In view of India’s revised guidelines for the arriving international passengers, Tamil Nadu has revised and relaxed its policy for overseas travelers flying into or transiting at Chennai MAA Airport. Tamil Nadu’s guidelines for international arrivals require travelers from abroad to fill out a self-declaration form and upload a negative RT-PCR report as well as vaccination proof on Air Suvidha. The test report is considered valid for your travel to India only if the test is taken within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. Thermal screening is mandatory for every traveler upon arrival at all the ports of entry in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai International Airport.
If you are traveling to Chennai from Category A countries
The Category A is a group of countries that the government of India has signed a reciprocal agreement for mutual acceptance of certificates of WHO-approved vaccines. These countries include the US, the UK, the UAE, Qatar, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Australia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Israel. India-bound travelers, except children, from the Category A countries are divided into two groups: the vaccinated and the unvaccinated or partially unvaccinated.
Whether you’re fully or partially vaccinated, make sure to upload your vaccination certificate on Air Suvidha. If you’re fully vaccinated and traveling on air bubble flights to Chennai from USA via the Middle East or Europe, you are exempted from additional testing on arrival and any sort of quarantine. Only self-monitoring of health will be recommended to you for 14 days. If you are found symptomatic for COVID-19 during thermal screening at Chennai Airport, you will be isolated and tested. If you’re asymptomatic, Tamil Nadu’s guidelines for international arrivals allow you to exit the airport or proceed for an onward domestic flight.
If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (with one jab of a two-dose vaccine), you are subject to a self-paid RT-PCR test on arrival at Chennai Airport and 7-day home quarantine. The week-long home quarantine will end if you are found negative in another COVID test to be taken on the 8th day of your arrival. If you are found symptomatic for COVID-19 in the test to be taken on day 8, home-quarantine will continue for another seven days.
Unlike before, there are no more hassles of traveling on Emirates flights, Qatar Airways, and British Airways to Chennai for fully-vaccinated international travelers. Starting on November 12, asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from taking an RT-PCR test before and after arrival in India.
As per the guidelines, international passengers traveling to Tamil Nadu must register on the state portal and apply for a TN e-pass. Having a TN e-pass is obligatory for you to exit Chennai International Airport or connect on a domestic flight within the state. International airlines are directed to check whether their Chennai-bound passengers have registered on the TN portal and have the e-pass, prior to onboarding them at the port of travel origin.
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