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PCR Requirement Updates for DEL & BOM Airports

You are advised to please check local Govt. websites for latest protocol on Covid testing and Quarantine requirements.

For LHR-DEL flights, it is advisable to keep a gap of around 12 hours for I to D connections as passengers are required to undergo Covid test at the airport.

Given the dynamic scenario of the restrictions imposed on the travel industry due ongoing pandemic, guidelines are as on date and subject to change without prior notice.

Travel to India on repatriation flights:
Travel to India is restricted to specified categories of passengers. You might also be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure and undergo quarantine on arrival. Please check the requirements of your final destination before you travel.

Travel eligibility:
Flights to India will be restricted only to the following passengers:

  • Indian Nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in UAE or in any country in South America or Africa;
  • All overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and person of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country; and
  • UAE nationals and foreign nationals (from any country in South America or Africa only) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist visa.

Required forms:
All passengers must fill the self-reporting form under the Air Suvidha section on the online portal at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure. Passengers will receive an approval code that must be presented at the time of departure.
All passengers must download the Aarogya setu app on their mobile devices.

Delhi (DEL)

COVID-19 testing requirements
It is not mandatory to take COVID-19 PCR test before departure.

Quarantine guidelines
All passengers must submit an undertaking form on the online portal agreeing to undergo mandatory 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health

Quarantine Exemptions
Passengers may request exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours of the start of their journey. The test report should be uploaded for exemption under Air Suvidha on the online portal for consideration. Each passenger must 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 presented upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.

Mumbai (BOM)

COVID-19 testing requirements
It is not mandatory to take COVID-19 PCR test before departure.

Quarantine guidelines
All passengers must submit an undertaking form on the online portal agreeing to undergo mandatory 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health. On arrival, no COVID-19 RT PCR test will be conducted. However, COVID-19 RT PCR test will be conducted during 5th to 7th day at the hotel and all related costs are to be borne by the passenger.

Quarantine Exemptions
All passengers travelling to Mumbai (BOM) and connecting on a domestic flight to a destination out of Maharashtra will be exempt from the above requirement, provided they have negative COVID RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours of boarding the flight. The passenger may also choose to undergo the COVID RT-PCR test at the airport itself, however only after the negative results are received the passenger will be allowed to proceed for the domestic flight.

Passengers under the following exceptional circumstances would be considered for exemption of 7 days mandatory institutional quarantine. Decision would be taken after arrival on verification of following reasons with proof of documents.

  • Pregnant woman in advanced stage of pregnancy
  • Death in immediate family.

General Quarantine Exemptions for all airports except Mumbai (BOM)

  • Home quarantine of 14 days may be allowed only for compelling reasons/cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in the family, serious illness, and parent(s) with children 10 years old and below. Passengers must apply for exemption under Air Suvidha on the online portals at least 72 hours before boarding.
  • Passengers arriving on international flights connecting to other domestic airports as their final destination would be allowed to continue their journey if they have presented a negative COVID-19 negative report for an COVID-19 RT PCR test taken within 72 hours before the start of their journey and the state authorities concerned at their arrival airport have granted them an exemption from institutional quarantine.