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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has issued specific guidelines for international passengers travelling to India. Please note that this may differ as per the source country and airlines. We sincerely urge you to go through these, for a safe and hassle-free flying experience.

Common Guidelines

for All Incoming Travellers

NEW guidelines for all travellers arriving in India:


    Planning Travel
  • 1) All travellers should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against COVID-19 in their country.
  • 2) Additional requirements apply to passengers in all international flights travelling from/transiting through China, Hong Kong , Macau, Singapore, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Thailand and Japan.

Such travellers would be required to:

  • a) Submit complete and factual information in self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel, including last 14 days’ travel details.
  • b) Upload negative COVID-19 RT-PCR*** report on the Air Suvidha portal. The test should be conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey (first point of departure). Children below 12 years of age are exempted from pre-departure RT-PCR test requirement. They are also exempted from both pre-departure and post-arrival random testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per the laid down protocol.
  • c) Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
  • d) They should also give an undertaking that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority for any post-arrival requirement including home/institutional quarantine/ self-health monitoring, as warranted, on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey.

    During Travel
  • 1) Any passenger having symptoms of COVID-19 during travel shall be isolated as per the standard protocol i.e. the said passenger should be wearing mask, isolated and segregated from other passengers in flight/travel and shifted to an isolation facility subsequently for follow up treatment.
  • 2) In-flight announcement about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic including precautionary measures to be followed (preferable use of masks and following physical distancing) shall be made in flights/travel and at all points of entry.

    On Arrival
  • De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.
  • Thermal screening should be done for all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport/point of entry.
  • The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated, taken to a designated medical facility as per health protocol (as above).
  • The following protocol post arrival shall also be followed:
    1. a) A sub-section (2% of the total passengers** in all incoming international flights) shall undergo random post arrival testing at the airport on arrival, irrespective of port of departure. Children under 12 years of age are exempted from both pre-departure and post-arrival random testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per laid down protocol.
    2. b) Such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). They will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport thereafter.
    3. c) If such travellers’ samples are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network.
    4. d) They shall be treated/isolated as per laid down standard protocol.
  • All travellers shall self-monitor their health post arrival also and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number in case they have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

* China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan

** Children under 12 years of age are exempted from both pre-departure and post-arrival random testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per laid down protocol.

*** Children below 12 years of age are exempted from pre-departure RT-PCR test requirement.


    A Note on Guidelines

Country and airline guidelines may change without notice. In case the information you are seeking is not available above, please refer to the airline website or IATA travel centre, before booking your trip.

While we do our best to get you the latest information, due to the rapidly evolving nature of current events, sometimes that is not possible. Please note, it is the sole responsibility of the passenger to ensure his or her eligibility to enter the destination or transit countries (as applicable). We accept no liability in this regard. Please do check the travel rules of all regulatory websites prior to booking as well as commencing travel.

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