Tamil Nadu’s regulations for international travelers flying into Chennai are aligned with Indian Government’s current guidelines for international arrivals. Traveling to Chennai is now as normal as the pre-pandemic times. Neither vaccination nor pre-arrival RT-PCR testing is mandatory, except for travelers from five countries: China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Recently, India has taken some precautionary measures including post-arrival random testing in view of the new Omicron subvariant causing a COVID-19 wave in China and other neighboring countries.
I am traveling to Chennai. Do I need to fill out an Air Suvidha form?
Currently, Air Suvidha is mandatory only for travelers from China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. If you’re taking flights to Chennai from USA, Canada, the UK, the UAE and other countries, you don’t need to fill out an Air Suvidha form. Actually, the government of India removed Air Suvidha, effective from November 21, for inbound travelers from most of the countries.
I booked my travel to Chennai from USA. Do I need to take an RT-PCR test?
Starting from 21 November 2022, neither full-vaccination nor RT-PCR testing is mandatory for traveling to India. If you’re fully-vaccinated, make sure to carry your vaccination certificate. Indian government strongly recommends, “All travelers should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination in their country of citizenship or residence.” Whether you are vaccinated or not, pre-departure RT-PCR testing is not mandatory, except for travelers from China, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Can I travel to India via Europe or the Middle East without an RT-PCR test?
You can. Neither European nations nor the Middle East countries require negative COVID-19 certificates for the transit of travelers from the United States. You must be asymptomatic. On top of that, your full-vaccination certificate will make international transit hassle-free. We will keep you posted through this article if India, the UK, EU nations, or the Middle East countries make RT-PCR testing mandatory for international transit travelers.
What’s the post-arrival procedure at Chennai MAA Airport for inbound travelers?
The post-arrival procedure at Chennai International Airport is complaint with the government of India’s guidelines for international arrivals. All international travelers from abroad undergo thermal screening and pulse oximeter reading on arrival in Chennai. If any of them is found symptomatic of COVID-19, she/he will be isolated and tested. If you test positive, you will be shifted to a designated medical facility.
Only 2% of the total passengers of an inbound flight are subject to post-arrival random testing at Chennai MAA and other airports. Chennai-bound international airlines identify 2% of the total passengers on each flight for post-arrival random testing. If you are in the 2%, your swab samples will be collected before you exit the airport or catch a connecting domestic flight for onward travel. If your samples are found positive, it will be further sent for genomic testing. Only children under 12 years, among international arrivals, are exempt from random testing.
All travelers to Tamil Nadu from USA and other countries are advised to self-monitor their health. They should contact the nearest medical facility or call the National helpline number 1075/the state helpline number if they experience symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
COVID-19 testing at Chennai MAA Airport
Chennai International Airport’s COVID-testing lab charges Rs 700 per person for a regular RT-PCR test and delivers the report in 5-6 hours. The cost of a rapid RT-PCR test is Rs 3400 per traveler and the report is available within one hour of the sample collection.
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Hi im travel toronto to Chennai and Chennai to coimbatore in domestic flight Wt are the forms to submit online. In chennai im not going out. International arrival to domestic arrival change only. Do i need to give RT PCR test. Please let me kw im traveleing with 2 kids. And wt are the documents need to fill it out.
Hi Suwathika! You need to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal and also upload your negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure onto the same portal. You won’t be required to undergo another test on arrival at Chennai Airport. The pre-arrival negative RT-PCR reports are required for your kids as well. Please note you need to register on Tamil Nadu state government and obtain TN e-pass.
Are there any hotel quarantine facilities available in Chennai? If so where can I find more information. I cannot go for home quarantine. I intent to travel from UK to Chennai in a week’s time.
Hi Sankar! You can book hotel accommodation in your budget and quarantine yourself there.
UK has opened its border for India for fully UK vaccinated people. If anyone vaccinated in the UK are allowed to enter and don’t need to do home quarantine in the UK.
I’m planning to travel to India (Chennai) from UK, 2nd week of September. I will of course register all of the forms (Air Suvidha, TN form, E-pass) and also a negative RT-PCR. I’m fully vaccinated in the UK and I have travel certificate for the vaccination status.
Do I still need home quarantine in India?
Hi Nirupan! No home quarantine. You will be advised self-monitoring of health.
Can we book online for the chennai airport molecular test? We are arriving from Paris.
Can you send the link please for online booking.
Hi Ann! You don’t need to book any test online. You are needed to give your swab sample on arrival at Chennai Airport. You will be allowed to exit the airport without waiting for the test result.
Hello I wann travel to Chennai on the December 29 for iyapan temple …can I know what the requirements….I alrady have my 2 dose vacation…..do I need to quarantined
Nishan! Fully-vaccinated travelers from abroad are exempted from additional testing and quarantine in India. Make sure to upload your vaccination proof and a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha.
Hello Indian Eagle ,
Thank you so much and I really appreciate for your update on International travel. Me and my family are travelling from the UK to Chennai on 14th August 2021. I would be grateful if you could give me more information on molecular tests. Would it be possible to confirm if the Chennai airport is still doing molecular tests for UK arrivals? If yes, then where do we wait and how long does it take for us to exit the airport (I mean the waiting time for test results), please? Also do we need to book tests for children who are 5 years old and under? Regards Zhia
Hi Zhia! All UK travelers, irrespective of their age, are subject to molecular tests on arrival in India. It may take 4 to 6 hours or more to get the molecular test result at Chennai Airport.
I am travelling from UK to Mumbai and then will travel to Chennai 2 days later for a week. I am fully vaccinated and have proof as well. Will I have to do home Quarantine ?Could you please tell me what is required from my end when I enter chennai ?
Hi Kishore! The UK being your travel origin, you will be advised 7-day home quarantine.
Thank you for the quick response. I will however be leaving Chennai in 7 days – hope that’s ok ?
Hi Kishore, I’m in a similar situation but flying into Chennai first, followed by Mumbai. Was it possible to do this?
To get TN e-pass an indian mobile number is required. Not sure how that can be done before boarding the flight to India.
I am planning to travel from US to Chennai for a week. Is there a minimum stay period required?
Hi Saheli! No definite period of stay is stipulated for international travelers in Chennai.
Dear sir, madam
I could not able to get TN e-pass, since I am from Sweden and I do not have indian mobile number which is required. could you pl guide me how could I fill the TN e-pass and get that pass before boarding the flight to India from Sweden?.
Hi Venkateswarlu! You can try with your email ID.
Thanks for this useful information. You may have answered these questions elsewhere also but I still wanted to check a few things. I am traveling from Chicago, USA to Chennai and flying Qatar. I am transiting through Doha obviously. This is a 1 week trip only. I have the following information. Is this accurate?
1) I need a RT-PCT test done 72 hours before my flight departs my origin Airport in USA. I need to upload this test result through the Air Suvidha Portal.
2) I need to apply for Epass to exit the Chennai Airport on arrival. This xan be done before my flight departs the US
3) I may have to take another test on arrival at Chennai since I am transiting via Doha.
4) A minimum stay is not required and I should be able to
Return in a week to the states. Ofcourse I may have to
Take another RT-PCT test in Chennai for the return trip.
Anything else I
5) I will not be subjected to any quarantine laws in addition to this.
Hi Sandeep! Alongside uploading a negative RT-PCR report, you need to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha. As per India’s revised guidelines, you are not needed to take a test on arrival.
HI, I am flying from USA through chennai to coimbatore (just connecting from chennai to CBE and wont’ step out of Chennai airport). In the TN epass, when I find the flight info and the ticket info, should it be my leg from USA to chennai or Chennai to coimbatore (they are 2 separate tickets)
Hi Dani! You should provide the details of your international flight from USA to Chennai.
I am scheduled to fly from Seattle, WA, USA To Chennai in January, 2022. I am having problems applying for Tamil Nadu e-registration:
1) they ask for a Indian cell phone number which I do not have.
2) when I use a friend’s Indian cell phone number and complete the online application it tells me my “values” are wrong but does not specify which values. I have tried making changes to each required value but still have not been able to have them accepted.
Is it possible for US citizens, not of Indian descent to apply for e-registration yet?
Is it possible to list scheduled commercial passenger flights yet?
Is there a contact person who I can get in touch with to help me complete this application?
Thank you for your help.
I am traveling to Chennai from the US. My journey begins in LA.. LAX to SEA, SEA to DOH, DOH to MAA. Since my journey begins in LAX, should I just make sure my test is within 72 hours prior to departing from LAX? Thank you.
Hi Harish! You are required to take an RT-PCR test with 72 hours prior to departing from LAX.
We are travelling from Melbourne to Coimbatore via transit in Singapore and Srilanka.We are double vaccinated.Pls tell us the current travel advice.How long we have to isolate and COVID test information?I am looking forward your reply. Thanks.Dhivya
Hi Divya! Neither of the countries – Australia, Singapore and Sri Lanka – is among the countries at risk. If Tamil Nadu is your final destination, you are required to undergo home-quarantine for 7 days.
Hi. I will be travelling from Singapore to Chennai , late night flight and travel to Coimbatore( no immediate connecting flights so mode of travel may be by road or flight next day) . I can do home quarantine in Coimbatore and not in Chennai. Is that allowed as per current rukes
Hi Geetha! You will be able to travel to the final destination where you will undergo home-quarantine.
My flight ticket is for travel in February 2022. How long before am I expected to apply for TN ePass ? Will my application be processed more than three weeks in advance ?
Hi Rajan! You can apply for a TN e-pass within one week before your travel to India.
hi i am arriving to chennai airport from dubai and i have a connecting flight to another terminal to sri lanka is tht possible without going through immigration and do i have to take a covid test while transit in channi?
Hi! We have little idea whether the inter-terminal transfer is possible without immigration check. If you are fully vaccinated, COVID negative and asymptomatic, you are not subject to post-arrival testing at Chennai Airport unless you are selected for random testing.
Hi!, im from Srilanka.will be traveling to Chennai airport to catch my flight to shridi in couple of hours after reaching there, and returning to chennai after shridi tour. So whats are the documents that i should fill and currently SL doesnt rrquire a PCR report on arrival, so is it mendatary to take a report when departuring chennai?
Hi Vithu! If you are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic, you are not required to take an RT-PCR test for the onward travel to Chennai. We have little idea about Sri Lanka’s policy for inbound international travelers.
I am fully vaccinated Australian Citizen travelling from Australia to Chennai via Colombo.
Will be catching a domestic flight to Hyderabad from Chennai Airport
Do i need to fill TN e-Registration form to exit international airport to domestic airport to board flight to Hyderabad?
Please reply urgently
Hi Gangadhar! No TN e-pass is required.
I am trying to register on TN e-pass but its saying now its not operational . Still it is mandatory to register or no need . Please assist .
Hi Shamnas! In our knowledge, TN e-pass is not mandatory any more. Kindly be advised to check with our sources.
Hi I am going to travel from Saudi Arabia to India (Chennai) for bringing my family and on the same day can I travel to Qatar for taking quarantine for Saudi travelling is it a possible same day can I travel after reached Chennai from Saudi Arabia or am i need to taken quarantine in india
Hi Anand! You can travel back on the same day given you are carrying a negative RT-PCR report and confirmed return flight tickets. Please note Qatar requires you to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to leaving for Qatar.
Hi. I am coming from Paris to Chennai directly but my final destination is Tirupati. I am confused with the Tamilnadu e registration website, where it doesn’t allow me to write my to address as the Tirupati address. Could someone please shed the light on the procedures, thank you so much.
Hi RK! Please try with ‘NA’ in the box that asks for a TN address.
Same query from me coming from Singapore to Chennai and then Domestic to Kerala. eRegistration needs tamil nadu address amd some columns not accepting NA
Thanks for this amazing service you are providing here. A few clarifying questions
1. If my final destination is chennai (traveling from the US via Doha transit – Qatar) how long does it take roughly to give the molecular test , do customs and exit the airport?
In the past clearing customs and picking up bags for a person in business class used to take 30 mins – 1 hr.
Hi Mary! The time for the entire arrival procedure depends on the rush of international arrivals on a given day. In our knowledge, India’s revised guidelines do not require you to take a test on arrival.
Hi my Husband is traveling to India from Saudi… May I know what all the procedures followed in Airport Chennai and is there any quarantine
Hi Nadhi! Please go through the article for the guidelines for travelers arriving from a country not at risk in the article.
Hi I am fully vaccinated. I am planning to travel on 13th Jan to chennai from UAE. But again need to travel back to uae after 2 days. Is that possible ?
Hi Sathish! You will have to undergo 7-day home quarantine and take an RT-PCR test on the 8th day.
I am flying from Stockholm, Sweden to Chennai ( through layover in Dubai of 21 hours), and then from Chennai take a transit flight to Madurai. I will board the flight with a PCR test in Stockholm less than 72 hours, however do I need to take another PCR test on arrival in Chennai before taking my flight to Madurai? I have yo use TN- e pass to upload my PCR test result?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help clarifying this.
Hi Krish! All travelers from Europe are required to pre-book an RT-PCR test, take the test on arrival and wait for the report at the airport. You need the TN e-pass for travel to Tamil Nadu, not for uploading documents on Air Suvidha.
Do you need to be vaccinated to travel to Chennai from UK?
Hope you are doing good and staying safe
I badly need your suggestion ,please. Actually am travelling to Chennai in BA from London on 12th feb and reaching Chennai on 13 th feb . From Chennai i need to travel to Tirupati which is my final destination in my own car with AP registration. But in Air Suvidha portal , i have given my Tirupati address for there verification, and am fully vaccinated with vaccination pass with COVID 19 negative certificate and booked RT PCR in Chennai airport post landing. Here , my query is now am not having any address in Chennai to provide my address pertained to address related fields and those are the mandatory fields in the TN epass registration form. Hence, i could not get any epass . Do i really require this epass in this scenario. Kindly suggest.
DID YOU FIND SOLUTION? I WILL BE ARRIVING INTO MAA AIRPORT FROM USA ON 27TH FEB , THEN WILL TRAVEL TO ONGOLE IN AP. TAMILANADU E PASS SYSTEM NOT ALLOWING ME TO PUT ANDHRA ADDRESS. please reply if you get any answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you find a solution. Same query for me coming from Singapore to Chennai and then Domestic to Kerala. eRegistration needs tamil nadu address amd some columns not accepting NA
Hi! Iam coming from Toronto to chennai (transit) do we need to take a pcr test or not?and then already me and my wife took 3 vaccine and my elder son took 1st dose and my 2nd son 5 years old .what about the kids and me for pcr test please let me know.
Hi Anton! Your wife and you are not required to take a pre-departure RT-PCR test since both of you have completed the full vaccination schedule. You should carry the original vaccine card and upload a copy on Air Suvidha, in addition to filling out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha within 72 hours before your flight from Toronto. If your elder son has taken one dose of Jansen vaccine, he can travel without taking a COVID-19 test. Otherwise, he will be considered as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Only kids under 5 years of age are exempted.
Hi Good Day
I’m travelling to chennai on 1st May from Malaysia. Can you please guide what is the current arrival rule at chennai airport.
Hi Malliswaran! If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, you don’t have to take an RT-PCR test before departure from Malaysia. Make sure to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha, upload a copy of your vaccine card on Air Suvidha and carry the original document. You do also need to apply for TN e-pass in order to exit Chennai Airport.
Do we require Air Suvida or Aarogya Sethu when entering Chennai from USA through Dubai? Fully vaccinated and Booster too and carry card issued by CDC
Hi Veeraswami! You need to fill out the Air Suvidha form with details of your flight, itinerary, and vaccination within 72 hours before your international flight from the USA.
Dear sir /madam,
In USA the covid-19 test report will be given minimum 48 hours and maximum 96 hrs.
If this is the case Chennai arrival international passenger feels the test prior to 96 hours on arrival may be increased to 120 hrs or prior to 96 hrs Port of origin like other state passengers.
Because in USA they can’t give assurances when exactly will get there covid-19 test results.
This is the latest problem we are facing here in USA
Awaiting your reply regarding this issue
My flight to India from here on 30 th October 2020 at 23 hrs
Hi Raghunathan! Many people are traveling with a negative COVID-19 test report from where they reside in the USA. Please be advised to give it a try. In case, it is not possible for you, you can take the test upon arrival at Chennai airport, receive the result within 4-6 hours, and exit the airport if the result is negative. There is lounge service for those waiting for the test results at the airport. It costs Rs 5000 per individual for the testing and the lounge service. You can book a slot online for the onsite testing.
There a rapid diagnostic test in USA where the results will be given in few hours. This will tell if a person carries COVID- virus19 or not. however, this is not the RT-PCR test. Air India customer-care person said that this test is accepted. But want to double check to be sure.
Will the rapid test result be accepted at the India Airports ?
Hi Patrick! Only RT-PCR tests are considered valid at Indian airports as per the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s guidelines for travelers from abroad.
Sir i go to Chennai airport to patna airport RT PCR test is yes/No
Hi Shank! RT-PCR report is not required for travelers flying from Chennai to Patna or for travelers flying from Patna to Chennai. However, travelers coming to Tamil Nadu from other states need to register on state government website and obtain an e-pass.
Found so much useful info than any site here, it is a ton of help for travelers when Airlines doesn’t respond as expected.I have few queries, hope you can help answer
1.I am traveling with my 2.4 months, initially, parents flying with below 10 years did not need covid, now even a newborn will need to fly into India per new rule from Feb 22nd midnight, is that correct?.
2.We are traveling via Air India from San Francisco -Delhi-Cochin to reach my hometown in Coimbatore, do I need an E-pass to get into Coimbatore, any new rule ???
3.We need to filling as below, is that correct or i am looking at wrong links ?Please help.
a, Self-declaration form–http://www.airindia.in/images/pdf/SELF-DECLARATION-FORM-TO-BE-FILLED-BY-ALL-INTERNATIONAL-PASSENGERS.pdf
b, Excemption form https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration
c, a undertaking form https://repat.videshapps.gov.in/user_registrationPg
Appreciate a ton guys.
Hi Yamini! All international travelers flying into India, irrespective of their age, need to take a pre-arrival RT-PCR test. If you travel to Coimbatore by air, you need a TN e-pass. You are required to fill out these forms.
I am travelling with my family from Toronto – Chennai this month end.
is there any option available to get exception for my kid (4 month old) from RT-PCR test as its difficult to get RT-PCR test in my location for infants.
Hope you can answer this queries.
Hi Silambarasan! The new rules that took effect on February 23 don’t exempt anyone, even infants, from taking a pre-arrival RT-PCR test.
I am travelling on 21.62021 from Singapore to Chennai.
Please advice me on travel protocol.
Upload negative pcr test on Air Suvidha Self Declaration?
Register for TN registration?
Have taken US vaccine-Moderna. Do I need to upload as well?
Anything else I missed?
I am planning to travel from the USA to Chennai. I will reach Chennai around Oct 23, 9PMish. I am taking my RT-PCR test today, October 20. Per lab, the turn around on the test result will be 2-3 day, Which means I would get my result towards Chennai’s arrival. So my question is, when should I upload my result? Can I do it when I reach Chennai?
