July 30, 2021: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in India
1. Flights to India are suspended until 31st Aug 2021.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Bangalore (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Delhi (DEL), Hyderabad (HYD), Kolkata (CCU) or Mumbai (BOM)) to a third country .
4. E-Tourist visas and tourist Visas (Type T) are no longer valid.
5. Medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020 are no longer valid
6. Passengers must complete the self-declaration form at www.newdelhiairport.in before departure.
7. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test must be uploaded at www.newdelhiairport.in. kindly check variation on the validity of RT-PCR for few states mentioned below in this section
8. Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., Ukraine or United Arab Emirates are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival at their own expense.
9. Passengers arriving from Brazil, South Africa or United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival and another test on day 7 at their own expense.
10. Passengers arriving in India:
11. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Details can be found at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf
12. Passengers who are arriving from or have transited through the United Kingdom must be traveling on a direct flight from the United Kingdom to India.
13. Airline crew who are arriving from or have transited through the United Kingdom:
14. All Passenger shall wear marks and maintain social distancing norms at all times during air travel
15. If any passenger on board does not adhere to wearing of mask properly even after repeated warnings shall be de –boarded and shall be treated as unruly passenger.
16. “As per the latest instruction from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) passengers who violate the standard operating procedures (SOPs) or do not wear masks during a flight shall be put on the ‘no-fly list’ and no longer be allowed to fly if you don’t wear masks or comply with the COVID related protocols.Therefore passengers who intentionally don’t use a face mask, and poses a risk to other passengers, they will be put on ‘no-fly list’ by flight commander or the cabin crew after assessment.”On board the Aircraft, in case any passenger does not adhere to wearing mask properly even after repeated warnings, he/she should be de-boarded, if need be, before departure. In case, any passenger on board an aircraft refuses to wear mask or violates the “COVID-19 Protocol for Passengers” even after repeated warnings, during the course of flight, such passenger may be treated as “Unruly Passenger” as defined in para 3.1 of Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) Section 3 Series M Part VI (dated 8th September 2017) and the procedure in respect of handling such unruly passenger, as provided in above mentioned CAR, shall be followed by the concerned Airline
17. Passenger travelling out of INDIA on International flights must have PCR test report with QR code.
18. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards which have expired are considered valid until 31 December 2021.
Effective 22nd February 2021 (23:59 IST) following applies
Part B – For all international travellers coming/transiting through flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East
All the clauses as above (part A) shall be applicable to such travellers coming/transiting from flights originating in United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East except for clauses on testing, quarantine and isolation as specified below:
All international travellers coming/transiting from flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East as described in the scope above should submit Self-Declaration Form (SDF) for COVID on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel and will be required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days).
All other travellers from Europe and Middle East (other than those in flights originating from Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom) who have to exit the destination airport or take connecting flights to their final domestic destination:
Shall give samples at the designated area and exit the airport.
The concerned State authorities/airport operators will collect and convey the test report to the traveller.
If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days.
If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.
Travellers from Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom, testing positive
(either at the airport or subsequently during home quarantine period or their contacts who turn positive) shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the respective State Health Authorities. They would earmark specific facilities for such isolation and treatment and take necessary action to send the positive samples to Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) Labs.
If the report of the sequencing is consistent with the current SARS-CoV-2 virus genome circulating in the country; the ongoing treatment protocol including home isolation/treatment at facility level as per case severity may be followed.
If the genomic sequencing indicates the presence of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 then the patient will continue to remain in a separate isolation unit. While necessary treatment as per the existing protocol will be given, the patient shall be tested on 14th day, after having tested positive in the initial test. The patient will be kept in the isolation facility till his sample is tested negative.
The State-wise passenger manifest of the flights originating from Europe and Middle East and landing at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai airports in India for the said period shall be conveyed by the Bureau of Immigration to State Government/Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) [email@example.com and designated e-mails provided by the respective State Governments] so that this data would be provided to the surveillance teams. This data of manifests provided by Bureau of Immigration will be supplemented by the online Self- Declaration Forms available on ‘AIR SUVIDHA’ portal.
