received, those tested would be required to wait in a specially demarcated area. Reports would be shared directly with those tested through digital platforms. As per Government requirements, the results of all samples will be registered on the ICMR website.

    So ID NOW from Walgreens accepted across all the Indian airports

    Reply
  164. Jasmine

    Hello I am flying from toronto to new delhi in march
    Do i have to have test within 72 hours or it means test results are good for 72 hours

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jasmine! You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your departure flight from Toronto.

      Reply
  165. Dilpreet

    Hi, I am planning to go india from canada on 10 feb. can I do the covid test at delhi airport to exempt from institutional quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dilpreet! If the airline you will travel on boards you without a negative RT-PCR report from Canada, you can travel at east and take a COVID test at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  166. bharath das

    Hi
    My flight is on 21st at 10:45 am. However, my test was done at 10: 44 am on 18th. Is it going to be a problem?
    I am 1 minute outside the 72 hours.

    Reply
  167. Divya Kumar

    Hi, I have a direct United Airline flight from New Jersey to Mumbai on 24th January. I am planning to get a Covid test done at the Mumbai airport itself. If my test result is negative will I still have to do a mandatory institutional quarantine at Mumbai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Divya! If the result is negative and if you are asymptomatic, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
  168. Nidhi Patel

    Hello there!
    Is there a Covid testing centre at Ahmedabad International Airport?

    Also please advice if I have a connecting flight, would I be able to do test at Delhi and further travel to Ahmedabad connection. With this may I get exemption from Institutional and home quarantine.

    Regards, Nidhi

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nidhi! There is no COVID testing facility at Ahmedabad Airport. If the layover/connection time is minimum 8 hours at Delhi airport, you can take a COVID test before traveling to Ahmedabad. If the result is negative, you will definitely be exempted from institutional quarantine. But home quarantine may apply.

      Reply
      • Nidhi Patel

        Hi,

        Thanks for your response. While I called at the Airport (Ahmedabad Airport) today morning, there is a testing facility set-up at the Airport by Neuberg Supratech – actie since last 15 days. Does this mean I can skip the test at Delhi and take it at Ahmedabad Airport (final destination) instead to exempt from Institutional quarantine?

        There is galore of confusions. Thank you for your response.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Nidhi! We checked and found that AMD airport has recently got a COVID testing facility. Those flying directly to Ahmedabad will be able to take a COVID test upon arrival at AMD Airport. You may not be allowed to continue your journey from Delhi without a test.

          Reply
  169. Vrushank Patel

    Hello, My flight itinerary is from Chicago to NYC to mumbai. My first flight Chicago to NYC is at 2pm. My flight leaves NYC at 8pm but I got tested 3 days prior at 11:30am.

    My exemption form got rejected by MH state government. Can I just carry my negative RT-PCR result or will I have to quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vrushank! What response or message have you got on Air Suvidha? Yes, you can carry the negative RT-PCR result and show it upon arrival at Mumbai Airport. Please make sure the result has a valid stamp or signature from the testing lab. In case the result is rejected at the airport, you can opt for a COVID test at Mumbai Airport. If the result is negative, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine.

      Reply
      • Vrushank

        Vande Bharat mission rejected the exemption report but did not give a reason. My speculation is the time of the test. Its 81 hours instead of 72 hours when the sample was taken based on departure from Newark. I have the negative test report with me an hoping this does not lead to institutional quarantine.

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Vrushank! We are afraid that your test result may not be accepted at Mumbai Airport. Not to worry. You can take a COVID test upon arrival at Mumbai Airport.

          Reply
          • Vrushank

            Just wanted to update in case it helps anyone else, I didn’t have to take another test. They are not as strict as imagined them to be. Thanks for your help.

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Vrushank! We must say you were lucky. Yes, not every official is strict at Mumbai Airport. Thank you for sharing your experience here. Hope you had a safe flight.

  170. Sujatha Vasu

    Hi

    I am planning to travel to Cochin from London (direct flight). Do I need to have RT-PCR test result before departure also could you please give me a link for Cochin airport covid test pre-booking link.

    Many Thanks

    Reply
  171. Gayatri Mulherkar

    Hi!! I am planning to travel to Mumbai on 8th Feb with a 4year old and 8 year old. If I carry a negative test result will I still need to get tested on arrival in Mumbai?
    I am planning on staying in the hotel for 5 days and than travel to Pune…. will this be allowed?
    Can I prebook the Covid test at the Mumbai airport?
    Do children need to get tested?
    What’s the procedure with kids if someone on our flight sitting two rows ahead or behind tests positive at the Mumbai airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gayatri! We will be able to address your queries once we know where you are traveling from. If you are traveling from Europe/South Africa/the Middle East, you will be subject to mandatory COVID testing and institutional quarantine in Mumbai.

      Reply
  172. Tejas Shah

    Hello, I am flying to Mumbai from EWR on Feb 9th vi a United airlines. I am planning to take the covid test at mumbai airport.

    I have seen news articles about 13 min Abbott Labs test ID NOW now available at Mumbai Airport. However Mumbai Airport’s own website has no mention about this. Can you confirm if this test is available at the airport?

    If not and I have to take the standard RT-PCR test, will I have to wait for the result at the airport or can I leave as my final destination is Mumbai. I have heard varying reports that I can just give a nasal swab and leave before the result arrives. Can you confirm if that is true?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tejas! If Abbott Labs test ID NOW is an Express COVID test, then it is available at Mumbai Airport. You can log on to http://www.suburbandiagnostics.com and check what tests are available for international arrivals at Mumbai Airport. The reports about the relaxation you mentioned in the third paragraph are true. But we are not sure if the relaxation is available in the current circumstances.

