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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has issued specific guidelines for international passengers travelling to India. We sincerely urge you to go through these, for a safe and hassle-free flying experience.

  • Common Guidelines for
    All Incoming Travellers
  • Airline-Specific Guidelines for
    Incoming Travellers
  • Country-Specific Guidelines
    for Incoming Travellers

    Checklist Before Boarding

  • All travellers should submit a self-declaration form online at www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days, which includes 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home.
  • Exemptions from institutional quarantine will be allowed only for very compelling reasons like pregnancy, death, serious illness in the family or in the case for parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below. For such cases, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days. A request for exemption (for such cases) must be communicated during the online registration at www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
  • Some states have issued additional quarantine guidelines. Please check the quarantine checklist below for state-wise details.
  • Travellers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hours before departure. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.
  • All passengers are advised to download the Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices
  • All passengers travelling to India must register themselves on https://repat.videshapps.gov.in/regis.

    Checklist During Travels

  • Passengers must carry a copy of their registration form (on videshapps as mentioned above) on the day of travel. Without a registration number, travel may not be allowed.
  • International arriving passengers who intend to catch a connecting flight to other domestic airports within India, will only be allowed to proceed once they get exemption from institutional quarantine by the State authorities of the first airport they have landed in. For exemption, they need to show a negative RT-PCR test report, issued within 96 hours from departure time.
  • Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned.
  • At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.
  • While on board the flight or ship, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. must be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.

    Checklist After Arrival

  • Information for incoming passengers taking a connecting domestic flight for further journey:
    • Passengers must have a valid RT-PCR test report, which has been conducted within 96 hours prior to departure. This report will be validated by the State Government official at arrival triage and be stamped accordingly. Those with valid test report will be exempted from institutional quarantine.
    • In case some passenger has not been able to conduct the RT-PCR test 96 hours prior to departure, they can get the test done at the entry airports. This is being initiated on pilot basis.
    • Passengers will have the option of getting an RT-PCR test (including GeneXpert) at the entry airport and if the result is negative, then the passenger can proceed to other domestic destinations without quarantining in their city of entry.
    • Airport will provide option to passengers to book the RT-PCR test through appropriate online platforms.
    • Airport operations will provide a sample collection waiting lounge. Passports of passengers will be retained till test result arrives. Passengers can opt to stay at the lounge or proceed to designated hotels till the arrival of the test result. They’ll be provided with cashless options for payment with regards to testing.
    • If the result is negative they’ll be allowed to catch the connecting flight. If positive, passenger will be informed regarding the ICMR protocols as defined by the state authorities.
    • This is done on pilot basis. Post review, the initiative will be extended to other passengers for exemption from institutional quarantine.
  • Passengers arriving through land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be allowed to cross the border into India.
  • Travellers who had not filled in a self-declaration form on the portal shall fill a duplicate form with the same information, in the flight/ship. A copy of this will be given to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iandport. Alternatively, such travellers may submit a self-declaration form on the online portal at the arriving airport/ seaport/ Iandport as per the directions of the concerned authorities, if such facility is available.
  • Thermal screening would be done out at all ports of entry (by land, sea or air).

    Quarantine Checklist

  • The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.
  • Those passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days.
  • The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments.
  • These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. They shall be tested as per ICMR protocol available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestingguidelines.pdf
    • International passengers can be exempted for institutional quarantine if they produce a negative Covid-19 test issued less than 96 hours from boarding.
    • If they do not have a negative certificate then they must undergo 7 days of institutional quarantine, followed by 7 days of home quarantine.
    • Exemption to above rule can be made in case passenger is travelling for an emergency like serious illness in family/ pregnancy/ death/ to attend a funeral etc. or if parents have children less than 10 years of age. In such cases, 14 days of home quarantine must be observed.
    • All incoming passengers will get hand stamps.
    • It is mandatory to download Aarogya Setu app and upload full details, in case authorities need to check their safety status.
  • For a full list of Do’s and Don’ts, please visit: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedguidelinesforInternationalArrivals02082020.pdf

    From Afghanistan

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Afghanistan passports.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    From Bahrain

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Indian nationals stranded in Bahrain.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Bahraini passports
  • Bahraini nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelinesas amended from time to time.