All the contacts* of travellers arriving from UK, South Africa and Brazil who test positive (either at the airport or subsequently during home quarantine period), shall be subjected to institutional quarantine in separate quarantine centers and would be tested on the 7th day (or early if develop symptoms). Contacts testing positive shall be accordingly further followed as mentioned in Clause above.
Information regarding any passenger covered within the scope of this SOP, who has moved to another State will be immediately notified to the concerned State Health Authority. If any passenger is not traceable initially or during any duration while being followed up should be immediately notified to Central Surveillance Unit of IDSP by the District Surveillance Officer. International Travellers on short stay
International travellers (covered under Part A or Part B) on short stay (less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom free, shall undergo all the procedures as above and shall be permitted to leave India under proper intimation to their District/State health authorities, subject to them fulfilling the requirement of the airlines and destination country.
Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3 rows behind along with identified Cabin Crew. Also, all the community contacts of those travellers who have tested positive (during home quarantine period) would be subjected to institutional quarantine in separate Quarantine Centers for 14 days and tested as per
ICMR protocol. Below are the official links for further reference. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Algorithmforinternationalarrivals.pdf
Passengers arriving into State of Kerala(CCJ/TRV/COK)
1. If the district is having airport, the health administration will do the arrangements to collect the samples of the international travelers for the COVID testing and get it tested at no costs to the passengers.
Passengers arriving in to Cochin (COK)
1. Passengers must wear Personal Protection Equipment(PPE), which includes N95 mask, face shield, hand gloves and PPE gown for safety of self and co-passengers.
2. Passenger should have sanitizer for frequent disinfection of hands during the travel.
3. Passengers should submit a self-declaration form on www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel and carry the acknowledgment mail with unique reference number while boarding.
4. The details of passengers shall be entered at least two days prior to travel date into https://covid19jagratha.kerala.nic.in
a. The Air tickets shall be issued as per the priority, shown below:
b. Those who have lost employment/ cancellation of work visa
c. Those on expired visit visa and stranded abroad
d. Pregnant women
e. Elderly with co-morbidities
f. Children separated from families
5. Passenger manifest of each flight must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org , the manifest shall have information of passenger seat number (in sequence), Name of the passenger, Contact Number , Destination Address and Pin code of the destination address
6. Passengers arriving COK shall submit completed Affidavit to authorities in arrival.
Passengers arriving in to Delhi (DEL)
7. Passengers are not allowed to transit Delhi (DEL)
8. All passengers should submit Online SDR(Self-declaration form) 72 hours prior to arrival at WWW.newdelhiairport.in and for any kind of exemption from institutional quarantine they should request on same site.
9. All passenger must hold negative RT-PCR certificate within 96hours prior to arrival.
10. Passengers can have RT-PCR test in DEL at airport upon arrival. Payment INR5000 (INR 2500 for Test INR 2500 for lounge usage for 06hrs). Passenger needs to wait for 06 HRS at airport to get his report.
Passengers arriving in to State of Tamil Nadu (MAA)
11. Passengers traveling to Chennai (MAA) must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure and the certificate must be in English. Passengers must complete TN E-pass prior to acceptance at departure.
12. Passengers traveling to Tiruchirappalli (TRZ) must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure.
13. All Travellers should submit self-declaration form ( SDF) on the online Air Suvidha portal ( www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel and to declare their travel history ( of Past 14Days ) .
14. All the passengers who are travelling to Tamil Nadu from Europe and Middle East should carry negative – RT PCR Test Report for which Test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey and uploaded the online Air Suvidha Portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) . The passenger should submit the negative RT PCR test report to the District Collector , Chengelpet on arrival at the airport .
Passengers arriving in to State of Karnataka (BLR)
15. Travellers must submit the Air Suvidha self-reporting form on the online portal https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registrationat least 72 hours before scheduled travel. It is mandatory to fill this form prior to boarding.