      Reply
  173. Sarangarajan Tirucherai

    Want to share the experience

    Abbott ID NOW offered by Walgreens (result < 24 hrs but normally in few hours) is accepted by Air Suividha. I did take that and did apply for Air Suvidha Exception and same was approved. @ the destination airport the same was accepted.

    Also incidentally CVS is faster service (may be it depends on location — mine in NJ) — got the lab result in 36 hrs

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sarangarajan! Thank you for sharing this information! May we know which airport in India you traveled to?

      Reply
    • Raju TV

      Thank you so much Sarangan. Nice to see someone giving feedback proactively than with questions. I was searching for feedback from CVS or Walgreens (esp. the Aboott ID NOW) and good to know that.

      Is CVS one the rapid test or the 2-3 day test that took 36 hrs?

      Reply
  174. Asha Patel

    Hi,
    I am travelling to Ahmedabad airport on 20th February from the UK London. I will do a PCR test within 72 hours before my flight from UK. I have to stop for a few hours in Delhi before getting on a connecting flight to Ahmedabad do i need to carry out PCR test in delhi (how can i do this if connecting flight to Ahmedabad is only a few hours) or will i be allowed to Ahmedabad? Do i need to do another PCR test even if my UK PCR test is negative? If i do, can i do the test in Ahmedabad instead of Delhi as i wont have enough time between connecting flight?

    Thank you for your reply in advance, i am very confused

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Asha! We regret the delay in addressing your query. Despite your negative RT-PCR test result from the UK, you will have to take a COVID test at Delhi Airport. If you test negative at Delhi Airport, only then you will be allowed to continue your journey. You need to take a COVID test at Delhi Airport, not Ahmedabad.

      Reply
  175. Amitkumar

    Hello, I am flying to Ahmedabad from San francisco on Feb 3rd via Air-India. I am planning to take the covid test at Ahmedabad airport. Would you tell me, Is any Covid-19 RT- PCR test facilities available or not at the Ahmedabad airport?
    Would you let me know about my upper question as soon as possible? , So, I can make a Decision for my RT-PCR test. Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amit! If you are traveling on a direct flight to Ahmedabad (not via Delhi or Mumbai), then you can take a COVID test upon arrival at AMD Airport. If your itinerary includes transit at Delhi or Mumbai Airport, you may not be allowed to continue travel to Ahmedabad without a negative COVID test result.

      Reply
  176. Subesh shrestha

    Hi
    I got PcR test twice in usa and got tested positive twice. I have been in isolation and doctor cleared me to travel and has letter from them. PCR test can last for 3 months for some person. If i tested positive in india again, how long should i quarantine in india?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Subesh! To get exempted from institutional quarantine in India, you need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your scheduled departure from the USA or a COVID test upon arrival at the port of entry in India. If you test positive upon arrival in India, you will be subject to payable institutional quarantine for 7-14 days. You will be released from institutional quarantine only after you test negative.

      Reply
  177. Harish chander

    Is rapid test result valid on arrival in India or is it mandatory to get the rtpcr test done. Pls do confirm

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Harish! Only negative RT-PCR test result is acceptable from international arrivals at Indian airports.

      Reply
  178. Dee sarkar

    I will be traveling from DTW-EWR-DEL on 2/24. My second dose of moderna vaccine will be completed on 2/20. I plan to stay in Delhi for a few days and travel to my final destination of Calcutta on 3/1. The ticket will be booked as one journey.
    I understand that I will need a RT-PCR test within 72 hours of leaving DTW. Will I need another test before flying DEL-CCU?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Doel! You may not need another COVID test before flying to Kolkata from Delhi, but you may have to undergo 7-day home/self quarantine in Delhi as you will be staying in Delhi right after arrival from the USA.

      Reply
  179. Rajiv

    Hi,
    I am travelling from New Delhi to Chicago. As per the CDC guidance passengers have to submit “PASSENGER DISCLOSURE AND ATTESTATION TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”. Is this disclosure passenger have to carry/ bring with them OR airlines will provide such disclosure to passengers to sign it.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajiv! The airline will either send you the disclosure form or give it to you at the exit airport in India.

      Reply
  180. Monica

    Hi, my parents are traveling from JFK, New York to Delhi and connecting to Jaipur. They plan to take covid test in US 72 hours before boarding. My father’s flight is from JFK to DELHI and we booked a separate flight to Jaipur same day (6 hours gap). My mother’s flight is booked from JFK to JAIPUR under one PNR. while both of them are booked for same domestic flight to Jaipur, my father’s flights are 2 bookings one international and one domestic. My questions are:
    1. Just in case their result from covid test in US doesn’t come in time, willDelhi airport test them or Jaipur airport?Also, are they testing asymptomatic people also?
    2. Will both of them be allowed to go together for their connecting flight together or through separate security lines as my mother has US to Jaipur flight but my father is taking domestic flight from Delhi to Jaipur

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Monica! There is no COVID testing facility at Jaipur Airport. They must have a negative RT-PCR test result to continue their travel from Delhi Airport. If the test result comes by the time they arrive at Delhi Airport, you can send it to your father’s email and he can show it to the officials at the airport. In case the test result is delayed further, they will have to take a COVID test at Delhi Airport, for which 6-hr layover may not be sufficient. Coming to your second question, we don’t think there will be separate lines for them since they have the same destination.

      Reply
      • Monica

        Thanks fir replying. I have 2 scenario based questions:
        1. If my father is quarantined by Delhi airport, my Mom will not take her connecting flight to Jaipur, but her luggage will be sent to Jaipur since it will be checked in at JFK for Jaipur. Is there a possibility of it getting lost at Jaipur airport if she arrives after a week with my father?
        2. If they quarantine my mother in Delhi, will they give her luggage to her in Delhi?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Monica! We are not much knowledgeable about baggage loss or misplacement. If your mother is quarantine in Delhi, she will be handed over her luggage at Delhi Airport.