Hello Mohan Babu! If it is possible for you to upload the test report anytime before your flight to Chennai, please do. Otherwise, you can upload the test receipt to the Air Suvidha section of Delhi airport website today and carry the test report with you and show it upon arrival at Chennai airport.
Hello Is it possible for me to return from India from 1 week. I am coming there just to see my mother who is ill.
I am coming on a emergency visa and I have only 1 week to come and go, Thank you.
Hi Ganesh! Yes, you can return from India in a week of your arrival. You may need to carry confirmed flight tickets for your return travel and show the same when you arrive at Chennai Airport.
I’m travelling to Chennai from Saudi Arabia through Dubai in emirates airlines. Is the pcr test mandatory for my one and half year old baby?
Hi Karthikeyan! Among the Chennai-bound travelers, only infants up to 6 months of age are exempted from a COVID test. Have you applied for exemption on Air Suvidha on grounds of traveling with an infant?
Dear Indian Eagle,
I’m planning to travel from London to Chennai with my wife and 3 year old child on November 6 via British Airways direct flight. Is it compulsory to have a negative RT-PCR test report before boarding the flight ? Thank you in advance.
I am also planning to travel from London to Chennai in December via British Airways. Could you please tell me if negative PCR test report is compulsory before boarding the flight if you had travelled already?
Hi sir im planning to come to chennai with my mom and 4 year old sister is institutional quarantine necessary?
Hi Ayisha! May we know where you will travel from?
I am planning send my wife and new born babies to India from USA. I have only 1 week leave for this trip. Is it possible to come back to USA within a week?
Or do I need at least 2 weeks leave?
How many days do I need to be in quarantine?
Hi Thiruppathi! As per Tamil Nadu government’s guidelines, two weeks of home quarantine is obligatory for travelers from abroad. There is exemption from home quarantine for international business travelers on a short visit. As far as we know, you will be able to make your return travel in a week if you travel to Tamil Nadu with confirmed return flight tickets. Please be advised to contact Chennai airport of the nearest Indian consulate for more accurate information.
Following up on your above comment, did you managed to return back within one week from India? I am planning to travel for a week from Canada and I do not find any information online other than 14 days home quarantine. The nearest information I got from Govt. websites and other forums is- business travel doesn’t need home quarantine but I am worried they might ask for documents (other than return ticket) to prove the case. Any insight is really helpful!
I am going to travel from Chicago to Chennai throuh airIndia(Chicago-> Delhi->chennai). we Start from Nov1st. We have 2 kids(8 years old and 4 years old). Do I and My wife need to do covid test ? Based on exemption rules, we don’t need it. Does Chennai airport ask covid test result when we travel from Delhi? Can you please tell us the process at chennai?
Hi Kishore! Since you will travel with kids below 10 years of age, you and your wife are eligible from institutional quarantine in India. Hence, you don’t need a COVID-19 test. Delhi is the connecting airport, not the port of origin for you. So, don’t worry.
Kishore, I am in same boat as yours. I m travelling from Chicago to Chennai via Delhi. Can you please share your experience at Delhi/Chennai Airport?
I m travelling from toronto to chennai and take a cab to andhra pradesh confused
To understand which type of epass to fill technically I need pass for inter state travel but I am
Not home quarantining in chennai tn e-pass from other countries mandates it so. Any suggestions on this ?
Hi Haritha! You are not subject to home quarantine in Chennai. You will be advised self-monitoring of health.
I am travelling to Chennai via direct BA flight from London on 11th Nov with my Wife and 8 year old kid. Can you suggest if we are exempt from institutional quarantine or do we need to carry a RT-PCR negative certificate?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Prasanth! You and your family are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine as you will travel with a kid below 10 years. On arrival, you will undergo thermal screening. If you are asymptomatic, you will be allowed for home quarantine. Please be advised to carry a RT-PCR negative report to be on the safe side if possible for you.
Thank you for quick response.
One more question. Do we need to apply for e-PASS before boarding flight in London?
Yes, you need to apply for a TN e-pass before traveling to Chennai.
Please can you share your experience with us on travel on BA from London to Chennai with child. Did you need a RT-PCR test to board the flight? Or were you exempt because you had a child under 10?
Any other detail or pitfalls to avoid will be helpful.
Do we need an E PASS if our final destination is Chennai. My parents will be travelling in Emirates via dubai. TIA
Hi Aarathi! Yes, your parents need a TN e-pass to exit Chennai Airport upon arrival.
I am travelling to London to Coimbatore on 7th feb, hopefully with a negative RT PCR report as my 84 year old father is in ICU. Will I need quarantine at home for 14 days or can I visit my father in hospital?
Hi Raj! Usually, home quarantine is mandatory. There must be some or the other way. You need to talk to the officials at the airport of entry/arrival and tell them about the emergency.
Hi, is RT – PCR test report required for infant travelling to Chennai. I have a 7 months baby and a 5 year old.
Hi Emaad! A 5-year-old should have a COVID test report to travel to Chennai. Infants like a 7-month-old are exempted. Wish you a happy trip!
Hi.. in that case what is the minimum age of child who needs a covid test report.
I have a son who is 8 months and a daughter who is 3 yrs old.
Does both need a covid report or just my daughter.
Hi Syed! The rules and regulations for international arrivals are constantly changing. Currently, among international travelers flying to Chennai, kids above 6 months should have a negative COVID result.
Hi, Me, my wife and 2 child are planning to go Chennai on 24th Feb from Dhaka, I have 2 kids below 10 years ( 8 year and 2 years). do the COVID test report also need for my 2 child?
Hi Rasel! Among international travelers flying into Chennai, kids above 6 months require a negative COVID test report.
I am planning to fly from Denver to Chennai via Delhi and the total travel time is close to 40hrs , that gives me just around 55 hrs to take a rtpcr test and get results. They do not give any assurances on time frames for results here and that worries me. Why does only Chennai have this rule of 96 hrs before “arrival”?? Makes it so hard for travelers from here , why can’t they make things less complicated instead of stressing is out more ?
Hi Deepika! We agree with you and understand your concern. To the best of our knowledge, Wallgreens and CVS are giving test results within 24 hours of the testing. In case you are not able to upload the test result to Air Suvidha on time, you can carry it and show it to the officials at Delhi and Chennai airports.
Hi, I am travelling from JFK to Chennai in Emirates Airlines.I have 18 months old and 4 yr old kids ,do we need RT- PCR test for both the kids.Its been difficult to find labs to take test for toddler.
Hi Devi! As per the exemption criteria, you are exempted from institutional quarantine as you will travel with kids below 10 years of age. So you don’t need any COVID19 test to travel to Chennai. But, A negative COVID19 test report is mandatory for traveling on Emirates. Be advised to check with Emirates whether your kids need the test too.
I do not have any questions. Just wanted to say you guys are doing a tremendous service in providing some very clear answers. I am planning to travel from SFO to MAA and thsi forum really shed a lot of light on some topics.
Thanks a ton.
Hi Uma! Thank you very much for appreciating our efforts!
Do I need to fill Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form To be Mandatorily Filled By All International Arriving Passengers to India?
PRN no is found on travel ticket?
And upload negative pcr test online?
Also I have registered my name to Indian High Commission and completed TN-e Registration. Am I on the right track? Please advice me on travel protocol
Hi Samuel! All international arrivals into India must fill self-declaration on Air Suvidha portal and also upload negative RT-PCR report onto the same portal. Since you have already registered on TN e-pass, you will be allowed to exit the Chennai Airport upon presenting your pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report and remaining asymptomatic.
I am planning to travel from chicago to chennai on Dec 12. please let me know if COVID test has to be taken from Chicago or i can take in Chennai and will there be any quarantine in Hotel for 7 days.
Hi Divakar! A negative COVID test report is mandatory for your travel to Chennai. In case you are not able to travel with a negative COVID test from Chicago, you can have it at Chennai airport upon arrival. If the result is negative, you will be allowed for home quarantine only.
Hi. I will be travelling from Dubai to Chennai on December 29 with a valid return ticket on January 3. I will be carrying e-pass and PCR certificate. I have the following questions:
1) Can you please confirm if I still have mandatory 14-day home quarantine if I have valid return ticket within a week to Dubai?
2) Will I be allowed to move around within Tamil Nadu i.e. can I go to another city like Trichy or Kumbakonam through flight (I intend to travel to trichy for a day on December 31 and come back to Chennai on 1st through flight)
Hi Priya! Given a negative RT-PCR test report and confirmed return tickets, you are likely to get exempted from both institutional and home quarantine.
Hi. However you have written that a mandatory 14 day quarantine is compulsory in other cases. Could you please confirm with certainty on this?
Also will I be allowed to travel within the state?
I’m planning to travel to Pune via Chennai, do I still need to register for the epass
Hi Sam! If you do not exit the Chennai Airport, you may not need a TN e-pass.
Hello, we are traveling from London to Chennai on nov 9th and taking a domestic flight to Coimbatore later in the day Do we need RT-PCR test and e-pass ?
Hi Rama! Yes, you need both – a RT-PCR test with negative status and an e-pass. All passengers traveling to Tamil Nadu, irrespective of the final destination in the state, need to apply for an e-pass.
Dear editor, a big thanks to u all….I am travelling to chennai from Doha on Dec.7 in Indigo and my queries:
1) While registering for tn e pass, it asks for the car plate no. I am planning to take a cab from the airport and what should I do now?
2) I am planning to carry a covid negative report but the Indogo flight asks for the compelling reason for my visit to india( I am a resident of Qatar but having an Indian passpo
I am planning to attend a court hearing in october in chennai . I will be travelling for 72 hours . I am fully vaccinated. Is there qurantine procedures required.
Hi Amarution! May we know where you will travel from? If you’re asymptomatic carrying a negative RT-PCR report issued within 72 hours of your travel to Chennai, there is no institutional quarantine for you.
I am trvelling from Dubai to Chennai. IS it mandatory to be quarantine there, as i will be travelling further to Assam after staying in Chennai for a week?
Hi Manoj! Tamil Nadu government has two weeks of institutional quarantine for international arrivals without a negative RT-PCR test report from the country they travel from. You need to take a test either in the country of your origin/departure flight or at Chennai airport upon arrival. Thus you will get exempted from institutional quarantine, but home quarantine (maximum 14 days) is mandatory for all international arrivals.
Hi, thanks so much for all the information you’ve made available! I’m travelling to Chennai via ORD and DEL. I was filling out the TNePass and saw that there was a check box stating “I have quarantined before travel” or something like that. If you check the box, it asks for a quarantine completion certificate. If you don’t check the box, it asks for quarantine exemption certificate. Do you know what these are referring to?
Hi Rajesh! If you history of international travel in the past 14 days, you need to check the box. Otherwise, you don’t need to check the box. As you have read the article, you might know that you need to have a negative RT-PCR certificate before traveling to Chennai. That certificate is necessary for exemption from institutional quarantine.
Do you need PCR negative even if we have exemption based on parents travelling with kids under 10? I am on the same boat, got the exemption and TN-epass but do not have PCR negative test.
Hi! Thank you for the detailed information. I am planning on flying to Chennai from London. The RT-PCR tests are available only to at-risk populations or those exhibiting symptoms here in the UK. Is it okay to board the flight without a test and get tested upon arrival? Or is it okay to show a private test result? Does it have to be certified by the NHS here?
Hi Manjari! In case you are not able to take a test in the UK, you can travel to Chennai and take a test upon arrival there.
Hi, is there an option to pre-book for the test upon arrival in Chennai and upload it as proof on the air suvidha form? Will it be accepted?
Hi Aish! As per the information available to us, there is no option to pre-book a test to be taken at Chennai Airport.
For internationals travelling to Chennai via MAA, where do they home quarantine?in a govt fixed place or a hotel?
Hi Prashant! International arrivals will quarantine themselves at their residence in Chennai/Tamil Nadu or the place where they will be staying during their visit in India. If quarantine is not possible at their residence in Chennai/Tamil Nadu, they can choose to quarantine themselves at a paid facility like hotel or a government-fixed place.
Does the place where you quarantine, need to be same as the one mentioned in the TN E-Pass. Can I choose to quarantine at a place different (like a hotel) from my final destination, which would be my home.
Hi Saravanan! In our opinion, you can. Please be advised to call the helpline numbers of Delhi airport or Chennai airport.
I’m an Indian national on a valid work visa in US and planning to travel to Chennai from the US in the month of December and I already booked my tickets on British Airways from Miami to Chennai via London and return trip on United airlines (as I came to know through your website that Indian nationals can only travel by United or Air India back to US). However, we are travelling with our child who has a US passport and OCI and I came across some information that says that there may be restriction on persons with US passport/OCI travelling to India from US on British Airways. Is this true? Appreciate your inputs in this regard. Thanks!
Hi Arun! US passport holders with/without OCI card can travel on BA flights between the US and India. We have doubts about Indian passport holders’ travel eligibility for India-bound BA flights from the US. Please be advised to crosscheck with British Airways.
Thank you for the info!
I am travelling from Canada to Chennai. I have taken a covid test here in Canada. They say it is a PCR test but it’s not mentioned on my test result. The result shows that I am Covid negative and the date it was taken. (It’s a swab test they did). Chennai entry requirement is RT-PCR Covid test. Please let me know will they accept my test results. (Here they said PCR or RT-PCR are the same tests but my concern is it’s not mentioned on the form)
Please let me know will it be accepted in Chennai airport
Hi Srinivasan! We are not sure whether PCR and RT-PCR tests are same. It is fine if the test result is approved on Air Suvidha. Hope you know that you need to upload the test result on to Air Suvidha and get approval.
First of all, a massive THANK YOU for what you guys are doing. I am travelling from London to Chennai next month on British Airways and all us have OCI cards. I learnt that I would be exempt from Institutional Quarantine as I will be travelling with 3 kids who are under 10 years old. But, BA is asking me to fill self-declaration form where its asking for Covid testing details for every passengers. My missus and my wife will take the test before 96 hours of our flight but does my kids have to undergo the test ? Without the test, will they be allowed to board the flight with me? Thank you very much in advance.
Hi Anvar! Yes, you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine for traveling with kids below 10 years. We think it is not mandatory to furnish the self-declaration form with COVID testing details. If you wish to take a test before undertaking your journey from London, you need to get tested within 72 hours of your flight from London as per the Government of India’s new guidelines issued on November 5, 2020. Please check our Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/indianeaglellc/posts/3773741772665355
I am travelling to chennai from Dubai with a 1 year old on Emirates, Emirates doesn’t require testing for children upto 12 years but I want to know if it’s required in Chennai. Also, should we apply for TN e-pass for exiting chennai airport.
Hi Himma! Yes, you need to apply for a TN e-pass. A one-year-old traveling to Chennai does not require a COVID test.
I have booked in Emirates for travel from Tokyo to Chennai via Dubai in end of December. I am planning to take pcr test at Chennai airport. But when I called Emirates customer centre in Tokyo, they are asking for negative pcr test for boarding flight in japan. This looks weird to me. Do you have any info on this? Can you share any official press release of TN govt to refer pcr testing on arrival for international passengers?
Hi Manimaran! You got the correct information from Emirates. A negative RT-PCR test report is a mandatory requirement for boarding Emirates flights.
Hi, I am travelling from Chicago to Chennai via Delhi. I have approved exemption Air Suvidha (parents travelling with kids below 10 years old) from MHA and TN-epass. Do I still need PCR negative test to show at Delhi/Chennai Airport ?
Hi Ammu! Traveling with kids below 10 years of age makes you eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine in India. 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. We are not sure if this mandate applies to you given the approval of exemption on Air Suvidha. Please be advised to check with the airline you will be flying on.
Hi Editor, I am traveling to Chennai from UK in British airways on 2nd December along with my wife and 4 years old daughter. Whether RT PCr test is mandatory for my child? Also whether it is mandatory to carry the certificate before boarding. Kindly advice
Hi Aru! If Chennai is your first port of entry and final destination, you and your spouse don’t need a RT-PCR test, because traveling with a kid below 10 years of age makes you eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine. British Airways does not require you to board the flight with a negative RT-PCR certificate.
i am travelling with 4 yrs 8 months old child( who is below 5 years old) from SF->DEHLHI->CHENNAI.
1. Does my kid need negative PCR test ? its quite confusing as i see some saying its required some say not required and we don’t see any clear guidelines form government of India.
2. after arrival in Chennai , we go to Andhra Pradesh(Tirupati) by road . Do we still need e-Pass? How difficult is it to get e-Pass as final designation is not Tamil Nadu?
Appreciate your answers!
Hi Kumar! Given the current circumstances, the rules and regulations keep changing. Please be advised to call Delhi Airport’s helpline number and get your query addressed. Coming to the second query, you need to apply for a TN e-pass so that you can exit Chennai airport for onward travel.
HI, My husband is traveling from USA to Chennai through Doha. He is not able to reach the site to get an epass. Also he might take a taxi to enter the city. Can he do th epass after landing in Chennai? Does he need to provide vehicle info if it is a airport taxi?
Hi Kavitha! Without a TN e-pass, he may not be able to board the flight from the US.
Hello Indian eagle,
First of all thank you so much for the tremendous work you are doing. I just want to know
1. what are the flights available from USA to India by December 2020 ?!
2. Any idea about when will qatar airlines resume its service from USA to India?
3. Are 14 days home quarantine is mandatory even if the results say negative for COVID.
Thank you so much in advance.
Hi Rejina! We are sorry for the delay in responding to you. Qatar Airways has resumed its US-India operations. We have started booking Qatar Airways flights. Please note what airlines you can travel on depends on your visa and nationality. Please be advised to contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for hassle-free booking of your travel.
Hello, I’m currently working on OPT “F1 Visa”. I have a plan to visit India in December first week. Am I allowed to re-enter the U.S at JFK airport? I need your thoughts on this. Thank you!
Hi Sethu! No problem with return travel if your F1 visa remain valid by the time you will travel back to the US.
I am travelling from Chicago to Chennai via Delhi in the 1st of December. I have the following questions.
1. The 96 h time point for the COVID test is calculated based on when we received our results or the time the sample was collected.
2. I am travelling with my kids aged less than 5yrs. Do you thing we will get the exemption based on the kids?
3. Finally, my mom is also travelling with me in addition with my three kids. I want to make sure she will also get exemption (based on grand mother).
Hi Thani! In case of travel to Chennai, 96 hours will be counted from the scheduled arrival at Chennai Airport. Traveling with kids makes parents eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine at the final destination. But the Government of India’s new guidelines that took effect on November 12 make a RT-PCR test certificate mandatory for traveling on the domestic connection from the port of entry, Delhi.
Traveling from dublin to chennai via london through BA on 2nd dec,
TNe-pass applying, is rt-pcr mandatory before travel, can the test be taken in chennai
Hi Soundararajan! In case you are not able to take a test in Dublin, you can take it on arrival at Chennai airport. But we are afraid you may not be allowed to board BA flight without a negative RT-PCR test certificate.