16. Passenger must print the Self-Declaration form (SDF) and on arrival this form must be provided to immigration
17. All passengers must download Aarogya Setu app, Quarantine Watch app and ApthamitraApp on their mobile devices. (https://covid19.karnataka.gov.in/new-page/softwares/en).
18. Business/ short term travellers whose duration of stay is between 48 hours and 7 days shall produce the negative RT-PCR test report for verification upon arrival at BLR Airport to the State Government officials to be exempt from quarantine. Such passengers shall submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the test report. Business Travellers must carry following documents;
19. Return Air Ticket to confirm return date of travel
20. Purpose of visit / invitation letter
21. Place of stay / hotel reservation
22. Valid visa
23. Business Travellers with less than 48hours stay do not require COVID-19 Test or Quarantine upon arrival
24. Business Travellers with stay between 48hours and 7 days require COVID-19 test (self-paid) upon arrival unless passenger is holding a RT-PCR negative Test Report issued with 96hours prior to departure.
25. The cost of COVID-19 test (only on need basis) shall be borne by the passengers (**RAT: Rs 700 | ***RT-PCR: Rs 2,500) or as per guidelines issued by Govt. of Karnataka from time-to-time.
26. All International passengers arriving in Karnataka from any country shall have COVID negative certificate (issued within 72 hours from time of departure) If passenger arrive without a COVID-19 negative certificate they will be mandatorily subjected to RT-PCR test for Covid-19 at the port of entry to Karnataka.
27. RT-PCR test facility (Auriga Research Facility) is available in the Airport premises, which passengers can avail at their own cost. Passengers can make pre booking through web portal http://aurigaresearch.in/ or just aurigaresearch.in and make an online payment. Upon arrival Passenger must produce the copy of payment receipt to avail the RT-PCR test.
28. RT-PCR testing shall be done for all passengers originating from UK, including those transiting in other airports outside UK.
29. Those who are RT-PCR positive shall be under hospital isolation and positive samples shall be sent to NIMHANS, Bengaluru for molecular testing.
30. Passengers who are RT-PCR negative, shall be under strict home quarantine for 14 days.
31. Contact details of all such passengers should be informed to District Surveillance Officers for quarantine follow-up.
32. In view of new variants of SARS-COV-2 virus identified from Brazil and South Africa it is mandatory that international travelers who have visited/transited through Brazil and South Africa, irrespective of their negative RTPCR certificate before boarding the flight, should additionally undergo RT-PCR testing at Bengaluru airport. Those who test positive shall undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days & the positive sample shall be sent to NIMHANS for Genome sequencing. They shall be discharged after consecutive 2 sample are negative through RT PCR, done 24 hrs. apart. And those who test negative shall be in home quarantine for 14 days & a follow up RT PCR shall be conducted on 7th day.
33. It is mandatory for all the passengers travelling in flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East to possess a RT-PCR Negative test certificate (not older than 72 HrsJ before boarding the flight. Additionally, these passengers shall undergo RT-PCR test after arriving in Karnataka. The sample for the said RT-PCR test shall be collected and tested by ICMR approved laboratory set up at Airport premises both Bengaluru and Mangalore Airports. The cost of the test shall be borne by the passengers. The testing laboratory shall charge Rs 500/- per test for RT-pCR (with pooling of samples @ 1:3) and the result shall be conveyed within 4 hrs, whereas a maximum of Rs 3000/- shall be charged for Express RT-PCR Test (Abbott) and the result to be conveyed within 30 minutes. The International passengers from United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa shall be allowed to leave the airport premises only after obtaining the RT-pcR negative test result. The person testing positive shall comply with the protocol issued by GoK. Further, the International Passengers other than United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, shall be allowed to leave the Airport premises after submission of samples for RT-PCR Test. The result ofthe test shall be conveyed to the concerned in due course for further action.
34. Lateral Flow Test (Lamp Test) is considered to be equivalent to RT-PCR.
Passengers arriving in to State of Maharashtra (BOM)
1. Must complete online application form for self-reporting/declaration at www.newdelhiairport.in. Passengers are required to carry two copies of the printed Self-Reporting Form for submission to authorities on arrival.