          Reply
  181. Shyam

    Hi,

    If we are travelling to Ahmedabad in April from London, and we take a PCR test from London within 72 hours of travel, will we be exempt from any type of quarantine? And also are we supposed to uploaded the negative test certificate online or show it once we arrive there?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shyam! As per the current norms, international travelers need to upload the negative RT-PCR test results on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure. In case the test result comes late and you are not able to upload online, you can carry and show the hard copy upon arrival. Please note the scenario may change in April.

      Reply
  182. Ravi Bhagwat

    Hello, My brother is travelling from London(UK) to Mumbai. Does all UK passengers need 7 day institutional quarantine even if tested negative with RT-PCR test at Mumbai Airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! All travelers from the UK are subject to mandatory institutional quarantine and COVID testing in Mumbai until further notice.

      Reply
  183. Gaurav

    Hi, can i get back at delhi airport from maldives without pre booking pcr test online and after arrival i will book at the counter at delhi airport. If maldives immi. Ask me about pcr test what i have to tell about pcr test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gaurav! Please check with the airline whether you will be allowed to board and travel without a negative RT-PCR test result. If yes, you can take a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  184. CP

    I am traveling from New York (EWR) to Bhubaneswar via Delhi along with my son who is 4 years old. Do I do home quarantine at Bhubaneswar ? Am i automatically exempted ?

    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.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi CP! Bhubaneswar is not your first port of entry; hence, you must have a negative COVID result to travel further from Delhi Airport. The 4-year-old may not need any COVID test, if he is asymptomatic, to board flight to Odisha from Delhi.

      Reply
  185. Gurjeet

    Do I need negative RT PCR for departing Delhi to USA? Can I get my RT PCR test done before arriving to Delhi airport or it has to be done at airport for flight from Delhi to USA. Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gurjeet! You must have a negative RT-PCR test result at the time of checking in at Delhi Airport for the US flight.

      Reply
  186. Rosh

    Hi,
    I am travelling from Vancouver to Delhi and then onwards to Pune. I will be taking my COVID test 72hours prior to flying to Delhi. Will I have to take another test at Delhi airport before boarding my flight to Pune or will the test I carry with me from Vancouver be suffient to board my domestic connection?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rosh! Only travelers from the UK are required to undergo a COVID test upon arrival at Delhi airport. If you are asymptomatic, your pre-departure negative test result will be sufficient to help you continue your travel from Delhi.

      Reply
  187. Tushar

    I will be traveling from Berlin- Frankfurt – Delhi in last week of February. I plan to take covid 19 test at Delhi airport. I have some question regarding application for quarantine exemption. Which option Is should opt for exemption category, as I plan to take test after arrival at Delhi. I will take domestic connecting flight after receiving rt oce results from delhi airport.

    Reply
  188. Astha Agarwal

    We (two adults, one 6-month old child, one 6-year old child) are traveling from Washington DC to New Delhi. We will exit T3 and have no other connecting flights. Would appreciate any clarity from this forum on:
    1. If Covid tests are needed for all of us?
    2. If Covid tests are needed only for the adults?
    3. Or, if our family can get exempt from providing any Covid test results?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Astha! As per the norms, you are eligible for exemption from COVID testing on grounds of traveling with kids below 10 years. If you don’t have onward domestic air travel plans and take private transport from Delhi Airport, you don’t need an RT-PCR test. In case, COVID testing is mandatory for adult international travelers, you (only the adults) can go for it upon arrival at Delhi Airport. Please note you need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha in order to be exempted from COVID testing.

      Reply
  189. Nikesh

    Hi , I am travelling from London to Patna via Delhi. The layover time in New delhi T3 is 7 Hours. Is it sufficient to get the RT/PCR test result in 7 hours.

    Please note I am travelling with RT/PCR test result within 72 hours of travel date.

    Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nikesh! All travelers from the UK are subject to mandatory COVID testing upon arrival at Delhi Airport, irrespective of their negative RT-PCR test results from the UK. A 7-hr layover may be enough given the rush of international arrivals on a given day. Make sure to book a slot for your COVID test in advance.

      Reply
  190. Saurabh

    Hi,
    I have 4 year old twins and we are travelling from Dublin to Delhi via Emirates very soon. Emirates doesnt ask for covid test report for kids less than 10 yrs. Is PCR test mandatory for kids of 4 yrs of age at delhi airport.

    Please confirm.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saurabh! Usually, all travelers flying to Delhi from the UK must have a negative RT-PCR test result. If Emirates onboards your kids without a negative RT-PCR test report, you can travel to Delhi without any hassle. If you find upon arrival at Delhi Airport that COVID testing is mandatory for the kids too, you can get them tested at the airport. Please note you need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha within 3 days prior to undertaking your journey from Dublin.

      Reply
  191. Ashish

    Hi,
    I am travelling from Dallas to Chicago to New Delhi. Dallas to Chicago flights are on 03/01, while Chicago to Delhi is on 03/02. I am traveling with 2 kids ( 2 Yrs, 8 Yrs). I am planning to have RT PCR test on 02/28,. I may or may not get RT-PCR test result by the time i board flight. All Labs have standard response for test result that is 72 Hrs or more.

    Do AirIndia allow passenger to board flight without Covid Test result ?
    What happen if i did not get my Covid Test result by the time i land in Delhi ?
    Any one in this forum travelled from Dallas can guide where to take RT-PCR test for timely result.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ashish! You and your kids can board Air India without a negative RT-PCR test result. If you receive the test report in your email inbox by the time you land at Delhi, you can show it to the officials at Delhi Airport. Or else, you have the option to take a COVID test at Delhi Airport. Please note COVID testing is not mandatory for kids under 10 years if there is no further domestic air travel from Delhi. Make sure the RT-PCR test report has a valid stamp/signature from the testing lab in Dallas.

