India Revises Guidelines for International Travellers

The Government of India has revised the guidelines for international travellers arriving in the country. 

As per the newly revised rules, the demarcation of countries ‘at-risk’ and other countries has been removed. Also, the Central Government has recommended 14 days of self-monitoring post-arrival as against 7 days home quarantine as was mandated earlier. 

The revised guidelines will come into effect from 14th February, 2022 and will be reviewed from time to time as per requirement.

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Here are the travel guidelines:

Planning for Travel

  • Submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal ( before the scheduled travel, including the last 14 days travel details.
  • Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the portal. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.
    Certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report.
  • Passengers must also give an undertaking on the portal or to the Ministry of Civil Aviation through concerned airlines that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/self-health monitoring, as warranted, prior to undertaking the journey.

Note: Travellers arriving from countries with whom India has mutual recognition of vaccination and quarantine-free travel will be allowed entry in India on the basis of their vaccination certificates. Refer to this list here. 

Before Boarding

  • Travellers shall be provided with dos and don’ts along with the tickets by the airlines/agencies concerned.
  • Airlines shall allow boarding to only those passengers who have filled in the self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report or COVID-19 vaccination certificate. 
  • At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.
  • All passengers shall be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

On arrival

  • Passengers need to maintain physical distance while deboarding. 
  • Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. Passengers also need to show the self-declaration form filled online. 
  • The passengers found to be symptomatic during the screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility. If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol.

The following protocol shall also be followed post-arrival –

  • A subsection (2% of total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.
  • Such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). They shall be allowed to leave the airport after giving their samples. 
  • If such travellers test positive, their samples will be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network. They will be treated/isolated as per the laid down protocol. 
  • All travellers will self-monitor their health for the next 14 days of arrival.
  • If travellers under self-health monitoring develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, they will immediately self isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call the National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number.

For more details, check out the official order here!

Refer to our COVID guidelines page if you wish to know the travel rules for various countries.

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