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Guidelines for International Arrivals

international travel

Part 1: For all international travellers except travellers coming through flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East:

A. Planning for Travel

All travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel and upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report conducted within 72 hours before undertaking the journey. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration for the authenticity of the report. 

They should also give an undertaking on the portal or to Ministry of Civil Aviation through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.

Arrival in India without a negative report shall be allowed only for those travelling to India in the exigency of death in the family. If they wish to seek such exemption, they shall apply to the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

B. On Arrival

Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. Passengers should show the the online self-declaration form to the airport health staff. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility. The passengers who have been exempted for pre-arrival RT-PCR will show the same to the respective State counters. They will be prioritized for sample collection in the designated area, samples collected and permitted to exit the airport.

International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that online registration is not available for such passengers currently. Such travellers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of the Government of India at seaports/land ports on arrival.

Part 2: For all international travellers coming/transiting through flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East:

All the clauses as above (part A) shall apply to such travellers coming/transiting from flights originating in United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East except for clauses on testing, quarantine and isolation as specified below:

A. All the passengers arriving from United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East shall be carrying a negative RT-PCR Test report for which test should have been conducted within 72 hours before undertaking the journey. The same also shall be uploaded on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in).

B. All the travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in United Kingdom, Europe or Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-pay confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at Page 4 of 5 the Indian airports concerned (port of entry). Entry made in the SDF regarding telephone number and address would be reconfirmed.

C. Travellers from UK, Brazil, and South Africa taking connecting flights from the arrival international airport will exit the airport only after confirmation of negative test report, which may take 6-8 hours. Those who are found negative on testing at the airport shall be allowed to take their connecting flights and be advised quarantine at home for seven days and regularly followed up by the concerned State/District IDSP. These travellers shall be tested after seven days and, if negative, released from quarantine and continue to monitor their health for an additional seven days.

D. All travellers from UK, Brazil and South Africa existing at the arrival airport will give their sample in the designated area and exit the airport. They will be followed up by the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP). If tested negative, they will remain in home quarantine for seven days and regularly followed up by the concerned State/District IDSP. These travellers shall again be tested after seven days and, if negative, released from quarantine and continue to monitor their health for an additional seven days.

E. All other travellers from Europe and the Middle East (other than those in flights originating from Brazil, South Africa and United Kingdom) who have to exit the destination airport or take connecting flights to their final domestic destination shall give samples at the designated area and exit the airport. If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days. If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.

F. Travellers from Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom, testing positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the respective State Health Authorities. If the report of the sequencing is consistent with the current SARS-CoV-2 virus genome circulating in the country; the ongoing treatment protocol including home isolation/treatment at the facility level as per case severity may be followed. If the genomic sequencing indicates the presence of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 then the patient will continue to remain in a separate isolation unit. While necessary treatment as per the existing protocol will be given, the patient shall be tested on the 14th day after testing positive in the initial test. The patient will be kept in the isolation facility till his sample is tested negative.

G. All the contacts of travellers arriving from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil who test positive (either at the airport or subsequently during the home quarantine period) shall be subjected to institutional quarantine. They will be tested on the 7th day (or early if they develop symptoms). Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, three rows in front and three rows behind, along with identified cabin crew.

H. International travellers (covered under Part A or Part B) on a short stay (less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom-free shall undergo all the procedures as above and shall be permitted to leave India under proper intimation to their district/state health authorities, subject to them fulfilling the requirement of the airlines and destination country.

Note: (All information as on 17th February, 2021.)