      Reply
  192. Tarsem Singh

    Can you use Delhi airport Covid-19 testing facility before departing to USA from Delhi ?

    Reply
  193. Pankaj Kandhari

    Hi My Parents have taken two dose of Pfizer vaccine, they will be travelling from JFK to Amritsar (via Delhi). Do they still need to have COVID negative testing even if they have taken the vaccine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pankaj! The government of India has not yet issued any relaxation for vaccinated international travelers. Hence, Having a negative RT-PCR test report is the only way to avoid institutional experience.

      Reply
  194. Karthikeyan

    I am planning to travel to Bangalore from UK(London) in March month. Is it possible to prebook for the on arrival COVID test in the bangalore airport? Also please confirm whether PCR test result is accepted or do I need to take RT-PCR test in specific? I am not sure what’s the difference between them but seeing these references in different places and got confused whether PCR test is allowed.

    Reply
  195. mangesh

    I have done a new booking departing Frankfurt and arriving in Delhi Terminal 3 on Sunday 21st March by LH 760 at 01.50. According to the New SOP issued by Ministry of Health with effect from 22nd Feb 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. 
    What I am not sure is whether I can board the connecting flight soon (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.

    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
  196. Prasad

    Our flights are 11 March Kansas city- Chicago- Delhi- Pune
    Kansas city departure is 11 March at 8.09 AM
    Chicago Departure is 11 March at 6.25 PM
    Questions are
    1) As per Indian Govt rules we need to take RT-PCR test 72 hours before departure.
    In our case 72 hours – before Kansas city departure or Chicago departure ?
    Is it OK if we do the test on 8th March at around 8 AM to 2 PM as per the appointment we get. ?
    Or do we need to do on 9th March? In this case not sure if we can get report by 10th March evening.

    How to follow procedures if we do not get report by 10th March evening?

    2) We arrive at Delhi on 12 March at 8.10 PM
    Next connecting flight Delhi to Pune is on 13 March at 6.30 AM
    Do we need to do Covid test at Delhi airport for travel to Pune?
    or do we need to do test at Pune airport arrival?
    Or second test not needed at all?

    3) After arriving at Pune airport , are we allowed to go to home directly ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Prasad! You need to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Kansas City. You can upload the test report onto Air Suvidha just before your departure from Kansas City. You don’t need another COVID test to travel to Pune or upon arrival at Pune Airport. Travelers from the US are not subject to institutional quarantine in Pune.

      Reply
      • VIJAY KUMAR RAJENDRAN

        mine is a similar case, upon arrrival in chennai my rt pcr test valdity of 72 hrs will be already over, do i need to take another pcr test at chennai if i have flight the next day to andaman >?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Vijay! The validity of the RT-PCR test report has nothing to do with your arrival in India. What matters whether you took the RT-PCR test within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from the first port of departure. For instance, you took the test at 4 p.m. on Feb 24 and you are scheduled to take the first flight at 6 p.m. on Feb 27. It means that you took the test outside 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure flight; hence the report will be considered invalid and you will be denied boarding.

          Reply
      • Prasad

        With reference to my queries here, I would like to share my experience
        My United airlines flights from Kansas to Chicago was on 11th March morning. We did Covid test (only RT-PCR valid ) on 8th Mar morning. Got report on 9th evening. Filled self declaration form (SDF) on Arogya Suvidha and uploaded Covid negative report. Within 10-20 sec received email SDF accepted. At first flight ( Kansas city to Chicago) my negative report was checked and then only all boarding passes issued. While boarding flight to Delhi from Chicago , again Covid report, SDF form and Arogya setup app on phone were checked. After arriving at Delhi on 12 March 8 PM- I was just asked if I have negative report and SDF. No document checked. We took next flight Delhi to Pune on 13 March 6.30 AM. After landing at Pune they asked if I came from Delhi or via Delhi from which country. When told – from US, I was told to exit. Thus your RT-PCR test report is valid for taking any connecting domestic flight in India. No home quarantine was told. No stamp on hand. It was smooth travel experience. All flights 100% full. Had put on KN 95 mask while on board else regular mask during travel Please make sure that your covid report mentions RT-PCR. In my case it was SARS Covid-19 NAA report. In description it said NAA includes RT-PCR.

        Reply
  197. Venki

    Hello
    Thank you for all of the input and guidance provided to date. Really appreciate it. I fly from Washington DC to Chennai via Doha on 02/24 reaching Chennai on 02/26 morning. If I have taken a RT-PCR test in US and have uploaded the negative result on the needed Air Suvidha portal, will I be asked to take another RT-PCR test in Chennai on arrival? I heard that a new SOP has been implemented as of 02/22 by the Govt of India. Please advise. Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Venki! Since you will be traveling via the Middle East, you may be asked to provide your swab sample upon arrival at Chennai Airport. However, don’t worry. You will be allowed to exit the airport after giving the swab sample.

      Reply
  198. Abhi

    Hi,

    I am unable to find information regarding on arrival tests (in Chennai). Is there a way to book the test online?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Abhi! As of now, there is no online booking facility for COVID testing at Chennai Airport.

      Reply
  199. NavNav

    Hi,
    I need a information. If I take a PCR test with negative result from London and land directly to Mumbai or Chennai or Bangalore, am I required to take another PCR test? If yes, how long it will take to get the result from airport please

    Thanks!!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi NavNav! All travelers from the UK, Brazil and South Africa are subject to mandatory molecular testing upon arrival, irrespective of the airport – Mumbai, Chennai, or Bengaluru. It may take up to 8 hours. Four your information, Mumbai has compulsory institutional quarantine for travelers from the UK.