British airways and emirates require the covid certificate before boarding, If I take air France flight from France to delhi and catch a separate flight like vistara from delhi to chennai the same day
Will I be treated as a domestic passenger, and will I require negative covid certificate in advance?
Or can I take a covid test in chennai airport after I arrive?
Hi Karthik! You got a tricky question. If you travel to Delhi without a negative COVID certificate, you will be shifted to an institutional quarantine facility for 7 days. If you travel to Delhi with a negative COVID certificate and with a separate ticket for flight to Chennai, you will be stamped for home quarantine in Delhi for 7 days. Hence, you need to show your domestic flight ticket to be allowed to continue your onward travel. Being an international traveler, you wont be allowed to board flight to Chennai without a negative COVID report.
First and foremost thank you for maintaining this site. Your responses are very helpful. I hope you can respond to my questions. I am an American citizen with OCI. I need am planning on visiting Chennai on December. I have booked my tickets and I will reach Chennai via Delhi (United Airlines). I will reach Delhi at night and my connection to Chennai is next morning.
q1. Can I stay in a hotel for the night (assuming I have a PCR negative test).
q2. Even if I get the test 72 hours before I fly by the time I reach Chennai it might be over the 72 hours. I guess I can take a second test in Delhi as soon as I land
Finally I intend to leave India in about 11 days. Since I see that home quarantine is for 14 days will this be a problem?
Thank you for your time
Hi Raj! Thank you for appreciating our effort towards making travel easy in the current circumstances. FYI, we’re a leading air-ticketing agency and a trusted travel-booking partner of many Indians and Indian-origin Americans. Yes, you can stay in a hotel for the night. Your test report will remain valid by the time you reach Chennai, because Tamil Nadu government requires international arrivals to take a test within 96 hours of their arrival in Chennai. It won’t be a problem if you carry confirmed tickets for your return flights.
Hello, I am travelling to Chennai from Dublin via London in British Airways on December 2nd. I am travelling solo. I would like to know is still RT-PCR test is mandatory for international travelers for boarding flight into into Chennai?
In the British Airways website for covid-19 entry requirements ( https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/entry-requirements ) and in their passenger declaration form (https://www.britishairways.com/cms/global/pdfs/information/entry-requirements/passenger-information-declaration-form-v23oct.pdf ), it categorically mentions that test has to be taken 96 hours before departure.
Does it still stand? In the Air Suvidha I see as 72 hours for getting exception. Should I follow this time rather then? The final detail I was able to fetch with respect to particularly Chennai was this tweet from Regional Executive Director for Southern AAI Region dated Oct 23th which says 96 hours before arrival. Is this still valid for Chennai or has become obselete?
I also saw from your posts that RT-PCR testing facilities are opened in Chennai airport. Is it still mandatory to take test prior to departure in British Airways as they have mentioned so in their site? If not, how can I let them know of this feature in Chennai Airport and get my approval for boarding pass smoothly. Is there any links to book the covid tests in chennai airport or links which show international passenger can take test upon reaching ,rather than before starting the journey.
Any information is highly appreciated. Thank you so much for your valuable time. Kind regards.
Hi Sai Krishna! In case of travel to Chennai from abroad, you need to get tested within 96 hours of your scheduled arrival at Chennai airport. Please be advised to contact British Airways and check if a RT-PCR test is mandatory for boarding BA flights to Chennai. You can check the website of Chennai airport for the COVID testing facility currently available for international arrivals.
Hi. Im travelling to Chennai from Chicago on the 27th of nov, I’m trying to fill in the TNepass, but its not letting me complete the application inspite of filling all fields correctly, Please advise
I am travelling with my Wife and two kids (Age 5 & 8) on 26th Nov from AUH to MAA then to IXM, I have a connection flight @ MAA to IXM within 6 hours. Myself and my wife will be taking a RT-PCR test.
Does my kids need to take RT-PCR test due to connection flight @ MAA?
Hi, thank you very much for the forum and responses, really helps in these uncertain times.
I’m an Indian citizen but resident in London. Planning to travel to Chennai in Dec and return in 2 weeks. Can you please advise if there are any travel restrictions as I’m only travelling to see my aged parents. Also has the time for RT PCR test for Chennai now changed to 72 hours?
Hi, I have a travel plan from US to Chennai(Scranton->Chicago -> Delhi -> Chennai) by December last week. Scranton -> Chicago by United Airlines. Chicago -> Chennai by AirIndia.
Do I require a negative RT-PCR test result for on-boarding AirIndia flight from Chicago?
Hi Ram! If the whole itinerary originating in Scranton is on the same PNR, you require a negative RT-PCR test report for boarding your flight from Scranton. If you hold a separate ticket for the international flight from Chicago, you need the certificate to board your flight from Chicago.
Hello Thank you for your service. I am planning for a trip from ATL to Chennai. My question is will I be able to make onward journey in Train or Car to my native place in Mayiladuthurai or is there any restrictions.
Hi Sasee! There is no restriction. Please do make sure to get a TN e-pass and a RT-PCR negative test report as mentioned in the article.
Hi team, thank you for forum and responses, very helpful during these troubling times.
Can I pls check whether Chennai arrivals from London through direct BA flights require 72 or 96 hours as time gap for rt pcr test.
Thanks very much.
Hi Hari! In case of Chennai, the time frame is 96 hours of your scheduled arrival at Chennai Airport.
Thank you for your response. With negative rt pcr, is home quarantine still applicable in chennai?
Hi Hari! Yes home quarantine applies to everyone from abroad in Chennai.
96 hours based on local time at Chennai ? Do they covert the time difference between USA time ( test taken ) and India time ( arrival time)
I am coming from New york to Chennai via Delhi. While looking to register e-pass, its asking to select between ‘Travelling within India’ or ‘Coming to Tamilnadu from Foreign Country’. Can you pls let me know which option should i select since I land in india at Delhi and then go to chennai. Also, My travel in another 10 days. Can i apply for pass now itself.
Your help will be appreciated.
Hi Kumar! Yes, you need to apply for a TN e-pass. You should select “Coming to Tamil Nadu from Foreign Country”.
Thanks for your response. Can i register for e-pass in advance. Its asking for exception test certificates which i will be getting after few days. Do i have to wait to register till i get my covid test result. Once i register will there be any approval process.
I am travelling with my wife and son from London to Chennai on 25th Nov by BA . Me and my wife have negative RT_PCR Test as precaution. We didnt take the test for our 8 year old son. Hope we should be ok since its a direct flight as well. Would appreciate your response. Thanks for the excellent service that you are doing.
Hi Venu! Children below 10 years are exempted from COVID testing. Thank you for appreciating our effort!
Dear Venu.. kindly update what happened ..
I am traveling with my wife and 5 years old son from London to Chennai Via Dubai (1 stop) in Emirates on 7th Dec. If I take a PCR test for myself & Spouse on 4th Dec is it okay to use that certificate at Dubai and Chennai airports?
Do I need to take a test for my five years old son as my registered (Boots UK) test center will not do tests for below 13 years old children?
I need to travel via Cab from Chennai Airport to Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh. So are there any additional travel requirements that apply due to traveling to a different state?
Your responses to the above 3 queries are really appreciated and very helpful.
Hi Munihar! The negative result of the test taken on December 4 is likely to be valid. Children under 12 years do not need a COVID certificate to board Emirates flights and connect through Dubai. But, Chennai requires kids above 6 months to have a negative COVID certificate. Please be advised to contact Emirates and check if your kid will be allowed to board the flight to Chennai from London or Dubai without a COVID certificate. If yes, you can get your kid tested on arrival at Chennai airport. You need a TN e-pass to exit Chennai airport for onward journey.
1. We will land in TN MAA airport from USA with kids less than 10 years. Does kids need to have rt pcr report?
2. We need to go to AP by road after exiting MAA. TN ePass doesn’t have AP state option. What to do?
Hello! Not required unless it is mandated by the airline you will travel on and if Chennai is your first port of entry in India. You can collect an e-pass after arrival at Chennai Airport.
Thank you. I am travelling from USA to DEL to MAA. All are connecting flights with single PNR. In this case to exit MAA – do I need to apply for TN epass? As I am from AP state – I dont have a TN address to fill in the form online. please suggest.
Hello. Please call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport or Chennai International Airport.
Hello, I m travelling to Chennai from London on Dec 3rd via Air India (Air Bubble). My Transit is in Delhi for 8 hrs. I m travelling with Itinerary which has same PNR (Flight numbers are different AI112 and AI1126). My Questions are
1) Will i be expected to show RT PCR Test while boarding flight in London
2) Is it mandatory for me to take PCR Test in Delhi before taking connecting Flight to chennai. Do they allow me to take the connecting flights without test in Delhi and can be taken in Final Destination Chennai
3) Is it always to be Strict with 72 Hours before test, Is it ok if i can have 73 or 74 hours before test
Hi Jaya! Whether you will be asked to show a negative RT-PCR test certificate depends on the airline you will travel on. If you travel with a COVID certificate from London, you don’t need to take a test either at Delhi airport or Chennai. You may not be allowed to continue your journey from Delhi, without a negative certificate. You need to take a test either in London or on arrival at Delhi airport (if the airline allows you to board flight from London without a negative certificate).
Anyone used British Airways recently from USA to Chennai? How was the transfer at heathrow Airport? Do you need to carry PCR results with you? Do they check your PCR results in London airport before getting into Chennai flight? is Rapid PCR result acceptable?
Hi Ravi! Tamil Nadu government requires an RT-PCR negative certificate from international arrivals.
Hi I’m travelling from UAE to coimbatore to meet my family for a short visit.i will have to return within 6 days…is there any exemption from quarantine?
Hi Jobin! To seek exemption from quarantine during your short visit in Tamil Nadu, you need to have a negative RT-PCR certificate and confirmed return tickets.
Hi there. I will be travelling to Chennai from Boston (transit in Dubai) by Emirates on Dec 16. The requirement for COVID-19 testing is that it should be Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR) laboratory results from any lab.
Pertaining to this, I was planning to obtain an at-home mail-in RT-PCR test provided by https://thecovidconsultants.com/#pcr . Since my test sample will be mailed to a certified lab and my results would arrrive within 24 hours, this seems to be the most plausible choice given the time constraints. Would this result from the test be accepted at the airport?
Hi Shiva! We have little knowledge about this.
Hi I will be travelling from IAD to chennai via Delhi on Air India. can i take the RT PCR test at chennai? Will I be allowed to board Delhi-Chennai flight without the test?
HI Sriram! As per the Government mandate, a RT-PCR certificate is mandatory for transit through Delhi/Mumbai Airport.
Hello, Please advise on the below
I m planning to travel from UK to Chennai via Air India. with Connecting Flight in Delhi. with Single PNR
1) For taking Connecting flight to Chennai from Delhi, do i required to take test in Delhi or can i take test in Chennai
2) If Unfortunately Test is positive, will i be suggested for Institutional Quarantine (Covid Treating Hospital) or Home Quarantine
Thanks in Advance
Hi Gopi! As per the Government mandate, you can continue your domestic air travel only with a RT-PCR test certificate. In case the test is positive or you are detected positive, you will have to undergo institutional quarantine in Delhi.
Hi there! We are traveling to chenai via Dubai and then have a further flight to portblair within 4 hours of traveling. Since we are traveling with a 9 month old baby and I read that Chennai requires RT PCT test for infants above 6 months. Is this still valid if our final destination is not Chennai as we fly out within 4 hours to a different Union territory. We would prefer to not have our infant tested if possible . Thanks for your help
Hi Sahil! As per the Government mandate, transit through Chennai/any other major airport may not be allowed without a Rt-PCR test certificate. At the same time, you are eligible for exemption for traveling with an infant. Please apply for exemption on Air Suvidha. If the application is approved, at least your infant will get through at Chennai airport.
Is the 96 hours taken from the time the test is taken in hours rather than days. Ie if I take the test on dec 14th at 230pm and arrive into chennai at 0500 on 18th dec. would that count as 96 hours. Don’t want to take any chances
Hi Bella! You need to take a test within 96 hours from the scheduled arrival at Chennai airport.
Hello – I m travelling from Chicago to Delhi then to Chennai.
My question is , will I be travel in train to my native place?
Hi Jack! Yes, you can travel by train.
Hi Indian Eagle team,
Firstly, I must appreciate your commitment in updating this medium with latest information, especially considering the fact that the rules are changing very frequently. I have been struggling for a past week to get right information, luckily I bumped into this website. I have gained so much information just by reading through other travellers’ comments and your responses to them. Thanks for your help!
My query is (I just saw 3 other people have asked same/ similar query) — I would like to travel to Chennai just for 1 week. How do I seek an exemption from 14 days mandatory home isolation? I will be sure to fly down with a negative RT-PCR certificate and a return ticket. Any insight into this is really helpful. Thanks!!
Hi Hemanth! A negative RT-PCR certificate and a confirmed return ticket will help you get exempted from home quarantine.
I am travelling from SanFrancisco to Chennai via Delhi. While my SFO – Delhi flight is confirmed, my Delhi – Chennai flight is not confirmed and I am kept in the open ticket category.
Under these circumstances, can I take a COVID 19 RT PCR test 72 hours prior to my date of departure from SFO?
Hi Kamest! No matter if the domestic flight is delayed or not confirmed. You need to take the test within 96 hours of your scheduled arrival at Chennai Airport. It is 96 hours in case of travel to Chennai.
If my connecting flight fro Delhi to Chennai is not sure, how can I count 96 hours prior to arrival at Chennai?
The issue is I had booked my connecting flight fro Delhi to Chennai by AI 439 but the said flight has been suspended of late. I am not sure in which flight I would be put for my last leg fro Delhi to Chennai
Hi Kameshwaran! Don’t worry if your RT-PCR test report has been approved on Air Suvidha. Flight delay or cancellation is not under your control.
Hi I am travelling from UK to Chennai via Qatar airways and returning back within 50hours. I am also carrying PCR test. Do I need to apply at Air suvidha site or local TN e-registration?
Hi Hemal! Yes you need to apply for a Tn e-pass before departure or after arrival at Chennai airport. You also need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha and upload the test report by the time you undertake the journey.
How long generally it would take to get the approval of exemption request for Chennai international arrival for RT PCR Test report.
We ( all adults) Travel by British airways(BA) from Miami to Chennai via London next week . We have OCI with American passport
Could you clarify
1. Are OCI allowed to Enter Chennai with RT – PCR negative
2. Do we need RT – PCR negative certificate to board BA flight since it passses through London ?
3. For RT PCR test , Are 72 hours for test results calculated strictly or three business days .based on departure from Origin .
4. Is 96 hours calculated based on arrival date or 4 business days .
Hi Lakshmi! As far as we know, OCI cardholders with US passports cannot travel on India-bound British Airways flights from USA. Yes, OCI cardholders can travel to Chennai. We are not sure if a RT-PCR certificate is needed to board BA flights. 72 hours is counted from the time you undertake the journey to India.
Hi. I’m travelling from Dubai to Chennai on the 12th of December. I’d like to stay 14 days in institutional quarantine but I’m not able to find an official list of hotels that offer this. Should we book a hotel beforehand or can we select a hotel for stay when we arrive at Chennai International Airport? If so, how would we be taken there? Because, in TN E-pass application, it’s mandatory to fill in vehicle details that will take us out of the airport.
Hi Arun! You can book a hotel either before departure or after arrival. You can obtain a TN e-pass after arrival at Chennai Airport.
we are travelling to Chennai from Singapore with a 2-year old. do we need to take corona test for the toddler?
Hi Guru! If you are traveling to Chennai directly from Singapore, you may not need a COVID test. Besides, you are eligible for exemption for traveling with a kid below 10 years of age. In case you are asked for a COVID negative certificate after arrival at Chennai airport, you can choose to take a test at the airport on spot.
Hi Indian eagle Team,
Is it Qatar airways flight flying from Dallas to Chennai via Doha. When I was called to Qatar customer care, they said 19th Dec flight is not yet get an approval to fly from Doha to Chennai.
Is there any restriction for Qatar airways to fly to Chennai?
Hi Saravanan! Qatar is operating to India via Doha. May be, the flight occupancy is low on December 19 as of now. That’s why they gave you an excuse.
Planning to visit chennai from Boston, USA on either Dec end or Jan 1st week. Stay duration will 2-3 weeks. Is 14 days home quarantine mandatory even with with PCR Negative certificate ?
Hi Kalpathy! Those on a short visit, to say, for 7 to 10 days can get exempted from home quarantined. As per the central government’s mandate, international arrivals with a negative RT-PCR certificate need to monitor their health for 7 to 14 days. But the states have the right to put home quarantine or health-monitoring in place.
Hi, am form OMAN, my actuall destination is Kerala now am decide to take first flight to channai and take make a domestic flight to Kerala in shortly , now want know what’s the procedures are going in channai
Hi Shameer! After booking your flights, you need to fill out the self-reporting form on Air Suvidha (part of Delhi Airport website). You need to take a RT-PCR test within 96 hours of your scheduled arrival at Chennai airport and upload the test report to Air Suvidha within 72 hours of your journey from Oman. You also need to submit a declaration form ascertaining authenticity of the test report.
I am travelling to Chennai from Dubai and my wife will be joining me from Delhi. We are planning a trip for just 10 days to meet family and then want to return back to Dubai. Do you think 14 days home quarantine will be mandatory if we have a confirmed return tickets?
Hi Udit! Please make sure to show your confirmed return tickets after arrival at Chennai Airport.
Hi. My mom will be taking a domestic flight to Chennai and wants to return back in a week. From what I understand, she should take a Covid test before flying to Chennai and then take one before coming back to Mumbai? I’m confused also because there’s a 14 day quarantine requirement after landing in Chennai. If she shows her return tickets, that should be enough for her to get back right? (I.e does not need to stay for 14 days)
Hi Vaishali! Showing return tickets is likely to work for return travel without home quarantine.
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.
Hi Priyanka! Traveling with a kid below 10 years makes you eligible for exemption. This is a valid reason to not get your son tested. British Airways should allow your son to board the flight to Chennai. In case Chennai airport officials insist on having a negative RT-PCR certificate for your son, you can get it done after arrival at Chennai airport.
I’m travelling to Chennai from London in direct BA in 2 weeks with my wife and 2 yr old son. We have separate tickets: wife and son in one ticket and myself in a separate ticket.
Can I travel to Chennai without a PCR test?
If so, is it enough to apply for an exemption in Air Suvidha and e-pass alone?
Are there any other steps needed?
Hi Rex! Not sure whether you are eligible for exemption. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi Airport.
My in laws are travelling from US to chennai on Dec 13th 2020 and they are expecting their results (taken before 96 hours of departure) soon. Is this sufficient for home quarantine or do they need another test before 72 hours? Also,i was of the assumption that TN govt is allowing home quarantine for 65+(senior citizens) . Is that not so?