    From Canada

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Stranded Indian nationals.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Canadian passports.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category under the latest Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020

    From France

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Stranded Indian nationals.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    From Germany

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Stranded Indian nationals.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    From Iraq

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Indian nationals stranded in Iraq.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Iraq.
  • Nationals of Iraq (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelinesas amended from time to time.

    From Japan

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Stranded Indian Nationals.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Japan.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelinesas amended from time to time.

    From Maldives

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Indian nationals.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Maldivian passports.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats and OCI card holders), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    From Nigeria

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Indian nationals stranded in any country in Africa.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Nigerian passports.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports by any country in Africa who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines as amended from time to time.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines as amended from time to time.

    From Qatar

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Indian nationals stranded in Qatar.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports.
  • Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    From United Arab Emirates (UAE)

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Stranded Indian nationals.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding UAE passports.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    From United Kingdom (UK)

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Stranded Indian nationals.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding British passports.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category under the latest Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020

    From United States of America

    Passengers eligible to fly include:
  • Stranded Indian nationals.
  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding US passports.
  • Foreigners (including diplomats), who are eligible to enter India as per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020 as amended from time to time.

    Passengers travelling UK-India via Virgin Atlantic, please note:

  • Only stranded Indian Nationals, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding British passports, and customers (including diplomats) holding a valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be permitted entry into India.
  • For additional guidelines from the Government of India, click  here
  • All travellers from India must carry a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test certificate, issued 96 hours prior to departure.
  • Passengers must submit an India Customer Declaration Form at least 9 hours prior to departure. Each passenger is required to complete a separate form. The airline will share this form with the passenger.
  • Passengers must fill a Health Declaration Form here at least 72 hours prior to departure from London Heathrow. They will receive an acknowledgement email with a unique reference number along with a copy of the submitted form. All passengers seeking quarantine exemption, must also fill a form here. This form must be completed prior to check-in for the flight and must be presented (as a digital or hard copy) at the Health Counter upon arrival. No travel will be permitted unless these forms are duly filled and submitted.
  • Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders must register online with the Indian High Commission in London here.
  • All passengers must download the Aarogya Setu App before entering India.

    Passengers travelling UK-India via British Airways, please note:

  • From August 16, British Airways is starting operations for passengers flying back to UK from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
  • Entry is open for Indian Nationals, OCI Card Holders with British Passports, Foreign nationals including Diplomats holding valid Visa issued by Indian Mission in any category covered under MHA guidelines dated 30 June 2020

    Passengers travelling USA-India via United, please note:

  • United has announced regular Special/ Repatriation Flights between India and US during August and September.
  • Entry is open to US Diplomats holding valid document/ visa to travel; Indian Passport Holders & OCI Card Holders.
  • All passengers flying to US must familiarize themselves with the hygiene and sanitisation protocols of their source and destination cities.
  • They must comply with all the regulations, especially transit regulations wherever applicable.

    Passengers travelling Germany-India via Lufthansa, please note:

  • All Lufthansa airline flights from India between September 30 and October 20 have been cancelled following discussions with DGCA
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • All Indian Nationals
    • EU Nationals, EU-residents, holders of EEA family member cards holding applicable visa
    • OCI card holders if they are minor children with Indian parents or there exists a medical/death-related emergency in immediate family or those married to an Indian national or students with at least one parent an Indian citizen/ OCI card holder
    • Foreign Nationals holding applicable visa
  • All previously issued electronic visas stand revoked and visas of any approved category must be newly obtained.
  • All long-term visas must be revalidated by the respective Indian Embassy or Consulate General.
  • All passengers, irrespective of their origin have to register with the Indian Mission in Germany here Passengers are required to produce a confirmation of the same at the time of boarding from Germany. In case your Lufthansa flight number is not yet uploaded on the registration site, registration can be completed by selecting any flight.
  • All passengers arriving in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru must submit a Self-Declaration Form on the online portal Click here at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.
  • Arriving passengers into Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru should also give an undertaking on the above portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine (if applicable) at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring.
  • For all flights to Bengaluru and Delhi: a negative Covid-19 test report issued within 96 hours prior to departure is compulsory. For Mumbai and all other Indian cities, passengers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine on arrival by submitting a negative RT-PCR Test report issued within 96 hours prior to departure.
  • It is mandatory for all passengers to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices before boarding.
  • Passengers travelling to Bengaluru are required to have a Seva-Sindhu portal pass here or the Apthamitra application here. Passengers cannot travel without this pass. Kindly refer to Karnataka’s Covid-19 guidelines for more information.