      Reply
  200. Shruti Shah

    Hi I would like to know about directly landing at ahmedabad from London. Do I need to get pcr negative from UK or will they do one on landing? What is the quarantine process? Can I home quarantine for 14 days?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shruti! Taking an RT-PCR test and uploading the report onto Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey is now mandatory for all international arrivals. Yes, home quarantine will apply to you.

      Reply
  201. Kushagra Sinha

    We took 2 COVID tests on Monday (02/22) and still have not got our results back. Our flight is scheduled tonight (02/24 – EWR-DEL). The new rule is completely illogical. No provider in the US are giving back the results within 72 hours. We have been constantly following up and they keep saying the result is pending. How can we ever fly?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Kushagra! We wish we could help you with this. Please let us know whether you received the report on time and were able to travel.

      Reply
  202. VIJAY KUMAR

    hi my cousin is travelling from singapore to Chennai on 27th feb, and validity for his rt pcr test he has taken on 25th at 11am will expire in 72 hours.. will it be valid through to travel to andaman if he has a flight on 28th feb 2pm ? cause another test wont be possible within 24hrs at chennai airport ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neil! Yes, you need to take an RT-PCR test because the government of India has not yet come up with relaxation/exemption for vaccinated travelers.

      Reply
  203. Ruby

    Hi,
    I will be traveling to India on 4 March, BTV-EWR-DEL (same airline) and then on a separate ticket continuing on to IXL:
    1. BTV- EWR 11am 4 March
    2. EWR- DEL 9pm arriving 5 March
    3. Continuing on a separate ticket on SpiceJet at 7 am 5 March to IXL

    Given the 72 hour rule for RTPCR and the previous comments, it seems like I will need a negative test within 72 hours of departing BTV. Is that correct?
    Once I have landed in Delhi, will I need to get tested again to meet the 72 hour state requirement in Ladakh because I have a separate ticket, or will my results from my USA point of origin be accepted?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ruby! You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your flight from BTV. If the negative RT-PCR test report is older than 72 hours by the time you will reach Ladakh, you need to get tested to meet Ladakh’s entry requirement.

      Reply
      • Ruby

        Thank you. Is this something I could schedule and receive during my layover at the Delhi airport?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Ruby! If you wish to get a fresh negative COVID report before traveling to Ladakh, you can schedule a test for you on the website of Delhi Airport.

          Reply
  204. Neetu

    Hi,
    I will be traveling to India on 9th April. Is it possible I can have my COVID test at delhi airport?Or I won’t be allowed to board without COVID test results?
    Last time in November I had my results when I landed in Delhi. Practically at time of boarding I was not having any COVID results.
    I am vaccinated now.

    Thanks
    Neetu

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Neetu! According to the new guidelines with effect on Feb 23, all international travelers flying into India have to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

      Reply
  205. Manoj Gupta

    I am traveling from Wshington to Delhi with 9 year old kid. CVS does RT-PCR for 12+ only. I can find Walgreens doing RT-PCR for 2+. Is Wagreens RT-PCR acceptable for India travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manoj! Negative RT-PCR reports with a valid signature/stamp from authorized labs, including Walgreens are acceptable in India.

      Reply
  206. Aliya patel

    HELLO
    I am traveling with 2 kids under 10 years old. my travel from Chicago to Ahmadabad with Ethiad airways. I will have 72 hours per test before travel and upload on arogya app and get exemption . do I have to give sample or take test again at arrival in Gujrat Ahmadabad airport. This flight transit from Abu dhbhai middle east . thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Aliya! You need to upload the negative RT-PCR test report of yours and your kids’ onto Air Suvidha (a section of Delhi Airport website), not on Arogya Setu app. Upon arrival at AMD airport, the kids and you will have to give the swab sample for a molecular test. You will able to exit the airport without having to wait for the test result, which will be communicated to you via email or over the phone.

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Aliya! The new guidelines require even kids to give their swab sample upon arrival. There is no age-based exemption.

          Reply
  207. Manoj Gupta

    Hello,

    I am traveling from Washington DC to Delhi via Air India flight on March 14th. I am planning to take RT-PCR on 11 March from Walgreens in Greensboro North Carolina. Please confirm if RT-PCR from Walgreens is acceptable, or do we have to take from any specific location. Walgreens have laboratory partners Aegis Sciences and LabCorp’s in partnership with the PWNHealth provider network.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manoj! As far as we know, RT-PCR reports from Walgreens are acceptable. Do make sure that the reports have your full name, DOB, the time of the sample taken, the name of the test and a valid signature/stamp from the lab.

      Reply
  208. Aneesh S P

    Hi, I am travelling with my two kids(age below 10) from Frankfurt to Trivandrum with transit at Delhi and the flight was booked before new travel rules, due to which transit time is 4 hours only to travel to Trivandrum, do i need to change my flight as transit travellers need to wait for 6-8 hours for the rtpcr test done at Delhi airport?

    Reply
  209. Ami

    My parents are flying from Dallas to New Delhi via Qatar airways. We plan to get their RT PCR test done within 72 hours before departure. They are vaccinated as well. Do they need to retake test at Delhi airport? And how about the quarantine?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ami! They will give their swab sample for a molecular test at Delhi Airport and be allowed to exit the airport. The test result will be communicated to them later on. According to the new rules, they are supposed to be advised self-monitoring of health for 14 days.

      Reply
  210. Milan Shah

    My parents are traveling from Houston to Ahmedabad via Qatar airways. Do they need to take another test at Ahmedabad airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Milan! They will have to give their swab samples for a molecular test upon arrival at Ahmedabad Airport. But they will be allowed to exit the airport without waiting for the result.

      Reply
  211. Sandeep Yadav

    Hello Ma’am, Sir,

    My mother in law(69 Age) is travelling from Delhi to Chicago airport next month. I want to know anyone(my yonger brother) is allowed to come inside the airport with her and get her tested for CT PCR test? she has mobility issue.