Hi Kumar! The test taken within 96 hours of departure is supposed to be valid. No need of any other test. Yes, there is 14-day home quarantine for all international arrivals.
Sir myself and wife are going to be returned from Washington DC to Chennai via New Delhi.shall we be allowed upto Chennai without RT-PCR test report?may we be tested at Chennai airport.after getting test report if found negative shall we go to Nellore (AP?
Hi Kasaru! As per the government’s mandate, an RT-PCR test certificate is mandatory for continuing domestic travel from the port of entry, Delhi Airport. A COVID certificate will make things easier for you till the final destination.
Hi TIA for answering the following!
Are folks who have traveled in from abroad to India allowed to travel by road from Tamilnadu to Kerala? If so any special documents required? Can they fly out of Kerala?
Besides 96-h covid testing and registering with air suvidha, what else is needed to safely exit the airport and go home?
Is e-pass still required to exit Chennai airport, what if I want to take uber or taxi?
Hi Kanaka! Travel by road from Tamil Nadu to Kerala or any other state is permitted. Yes, you need to obtain a TN e-pass and an e-pass for Kerala from Kerala’s Jagratha portal. You also need to apply for COVID test-based exemption on Air Suvidha and submit a declaration ascertaining the authenticity of the test.
I am planning to visit from London to Chennai. I have a constraint in getting test done in 72 hours before departure , as it takes around 48 hours of time to get the results out. It leaves me 24 hours to look for flights to chennai and having the risk of not getting the flight connection or loosing the validity of the test result.
In that case, can I fly to Delhi and get it tested and continue my journey from Delhi to Chennai with PCR Test Report?
Is this allowed to enter chennai airport with the test result from Delhi Airport which is also less than 72 hours of departure?
Hi Govind! It is recommended you book your flight first and then go for a test. FYI, you can take a test within 96 hours of your departure. If you choose to get tested after arrival at Delhi Airport, make sure the connection time/layover is as long as 7-8 hours (minimum). Yes, you will be allowed to enter Chennai Airport with a negative COVID test report from Delhi Airport. You can contact our travel advisors at 1-800-615-3969 for booking a suitable itinerary for your travel.
Thanks a lot for your tremendous service. We outside India do not have clear directives on how to be prepared to visit our loved ones. Your service is like a beacon to us. Thanks again. I’m travelling from London to Chennai with my wife and 13 years old son. I can get a test certificate here couple of days before my travel. I just want to know if I need to get a COVID test in Chennai and do I need to go thru any quarantine. I need to travel to Melmaruvathur from the airport. Hence I want to know if I need to get E-Pass for the travel. Can you please guide me? thanks a ton.
Hi Karthik! Thank you very much for appreciating our effort! In the current circumstances, it is recommended you take a test before the departure. You will have to undergo home quarantine at your final destination. Yes, a TN e-pass is mandatory.
I am travelling to Chennai from Sweden via London on Wednesday. If I do not have negative PCR report, I see that I can get tested at the airport. is there a link where I can book the test before arrival there. It is very difficult to get information about the testing facility at Chennai airport. Please provide your guidance.
Hi Vignesh! There is no provision to book a test online in advance. You need to book a test upon arrival at Chennai airport. Under the current circumstances in the UK, it is highly recommended you get tested before travel and upload the test result on Air Suvidha for exemption.
Many thanks author. This clarifies a lot!!
Shall we require RT-PCR test report before BOARDING airindia flight at IAD Washington?or shall we undergo testing at Delhi airport?there is layover time gap of 5.30hrs for departing to Chennai. Shall I book slot for testing at Delhi airport?in USA if undergoes testing they require min 3to 5days for giving report.please suggest me.
Hi Kasaru! Air India will let you board without a COVID test report. Please note 5.5 hrs may not be enough to get the test result at Delhi Airport depending on the rush of international arrivals that day.
Thank you very much for efforts. The information given here is very clear compared to all the other site out there.
Please continue the good work.
I’m traveling to Chennai from London on a direct BA flight in 2 weeks, with my husband and a 2 yr old kid.
I had to book a separate ticket for my husband and a separate ticket for myself and the kid due to different return dates.
1) Will we be asked for PCR test report in Chennai airport or will we be exempted because we are traveling with a kid? Will the separate tickets affect the exemption in anyway?
2) The TN-epass portal is asking for the vehicle number in which we would go home. I am planning to take a taxi from the airport. How do I register for an e-pass without a vehicle number?
Thank you for the guidance,
Hi Reena! We’re glad to be appreciated for our efforts. Thank you! A separate ticket may affect your husband’s eligibility for exemption. Unlike other states, Tamil Nadu government mandates an RT-PCR negative test for all international arrivals. You can obtain an e-pass after arrival at Chennai Airport.
I’m travelling from dubai to Chennai. But my hometown is in Andhra Pradesh. After arriving in Chennai with negative pcr, I’ll be allowed to travel to my state right?. Or Is it mandated that only people of Tamil Nadu can opt Chennai Airport as their destination?
Hi Asif! You can also travel to Chennai Airport. You need to mention Andhra Pradesh as your final destination while filling out a self-reporting form and submit a self declaration on Air Suvidha. Based on that, you will be allowed to continue your journey to Andhra Pradesh from Chennai Airport.
I am travelling to Chennai from SanFrancisco USA in theAI air bubble flight which had SFO to Banglore in one leg and Banglore to Chennai in the second leg.
Since I am taking the flight to Chennai from Banglore , kindly advise whether epass has to be obtained by me?
Hi Kameshwaran! If you take a domestic flight to Chennai from Bengaluru, you need to apply for a TN e-pass. If you travel to Chennai by road, you need to apply for a pass on Karnataka government’s ‘s SevaSindhu portal.
Hello, I am flying the same route SFO-BLR-MAA (flight#s AI 176 and AI 514) via Air India – my departure date is Jan 9th from SFO. My questions are:
1. If I take a PCR Test 3 days before departure (i.e. on Jan 6), is that acceptable?
2. Will this check be done at BLR airport or at Chennai airport?
3. Will I be only in transit in BLR airport or will I have to clear immigration and customs in BLR?
THank you so much for your help!
Hi Ananth! In case of travel to Chennai, you can take an RT-PCR test within 96 hours prior to your departure from SFO. The report may not be asked for at Bengaluru Airport, but it is a must at Chennai Airport. We are not able to give you a definite answer to the third query.
Dear Sir, I am planning to travel from Doha to Chennai on 18th dec and return back in a week 24th december to Doha again..
I will be carrying a negative covid 19 report to chennai and return ticket booked. Can i go back the next week from chennai as planned
Hi Malick! Yes, you can.
Is it mandatory to carry RT PCR negative result for Travelling from doha to Chennai
Hi Musthafa! Yes, it is mandatory for all international arrivals.
Hello. I’m flying to Chennai from Atlanta via London and taking a domestic flight to Madurai. Do I need to get a e-pass for chennai or madurai?
Thank you for this great page!!
Hi Prasanna! You need to get an e-pass for Karnataka from Karnataka government’s sevadindhu portal
Hi, We’re travelling on Dec 25th from Canada to Chennai via London through British Airways. 2 Ad + 2 Kids (8 and 4 years old). Except my younger son who holds OCI + Canadian PP, rest of us are Indian PP holders with PR status. Per BA travel entry requirements, I understand we’re eligible to travel from Canada to India via London as of today’s rules.
> Is RT-PCR test certificate mandatory to onboard flights from either Toronto or London? or are we eligible for exemption due to kids travelling with us Worst case, can we take the RT-PCR upon arrival at Chennai?
Appreciate your help here.
Hi Ram! Yes, you are eligible for exemption on grounds of traveling with kid below 10 years. In the worst case, you can get tested at Chennai Airport. Please check with British Airways whether you and your kids will be allowed to board without a negative RT-PCR certificate.
I am currently planning to travel to chennai in next week from Toronto. Is Carrying RT PCR Test mandatory ? Please do give some info about your experience. I would really appreciate the help !
Hi Pavithra! A negative RT-PCR test report is mandatory for all international arrivals.
We are planning to travel to Chennai from London. Our flight is booked at 26th December at 2 PM (BST) , We are able to take RT-PCR test only on 23rd December(2.00 pm) as 24th & 25th December are Christmas holidays here.
We will be arriving at 5.35a.m (IST) on 27th December, which leaves us with around 82 hrs. gap between the test taken and the arrival time. Will this test be acceptable ??
Also, we will travelling to Pondicherry from Chennai and will not be staying anywhere in Chennai.
Thank you for your help.
HI Shilpa! Your test report will be considerable. Make sure to get a Tn e-pass before traveling to or after arrival at Chennai airport for traveling further and mention Pondicherry as your final destination on Air Suvidha.
I’m traveling to Madurai from Atlanta, with layovers at London and Chennai. Could you please clarify to which place I’ve to obtain a TN e-pass: Chennai or Madurai?
Thank you so much for this amazing page!
Sorry for the repetition.
Hi Prasanna! Having a TN e-pass, you can exit Chennai airport to travel anywhere in Tamil Nadu.
Hi Sir, We are travelling from London to Madurai on BA/Air India on Jan 16,2021 and returning in BA from Chennai to London on Jan 31,2021. (Total days: 14) and will be sure to have RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before departure. How can we get exemption from Home Quarantine?
HI Ajay! Generally, there is no exemption from home quarantine. Still, you can call the helpline of Delhi Airport or Chennai Airport.
My wife has to urgently travel to Chennai from Phoenix to see her ailing Mother. Is she required to be self quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Chennai. She will not be traveling within India. Kindly advise
Also it would be great if you can guide any other test or certification that will be required before leaving Phoenix to Chennai.
Hi Sridhar! Tamil Nadu has 14-day home quarantine in place for international arrivals. She needs to take only an RT-PCR test within 96 hours prior to her journey. No other test is required.
I’m travelling from Seattle to chennai via British Airways along with my 9 year old son. I have applied for TN epass for myself. Do i need to apply TN epass seperately for my son also?
Hi Badre. Not required for your son if both of you have the same PNR.
I am planning to book tickets to Chennai from London. Can I get RT-PCR certificate in Chennai itself rather than in London. sometimes it may take more than 72 hours for results. I heard as per new regulation the test should be conducted only 72 hours before departure rather than 92 Hour is it the new rule?
Hi Siva! Yes, you heard right. If the airline allows you to board without a negative RT-PCR test report, you can choose to get tested upon arrival at Chennai Airport.
I’m travelling to Chennai from Canada on January 3rd, with a layover in Delhi. Is there any way I can get to Chennai to do my RT PCR test there on arrival or will I be stopped in Delhi for a mandatory institutional quarantine? They say it takes 4-6 hours for the results in Delhi where by the time we would miss our Chennai flight. So we were planning to do it in Chennai. Would like your advise on this, please.
Hi Avinash! As per the government’s mandate, you need an RT-PCR negative certificate to continue your journey to the final destination from the port of entry. For better advice, please call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport.
We are travelling with kids less than 10 years from USA to Chennai. And we need to enter into AP by road after exiting MAA airport. When filling TN epass, its asking for TN state address details along with zones. No option to change the State to AP. What should I do in this case?
Yes, similar problem. I stay in Chennai but my street name or area name (ekkattuthangal) is not showing up in Step 2.
Do I need to take e-Pass if I transit via Chennai airport to other cities in India during my travel from abroad? I wont go out of the airport, rather take a domestic flight once I land in India to travel to karnataka. Please let me know the requirement for this case as e-Pass mandates Tamilnadu address . Thanks.
Hi Siddhartha! A TN e-pass is required only if you exit the airport. It is not required in your case.
My son, studying at Phoenix, USA is travelling to Chennai with transit at New Delhi with domestic arrival in Chennai at around 11AM IST (on Jan. 6th).
a. Please confirm if RT-PCR test taken (& confirmed -ve) at Phoenix 96 hours prior to arrival time at Chennai will be acceptable for entry @ TN. as I notice some sources citing 72 hours (instead of 96 hours). Alsom please share any official site that can be referred for latest TN rules.
b. The New Delhi Airport site requests for mobile # in Self Reporting as well as Exemption Forms. Is the mobile # used by Air Suvidha for calling/ sending SMS? As we are unsure if our son’s US mobile would work in India, can we provide our (parent #) ?
Hi Srinivasan! The RT-PCR test report with a valid stamp and signature from the testing lab will be acceptable both at Delhi and Chennai airports. The 96-hr time frame applies to Chennai-bound international travelers. Your second query is not clear to us. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport.
Im traveling from USA to Chennai on an emergency visa (my dad passed). I just got a negative rapid on the 21st but waiting on the PCR results. Looks like you guys will only accept a negative PCR but I will need to travel to Madurai getting an domestic flight. From Madurai Im driving to Rajapalayam. Would you explain about the quarantine process please? Should it be in Chennai or Madurai or can I self quarantine in Rajapalayam?
PS: Im still not sure if I land in Bombay or Delhi to get a flight to Chennai? What else changes if I land elsewhere other than Chennai?
Im in the middle of getting an emergency visa (my dad passed) to travel from USA to India and my final port of arrival is Chennai and I need to get another domestic flight to Madurai. I awaiting the PCR results to get the tickets. Could you explain the quarantine process please? Wonder if it starts in Chennai or if in case I land in Mumbai or Delhi would it start there and for how long? Thank you.
Hi Priya! We’re very sorry about your loss. If you travel with a negative RT-PCR test report from the USA, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in India. It will also facilitate your connecting journey from the port of entry to your final destination. Make sure to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha, register on Tamil Nadu government’s COVID portal (link given in the article) and get a TN e-pass.
My father is travelling from Chicago to Chennai on 28/12/2020.he has serious illness like long term
Diabetes with related heart problems..so we applied for exemption and it was approved by Delhi airport.
He will carry the RT-PCR receipt ,with soft copy of negative test report..I’m still not sure they will take PCR test in Chennai airport also, or does he go any quarantine??saw some news and got really confused?can you please help me with this?
Thanks in advance,
Hi Abi! Don’t worry! You father has got double protection – exemption approval and a negative RT-PCR report. No more test at Chennai Airport. He will have to serve only home quarantine. Please note if he is found symptomatic in thermal screening, he may be shifted to a medical hospitality for further health evaluation. So make sure he takes care of his health (no cough, no cold, no sore throat) before and during the journey.
My travel organized country is canada.I got my negative RT-PCR result in the hospital app..hospital claimed that unless you are positive they could not give me physical report…so my question is if I show the result from the hospital app will it be acceptable in Delhi?
Also my final destination is chennai, if I carry negative report either from Canada or Delhi, I will not be asked for institutional quarantine right?
Hi Srinivasan! In our opinion, it should work. For confirmation, you can call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport.
Hello. Could you please confirm if mandatory 14-day home quarantine exists as of today at Chennai even if I have a negative PCR report? Also will I be allowed to travel within the state of Tamilnadu?
I am now in SFO and got the news of sudden demise of my mother at Chennai. I have made the travel reservations for Dec 31 so as to reach Chennai on Jan 1. I have since obtained the Death Certificate from the attending Doctor and uploaded in the air suvidha site for claiming special quarantine exemption.
Do I need to undergo the RTPCR test?
Do I need to observe house quarantine regulations after reaching Chennai as I have to perform my mother’s rituals?
Hi Kameshwaran! We’re very sorry about your loss. If Chennai is your first port of entry, a negative RT-PCR test report may not be required. Approval of your request for exemption on Air Suvidha will work. In our opinion, you may not get exempted from home quarantine without a COVID test. Given the situation, it is recommended you travel with a negative RT-PCR test report.
I just read in news that Chennai airport will do mandatory RT-PCR test at the airport starting next week (its from “the indian express” dated dec 22) after the new strain of Covid from Britain. So will there be another test even if we carry a negative PCR result within 72 hours? Is there any official statement like that?
Hi Venkat! We went through the article that you referred to. It does not specify whether all international arrivals, irrespective of where they travel from, or only travelers from Europe/the UK will undergo a COVID test at Chennai Airport.
Hi i am planning to come to chennai on 1st march with pcr feport from London. Let me know the quarantine rules i have to follow in chennai?
Hi Lakshmi! Currently, travelers from the UK need to take an RT-PCR test before departure and a COVID test upon arrival at Chennai Airport. If both the results are negative, they are exempted from institutional quarantine. This procedure may be eased/relaxed in the coming days.
I’m planning to travel on Tuesday Feb 15th 2022 from USA to Chennai. Can I just submit my vaccination certificate and board the Qatar airline. Please help, qatar has not updated on their website yet.
Hi Prashanthi! You know that India has scrapped pre-departure RT-PCR testing for fully-vaccinated international travelers from the USA, but a negative COVID-19 report may be required for transit in Doha. Please be advised to contact and check with Qatar Airways.
If I am traveling from Boston to Chennai through Dubai on Emirates, do I need to complete both Airsuvidha exemption and TN e pass? or just TN epass?
Hi Bala! Having a TN e-pass is a mandatory requirement for arrival. You can also get a TN e-pass after arrival at Chennai Airport. If you are okay about 7-day institutional quarantine in Tamil Nadu, you don’t need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha.
One of my relation travelling to Chennai via Dubai and staying a day at chennai then leaving to Mumbai. Will he be Quarantined at chennai or only Tamilnadu epass is enough to have an entry at chennai and stay for a day to move to Mumbai
Hi Nizam! In our opinion, he/she won’t be quarantined in Chennai if the final destination is Mumbai. A negative RT-PCR test report is mandatory for traveling to Chennai.
I am in New York, planning to travel by Emirates airlines via Dubai into Chennai. I am traveling on a US passport with a Tourist Visa. Is there an option to obtain an entry (emergency) visa in Chennai airport?
Regarding COVID, I will have the necessary test results.
Hi Ram! FYI, tourist visa to India is suspended till December 31, 2020. The suspension of tourist visa may be continued through January 2021. You won’t be allowed to board flight at the port of origin unless the ban on tourist visa is lifted. No, there is no such provision to obtain an entry visa at Chennai Airport.
Thanks for posting and replying valid and latest information in this difficult times.
My wife and son (under 10 years) are planning to travel from Los Angeles to Chennai through Qatar or Emirates airlines in 2nd week of January 2021.
Is RT-PCR test mandatory for my wife from USA?
How many days of home quarantine is required?
Hi Prabhu! Your wife is eligible for exemption for traveling with a kid below 10 years. Given the current circumstances, it is recommended she has a negative RT-PCR test report for hassle-free travel. In Tamil Nadu, home quarantine is for 14 days.
i am planning to travel from Singapore -Chennai on 6th Jan .Could you please confirm Singapore arrival need to submit RT-PCR test?
Hi Appa! An RT-PCR test is mandatory for every individual (international) traveling to Chennai, except for certain categories of travelers including pregnant women and individuals having medical emergency/death in the immediate family.
My wife is traveling with my 1-year-old son from US to Chennai via Doha on 6th Jan. We are planning to get RT-PCR tested for my wife 2 days before her travel. I wanted to know if carrying the result of RT-PCR testing is enough at Chennai airport for the international passengers or they will need to get testing again at the airport even though they have negative RT-PCR test results?