2. Passengers who are residents of Mumbai & who undergo COVID19 RT-PCR test at CSMIA after landing, need to sing the undertaking form and can proceed to their residence.
3. All Passenger must carry a negative RT-PCR test report taken 72 hours prior to arrival.
4. Passengers carrying negative RT-PCR test report can travel to home district.
5. All passengers arriving from Middle East, Europe & South Africa are subject to screening and symptomatic passenger shall have to undergo RT-PCR test
6. All the passengers arriving from Middle East, Europe and South Africa shall be subjected to mandatory institutional quarantine at their own cost, for 07 days.
a. However, RT-PCR test will be conducted during 5th to 7tH day at the hotels at the cost of the quarantined passengers. If the report of the test is found negative, the passenger would be discharged from the institutional quarantine after 5 to 7 days with the advice of 7days mandatory Home Quarantine.
b. If the test result is found positive the passenger will be admitted to the COVID facility
The following exemptions apply: Covid-19 Vaccination has commenced in various countries and many passengers have completed their both the dosage of Covid-19 vaccine. Further, medical professionals who are intending to travel for life saving surgeries/ attending critical patients have been requesting for exemption from quarantine. Considering these developments, the new norms for passenger exemption from Institutional Quarantine shall be as follows:
1. Elderly passengers above 65 years of age.
2. Pregnant woman in advanced stage of pregnancy
3. Both Parents accompanying children below 5 years of age
4. Passengers having serious illness and require immediate medical attention such as cancer, severe physical disability, mental illness, cerebral palsy on production of supporting documents and medical conditions that need admission in medical institutions immediately
5. Extreme family distress condition i.e. father, mother, son, daughter in critical condition(On death bed), severe accident in family, death of immediate family member (only on production of convincing support documents to the airport staff)
6. Passengers who have completed their both Covid-19 vaccine dosage (on production of both vaccination certificates and also a self-declaration in prescribed format has to be produced).
7. Medical Professionals that intend to travel for performing life saving surgery/ attending critical patients (on production of proof from the hospitals where the surgery/medical service is intended to be performed) Passengers from above categories may be considered exemption from institutional quarantine/quarantine, subject to providing required documents to the satisfaction of In-charge Officer at the Airport. The exempted passengers shall strictly follow quarantine rules and regulations and shall be liable for appropriate action for any breach of quarantine rules.
Passengers from above categories may be considered exemption from institutional quarantine/quarantine, subject to providing required documents to the satisfaction of In-charge Officer at the Airport. The exempted passengers shall strictly follow quarantine rules and regulations and shall be liable for appropriate action for any breach of quarantine rules.
Passengers arriving in to State of Telangana (HYD)
Telangana State requirement – All passengers arriving to Hyderabad Airport must enroll in Air Suvidha Portal without fail. Those who failed to do so will not be given Health clearance from APHO and those passengers (Including Transit Passengers) to be segregated and made sure that airlines/ GMR will get them registered before APHO desk after arrival.
The passengers who have registered themselves in the Air Suvidha Portal but have given wrong details (like date of arrival & Flight No.) will not be visible in compiled list for the concerned flight and concerned date; those passengers will also have to register themselves with corrected information.
1. If passenger has filled online self-declaration (SD) form in air suvidha portal :
a. Soft copy of uploaded SD form to be shown
b. 01 physical SD form to be submitted at state protocol desk
c. 01 physical SD form to be submitted at immigration counter
d. 01 home quarantine form for individual pax / family.
e. If pax is going to institutional quarantine 03 hotel forms each passenger at level D hotel desk.
f. Pax to carry hard copy of RT-PCR negative test report.
2. If passenger has NOT filled self- declaration (SD) form in air suvidha portal :
a. 01 physical SD form to be submitted at state protocol desk
b. 01 physical SD form to be submitted at immigration counter
c. 01 home quarantine form for individual/family
d. If pax is going to institutional quarantine 03 hotel forms each passenger at level D hotel desk.
e. Pax to carry hard copy of RT-PCR negative test report.
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