    Please assist.
    Thanks,
    Sandeep

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandeep! As per the rules, she should take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of her scheduled flight from Delhi Airport. As far as we know, there is no COVID testing facility at Delhi Airport for outbound international travelers.

      Reply
  212. Bhamini

    Hi,

    I have family travelling from Johannesburg to Ahmedabad. Do they need to take a PCR test upon arrival in Ahmedabad? If so can this be booked online prior to deparure?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bhamini! Yes, they need to take a molecular test at Ahmedabad Airport upon arrival. There is yet no provision to book the test online.

      Reply
  213. Faiza

    Hi,

    I am planning to travel from Frankfurt to Darbhanga via New Delhi on 25th March 2021.
    I will be having RT-PCR test done within 72 hours from the departure.

    My question is– to board my next domestic flight from New Delhi to Darbhanga , do I need to wait for the results ?
    The transit time is just 3 hours. So please let me know if I just have to give the sample or also wait for the results?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Faiza! You will be allowed to take the connecting flight without having to wait for the result of molecular test at Delhi Airport.

      Reply
  214. Sanchit

    Thanks for the article. Helped a lot but i still have a few questions.

    1. Is there a particular type of RT-PCR test that is specially needed?(saliva based/nasopharyngeal etc)
    any info/links you could share about this?

    2. Even after a negative RT-PCR test is home quarantine needed right now?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sanchit! May we know where you are traveling to and from, so that we can give a definite answer?

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Sanchit! If you fly into Delhi directly from Tokyo with a negative pre-arrival RT-PCR report, you will be advised only self-monitoring of health for 14 days.

          Reply
          • Sanchit Dhami

            Sorry to trouble you again and again.
            I will be transiting via dubai.
            Tokyo-dubai-delhi
            Is a covid test compulsory at the airport?

  215. Paddy

    Hi there I have a flight from London to Chennai via Mumbai (connection time of 8 hours). I will do a RT-PCR 72 hours before boarding and fill the SDF on Air suvidha portal. Where will I do COVID test when I land in India. Is it at Mumbai airport before taking a flight to Chennai. Do I also have to do a Covid test at Chennai airport?
    Also how long does it take to get approval after submitting the SDF on Air suvidha portal.
    Could you please clarify.
    Many thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Paddy! You will have to give your swab sample for a molecular test at Mumbai Airport upon arrival. As per Tamil Nadu’s policy, you may need to give your swab sample upon arrival at Chennai Airport too. It may take up a few hours for SDF to get approval on Air Suvidha.

      Reply
  216. Kannan

    Hi Indian eagle team,

    I am travelling to Chennai by end of March 2021 from USA and I heard Chennai airport has some quarantine requirements recently for travelers from USA as well ? Will they do COVID testing at Chennai airport eventhough we have negative RT-PCR report before travel to Chennai(i.e before 72 hours) ?

    Incase they do any COVID testing, will they ask us to wait/quarantine for some number of days until we get the COVID testing results ?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Kannan

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kannan! You will be required to take a molecular test at Chennai Airport despite your pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report. However, you will be allowed to exit the airport without having to wait for the test result which will be communicated to you via email or over phone.

      Reply
  217. Shraddha

    Hi , I am planning to visit India from HK next month along with my 3 year old.I have recovered from covid and can share documentary proofs as well. Do I still need to do the covid test before departure ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shraddha! All international travelers must carry a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72-hours before departure.

      Reply
  218. Sarthak

    Hello,

    I will be travelling from Edinburgh to Bangalore (via London) on British airways(BA).
    If I get a saliva based RT-PCR test done 72 hours before my travel, will it be acceptable at bangalore airport/British airways?
    Although I am aware of on arrival swab based RT-PCR testing at Bangalore, not sure if my previous saliva based RT-PCR will be accepted. Please help me confirm the same.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sarthak! We’re not sure whether a saliva-based negative RT-PCR report is required. Please be advised to check with the consulate/embassy or the airline.

      Reply
      • Sarthak

        Thanks for the response. Is there any specific guideline that only swab based PCR test is needed? Or we can get saliva-based PCR too?
        Is there any consulate contact information that can be messaged regarding this?
        Please let me know if you have any direct contact information.

        Thank you

        Reply
  219. VIKRAM

    Traveling from sharjah, UAE to Jaipur on 18th March 2021, Do Jaipur airport required test on arrival or we can go out with RT PCR negative results from UAE within 72 hrs. What are latest requirements at Jaipur airport.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vikram! All travelers from the Middle East, Europe, Brazil and South Africa have to take a molecular test upon arrival at the entry airport in India.

      Reply
  220. Priya Patel

    Hi, I will be arriving at Delhi Airport from the UK. I will do a RT-PCR test 72 hours before boarding from the UK. When I arrive at Delhi Airport, I will be required to do another molecular pcr test which takes 6 to 8 hours to give results. I’m currently 5 months pregnant and want to know if there is a facility for resting or a hotel where I can wait until I get the pcr results? I will not be able to sit on a hard chair for 6 to 8 hours due to my condition. So can you please tell me if there are any sleeping lounges or hotels where I can wait until I get the results? Thanks in advance for your help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priya! Delhi Airport has a dedicated lounge for inbound travelers waiting for the result of their COVID test. Please note the lounge is payable.

      Reply
  221. suma

    Hi,I am planning to travel from Dubai to Bangalore on 25th march 2021 for one week only. I have completed my Pfizer 2nd dose vaccine 45 days back, Except PCR negative result from DUBAI ,what are the other documents needed?If it is return journey lesser than 7 days,do I need quarantine? Can I take PCR test from Bangalore airport the same day before travel to Dubai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Suma! You will need to show your confirmed return tickets to the authorities at Bangalore Airport to seek exemption from quarantine. Other than a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours from departure in Dubai, you also need to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal. You will require a COVID test report according to Dubai’s entry requirements.