    Passengers travelling from India to USA, France and Germany via Air India, please note:

  • Passengers eligible to fly include:
    • Stranded Indian nationals.
    • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders.
    • Foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission in any category covered under under the latest Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020.
  • All travellers should submit a self-declaration form online at www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.
  • They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days, which includes 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home.
  • Exemptions from institutional quarantine will be allowed only for very compelling reasons like pregnancy, death, serious illness in the family or in the case for parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below. For such cases, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days, provided they have with them a negative RT-PCR test report.
  • This test report needs to be uploaded on the portal, along with a request for exemption (only for above cases) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

    Passengers travelling London-India via Vistara, please note:

  • Vistara flight operations between Delhi and London begin from 28 August 2020.
  • Eligibility criteria: stranded Indian Nationals; all overseas citizens of India (OCI) cardholders holding UK Passports; foreigners (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian mission in any category under Ministry of home affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30-06-2020.
  • All passengers must sign and submit a self-declaration form 72 hours before the flight www.newdelhiairport.in Any request for quarantine exemption must also be made on the portal before boarding.
  • Baggage allowance: 1 piece of hand baggage not weighing more than 7 kg, and check-in baggage as mentioned on the ticket.
  • All passengers must reach the airport 4 hours before departure.
  • It is mandatory to do a web check-in.

    Passengers travelling Doha-India via Qatar Airways, please note:

  • Qatar Airways is operating flights between Doha and India from 13 cities in India between 18-31 August, 2020.
  • Eligibility criteria:
    • Indian nationals in Qatar.
    • All Overseas Citizen of India cardholders with Qatari passports.
    • Qatari nationals holding valid visa to enter India.
  • For more information about the process of returning to the State of Qatar and the quarantine measures in place, please visit the Ministry of Public Health website or Qatar Portal website
  • All travellers from India must carry a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test certificate, issued 96 hours prior to departure.

    Passengers travelling Kuwait-India via Kuwait Airways, please note:

  • Flights to India are open only for the following passengers:.
    • Stranded Indian nationals in Kuwait.
    • All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders from Kuwait. Click here to check order dated 12th June 2020.
  • Passengers travelling to Indian destinations should be travelling to the same State as is mentioned in their residing passport address only.
  • Travellers to Ahmedabad need to be a domicile of the State of Gujarat.
  • All passengers travelling to India must be registered with Indian Embassy no later than 24 hours prior to the flight departure. Click here.
  • Download Arogya Setu app and/or the relevant app of your respective state on your mobile.
  • Download / register with Kuwait Mosafer.
  • All passengers must submit a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha.
  • Any passenger arriving into India and seeking exemption from institutional quarantine, may apply 72 hours before departure if they fall under any of the following five categories through Air Suvidha exemptions. Exempted Categories include:
    • Expectant mothers.
    • Passengers with kids under 10 years of age.
    • Patient requiring immediate medical care.
    • Passenger with a death in the family.
    • Passengers with COVID-negative certificate (RT-PCR) issued within 96 hours of the arrival.
  • Before Boarding, all passengers must sign an undertaking that after landing in India, they would comply with COVID-19 related Protocols and Guidelines rules issued by the State/UT Government concerned, and the Government of India (Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the Ministry of External Affairs).
  • Depending on State of destination, passengers may be required to undergo a mandatory 7-day self-paid institutional and/or 7-day home quarantine, while agreeing to bear the complete expenses of their institutional quarantine.
  • Required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. must be observed by all the passengers.

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