Hi Sundareshwar! In our opinion, the mandatory COVID testing applies to travelers from Europe, not those from the USA. Having a negative RT-PCR test report should be enough for her to make her way through Chennai airport.
Hello. Could you please confirm if mandatory 14-day home quarantine exists as of today at Chennai even if I have a negative PCR report? Also is Air Suvidha exemption needed for Chennai? Plus do they allow passengers with a return ticket to return within the 14 day period if there is a negative PCR test?
My friend is traveling from Newyork to Chennai (via Delhi). She has Air suvidha exemption approved. Does she need TN Epass? if yes, should it be for domestic or international traveler
Hi Bala! If Tamil Nadu is not her final destination, if she will take a domestic flight from Chennai Airport, she does not need a TN e-pass.
I have received the 2 doses of Moderna COVID vaccine. What is the protocol for travel to Chennai from US? Thank you.
Hi Farida! There is yet no such update on whether those having received COVID vaccine are exempted from institutional/home quarantine in India.
I am travelling from SFO to Chennai via Delhi.
I have an exemption order from Delhi airport on the grounds of passing away of near relative.
Will be be allowed to take the Delhi Chennai connecting flight at Delhi without a RTPCR report?
Hi Kameshwaran! Usually, travelers with exemption approval are allowed to travel to the final destination without an RT-PCR test. But it may not be possible in the current situation triggered by the new variant of Coronavirus in the UK and other countries. Please be advised to call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport.
I am travelling from Europe to Bangalore. Final destination is Coimbatore. I have below docs ready for the travel.
1. RT-PCR test negative result
2. Air Suvidha exemption
3. TN epass to travel by Road for home quarantine.
Would I need any other document ? Also please advice what is required to stay in Bangalore for one night before leaving to Coimbatore?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Vikram! You seem to be well-prepared for the journey. Hope you have filled out a self-reporting on Air Suvidha. On arrival at Bengaluru airport, you may be asked to fill out a declaration form. You can stay at a hotel of your choice. The negative RT-PCR test report may be required, and a valid ID proof. That’s all.
I am traveling from Toronto to Chennai via Delhi by second weekend of January. I am travelling with my wife and kids (5 years old and 6.5 months old infant ). We are planning to take RT-PCR test for everyone in the family except the baby. Is RT-PCR test mandatory for the baby?
Hi Deepak! COVID testing is not mandatory for the newborn. Wish you a happy and safe trip!
You guys are doing great job. Very helpful!
My question is, I am travelling from London to Chennai through British Airways on 8th Jan with 10 month old baby, what is the new rule at Chennai airport from 8th Jan.
I am taking PCR test for me but not for my baby, will that be ok? . I read somewhere that Chennai airport is doing a mandatory PCR test on arrival, do you know how much it would cost?
Hi Kumar! As per the mandate issued by the Government of India on January 2, all the passengers arriving from the UK should carry a negative RT-PCR report and be tested on arrival too. Given the current circumstances, we cannot say anything certainly. Please be advised to call the helpline of Chennai International Airport.
Thank you for your prompt response.
When you say all the passengers, should have negative PCR test, does it mean I had to take the test even for my 10 month old baby?
Hi Kumar! We recommend you apply for exemption in one of the special categories on Air Suvidha. If approved, no need to get the baby tested before departure or after arrival. In case, on-arrival testing is compulsory for the baby, it can be done for max Rs. 1000 at Chennai Airport.
Can you please provide the link about Govt mandate that all passengers be tested for covid on arrival?
Is it also for passengers coming from USA?
Great work guys.
Hi Pavan! Travelers from the USA need to either carry a negative RT-PCR report issued within 72 hours from boarding the flight, or take a COVID test after arrival at a port of entry in India.
I am traveling from the USA to Chennai via Doha on 7th Jan. My final destination is Tirupathi (AP) and planning to go by road. I am trying to complete TN E-Pass, however, it is not allowing me to fill AP address, and asking for the TN address. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Madhu
Hi Madhu! You can collect the TN e-pass after arrival at Chennai Airport if it is not a mandatory requirement for boarding the flight in the USA. Please call the helpline of Chennai International Airport.
I am planning a trip from NEW YORK TO CHENNAI in January end. I am travelling with my husband and 1and half year old kid. Should my kid take up the RT PCR test to enter chennai?
Hi Beni! Among Chennai-bound travelers, infants above 6 months of age need to take an RT-PCR test. However, we recommend you apply for exemption in one of the special categories on Air Suvidha. If approved, no need to get the baby tested before departure or after arrival. In case, testing is compulsory for the baby, it can be done after at Chennai Airport.
Hello, I am planning to travel from Frankfurt to Chennai in the coming week. Is it necessary to take a covid test result. Is there any possibility that i can take the covid test in Chennai Airport
Hi Mufeed! It is necessary to carry a negative RT-PCR test report.
Hello IE team,
Wonderful service from your team. Hats off !!!
My wife and daughter are travelling from Dublin to Chennai by mid of Jan in Emirates. Emirates website mentions for passengers entering tamilnadu everyone has to have RT PCR negative result and only those infants under 6 months are exempted.
Airlines say that kids under 10 are exempted from RT PCR test for boarding. Have you heard any such cases that it is mandatory to have RT PCR test for above 6 months babies?
-> Could you please let me know whether I have to get RT PCR test done for my daughter who is 4 years old?
-> could you please provide TamilNadu COVID-19 helpline number so that I can confirm with them as well?
Thanks in advance
Hi Vivek! There are no uniform quarantine testing rules across India. It varies from state to state. You can call the helpline (44-22560551) of Chennai Airport, or Tamil Nadu state helpline 044-29510500. However, we recommend you get your 4-year-old tested before traveling to or after arrival at Chennai Airport.
I am travelling from New Jersey.
Newark to New Delhi and New Delhi to Chennai. (Road trip from Chennai to Coimbatore)
Covid test taken 72 hours before departure as per New Delhi rule.
Also it will be 91 hours upon the arrival in Chennai. Is this test valid or should I have to take another Covid test in MAA airport?
I have the Covid 19 PCR test
Self Reporting Form
Confused about TN E- pass and E-registration. Are both mandatory or Just E-registration is sufficient?
Please let me know If I need any additional documents.
Hi Sakthi! Both TN E-pass and E-registration are mandatory for those traveling to Chennai Airport. The 91-hr-old COVID report may work with regard to Chennai. Please be still advised to call the helpline of Delhi IGI Airport and check for a more definite answer.
I’m coming to Chennai from France via Dubai /Emitras airlines on 15/01/2021 with PCR test, is there any quarantine? Is there any local test, Because we are coming only for 2 weeks if there was a quarantantie for 14 days no use to come.Lose of money for our ticket. Could you please conforme me asap ?
And i will take a covid test on 12/01/2021 & 14/01/21 flight and arrivel chennai on 15/01/2021
Hi Mahalakshmi! Home quarantine is mandatory for all international arrivals in Tamil Nadu, except for those on a short visit for 7 days. In the current circumstances, home quarantine may not be excused for travelers from Europe.
Thanks your replay , so i’ve to home quarantaine ? 7 or 14days?
Please mention it? IS there any local test in the air port? In how many hours i will get the resultat and its free or paid?
There is no free testing facility at the airport. Even if you take a test at Chennai airport and the result is negative, 14-day home quarantine is mandatory.
I thought a short visit exemption was for “3 days” (to show a valid return ticket). did they change it to 7 days? Can you please share me a link of the news
I am planning to travelling from Abu Dhabi to Vizag via Chennai. The Abu Dhabi flight will reach Chennai at 1.30 Am and Chennai Vizag will depart at 7.00 Am next day. There will be 6 hrs waiting at Chennai.
Kindly advise, if 6 hrs is sufficient for transistion at Chennai airport. What will be the procedure for transit passengers at Chennai airport.
Thanks & Regards,
Hi Venkat! If you carry a negative RT-PCR certificate from Abu Dhabi, you will have a smooth transition at Chennai Airport. 6 hours is ample time for transition.
My wife and 2 year old daughter will be travelling to Chennai from Newyork in next 3 weeks. Do we need to do Covid test for my 2 year old daughter?
Hi Velayutham! In the current circumstances, kids above 6 months of age need a negative COVID report for traveling to Chennai.
I will be travelling from Canada -> Delhi -> Chennai in the month of Feb through Air India under VBM. I am accompanying 2 kids less than 10 years of age and would be applying for the exemption from institutional quarantine. Could you please confirm if we would still be required to carry covid results even if exemption is approved ? Will I be allowed to take domestic connecting flight without covid test from Delhi to Chennai and thereafter to exit from Chennai airport ?
Hi Mahesh! You and your family may not be allowed to continue travel from Delhi Airport without a negative COVID report.
Hi, I am travelling from Dubai to Chennai by Emirates mid Jan. Please clarify if (1) RT-PCR test report downloaded from approved lab website in Dubai will suffice or I need to get a printout stamped by the lab? (2) Do I have to update Air Suvidha surely? (3) Will there be 14 days home quarantine for every passenger arriving in Chennai even if there is a negative test report? I am not clear where the article says asymptomatic will need 14 days home quarantine. Thanks
i Venkatesh! Even if you are negative and asymptomatic, home quarantine is mandatory. It is recommended the test report features a valid stamp from the testing lab. You need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha and upload the report within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey from Dubai, no matter it is approved or not. You can show it on arrival at Chennai Airport.
I appreciate and thank you for the response. Here the test lab intimates the results by SMS with a link to download the report. The report downloaded is basically a scanned copy which contains signature and stamp. I guess a printed copy of that will meet the requirement at Chennai. Please confirm. Thanks again.
Hi Venkatesh! Yes, a printout of the report will work. Also you are required to upload the report to Air Suvidha and apply for exemption based on the same.
I am travelling from London to Chennai through Air India on 13th Jan with my friend
We will be carrying RT PCR test so what will be the quarantine rule for RT PCR negative passengers at Chennai, kindly help me, please
Hi Santosh! Despite carrying a negative RT-PCR report, you may be tested after arrival at Chennai Airport and you will have to pay for the test. If the result is negative, you will be advised 14-day home quarantine.
Hi this is masiha I’m coming from London it’s is possible can I return with in one week
Hi Masiha! What is your destination in India? If you are traveling to Delhi or Mumbai, 7-day institutional quarantine is mandatory.
I am travelling from London to Chennai on 13th Jan by Air India. I will be having an RT PCR TEST certificate, Is there any institutional quarantine for RT PCR negative passengers at Chennai? Kindly let me know, please.
Many thanks in advance.
Hi Santosh! Unlike Delhi and Mumbai, there is no compulsory institutional quarantine in Chennai for travelers from the UK, who test negative. In spite of carrying a negative RT-PCR test report, you may be tested after arrival at Chennai Airport.
Will be home quarantine after testing?
Will, there be any quarantine after local covid testing? let me know, please
I am planning to fly from Canada on Jan 23. I just want to confirm if a negative test in mandatory before departure from Canada or I can choose to take a COVID test on arrival to Chennai. I am transiting through Dubai.
I would rather take my test on arrival than departure. As far as I know, it is not mandatory to have a negative test before boarding flight to India from Canada. I want to confirm things at India end.
Hi Venkatram! You can take a COVID test after arrival at Chennai Airport. However, make sure to check with the airline whether you will be allowed to board and travel without a negative RT-PCR certificate.
Hi I am planning for a trip to Dubai around 26th Jan with wife and 7 year old kid. I live in Mumbai however we are [planning to go from Chennai and return back from Dubai to Chennai and then take a flight back to Mumbai.
I would come with a test report from Dubai. Will i and my family be quarantined in Chennai? Please let me know
Hi Umesh! You will be quarantined for 7 days at a payable institutional facility in Mumbai.
Hi I am planning for a trip to Dubai around 25th Jan with wife and 7 year old kid. I live in Mumbai however we are planning to go from Chennai and return back from Dubai to Chennai and then take a domestic flight back to Mumbai.
I would come with a test report from Dubai. Will i and my family be quarantined in Chennai? Please let me know
I have a ticket booked on BA leaving Newark, USA on the 12th of February transiting through London via BA 035 and arriving in Chennai on the 13th night/14th early morning. Will I be subject to mandatory quarantine even though I am not a UK based passenger? I expect to have a -ve RT-PCR Test prior to boarding and will submit the Air Suvidha form and get the TN-epass. Thank you for any feedback!
Hi Rohan! Newark being the country of origin, you won’t be subject to mandatory quarantine if you are asymptomatic and carry a negative RT-PCR report.
I am scheduled to travel from Washington DC to Delhi to Chennai via Air India on Jan 15th. I have a 5 hour overlay time in Delhi. I have completed the 2 forms on Air Suvidha website, the self reporting and the exemption form and have uploaded the COVID RT PCR form. I also have documentation of the two doses of Moderna COVID vaccine that I have received.
I would like to know:
– What information do I have to provide at the Delhi airport to be able to board the connecting flight to Chennai?
– What information do I have to provide at the Chennai airport to be able to exit the airport without institutional quarantine?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Hi Farida! You need to provide a printout of the self-reporting form that you filled on Air Suvidha, and the negative RT-PCR report. You need to provide the same at Chennai Airport.
Thank you for the prompt response. Appreciate it.
Wish you happy and safe travel!
Can you please clarify whether an RT-PCR test is required of would a PCR test be sufficient?
Hi Pradeep! If you are an international traveler flying into India, you need a negative RT-PCR test report.
I have a travel planned from Munich to Coimbatore via Chennai in Feb 2021.
I will be doing a RT-PCR test in Munich before boarding itself. Since I am travelling only for 2 weeks, is there an exception of home quarantine if my RT-PCR test is negative?
I am also thinking of making a second RT-PCR test within 7 days of arrival in Coimbatore.
Hi Satish! In Tamil Nadu, home quarantine is mandatory for all international arrivals. You can show your confirmed return travel tickets and request the officials at Chennai Airport for exemption from home quarantine.
Travelling to Chennai via Mumbai (AIR INDIA) from USA, is WalGreens The Rapid ID NOW test result acceptable.
Hi Sarangarajan! Only negative RT-PCR test results are accepted at Indian airports.
My husband and kids are travelling to chennai from London on Jan 27th. What is the quarantine rules for UK returnees in chennai at present? Is it institutional or home quarantine? And if it is home quarantine should the address be mandatorily within chennai?
Hi Ahalya! Home quarantine applies to all international arrivals in Chennai/Tamil Nadu. They may be exempted from institutional quarantine if they travel with a negative RT-PCR report.
I’m planning to travel from London to Chennai on 27th Jan 2021 with two kids. Could you please confirm whether it is home quarantine or institutional quarantine upon arrival from UK?. I will need to travel to madurai by car from chennai airport. Can I quarantine at my home in madurai, if it is only home quarantine?.”
Hi Vasanth! You will be advised home quarantine at your final destination, Madurai. You will get exemption from institutional quarantine if you travel with a negative RT-PCR report.
Hi – I am travelling to Chennai from Canada with my kids(3 yrs old son ans 11 months old daughter )via dubai to chennai in Emirates on Feb.
Emirates mentioned in their website that Negative PCR Covid report is required for even my kids who are less than 4 yrs.Is this true?
I am ok with adults taking a test but pls confirm for kids
Hi Vinoth! Yes, Emirates is right. Unlike other Indian cities, Chennai has a different requirement. It is recommended that you don’t get your kids tested before departure if Emirates boards them without any negative test result. If you find that COVID testing is mandatory for kids upon arrival at Chennai Airport, you can get them tested at Chennai Airport; otherwise, no need.
I want to travel from USA to chennai for an emergency. I have recently recovered fully from covid. The RT PCR test comes +ve for few days if you have once been affected. Is there any i can travel to chennai without the rt pcr? My rapid test is -ve .
Hi Nithya! Only negative RT-PCR test results are accepted from international arrivals at Indian airports. You can travel to Chennai without a negative RT-PCR report and can take a COVID test upon arrival at Chennai Airport.
Hi sir, I am travelling from Canada to Chennai via New Delhi for a day (short visit). I will produce pcr negative on my arrival at delhi&chennai. Am I allowed to take return flight(from MAA) to Canada (via DEL) next day?thanks
Hi Mani! In our opinion, you can. You need to carry your return flight tickets and share details of your return travel plans when you arrive at Delhi Airport.
Hi…Still qurentine for 14 day is applicable for those who travelling from Other state ( west bengal)
Hi Santanu! There is no quarantine in Tamil Nadu for inter-state travelers.
I need to travel from US to Chennai via Qatar. Can someone tell me what other forms are required at Chennai airport other than covid test results.
Hi Senthil! You need to fill out a self-reporting form on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to your travel from the US and take a printout of the filled form. In addition, you will be given a declaration form either on board or upon arrival at Chennai Airport.
I am planning to travel to Chennai from UK via Bangalore. I would like to take self quarantine in Chennai on my own expense which is like Hotel Quarantine. Are the hotels in Chennai still provide Self Quarantine for the international passengers with Negative test result. I don’t want to take home Quarantine. Is there any rules for the same?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Saravana! Please be advised to contact the Chennai airport officials upon arrival at Chennai Airport. They must have a list of hotels with quarantine facilities.
Planning a trip from SFO to chennai and I plan to take RT PCR prior to departure.
Air India website’s option via Delhi jas just 1 hour layover at Delhi?
Is this sufficient time to make the connecting flight to chennai also operated by air India? Pls advise if airline will prioritize the boarding for the connecting flight?
Hi SS! Just one-hour layover is not sufficient at all to make your way for the connecting domestic flight at Delhi Airport. Upon arrival, you will undergo thermal checking, pulse oxymeter screening and immigration clearance.
I am travelling from Canada to Chennai via UK and recahing chennai on Feb 5. Planning to stay in Hotel for a day and take domestic flight next day from Chennai to Madurai. Will I be allowed to stay in hotel for one day and then fly from chennai to Madurai?
Hi Murugan! Upon arrival, you will get to know whether you can stay at a Chennai hotel for one day. Please do make sure to travel with a negative RT-PCR test result.
Thanks for the very useful information posted here. My parents are travelling from Chicago to Chennai on Qatar firs t week of Feb. Both of them recovered from COVID recently. So there is a chance that the RT-PCR might come positive. In that case , can they fly to Chennai without an RT-PCR through Doha and get the test done at Chennai airport testing facility ? Appreciate a quick response and help.
Hi Divya! As per the information available with us, a negative RT-PCR test result is mandatory for boarding and traveling on Qatar Airways.
I’m traveling from Manchester – Doha – Chennai through Qatar airways on 2nd Feb 2021. As I’m traveling with my wife, daughter (6years old) and son (1 year old). Do I need to take RT PCR test for both the kids before travel?
Thanks in advance!
Hi Gowthaman! Usually, all travelers from Europe must have a negative RT-PCR test result. The same is mandatory for boarding and traveling on Qatar Airways. Please check with Qatar Airways if they will onboard your kids without a negative COVID result.