      Reply
  222. Younus

    Hi,
    My parents are travelling from Toronto To Ahmedabad via Abu-Dhabi in first week of April.
    They will be doing their COVID-19 PCR test before 72 hours before flight departure.
    Do they have to do COVID-19 PCR test at Ahmedabad and wait for the results?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Younus! Your parents will be required to submit their swab samples for a molecular test upon arrival at Ahmedabad Airport. They can exit the airport without having to wait for the results.

      Reply
  223. Sangita

    Hi , I plan to travel to mumbai from Singapore soon.With the recent announcement on waiver of quarantine for people with two does of vaccine, would RT-PCR test before departure be required?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sangita! The advisory issued by Municipal Corporation of Mumbai does not throw any light on whether a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report is required for vaccinated travelers.

      Reply
  224. Ritu

    Hi,
    My parents have a flight from Dallas to Delhi (via Dubai) next week. I see on the delhi airport page that passengers travelling / transiting through middle east countries need to have Mandatory covid molecule test (self paid) at delhi airport, along with representing negative PCR test report from origin. My question is –
    1. How much it costs?
    2. How long it takes to get the result?
    3. Is it mandatory for senior citizens/minors?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ritu! Molecular test on arrival at Delhi Airport costs around Rs. 800-1000 per individual and is mandatory. Your parents can exit the airport after submitting their swab sample for molecular test.

      Reply
  225. Sundar

    Hello – I am traveling from EU to Bengaluru with a 2 year old. Do I need a PCR test for kid also ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sundar! All international arrivals to India are required to carry a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test report irrespective of their age.

      Reply
  226. kapil

    I am travelling from USA to Delhi and then domestic connecting flight to Pune. I will do 72 hours COVID test in advance. Do I still need to do on arrival test at Delhi and wait for results before boarding flight to Pune? How many hours should I keep between connecting flight to avoid missing flight because not getting results.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kapil! If you are arriving on a direct or non-stop flight from the US to Delhi, you won’t have to undergo a molecular test at Delhi Airport upon arrival, given you have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test report and you are asymptomatic.

      Reply
      • kapil

        Tx for quick reply.

        Just to further clarify / verify. After Delhi, I have a connecting flight to Pune. So before boarding to Pune flight, don’t I need test before boarding to Pune flight?

        Because when I called Pune airport, they said – Delhi airport will do test at arrival. I tried to call Delhi airport, but I didn’t have luck connecting with them.

        Reply
  227. kapil

    I am travelling from USA to Mumba and then drive to Pune. I will have 72 hours COVID test in advance. I will not have domestic flight. In this case also, do I need to do on arrival test at Mumbai and wait for results before leaving the airport?

    How many hours it take for test at Mumbai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kapil! If you are arriving on a direct or non-stop flight from the US to Mumbai, you won’t have to undergo a molecular test at Mumbai Airport upon arrival, given you have a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test report and you are asymptomatic.

      Reply
  228. KP

    Hi
    I am flying from London to Mumbai/New delhi on the 31st of March
    Would i need to get the PCR test done on either of the airports if i previously have a negatuve RTPCR test result from a facility in the uk (72 hours prior to flying).

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi KP! Yes, you will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test at Mumbai/Delhi Airport upon arrival, despite having a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report.

      Reply
  229. Tarun

    Hi!

    I will be traveling from LA to Amsterdam (lay over) to Delhi in April.

    I realize I will have to submit my negative PCR test before hand and on arrival at Delhi Airport I have to go through confirmatory molecular covid test.

    I will be exiting at Delhi Airport.

    How long do I need to wait for confirmatory molecular covid test results to come?
    How much it cost?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tarun! The cost of molecular test at Delhi Airport is around INR 800-1000 per person and takes at least 10 hours to get the result.

      Reply
      • Tarun

        Do I need to wait at the airport till the test results are received or I can leave?

        I will be exiting at Delhi airport and does not have any connecting flights.

        Reply
  230. Natasha

    Hello, when flying from Mumbai to Toronto via Delhi, would having covid test done from Mumbai 48 hours before be accepted at Delhi airport? I recently heard otherwise and want to confirm if thats true

    Reply
  231. Richa Lodha

    Hello, I will be travelling from Dubai to Delhi and on to Nashik. Do i need to get another test done at the Delhi airport, even if i have a negative PCR test with me. If yes, how much time will it need so I can book my connecting flight accordingly.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Richa! Yes, you will have to undergo a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport despite having a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report. The test result takes a minimum of 10 hours to arrive.

      Reply
  232. Manny

    Hello,
    I am traveling from SFO -DOH-DEL on 4th April and getting to Delhi at 1:30 AM.
    Do i need to take the molecular test after I land in Delhi even after uploading my negative test result on Air Suvidha portal?
    Also if i need to take the test, do i need to wait for the result or i can leave the airport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manny! You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport despite having a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report. You can exit the airport without having to wait for the result.

      Reply
  233. Younus

    Hi,
    Can you please clarify regarding below article in Indian newspaper
    – The Indian government announced on Tuesday that it has extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flights till April 30, 2021.
    Then which flights are flying to India now?
    Thanks
    Younus

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Younus! All flights which come under the air bubble agreement and under Vande Bharat Mission are still operating. May we know from which place do you want to come to India?

      Reply
      • Younus

        Thanks for your reply.
        My parents flights is from Toronto To Ahmedabad via Abu-Dhabi.
        Does it come under the air bubble agreement and under Vande Bharat Mission ?
        Thanks
        Younus

        Reply
  234. Anand

    Hi,
    I am travelling to Chennai from USA via Doha. I have a connecting flight in Doha. I already uploaded negative pcr result to air suvidha. Do I still need to get PCR test done upon arrival at Chennai airport?

