India’s COVID-19 guidelines are in a constant state of flux, as several popular destinations are changing their tourist travel policies every few weeks.
The Government of India has been warning that there is no room for complacency as festivals like Onam, Raksha Bandhan and Ganesh Chaturthi approach. Hence, coronavirus travel restrictions can be seen as a preventive measure.
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Below is the list of destinations where an RT-PCR report is mandatory. This is only a quick overview—for detailed information, please visit our COVID-19 travel guidelines tracker.
All passengers arriving in Assam will have to mandatorily undergo a paid RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport. The test will be free of cost for vaccinated travellers.
Kindly note: 7-day home quarantine is mandatory for all travellers entering Assam, even if they have tested negative on arrival.
For passengers arriving at the Darbhanga Airport from Delhi NCR, Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab, it is compulsory to carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report, issued within 72 hrs prior to arrival.
A COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report, conducted not earlier than 96 hours should be presented upon arrival into the state. This rule applies to vaccinated travellers as well.
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All travellers arriving in Goa will require a COVID-19 negative test report (RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT/RAT or any other test approved by the ICMR) issued within 72 hrs prior to arrival. However, travellers from Kerala must only carry an RT-PCR report. The test report should not be older than 72 hours.
Tourists arriving in Himachal Pradesh can present a vaccination certificate (double dose) or a RAT negative test not older than 24 hours.
Alternatively, travellers can also carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report issued not earlier than 72 hours.
Passengers arriving from any state must carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR/TrueNat negative report from an ICMR-approved lab issued not earlier than 72 hours. Passengers arriving without a valid report will be subject to testing.
All travellers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra via flight, bus, train or taxi will be required to carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report not older than 72 hours. This is irrespective of their vaccination status.
Fully vaccinated travellers are exempted from carrying a negative RT-PCR test report at the airport. However, a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative report issued within 72 hours is a must for the rest of the passengers.
For entering Maharashtra by any mode of transport, a passenger must carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report. The test should be conducted 72 hours prior to entry into the state.
However, a fully vaccinated traveller (one who has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and has completed 15 days of getting the second dose) is exempted from this.
A COVID-19 RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT negative test report taken within 72 hours is required. Alternatively, travellers can present their full vaccination certificate (two doses). 15 days should have passed after getting the second dose.
Travellers visiting Rajasthan require a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report conducted within 72 hours. Alternatively, travellers can also carry a valid vaccination certificate (single or double doses).
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Travellers entering Tamil Nadu from Kerala can either present a full vaccination certificate (two doses) or carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report. The test should be taken within 72 hours of the journey.
Travellers with a valid vaccination certificate do not require an RT-PCR negative report. For this, they should have received both doses and completed 14 days after getting the second dose.
However, for unvaccinated travellers, a COVID-19 RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat negative test report, conducted 72 hours prior to the journey is required. Travellers without the report will undergo a test on arrival into the state.
Fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed entry by showing a valid certificate instead of the RT-PCR report. Travellers should have take the second dose at least 15 days before arrival into the state.
Kindly note: A COVID-19 negative test report is compulsory for unvaccinated travellers. The test should be conducted 72 hours prior to arrival into the state.
All air travellers entering the state must carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report not older than 72 hours on arrival. Alternatively, travellers can present a proof of complete vaccination (two doses).
However, passengers arriving from Pune, Mumbai and Chennai must carry a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative report for the test conducted within 72 hours of flight departure. This is irrespective of the vaccination certificate.
Please note: All state COVID-19 travel policies are subject to change. We advise our passengers to check with their airlines one last time before making their flight bookings.
Till we meet again, happy travels 🙂