Will be travelling from Singapore to Coimbatore transit through Chennai on end Feb. Understand, negative RT-PCR test result is must but we are travelling with kids who are below 10 years.
Can they be excempted from RT-PCR test ? Also can my wife & myself do the test at Chennai airport upon arrival? Thank you.
Hi Sundaresan! As far as we know, Tamil Nadu requires a negative COVID report from all international arrivals including kids above 6 months. It is recommended that you apply for exemption on Air Suvidha on grounds of traveling with kids below 10. If the exemption is approved, the kids, at least won’t need a test. If the exemption is rejected, all of you can take an RT-PCR test either before departure or upon arrival at Chennai MAA Airport.
Im travelling from canada to chennai via london by BA on feb 25 with my wife and 13 yr old please explain me of the process whether we have to quarantine or not regardless of pcr tests.
thanks n regards,
Hi Ram! If all of you are asymptomatic and get a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to traveling from Canada, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine in Chennai. Only home quarantine will apply for 7-14 days.
I am planning to travel to Chennai from Doha for an urgent matter. If i am carrying negative RT PCR from Doha, will i be eligible for home quarantine. Also please tell me is it 7 days or 14 days of quarantine?
Hi Manju! Mumbai has mandatory institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East, Europe and South Africa, irrespective of their negative COVID status.
My husband is travelling from London to Chennai on 10th of Feb 2021. Please let me know what is the current quarantine rules for UK passengers. If he is asymptomatic he should undergo institutional quarantine or home quarantine?
Hi Gayathri! Travelers from the UK have to undergo an RT-PCR test before departure and a COVID test after arrival at Chennai Airport. If both the results are negative, they will be exempted from institutional quarantine. Only Home quarantine will apply.
Has the home quarantine 7-14 days requirement for overseas travellers (with business visa coming from Canada with negative PCR) been extended past Jan. 31st?
Hi Chris! Home quarantine for 7-14 days does still apply to overseas travelers in Tamil Nadu.
Hi, I am planning to travel from Toronto to Chennai for a week to take care of a house sale. Will it be possible to return back to Toronto within a week? Should i apply for an exemption for quarantine? Please advice and i am not able to avoid this trip, Thanks so much.
Hi Ajay! As per the mandate, you need to take an RT-PCR test and apply for exemption on Air Suvidha. Please note that exemption is exemption from institutional quarantine. There is not provision to apply for exemption from home quarantine on Air Suvidha. You can request exemption from home quarantine, provide your negative RT-PCR test result, and show your return flight tickets upon arrival at Chennai MAA airport.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CHENNAI AIRPORT ABOUT YOUR SHORT TRIP , I AM TOO DOING IT SOON… THANKS IN ADVANCE
I took rt pcr test for me and my wife . I have 1yr2months baby . we dint take test for baby . Is it okay to travel in Air india . irs emergency kindly pls reply . still our exemption status is pending and we missed the flight already ..I booked in emirates . kindly pls update
Hi Bala! A COVID test is not mandatory for traveling on Air India unless it is required for entry to the port of arrival or destination in India. You can travel without getting the infant tested before departure.
I am travelling from Denmark to Chennai via Dubai (Emirates airline) on Feb 20. I will present a test taken 96 hours before arrival, you mentioned there is a possibility of taking a test at the Chennai airport. Can any international traveler take it or is it only for certain people ? Also how to book the test online in Chennai airport ?
Many thanks for this help 🙂
Hi Sowjanya! If Emirates Airlines allows you to board and travel without a negative RT-PCR test result, you can take a COVID test upon arrival at Chennai Airport. There is no way to book a test online. For more information, you can visit the website of Chennai Airport and call the helpline of the airline. First, check with Emirates Airlines if you will be allowed to board and travel without a negative RT-PCR test result from Denmark.
Hi, I am planning to travel to Chennai on Feb 11 & return to US by Feb 20. Is this fine?
Hi Sudhan! You need exemption from home quarantine in order to travel back within 14 days of your arrival in Tamil Nadu. If you are asymptomatic, get a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey from the US, and carry confirmed return flight tickets, you have fair chances to get exemption from home quarantine and be allowed to travel back within 14 days of arrival.
I am arriving on Feb 7th at 2.00 am. I am travelling from US through Doha, Qatar. TN E-pass form asks for Vehicle number inorder to exit the airport. I am planning to take a cab outside the airport. What is the procedure in this scenario as I will not know my vehicle details until I book for the vehicle.
Hi Richard! You can pre-book a cab/taxi. Or, be advised to check with Qatar Airways if you will be able to board the flight without a TN e-pass. If yes, you can get a TN E-pass upon arrival at Chennai Airport.
I am planning to travel from US to Chennai in March. If I have a negative RTPCR test from US and fill Air Suvidha exemption form online, do I need to home quarantine in Chennai?
Hi Prakash! Home quarantine is mandatory in Chennai. Of course, there are exemptions, like medical emergency, short visit, death-like emergency, etc. Given the volatile scenario, the regulations for international arrivals may be relaxed in March.
I am traveling to Chennai from London on march 4 th. I need a negative covid test , tn e pass . Will I be applicable for 14 days home quarantine ? I am pregnant. What else do I need? Do i need to do pcr at the Chennai airport again and how long will it take for the results to come
Hi Aishwarya! If you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test result, you will be exempted from institutional quarantine. However, home quarantine is mandatory. Travelers from the UK are required to take a COVID test upon arrival at any major Indian airport. It may take 4-6 hours to receive the test result at Chennai Airport.
Hi, I will be travelling from Pune (Maharashtra) to Chennai in the first week of March. Do I need to get TN e-pass? Also, do we have quarantine rules?
Hi Revathi! If you are an asymptomatic domestic traveler, you neither require TN e-pass nor have to undergo any sort of quarantine.
Thanks! Does it require PCR test to prove that I am asymptomatic.
Hi Revathi! COVID testing is mandatory for travelers arriving into Chennai from Maharashtra, Delhi and Gujarat. You can choose to get tested upon arrival at Chennai Airport.
Hi, I am planning to arrive in Chennai on Feb 10th from Toronto, and am coming with an Negative PCR testing. I have an important exam which is booked on 18th Feb. Am I eligible for exemption of any chance with 7 days quarantine. I am also ready for another PCR testing on arrivals if they request to do and give me the exemption for 7 days. Please advice!
Hi Jana! Please be advised to share your reason for seeking exemption from home quarantine and provide a valid proof upon arrival at Chennai Airport, you will have fair chances for exemption from home quarantine.
Thank you for the Repaly.
Hi, have received 2 doses of the pfizer vaccine , will be travelling to chennai for a week , will i still need a home quarantine ?
Hello Dr. Shoba! The government of India has not yet issued any circular for exemption from home quarantine for vaccinated travelers from abroad. However, international travelers on a short-visit are likely to be exempted from home quarantine. If you travel with confirmed return flight tickets and a negative RT-PCR test result, you have fair chances for exemption from home quarantine.
Below are my questions for you and thank you in advance for the replies. I am traveler from NYC
1. I have to go to Coimbatore and the only way to get there is to fly into Mumbai/Delhi and then take a domestic flight to Coimbatore. My question here is: How does that work? Do i stay in the airport and wait till the next flght. What if the flight is on the next day, does it mean I need to qarantine in mubai/Delhi and then fly to Coimbatore?
2. Can I travel, work for 5-6 days and head back to USA? Or do I need mandatory 14 days quarantine? I understand that I will need to get tests before and after?
Hi Adam! Most probably, you will have to wait at the airport premises until the next flight. If you are asymptomatic, have a negative RT-PCR test result and return flight tickets, you have fair chances to get exemption from home quarantine and be allowed to travel back in a week.
I am travelling to Bangalore on 12.2.2021. I have a connecting domestic flight from Bangalore to Tuticorin on 13th. Do I need to fill any e-pass for this travel?
Should excemption form be filled?
How long does it take for the approval for both of these forms? Can I apply right before my boarding with connecting domestic flight?
Hi Lakshmi! Yes, you need to register on this portal https://tnepass.tnega.org/ and apply for a TN E-pass. You must fill out the exemption form within 72 hours prior to undertaking your international flight to Bangalore, not domestic flight to Tuticorin.
Hi, I am planning to travel to Bangalore on 18th February and take a taxi to chennai, when i checked for the TN e-pass it only provides me with an option of flying straight to Chennai Airport, how am i supposed to fill this or no need to fill the e-pass? Can you please assist me on this.
Thanks in advance.
Hi Bala! The TN e-pass is required to help you exit Chennai Airport. Since you are not traveling to Chennai Airport, you need not apply for it. Rather, you may apply for a travel pass on Karnataka State government’s portal https://sevasindhu.karnataka.gov.in/Sevasindhu/English.
I am traveling from London to Chennai through banglore .I will be taking a separate flight to Chennai .
Do I have to take covid test both in Bangalore and Chennai.
Or only one is fine .
Thanks in advance .
Hi Aarthi! You will have to take a COVID test only at BLR Airport.
I am travelling to Chennai from Manchester UK on Feb 19th along with my family. I have a daughter 4 years old. I should have negative PCR Test, TN epass & install App. May I know whether the PCR Test will be conducted again in Chennai? If so how much time will it take to clear all security & other procedures? Do we need to undergo home quarantine?
Hi Mohanraj! In our opinion, you won’t be put to a COVID test upon arrival at Chennai Airport if you are asymptomatic and have a negative RT-PCR test report. If you are asked to take a COVID test upon arrival, it will take minimum 6 hours. Yes, home quarantine applies to all international arrivals in Tamil Nadu.
Thank you very much for your response!
Hi editor. You’ve been of great help and assistance to all.
May I know if there’s any update on the state wise quarantine regulations for Tamil Nadu as yet?
We would appreciate if you could keep us posted on the said. Thank you
Hi Stephanie! There is yet no update on Tamil Nadu’s quarantine regulations for international arrivals.
Hi I will be traveling from Malaysia to Chennai via Dubai and further want to go to Goa can I book my ticket once I m there in Chennai airport
Hi Joystan! Yes, you can do. If you have a negative RT-PCR test report or take a COVID test upon arrival at Chennai Airport, then you are eligible for exemption from institutional quarantine. As a result, you will be allowed to travel further from Chennai Airport.
I will be travelling to Chennai from Dubai on 20th March for a medical visit for approx. 1 week. ( I don’t reside there. I will be staying at a hotel). Is there any exemption from quarantine for medical visits?
I am planning to fly to Cochin after the same. Will I need to take the covid test again prior to flying to Cochin? Also is there any exemption from quarantine in Cochin? Please advise. Thank you
Hi Rohan! If your medical purpose is a medical emergency, then you are eligible for exemption from quarantine. If yes, you need to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha. If no, you need a negative RT-PCR test report to exempt institutional quarantine upon arrival in Chennai. If you share your onward travel plans and provide substantial proof of your purpose of visit upon arrival at Chennai Airport, you have fair chances to be exempted from home quarantine too. You need not take a COVID test prior to traveling to Cochin.
i will be travelling to europe from chennai via emirates . I need to take a rapid test within 4 hours before departure. IS rapid test facility available in chennai airport for International departure?
Hi Mano! The COVID testing facility at Chennai Airport is only for international arrivals.
My in-laws are travelling on Feb 18th from Houston to Chennai via Dubai in Emirates. They will be taking the negative PCR COVID test with them and update the e-pass for TN govt. Couple of questions: Should I fill the form for Air Suvidha? Should they download the Aarogya Sethu app?
Hi Anu! On behalf of them, you need to fill out two forms on Air Suvidha – one self-reporting form and one exemption form based on a negative RT-PCR test report. Filling out the self-reporting form is mandatory. You need to take a printout of the confirmation email that you will receive on successful filling out the self-reporting form. Filling out the exemption form is mandatory too, but there is relaxation. In case you are not able to apply for exemption on Air Suvidha or the application status is pending, your in-laws can carry the negative report (hard copy/soft copy) and show it upon arrival at Chennai Airport. Downloading the Arogya Setu app is another obligation. We wish them safe and happy travel. Please share their travel experience with us and other travelers here once they reach the destination safely.
Hi, I’m an OCI cardholder traveling from Manila to Chennai via Hongkong in May or June. Is negative PCR test result mandatory upon entering Chennai? Thank you.
Hi Zharonne! Since May/June is far from now, what will be mandatory then cannot be confirmed now.
Hi i am travelling from Singapore to Chennai in March. Have two questions
i have taken two vaccines – Pfizer BioNtech
Will do the RT PCR test too. In this case do i need to do home quarantine. Any updates from Tamilnadu govt
Also as per my understanding the following are the procedures to be done (info gathered from various sources). Can confirm this is the right list
1. High comission of Indian website – Registration – I am very clear whether this applies or not since the compelling reasons dont apply for me.
2. RT – PCR with 96 hours of travel
3. TN epass
4. Air suvidha registration
5. Arockiya Sethu app – registration
Is this list correct. Thanks in Advance for your advise
Hi Bala! Home quarantine is mandatory for all international arrivals in Tamil Nadu. Registration on any government portal, except Air Suvidha, is no longer in effect. The rest of the details are correct.
Hello Indian Eagle team,
i really appreciate the effort you are putting giving guidance to the travellers.
i am planning my travel from Detroit to chennai. yet to book the flight tickets. I learned that i need to carry RT PCR test report along with me which i will plan.
But as soon as i land in Chennai, with in a day, i may have to attend the Visa application center to drop my passport. Will that be allowed. May be on the same day, i need to travel to my native place Nellore.
Could you please let me know if it is possible to attend the visa centre and then go to my native by car.
Hi Anil! If you are asymptomatic, have a negative RT-PCR test report and share your purpose of visit upon arrival at Chennai Airport, you will be allowed.
First I want to thankyou for sharing all the information.
Can you please answer my 2 questions with respect to travel from USA to Chennai in March month.
1. My actual hometown in Tamilnadu is not Chennai. I need to travel another 6 hours away from Chennai.
In this case, with negative RT-PCR test result (72 hour prior) and TN-eReg pass, can I travel to my hometown (via Train or Bus) immediately after coming out from Chennai airport or any sort of quarantine is needed in Chennai itself.
2. Is 14 days quarantine is mandatory or can I get exemption for just 7 days, as I have personal work after that.
Thanks again in advance.
First I like to thank for addressing all our concerns.
I’m also seeking information towards my travel from USA to Chennai in March.
1. My hometown is not Chennai and I too need to travel around 300 kms from Chennai to reach my hometown.
In this case where do I need to Quarantine.
2. Is 14 days quarantine is mandatory or can I undergo just 7 days of quarantine due to personal work.
HI Prakash! You can undergo home/self quarantine in your hometown. In the declaration form that you need to submit at Chennai Airport, you can mention the place of your home quarantine. usually, 14-day quarantine is mandatory.
i am travelling from Los Angeles to Chennai via dubai on Thursday 18-Feb. I tried applying the TN-EPASS on 16-Feb for the travel. but it is not allowing to fill two flight information. i could enter the Dubai to Chennai (EK0542 information alone) which is 19-Feb 9:00 PM at dubai time and reach chennai at 20-Feb 2:15 AM IST . TN Epass is generated with validity from 20-Fe-2021 to 23-Feb-2021. Does Epass validity need to be there for travel at departure on Los Angeles?
HI Mahe! Your boarding at Los Angeles has nothing to do with the validity of your TN e-pass. What matters to the airline crew is whether you have applied for a TN e-pass.
Hi i am coming to kerala from singapore for one week . since there is no frequent flights back from kerala to singapore is it possible for me to directly come to chennai and fly back to singapore. ??do i need to get any approval or documents for entering tamilnadu??
Hi Nanitha! If home quarantine applies to you upon arrival in Kerala, you can travel to Tamil Nadu on completion of home quarantine in Kerala. There is no restriction on inter-state travel.
Hello, Im travelling from Ireland to Chennai and then need to take domestic flight to Coimbatore on same day.
How much time I would need in Chennai airport to complete the process and do I need to take covid test in Chennai even if I hold negative PCR results not expired 72 hours?
Hi Amar! All UK travelers need to take a COVID test upon arrival in India despite carrying a negative RT-PCR test report. In view of this regulation, the entire process may take 8-10 hours.
Thanks for the reply.. So COVID test is only for UK travellers? I’m coming via Dubai to Chennai from Ireland.
Thanks a ton for helping us with your valuable answers for our queries, really appreciate all your work.
I am travelling from Newark to Chennai via New Delhi(Air India flights) after a week.
I will upload self reporting form & negative RT-PCR test reports to Air Suvidha portal and get TN e.Pass as well.
1) Negative RT-PCR test will let me take connecting flight to chennai and also exempt me from institutional quarantine at chennai airport. TN e.Pass will let me exit chennai airport with 7 days mandatory home quarantine. Is my understanding correct?
2) Layover time in Delhi – 3h — Is that good enough to finish all formalities – Thermal screening, pulseoximeter check, immigration clearance?
3) Are we allowed to stay in any chennai hotel as 7 days home quarantine?
Thank you for any feedback.
Hi DJ! Yes, your understanding of the information is correct. 3-hr layover is enough. If there is no provision for self-quarantine at a residence, you can choose to quarantine yourself at an institutional facility like hotel.
My father being hospitalized in India hence I am travelling from Seattle-Chennai on 2/20 and then take bus or car to Tirupati. Can you confirm if the below list is correct and add any details if i have missed any.
1. Negative PCR test
2. Provide information in Air Suvidha
3. TN ePass
4. Due to serious illness I am exempted from quarantine (Institute or home).
I am traveling from Atlanta -Chicago and then Chicago to Coimbatore via Delhi on 20 Feb,
Do we need an E PASS if our final destination is Salem, after reaching Coimbatore I have to go Salem.
Please advise. Thanks
Hi Soundarrajan! You need to apply for a TN e-pass.
I am panning to travel to Pune with Emirates on 3rd March, the flight route it Dublin->Chennai->Pune.I will be carrying the PCR Test Report.Do I need to undergo any test at MAA Airport or I can directly board my connecting flight.
Hi Payal! You will have to undergo a molecular test at MAA Airport. You may not be allowed to travel further unless the test result is delivered.
I am planning to fly from UK to Chennai and then to Pondicherry by road where I live. I understand that I will need a 72 hour valid RT-PCR test from UK and also have a further PCR test at Chennai. Is this facility available at Chennai Airport.?
If so, could you also please let me know what the wait is at the Airport to get the results back?
Will I also need the TN e pass to travel to Pondicherry? Is any other registration such as Air Suvidha Portal required?
Thank you for your reply
Hi Mathew! Chennai Airport has COVID testing facility for international arrivals. The entire process may take minimum 6 hours at Chennai Airport. Yes, you need to apply for a TN e-pass. Filling out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha is mandatory.
My dad needs to go to Colombu from Chennai. Does he need to apply for a e-pass to get a transit flight from Delhi? Also he has a Sri-Lankan passport.
