The fast-spreading variants of SARS-CoV-2 have prompted countries across the world to revise their international air travel guidelines. India has once again extended the ban on scheduled international passenger flights till 28 February 2021, and different states have different entry restrictions in place.
However, the guidelines for international arrivals in effect in the country require the passengers boarding flights to India to fill and submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha online portal at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. They must also have the Aarogya Setu App installed on their mobile phones. Also, take a look at the additional guidelines for international arrivals being implemented at these 4 major airports in India. (Please be noted that there are separate guidelines for travelers from the UK).
- International passengers carrying a negative RT-PCR test certificate will be exempted from quarantine (institutional & home quarantine), provided the test is conducted within 72 hours of undertaking the journey.
- Those who wish to seek exemption from quarantine by taking the COVID test after arrival at Delhi airport must note that the charges for the RT-PCR test will be incurred by the passengers themselves (a total amount of Rs.3400 per person for the test & lounge facility).
- Passengers who do not possess a negative RT-PCR test report have to mandatorily undergo institutional quarantine of 7 days (at their own expense) and another 7 days of home quarantine.
- All international passengers disembarking at Mumbai airport must undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine (7 days institutional + 7 days isolation at home).
- Besides submitting the Air Suvidha self-reporting form, passengers are also required to present a copy of an undertaking (you can download the form from the airport’s official website) to the MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) officers.
- The guidelines for international arrivals state that passengers arriving in the city on direct flights would be allowed a 14-day home quarantine, provided they carry a negative RT-PCR test report and submit a self-declaration form. The test report is considered valid if it is conducted within 72 hours of boarding the flight.
- Passengers can also get the RT-PCR test done at T2 Arrivals Lounge Area, and the amount charged for the COVID-19 test is Rs 850/-
- International passengers arriving at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport are required to submit the self-reporting form to APHO (Airport Health Organisation) and a duplicate stamped copy to Immigration.
- As per the guidelines for international arrivals, they must also give an undertaking that they’d abide by the quarantine norms and undergo quarantine for 14 days — institutional quarantine for a week and home isolation for the next week.
- Passengers can seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR report (not older than 72 hours) upon arrival or opting for the on-arrival testing facility. (The sample collection facility is located at the International Arrivals and Departures)
At Bengaluru airport:
- The guidelines for international arrivals issued by GoK (Government of Karnataka) require all international passengers arriving at Kempegowda International Airport to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate (issued within 72 hours from departure).
- Asymptomatic passengers carrying a valid RT-PCR certificate will be exempted from the mandatory home quarantine of 14 days.
- All the other asymptomatic passengers need to take the RT-PCR test at the airport and stay at home in quarantine until the results are shared with the respective authority.
- Apart from Arogya Setu App, passengers are also required to download the Quarantine Watch App and Apthamitra App.