India’s coronavirus guidelines are in a constant state of flux, as states and union territories tighten and relax their tourist travel policies every few weeks.
Some, however, are firm in what they want from domestic travellers—a negative COVID-19 test report, regardless of your state of origin.
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Below is the list as of March 2021. This is only a quick overview—for detailed information, please visit our COVID-19 travel guidelines tracker.
All travellers heading to Ladakh by air or road must carry a negative COVID-negative report with the sample taken within 72 hours of their arrival. Those arriving without it will have to complete a 7-day mandatory home quarantine and take a fresh test. If they test negative, they will be released from quarantine.
Passengers have to undergo a rapid antigen test (RAT) on arriving at all airports (Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur and Lakhimpur). If you test positive, you’ll be moved to a COVID care facility. If you test negative, your test’s swab will be sent for an additional RT-PCR test, which has two options.
If you take the free, government-provided RT-PCR test, you’ll have to home quarantine for up to 5 days, within which you’ll get the test results. If you want to avoid this quarantine, you can opt for a paid test, whose results will be shared within 24 hours.
Those who test positive on the RT-PCR test will have to undergo home isolation/treatment at COVID care facilities, while those testing negative can skip quarantine.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Incoming passengers to Port Blair have to carry a RT-PCR negative test report issued by an ICMR-recognised lab, with the sample taken 48 hours before their journey. Those without the report will be tested via RAT/RT-PCR test at the airport for a fee, and those testing positive will have to undergo institutional quarantine.
The testing rules differ based on which island you’re going to (and some are off limits), so be sure to check the individual rules on our tracker.
Gujarat (Surat only)
Passengers arriving at Surat International Airport from other states/UTs need to carry a negative RT-PCR test report from an ICMR-approved lab, with the sample taken within 72 hours of their flight. Those arriving without the test report will have to take a free RAT at the airport. No quarantine is required for asymptomatic passengers.
All visitors must carry a RT-PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT/RAT test report while entering Meghalaya, with the sample taken within 72 hours (48 hours for RAT) of their arrival to skip quarantine. They also need a unique e-invite, which can be generated on meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm
Those not carrying a report will be tested at the airport using a RAT or RT-PCR test (passenger’s choice) for a charge, and have to be under home/paid quarantine until results are out on coronamegh.in or shared via SMS. Those already carrying a test report but showing symptoms on arrival will have to undergo a new RT-PCR test.
Travellers must carry a negative RT-PCR test report from an ICMR-recognised lab, with the sample taken 96 hours before their arrival. An m-pass is also required, which you can get on mcovid19.mizoram.gov.in/pages/mpass/flight
Those who are symptomatic or have arrived without the report can be tested via RAT on arrival. As per the Mizoram Health and Family Welfare Department, home quarantine is not required for any inbound domestic travellers.
A free, mandatory antigen test will be conducted by state authorities for all incoming flight passengers at Agartala Airport. After completing the test, everyone has to undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine. Those exiting Tripura within 72 hours of arrival will be exempted from quarantine after taking the test.
Please Note: All state COVID-19 travel policies are subject to changes based on the location’s containment strategies. We advise our passengers to check with their airlines one last time before making their flight bookings.
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