Hi Shiro! If he does not exit Chennai Airport, he needs not apply for a TN e-pass.
– Travelling to Goa from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia via either Chennai or Mumbai and then getting a connecting flight to Goa
– Travelling with Business Visa and PCR test
what are the procedures at the airport of arrival before final destination and how long of a time frame is needed between connecting flights
Hi Vimal! Nothing much. You will undergo thermal screening and a few other checks at the arrival airport. It may take max 2-3 hours.
I’m travelling from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur. Is it mandatory for a covid test to show at the Chennai airport?
Hi Karish! If a negative COVID test report is a mandatory requirement for traveling to Kuala Lumpur, then you will have to show at the time of boarding at Chennai Airport.
Hello indianeagle ,
Thank you for all this information. Its been very useful reading through all your posts.
I am travelling from Amsterdam to Chennai via Dubai with a 5 month old baby.
From what i understand with the new regulations i need;
1. Negative PCR test for myself and my wife. Does the baby need to have a negative PCR test result too?
2. Self Declaration Form.
3. TN E pass
4. I applied for an exemption on the basis that i am travelling with a baby. But it seems that regulation has been changed ? So is this required?
5. We also need to get a molecular test on arrival in Chennai. We dont need to wait for the results but will receive the results when at home. Is that correct? And also does the baby need to be tested here again?
Hi Vinoo! In our opinion, the 5-month-old is exempted from pre-arrival RT-PCR test and on-arrival molecular test.
Great! Is there anyway i can confirm this.
Would the airlines be able to confirm?
Hi Indianeagle Team,
Really appreciate the great work you all are doing! Great work!
I am an American citizen with OCI.
I am planning to travel on April 2nd 2021 on Qatar Airways from DFW to Coimbatore via DOHA and Chennai (DFW->DOHA->Chennai-> Coimbatore).
I plan to take a flight to Coimbatore by indigo airlines later on the same day.
My Chennai->Coimbatore ticket is a separate ticket (not the same PNR as the DFW-Doha-chennai itinerary)
I have the following questions
1) Are there any restrictions for arrivals in Chennai since I am transiting via Middle East with a US passport and OCI
i.e. Can OCI cardholders with US passports travel on India-bound Qatar Airways flights from USA
2) I plan to have the following when i arrive in Chennai: Negative RT-PCR test, Self Declaration form, TN e-pass. Is there anything else i need?
3) Can I leave the airport and return later the same day to catch my next flight to CBE or am I restricted to wait in the airport until my next flight to Coimbatore?
4) How long would I be subject to home quarantine in Coimbatore?
5) since my Chennai->Coimbatore ticket is a separate ticket (not the same PNR as the DFW-Doha-chennai itinerary), will i be forced to quarantine in Chennai?
6) I am hearing rumors on further lockdowns in different cities in India. Any news on lockdowns in TN in April?
I would appreciate it if youu could please reply at your earliest convenience.
I am depending upon your answers to buy my tickets.
Thanks again for all your help
Hi Kala! You can travel on Qatar Airways and via Doha. No restrictions on your arrival in Chennai. No other thing is required (2). We are not sure whether you will be allowed to exit and re-enter the airport. Tamil Nadu has 14-day home quarantine policy for international arrivals. You will be advised home quarantine at your final destination, not in Chennai. Even if lockdown is imposed, air travel won’t be affected. Please note you will be required to give your swab sample for a molecular test before taking the connecting domestic flight.
Hello Kala, Can you please share your experience if you completed the trip. My final destination is Coimbatore via Chennai. Is it advisable to stay in the airport and board the flight to Cbe or take a break in Chennai and catch the flight later in the dat to Cbe. Your response is highly appreciated.
Dear Indianeagle Team,
Thank you for all this information.
I am travelling from Dubai to Chennai on 3rd Mar in Business class. Do we need to undergo for a molecular test on arrival in Chennai Airport even if we are carrying a PCR negative test result taken within 72 hrs? If we need to undergo for a molecular test upon arrival , is there a separate que for Business class passenger? Kindly clarify.
Hi Ahmed! A molecular test is mandatory for all international travelers transiting through or coming from the Middle East and Europe. In your case, you may be allowed to exit the airport right after giving your swab sample. We are not sure whether there is a separate queue for business class travelers.
My wife and kids will be traveling from NJ to Chennai and from Chennai to Trivandrum 2 day later . If I have the negative pcr test do they need to quarantine in Chennai because they will be traveling to Trivandrum 2 days later which is their final destination. Can they quarantine in Trivandrum? Instead of Chennai
Hi Sree! It is subject to approval from the authority at Chennai Airport. She can share her domestic travel plans with the official at Chennai Airport.
I have a flight from SFO to Chennai on March 7th. Is there a new announcement regarding 7 days compulsory quarantine for Tamil Nadu arrival from abroad (US). Also if yes, is it home or institutional. Thanks.
Hi Manoj! Home-quarantine will apply to you if you take an RT-PCR test and upload the report onto Air Suvidha within 72 hours of undertaking the journey from Chennai. According to the newly issued guidelines, you will have to give your swab sample at Chennai Airport if you transit in the Middle East or Europe. You will be allowed to exit the airport without having to wait for the result of the swab sample testing.
Dear Indian Eagle Team,
I am traveling in mid-March to Chennai and staying for about 4-weeks (visiting family). I have already taken 2-doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
1) Documentation / Registration:
* Air Suvidha: Is this applicable to Chennai airport?
* TN E-pass: Is this still required?
* Covid RT-PCR: Is this still required for vaccinated people?
* Is 2-week home quarantine required for vaccinated people?
* Can I apply for exemption from home quarantine based on vaccination? Do you know if others have been granted exemption?
Hi Anoop! The government of India has not yet come up with relaxation/exemption for vaccinated travelers from abroad. Hence, home-quarantine applies to the vaccinated international travelers. You need to upload a negative RT-PCR test report onto Air Suvidha and fill out a self-declaration form on the same portal within 72 hours of your scheduled departure for India. Yes, TN e-pass is still required.
Hi Indian eagle team
Thanks for your services. I am traveling from US to India with RT PCR Test certificate. Do I have to register for Tamilnadu E pass also? If so can you provide the exact form link?
I will be returning to US after 14 days stay in chennai. Do i have to go through any further process for return travel?
Hi Kumar! If Tamil Nadu is your destination, you need to apply for TN e-pass on https://tnepass.tnega.org/. You must have a negative RT-PCR test report at the time of boarding flight to USA from India.
Myslef, Yariswamy Manjunath, presently in USA. I will be traveling to Bangalore and after a week, I have to attend my visa interview in Chennai on March 25th and 26th. Should I undergo quarantine in Chennai? I am also vaccinated (both doses are completed). Please provide your suggestions.
Thanks and regards,
Hi Yariswamy! Please be advised to share your purpose of visit and domestic travel plans when you arrive at BLR Airport. It will help get the home-quarantine period reduced for you. The government of India has not yet issued any relaxation/exemption for vaccinated travelers from abroad.
Hi i will be travelling on March 15 from Doha to Chennai, i will be having PCR test report .
should i still have to take molecular test in chennai airport? if so should i wait for the result to come or i can leave?
Also i am travelling for only 4 days as my father is sick. so 4 days will be my home quarantine and is it allowed to travel back to doha as i am still in quarantine period
Hi Mahek! Travelers coming from or transiting in the Middle East and Europe have to give their swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at the entry airport in India. You will be able to exit the airport without having to wait for the result. You will be allowed to travel back in 4 days provided you test negative in the molecular test and carry confirmed return flight tickets.
Hi, I’ll be travelling from Dubai, UAE to Chennai on 21.03.2021, need to know whether there is compulsory home quarantine for 14 days as I need to travel back to UAE within 10 days. Thanks for your service.
Hi Sathya! Yes, 14-day home quarantine is mandatory in Tamil Nadu. However, you will be able to travel back within 10 days provided you share your return travel plans, confirmed return tickets and your purpose of visit when you arrive at Chennai MAA Airport from Dubai. Please note you will have to give your swab sample for a molecular testing at Chennai Airport according to the new guidelines which took effect on Feb 23.
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am planning to to travel to Chennai from USA. I am ready to take test & upload it and also to get the ePass. Should I still home quarantine or I have to just self monitor ? I need to go to a office to submit some documentation immediately after arrival. Will I be able to do it ?
Hi Kaushik! Chennai has 14-day home quarantine for international arrivals.
I am planning to to travel to Chennai from USA via Doha I am ready to take test & upload it and also to get the TN ePass. do I still need to quarantine for 14days (i have my visa appointment interview) . i will be getting my vaccination before my travelling date. (i also plan to leave Chennai as soon as my interview is over to another state) Do i still require to quarantine all 14days or do we think it may be reduced due to me having vaccination and also not living in Chennai for that long
Hi Greenee! There is no relaxation for vaccinated travelers from abroad. Please be advised to share your purpose of visit upon arrival at Chennai Airport. Hope it will work to relax home quarantine for you.
Could go get the relaxation from home quarantine for your interview? I am traveling to Chennai for visa as well.
Looking forward to your response. Thank you
Hi Itrat! If you are traveling from the US, you don’t have to undergo home-quarantine in Chennai.
we have planning to travel from Canada to Chennai. We have only two weeks off from the work place. so, what is the quarantine time in Chennai.
Hi Suki! It is 14-day home quarantine in Chennai for international arrivals.
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We are travelling from Germany to Chennai via bangalore.After the on arrival pcr test at Bangalore boarding the Chennai flight with a toddler,what are the guidelines for at Chennai.please advice.
We will be travelling with negative pcr report from Germany.kindly let us know other rules that are been followed.
Is there any quarantine rules
I have few more questions to the above post….
Is the negative pcr test report taken in Germany prior to travel is sufficient or the on arrival pcr test report also must be presented while boarding the Chennai flight along with the TN epass.
Will there be home quarantine .if so for how many days?
My children who are aged 18 and below are traveling with me to India from US. We all have OCI card. However the passport that has the initial OCI sticker has expired and we have new passports. Do we have to renew OCI card for the current passport? I had heard that this rule was relaxed during COVID time, but wanted to confirm.
Thank you for your assistance.
Hi Farida! The mandatory issuance of a new OCI card on renewal of passports for those below 20 years of age is relaxed till June 30, 2021. Please check https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/relief-for-oci-card-holders/
Hello. I wonder if anyone has had experience of flying via Emirates to Chennai.
Travel advisory in one of the web pages states that
Effective 8 January 2021 and until further notice, all international passengers who have travelled from or transited through United Kingdom from 25 November 2020, will be allowed to enter India only through direct flights between UK and India.
Whilst Emirates donot have direct flights from UK to Chennai, I am not sure if Chennai airport allows UK passengers who have transited via Dubai.
Hi Sadhvi! You need to take a direct flight to India from the UK. It means you must travel on a direct flight from the UK to Delhi or Hyderabad or Bangalore – whichever is available and then you can take a connecting flight to Chennai.
My Emirates flight from London to Chennai got cancelled at the last minute despite all automated emails about the instructions and upgrade, etc.,. It was waste of time and money doing private covid test. They mentioned the same reason about flying on direct flight from UK to India at the moment.
I had to rebook on Air India
Emirates flights are running from UK to Chennai but Emirates is not allowing UK passengers to travel to India.
So I wouldn’t book.
Hi . I will be travelling to chennai via Delhi from Toronto. I have a few questions:
1. Will I need e-pass registration to exit chennai airport?
2. I need to travel to pondicherry via a taxi after I land in Chennai. How long do I have to home quarantine and can I travel to pondicherry same day and undergo quarantine?
Hi Prasanna! You need a TN e-pass to exit the airport. In our knowledge, you will be advised self-monitoring of health at your final destination. You will be able to travel to Pondicherry right after you are through the process at Chennai Airport.
I am travelling from Colombo to Chennai by Air India on 8th March. And i booked my domestic flight from Chennai to Pune on same date (8th March) which is my final destination.
I have negative PCR report.
I filled Air Suvidha form mentioning Pune as my final destination.
But not able to file TN e pass.
Pls guide me.
Hi Pankaj! You need a TN e-pass to exit Chennai Airport. You don’t need this to take a connecting flight from Chennai Airport.
I will be traveling from Houston to Chennai in next 1 week.
I want to stay in chennai for 2 days and then go to Pune, Maharashtra.
(have US counsulate appointment)
Question regard TN e-registeration.
At chennai international airport: Do I need to show 14 day quarantine in Chennai or will they allow me to stay in Chennai for 2 days and then fly to Pune?
Hi Neha! Happy International Women’s Day to you! TN e-registration is a must. In our knowledge, you will be advised to self-monitor health for 14 days given the negative RT-PCR test report issued in the USA and the negative result of the molecular test for which you will have to give your swab sample upon arrival at Chennai Airport. Unlike home-quarantine, self-monitoring of health allows to go outdoors. Please be advised to go through https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/faqs-india-travel-new-guidelines/
I had posted my queries on 02 march and surprisingly I have not got a reply yet..
It would be helpful if I could get a reply
Where I will get a covid result? they are sending the message or how I will be able to get a covid19 result
Hi Chandrasekar! If you are allowed to exit the airport without having to wait for the result, the report will be sent to your email ID or communicated to you over the phone. If you have to wait for the result at the arrival airport, the report will be handed over to you.
I have a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Chennai on March 9 at 1.50 PM using Qatar airlines.
Flight route are FLL -> Chicago, Chicago -> Doha, Doha -> Chennai.
I took at the Covid testing on March 6 at 9 AM as per my previous experience the covid testing result took almost 3 days but this time I got in 30 hours. This is almost 76 hours before the journey.
Question is will there any issue related to 76 hours instead of 72?
HI Ramesh! We regret the delay in addressing your query. Some travelers reported denial of boarding because they took RT-PCR tests more than 72 hours before their scheduled travel from the USA.
Hi, Indian eagle team, thanks for your answers and suggestions. This is really helpful.
I am traveling from Detroit to Hyd via Chennai on April 1st. After a day in Hyd, I am planning to travel to Chennai for a visa interview for 2 days via train or bus.
Could you please suggest if I will require a TN E-Pass (as per the new rule ) if I am staying for less than 2 days.? and will I be needing anything else to enter TN.
Hi Bharat! Both international and domestic travelers need a TN e-pass to travel to Chennai. As of now, there is no other requirement.
hi, I am traveling from New York to Guntur via Chennai. I will existing Chennai airport and will take cab to Guntur. TN-e-pass requires a mandatory Chennai address which i am not having. Can you please suggest how to submit tn-e-pass in this situation
Hi, I’m travelling from USA to Bangalore and taking road trip to Salem. So,
1) Do i need to get E-pass for both TamilNadu and Karnataka.? or just TN e-pass is enough to exit from BLR airport.?
2) I’m travelling from DTW->ORD-> DEL(2:30hrs layover ,Air India)->BLR. Whether 2:30hrs is enough to caught my domestic Bangalore (BLR) flight after security/Immigration in this COVID time in Delhi airport..? since I’ll travelling direct from USA to India without any transits (Europe /middle east) with RT PCR negative report and Exemption approved.
Hi Santosh! Because of traveling on a direct flight, you don’t have to give your swab sample for a molecular test at Delhi Airport. Hence, the 2.5-hr layover seems enough for you to proceed for the connecting flight. You may need a travel pass to exit the BLR Airport.
RT PCR test should be 72 hours before my DTW -> ORD(domestic flight) [OR] ORD-> DEL(international)..?
Hi Santhosh! If the entire itinerary from DTW to DEL has a single PNR, you should take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your flight from DTW.
If the domestic flight and the international flight are separately ticketed, you need to take an RT-PCR test prior to boarding the international flight.
I am travelling to pondicherry from chennai via taxi at the airport. What kind of details do the e-pass application require online? could you please clarify
Hello, My name is Vijay and I am travelling with my wife and my son 9 months old from CHICAGO-DELHI-CHENNAI.
I see in Air India portal whoever traveling to Chennai Airport must apply for TN e.PASS. And from Chennai we are travelling to Andhra Pradesh by road. Do we need e.PASS in my case ? when I try to submit, it is asking TN address, but we dont have that.
Could you please help me on this.
Hi, I’m travelling from USA to Bangalore and taking road trip to Salem. So,
1) Do i need to get E-pass for both TamilNadu and Karnataka.? or just TN e-pass is enough to exit from BLR airport.?
2) I’m travelling from DTW->ORD-> DEL(2:30hrs layover ,Air India)->BLR. Whether 2:30hrs is enough to caught my domestic Bangalore (BLR) flight after security/Immigration in this COVID time in Delhi airport..? since I’ll travelling direct from USA to India without any transits (Europe /middle east) with RT PCR negative report and Exemption approved.
I am travelling from SFO to Delhi to Chennai on March 18th, 2021. For the TN e-pass, should I register as an international traveler or within India traveler?
You guys are doing an awesome job, keep up the good work.
Hi Sriram! You should register as an international traveler. Thank you for appreciating our efforts.
Appreciating the efforts you take to respond to queries in this forum. I wanted to ask about e-pass online for travelling from Chennai airport. I do not have a Chennai address as I will be travelling to Pondicherry after I exit. Will I have to give my Pondicherry address in the application in that case ?
I really will appreciate your timely response 🙏🏼
Hi Janani! You can try giving your Pondicherry address in the application.
Hi Indian Eagle
Many thanks for the great job you are doing!
I’m travelling from UK to Chennai (via Mumbai on Air India).
I have uploaded the PCR test result on Air Suvidha portal yesterday and I haven’t heard anything back from them.
Do you know whom shall I contact about this and will there be any problem if I still travel without any confirmation email from the APHO.
Hi Paddy! Hope you took the RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your scheduled flight from the UK and the negative report mentions ‘RT-PCR’. If yes, you can carry the hardcopy of the report. You can also contact the helpline of Delhi Airport.
I am travelling from Pittsburgh to Chennai via Qatar airways with a stopover in Qatar. Upon reaching Chennai I will travel to Andhra by road.
Do I need to take a test at Chennai airport too upon my arrival?, this is in addition to 72 hr RT-PCR test.
Do I need to take E-pass too?
Really appreciate your efforts in answering so many queries in tough times!!!
Hi Srikanth! You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Chennai Airport despite having a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report. You can exit the airport after submitting your swab sample without having to wait for the result. But, as per Tamil Nadu’s guidelines, TN e-pass is required to exit Chennai Airport.
I am travelling to Coimbatore from Chennai next week. Is it necessary for me to have a negative RT-PCR report before boarding ? and could you please brief me about the procedures to travel inside TN via air ?
Your help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance !!
Hi Sobiya! You won’t require a negative RT-PCR report to fly from Chennai to Coimbatore.
Thank you for your valuable service. I am glad to know that you are helping the Diaspora with good information. I book my ticket to Chennai in British Airways from US. I leave From US on April 8th and arrive Chennai on 10th 3.30. My relatives arranged the car to pick me up from the Airport to Thanjavur. I am a US citizen with OCI. I received my vaccination. I am only a transit passenger in London airport. I do not know exactly what all the documents I need to have with me. I will take my Covid_19 test on 6th. When do I have to get the Epass? What do I have to do in Chennai airport? Waiting to hear from you.