    Thanks
    Anand

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anand! On arrival at Chennai Airport, you just need to give your swab sample for a test and exit the airport.

      Reply
      • Vetri

        How do i pay for the covid19 test in chennai airport?
        Is there any option for online payment?

        Reply
  235. Adben

    Hello,

    I am travelling from UK to Mumbai/mumbai on 9th april. Do we need to fill air suvidha SDF form and upload negative pcr test at the same time or I can update the SDF form and request exemption before 72 hours and then upload test results later but before boarding the flight. Also I will be travelling with pregnant wife and a 4 yr kid .Will we get priority in delhi/mumbai airport for vividh testing if we have a transit flight to nagpur after 7.30 hrs.

    Also my final destination is nagpur in MH, so considering existing rules and travelling with pregnant wife and 4 year kid, which airport is more suitable to land Delhi or Mumbai

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Adben! Traveling via Delhi and traveling via Mumbai are more or less the same for you. On arrival at either airport, you and your family will have to take a molecular test and wait for the result at the airport. Only after confirmation of the negative result of all of you, you will be able to travel to the final destination, Nagpur. As per the rules that took effect on February 23, you need to upload the negative RT-PCR test report after submission of a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to traveling from the UK.

      Reply
      • Adben

        Hello,

        Delhi airport website not allowing to book rt pcr for my 4 year old daughter.Its showing that testing is only done for 5+ years. The guidelines says covid test mandatory for all, but not able to book it for my daughter. Also do we require to fill any exemption form as I am travelling with kids less than 10 years or exemption is only required if arriving without negative pcr due to demise of family member

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Adben! You don’t need to book a test for your kid. Also, exemption is only in case of death in the family.

          Reply
  236. Darshan

    Hi I have a flight from Goa to Ahmedabad airport on 6th April. Do Goa airport will ask me RT PCR report before Departure or else i need to show at Ahmedabad airport ??

    Reply
  237. Samuel Perrera

    Hello, I am travelling from US to Delhi via Amsterdam, I am planning to get my RT PCR test done and upload it to government portal. I have connecting flight to Ahmedabad from Delhi in few hours, would covid test be conducted again on arrival? Do i need to wait for results from airport testing before i am allowed to board flight to Ahmedabad? Thanks in Advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Samuel! Yes, you will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport. You can take your connecting flight to Ahmedabad without having to wait for the result.

      Reply
  238. Ramkumar

    Hi,

    Will they take RT-PCR test for infants as well in destination airports in India those who coming from abroad(UK) ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ramkumar! Yes, a molecular test on arrival is mandatory for all travelers coming to India from UK, irrespective of age.

      Reply
  239. MS

    Hi,

    I’m traveling from USA to Bengaluru Air India direct flight on Tuesday Apr 13th Departure time – 9:30 PM. The only available COVID-19 RT PCR testing is available on Saturday Apr 10 – 4:15 PM. Will this be considered as violating the 72 hour limit and hence an invalid test?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Madhuri! If your negative RT-PCR report is older than 72 hours before departure, it will violate the guidelines laid down by the Indian government. Please be advised to check with the airline.

      Reply
  240. Sumit

    Do they allow to board the United flight without RT PCR test and can I just show booking for RT PCR which is to be done at mumbai airport ? ( I am traveling from Detroit-Newark-Mumbai)

    I am a mumbai resident if I do 600 Rs test will I be allowed to go home early or do I have to express test Rs 4500 ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sumit! As per the current guidelines, it is mandatory for all international travelers arriving in India to carry a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure.

      Reply
  241. Hanna

    Hello! I’m planning to go to Mumbai. As I’ve understood I need to fill in the SDF and submit it “at least 72 hours” before the departure. How can I submit it if it the RT-PCR test I’m going to do later, as I have connecting flight.
    Minsk-Dubai-Mumbai.
    Aslo one question, do I need to do RT-PCR test in Dubai again if the test from Belarus is still valid for boarding for the next flight to Mumbai?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Hanna! You are required to fill out the self-declaration form and upload the negative report together. You need not take another test in Dubai.

      Reply
  242. Tushar K Ghosh

    Hello;
    We plan to travel from US to Delhi via LHR. We are just transiting in London. We also have to fly to CCU form DEL on a separate ticket taking a flight that leaves in 4 hours after arival to DEL. Would we be considered the same as form flying form UK. Do we have to be tested in DEL before continuing to CCU. We are vaccinated already and plan to take the RT PCR test the day before we leave the US. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tushar! The government of Delhi has not yet issued any relaxation for vaccinated international arrivals. You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Delhi Airport and wait for the result, despite having a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure. Only if you test negative, you will be allowed to take your connecting flight to CCU.

      Reply
  243. Shell

    Need guidance and suggestions, me and my wife are planning to travel in first week of June from
    San Francisco to Doha to Mumbai.
    As per current guidelines we need negative RT-PCR report 72 hours before boarding, fill self declaration form,
    fill exemption.
    now question is as we are just transiting through Doha (Middle East) is it mandatory to get a molecular test at Mumbai Airport.?
    if yes then how much time does it take to get results.? as we then have to book flight forward from Mumbai to another state.

    Direct flights are costing arm & leg, thus thinking for Qatar airways.
    Please provide guidance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shell! If you are traveling to Mumbai via Doha and your final destination is outside of Maharashtra, you will be allowed to take your connecting flight after submitting your swab sample for a molecular test on arrival at Mumbai Airport. You need not wait for the result.

      Reply
  244. Aplusm

    I have been vaccinated in the US. Do I still need to post a negative test result before flying from Newark to Mumbai direct flight.

    Reply

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