Testing, RT-PCR Report, Vaccine Certificate: 4 Indian Destinations Update Entry Guidelines

“Do I need a COVID negative report for travelling or is a vaccine certificate enough? If it’s enough, then does it need to be a certificate for two doses or can it be for one dose as well?”

These are the most commonly asked queries by domestic flyers these days, and with good reason. State entry guidelines change frequently, depending upon the situation and health protocols of each destination.

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To make sure you stay updated, today we have curated the latest airport rules for Assam, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and Karnataka.

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Here are the details:


The stringent entry protocol of the state has a new relaxation: no testing on arrival for travellers who are coming to Assam with a certificate of full vaccination (signifying that they have taken both the doses).

This new exemption will be valid for both airports and railway stations in the state:


Two major airports in Bihar have issued new entry rules. Travellers arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab at the Patna Airport no longer require a negative RT-PCR report for entry. 

As per the official order, this is due to the significant reduction in the COVID caseload:

On the other hand, as per a new update by SpiceJet Airlines, travellers arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab at the Darbhanga Airport require a COVID negative report (issued within 72 hours before arrival). 

Travellers arriving from other states may be subject to random testing at the airport:

Our advice? For safe and hassle-free travel, reconfirm the guidelines for your destination airport with the respective airline before flying.

Jammu & Kashmir

Vistara Airlines has issued a new update, informing that travellers arriving at the Srinagar Airport with a negative RT-PCR report will be exempted from testing on arrival. The sample collection for the negative RT-PCR report must have been done within 72 hours of arrival:



Karnataka has updated the entry rules for all travellers arriving from Maharashtra, stating that they are now required to bring either a negative RT-PCR report (not older than 72 hours) or a vaccine certificate of having received at least one dose

A few categories of travellers are exempted from showing the negative RT-PCR report. Check them below:

Stay tuned with us for more useful travel updates!