Hi Ramasamy! You have to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal, and upload a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before departure onto the same portal. You need to register your details on the Tamil Nadu state website and apply for TN e-pass before traveling to Chennai. Upon arrival at Chennai Airport, you will have to submit your swab sample for a molecular test, and only after the result comes negative, you can exit the airport. You will be advised to home quarantine yourself for 7 days.
Hi Indian Eagle team,Thank you for your timely reply and service.we are traveling in April in Emirates from US to Chennai with two kids one is 7 and another one is 21 months old, does the kids undergo molecular test on arrival at the chennai airport.Thanks in Advance!
Hi Gayathri! All international travelers traveling from/transiting through US, UK, Middle East, South Africa and Brazil, have to undergo the molecular test upon arrival at Chennai Airport, irrespective of their age.
Hi Indian Eagle. Thanks so much for the information. Much appeciated.
I am travelling from London to Chennai Via Mumbai and understand I will need to take a Molecular test in Mumbai (upon arrival) and can travel to Chennai only after this test comes back as -ve. Assuming I did so and travelled to Chennai will I have to take a further test in Chennai? or will the results from the Mumbai test taken less than 24 hours agao be accepted.
I am expected to reach Chennai on Sunday 28th morning
Any information will be much appreciated.
I will get an e -pass for Tamil Nadu I am an UK citizen with OCI travelling due to family illness
Hi Sekkappan! You will be required to submit your swab sample at Chennai Airport for another molecular test. You will be allowed to exit the airport without having to wait for the result.
My father has tested Positive for Covid in Jan 2021. He will be travelling to Chennai from Toronto by 5th April.
To avoid last minute surprise, he got tested for Covid-19 again and got the result as “Indeterminate”. Can he travel with this result ? Please reply.
Thanks for all your help.
Hi Raju! It is mandatory for all India-bound international travelers to carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure.
I am planning to travel from EWR (New Jersey) to CJB (Coimbatore) via DEL (New Delhi) starting on 7th April from New Jersey (United direct flight from EWR to DEL). I am planning to take the RT-PCR test on 5th April so I would get the results prior to my travel start date/time. I will be landing in Delhi right around 65 hours after the test (so within 72 hours) but I have a 10 hour wait at the domestic airport at Delhi before the Coimbatore flight. Question: is the 72 hours from the final destination entry or is it ok for the first point of entry into India?
Hi Arvind! You need to take an RT-PCR not more than 72 hours before your departure from EWR, not your arrival in India.
I would like to come to Chennai with OCI, from Sydney on next month (April), via Dubai.
What are the covid rules in Chennai please? Any covid document to bring from Dubai airport?
Thanks, waiting for your reply. Fredy
Hi Fredy! There’s no specific COVID rule for you. Perhaps you know that you must be asymptomatic and carry a negative RT-PCR report uploaded on Air Suvidha within 72 hours prior to your departure from Sydney. On arrival at Chennai Airport, you will have to give your swab sample for a test before exiting the airport. You will be advised self-monitoring of health for 14 days.
Thanks to the team for helping out people in need of answers in this difficult time. I have a question.
I am leaving from Toronto via Delhi on the 10th April at 12 15PM and reaching Chennai on the 11th April at 7 15PM. If I should take an RT PCR test not earlier than 72 hours before departure, I should take it on the 7th April-8th April time window? I should be calculating the 72 hours prior to my departure from CA and not according to my arrival time? Also, would I have to undergo another test at the airport if I am taking a direct flight from YYZ to DEL?
Any response in this regard will be much appreciated.
Hi JR! You need to take an RT-PCR test not more than 72 hours before your departure from Toronto, not according to your arrival schedule. If you take a direct/nonstop flight to Delhi from Toronto, then no COVID test at Delhi Airport. You may have to give your swab sample for a test before exiting Chennai Airport.
I am traveling from Chicago to Chennai via New Delhi. So should I get the negative test and also TN pass? I have an ailing mother whom I need to visit and I don’t have OCI / PIO card. Would I be able to get a e visa?
Hi Danny! Currently, e-visa and tourist visa to India are suspended. To visit your ailing mother in India, you need to apply for an emergency entry visa or regular entry X visa. Please go through https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/india-emergency-visa-procedure/. You need to take an RT-PCR test and apply for an TN e-pass within 72 hours prior to departure from Chicago.
I am travelling from Dubai to Port Blair in April and have a connecting flight in Chennai Airport.
I will changing from my Emirates flight to Indigo flight at Chennai, and will have a 2 hour gap in between.
1. Is there any institutional quarantine rules in place now in case of transit for international travellers?
2. Will 2 hours suffice for my transfer to my next flight, in light of any new covid rules?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks in Advance.
Hi Jo! No, there is no institutional quarantine in place for transit passengers. You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Chennai Airport before being allowed to take the domestic flight. 2 hours might be sufficient depending on the rush of air passengers that day.
I will be travelling from New York to Chennai on april 15th. I wanted to know if i have a negative PCR Covid result with me. Will i need to undergo home quarentine upon arrival or will i just need to self monitor my health.
Thanks in Advance
Hi Suraj! If your flight from New York to Chennai does not transit through the UK, South Africa, or Brazil, then you will be advised to self-monitor your health for 14 days.
I am an NRI travelling to india for my h-1b stamping in Chennai. I will be taking a flight from new jersey to Chennai (transit flight Delhi). If i have a negative PCR test with me, do i need to home quarantine or will i be advised to self monitor? The reason i ask this question is because i need to plan my travel accordingly and if home-quarantine is necessary I will have to come earlier so that i am out of quarantine on the day of my visa interview.
Thanks for the amazing work you guys are doing keeping us updated.
Thanks in Advance,
sorry, didnt see the earlier reply. please ignore this comment
Hi IndianEagle team, Thanks for a very informative website and prompt response to questions. I am an US Citizen with OCI. I plan to visit India for 10 days in April. I will be flying from USA to Chennai by Emirates. I understand I need negative RT-PCR test results prior to arriving, give a swab sample at Chennai and can leave the airport for my connecting flight to Coimbatore without waiting for the results of the swab. I will have around 3 hours in Chennai for my connecting flight to CJB. Since I will be in India only for less than 10 days, will I have any quarantine?
Hi Surya! No, there won’t be any quarantine. If the result of the molecular test taken on arrival in Chennai is negative, you will be asked to self-monitor your health.
Hi My son is travelling tomorrow from dubai reaching chennai tomorrow itself hold Negative RT -PCR test within 72hrs of flight he is from chennai native. what is the formalities
Hi Annaswamy! Your son needs to upload the pre-arrival negative RT-PCR test on Air Suvidha portal and also fill out a self-declaration form on same portal. He needs to register himself on Tamil Nadu state government’s website and obtain a TN e-pass. He will be required to submit his swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Chennai Airport before being allowed to exit the airport.
Hi Indian Eagle team
Thanks so much for the information. Much appeciated.
I am travelling from London to Madurai Via Bangalore and understand I will need to take a Molecular test in Bangalore (upon arrival) and can travel to Madurai only after this test comes back as -ve.
1) My flight reaches Bangalore at 5:15 am and my only flight to Madurai leaves at 11:10 am is this 5:55 minutes adequate for me to complete the testing at Bangalore and board the Madurai flight in time?
2) With Banglore being my first Indian city where I land I will need an online declaration with Air Suvidha. Will I need an e-pass for Tamil nadu ?
3) If I decided to take taxi from Bangalore to Madurai do I need an e-pass, will the driver also need a e-pass.
Date of reaching Bangalore will be 11th April
Any information will be much appreciated.
I will get an e -pass for Tamil Nadu I am an UK citizen with OCI travelling due to family illness
Hi Sek! The time might be sufficient depending upon the air passenger rush at the Bangalore Airport on that day. You will also have to submit your swab sample for another molecular test at Madurai Airport and can exit without having to wait for the result. Yes, you need to have TN e-pass.
My RT-PCR report has my name and date of birth. Someone told me that it has to have my passport number too. Can you pls confirm? I am traveling from NYC to chennai in two days
Hi Vidya! Please be advised to check with the airline.
Hello, I am seeing a lot of information above relevant to the travelers. Thanks for helping. I have one question similar to the others. I am traveling to Chennai from the USA via London by British Airways. As per your information above anyone traveling from or transit in the UK require to undergo a covid test at Chennai airport. What is the waiting time at the Chennai airport to get the results before continue on the domestic flight? Are there any other flight options that would waive the covid test on arrival? Thanks again.
Hi Suresh! Yes, you will have to wait for the result of the molecular test taken on arrival at Chennai Airport since you have a transit in the UK. The result may take 6-8 hours. No, there are no flight options which could waive off the COVID test on arrival at Chennai.
Appreciate your support for travellers during this pandemic.
I am travelling from SFO – DELHI – CHENNAI mid of Apr. I will be carrying the negative RT-PCR test.
1. Is there any possibility of institutional quarantine upon arrival in DELHI/CHENNAI?
2. Do I need to give for the swab sample in both DELHI and CHENNAI?
3. I already got the e-pass for Chennai entry. From my reading here, I understand that I dont need to wait for the swab test results in the airport to exit? Is that right:
Hi Raji! No, you won’t be subject to institutional quarantine at Delhi/Chennai. You need not take a molecular test at Delhi Airport, but may need to take the test at Chennai Airport. Yes, you can exit the airport after submitting your swab sample.
Hi Indian Eagle team ,
Appreciate all your comments and information regarding Air travel to India. I need some advice.
I am looking to travel to Hyderabad ,India from USA (San Francisco) on April 22nd will be landing on April 23rd, 2021.
Will have a covid test (RT-PCR test ) as well as vaccination taken (card) with me upon landing in Hyderabad. Will i need to do a quarantine upon arrival and have any domestic travel restrictions?
As I do have domestic travel to Chennai again on April 25th for my visa interview, so what other steps have to be taken for this travel? Do i need to take a RT-PCR test again in Hyderabad before taking flight to chennai? My stay in chennai is just for 3 days, will I have any quarantine or stay restrictions in chennai i need to follow? Or I will be able to travel in and out of chennai with no issues.
Hi Vinutna! If you are flying to Hyderabad from USA on a direct or non-stop flight, then you will be advised to self-monitor your health and also be allowed to undertake domestic travel. You might require TN e-pass, which you can obtain by registering on Tamil Nadu state government’s website. You may not need another RT-PCR test from Hyderabad to travel to Chennai and will mostly be advised to self-monitor your health.
Planning to travel to Chennai from Newark, NJ in June 2021 on British Airways. There is a 2-3 hours layover at LHR in London, UK. Upon arrival in Chennai, do I have to wait for the test results or can I exit the airport after submitting the swab sample? If I have to wait for the test results, what is the expected time for test results to be provided?
Hi Jag! You will be required to wait for the result of the molecular test taken upon arrival at Chennai Airport. The result may take 6-8 hours.
Thank you for the prompt response. Another question I have is, if I travel via middle east on either Etihad or Emirates airline, do I have to wait for test results or I can exit the airport after giving the test sample?
Appreciate your help very much!
I am travelling from SFO to Chennai via New Delhi on Apr 13. Do I need to get an e pass to get out of the airport at Chennai? Please advise. Thanks
Hi Shanker! Yes, you might require a TN e-pass to exit the Chennai Airport.
Hi Indian eagle ,
My name is Abhinav I m traveling from nyc to chennai on April 15 th .
I am coming for visa stamp on April 16 th (bio metrics)and 19 th ( in person interview).
I am fully vaccinated and will carry an rt-pcr test . Will I be exempt from home quarantine ?
Hi Abhinav! If your journey does not involve a transit in the UK, South Africa, or Brazil, then you won’t be required to home quarantine yourself. Apart from carrying pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report, you also need to register yourself on Tamil Nadu state government’s website and obtain a TN e-pass.
I am planning to travel to tamil nadu landing at chennai airport from april 21-30th. Flight originating from Houston Texas and via dubai to chennai airport. I have oci and am fully vaccinated and will be traveling with negative rt-pcr test and am wondering if i need to do home quarantine or institutional quarantine? The online regulations are very confusing as when I go to the tamil nadu epass website it says you have to agree to a 14 day home or institutional quarantine. As i am on a short trip i have no time to be in quarantine and need to be able to freely travel around tamil nadu. How can i find specific guidelines for my situation and how are people getting exemption from home and institutional quarantine and just be able to do self monitoring while moving around to get things done? Please advise me! Thank you so much!
Hi Jai! You will have to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Chennai Airport before exiting. If you test negative, you will be advised to self-monitor your health. Since you are coming on a short trip, you have to properly intimate the district/state health authorities at the airport about your travel and show your confirmed return ticket. You have to fill out a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal and upload your pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report onto the same portal. You also need to obtain a TN e-pass.
Hello, I’m planning to travel from Bahrain (Middle East) to Chennai for an exam in MAY.
1. Is it possible to avoid quarantine and just self report so that i’ll be able to do the exam and return in 3 days?
2. Or, will i have to quarantine for 14 days and then do the exam?
Hi Fritzy! There is no institutional quarantine for travelers from the Middle East in Chennai, if you test negative in the molecular test taken upon arrival at Chennai Airport and also carry a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before your departure. You will be advised to self-monitor your health. If you are planning for a short trip, you will have to inform the district/state health authorities at the Chennai Airport about your travel plans and show confirmed return tickets.
Hi. Thanks for the valuable questions and prompt response from the Indianeagle team provided here.
I have received both doses of Pfiezer vaccination as of mid March. I live in Qatar and plan to fly directly to Chennai in 10 days. Will there be a mandatory quarantine for me? If yes, how many days?
Hi Chandrashekar! The government of Tamil Nadu has not yet issued any relaxation to vaccinated international arrivals. There will be no institutional quarantine in Chennai. You have to carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours before departure. You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Chennai Airport and then exit. The result will be communicated to you over phone or via e-mail and if you test negative, you will be advised to self-monitor your health.
Thank you so much for the prompt response.
Wish you safe and happy travel!
Thanks for the awesome post! I just have a quick question. I’m travelling to Chennai from Toronto via Dubai. I told a PCR test within 72 hours before departure and it’s negative. Since I’m traveling to chennai via Dubai on April 9, 9.45 PM EST do I need to do on arrival molecular test on Chennai Airport or can I just leave the airport with TN epass and negative PCR test result? Thanks for answering the questions much appreciated.
Hi Karthik! You will be required to submit your swab sample for a molecular test upon arrival at Chennai Airport, despite having a pre-arrival negative RT-PCR report. You can exit the airport without having to wait for the result.
My parents are travelling by Emirates from Chennai via Dubai to Los Angeles on April 11th, 2021. Are there any travel restrictions or ban for flying out ? Emirates haven’t cancelled any flights. Thanks for confirming!
Hi Kiran! Currently, Emirates is flying between USA and India.
Hi i I am coming to chennai – from usa (DC), I have flight from DC- DELHI TO CHENNAI. I have biometrics interview on 19 th april and in person interview 20 th of this month april . but I am reaching Chennai on 17 th night around 7 pm..
I am at chennai only for the interview for next 19 th and 20 th of the april …. do i have to quartine for 14 days ? or I can give interview with in 73 hours PCR test results and go back to HYD..
and I am vaccinated first dose
please let me know… ASAP.
HI Teja! There is no quarantine in Chennai for travelers carrying a negative RT-PCR test. You will be advised self-monitoring of health for 14 days, during which you can go outdoors.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANSWERING ALL THESE QUESTIONS SO PATIENTLY! I’ve been reading all the Q n As, it is very helpful. I’m planning to travel to Chennai in July, my question is, are there TN recognized/approved testing sites in all the cities to get the PCR test done, or only in select cities? How do I find these sites? What is the usual turn around for the results in India? Also, my mom will be travelling back with me, to leave from our city to come to chennai/enter the airport, will she need a TN e-pass? I understand from your other answers, that both of us will need negative PCRs before boarding.
Thank you once again! You’ll are kind to do this service.
Hi Shoba! There are ICMR-approved COVID testing labs across India. You can google for the ICMR labs in your city/town. Traveling to Chennai by air requires a TN e-pass.
Hi ! Has there been any change at the Chennai international airport for the RT_PCR test results? (post election changes) Can the passengers still exit after giving samples or have to wait for the results? Any update on fully vaccinated passengers arriving from the US? Thanks for your input. Appreciate much.
Hi Rohini! The government of Tamil Nadu has not yet issued any relaxation for vaccinated travelers. You can exit the Chennai Airport after giving your swab sample for a molecular test if your transiting from the Middle East or Europe (excluding UK). If you are transiting through the UK, Brazil, or South Africa, you will have to wait for the result at airport.
Are there any direct flights from USA to Chennai as of now? Please let me know.
Hi Raja! No, there aren’t any non-stop flights to Chennai from USA.
I would really appreciate your help on this as it is time sensitive.
I traveled from SFO to BLR via DEL with a a negative PCR test on April 13. I am planing to travel to Chennai for a day on April 15 for my fingerprinting at VAC. My understanding is I have to register as an international traveler with TN epass because I have traveled internationally in the last 7 days.
I am planning to take another RT-PCR test before going to Chennai. Will I still have to quarantine or go through the molecular test?
Hi Harsh! You will not be subject to any quarantine but may have to submit your swab sample for a molecular test on arrival at Chennai Airport.
I travelling from Lyon to Paris to Bangalore and taking a domestic flight from Bangalore to Chennai.
After giving the test in Bangalore, again I need to take the test in Chennai too??
And have to wait for the result in Bangalore?
Hi Vignesh! Yes, you have to submit your swab sample for a molecular test in both Bangalore and Chennai Airports. You will be allowed to take your domestic flight to Chennai without having to wait for the result in Bangalore. You might have to register on Tamil Nadu state government’s website and obtain a TN e-pass to exit the Chennai airport.
Then it’s better for me to take road travel to Chennai with TN E-pass?
Hi Vignesh! You might not have to undergo another molecular test upon arrival in Chennai that way.
Is there any restrictions in India to travel from London via Doha (Qatar Airways), Some people are not suggesting it and mentioning the flights are cancelling, But i can see flight status are live and running between Doha and Chennai. Please could you suggest if the connecting flights are allowed to India from London.
Hi Jaya! Indian nationals are permitted to fly only on direct flights from the UK to India.
Are there any specific restrictions in Chennai to quarantine If I travel from Washington Dulles International Airport (USA) via Doha (Qatar Airways) next week? Some people are saying TN e-pass is mandatory, but it is asking to check a box for 14 days of home or institutional quarantine. If I need to quarantine then I will miss the VISA drop box appointment scheduled the next day.
Hi Hari! As per the guidelines, you will be advised to self-monitor your health for 14 days, if you test negative in the molecular test taken on arrival at Chennai Airport. Also, you need a TN e-pass to exit the airport.