If you are an international traveller coming to India, there are a few things that you must keep in mind. The rules aren’t as relaxed as many think they are. The government has issued new guidelines to ensure safety against the COVID-19 Omicron variant be maintained. The guidelines must be followed by the passengers, or else they might not be allowed to travel.
Rules for International Passengers Travelling to India
International passengers travelling to India will have to follow these rules:
Travellers need to ensure that they are carrying a self-declaration form to the airport. Along with this, a negative RT-PCR report for the test taken 72 hours before departure needs to be uploaded on the Air Suvidha portal.
Travellers who are coming from at risk-countries will have to undergo a COVID-19 test on their arrival. Note that the cost will be borne by the traveller itself. Even when it is a connecting flight, passengers will have to undergo a COVID-19 test.
Passengers who will be found COVID-19 positive will have to go through an institutional quarantine. For others, 14 days of self-monitoring is advised.
For international passengers who are coming from at-risk countries, the rules will be a little different.
As mentioned above, these passengers from at-risk countries will have to undergo a test when they arrive at the airport or before they leave for a connecting flight. Passengers who will test negative will undergo a home quarantine of seven days and go for another test on the eighth day of their arrival in India. If again tested negative, these passengers will self-monitor their health for seven days.
Those passengers who will test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network.
India has not moved ahead with its decision of conducting regular international flights because of the threat from the new coronavirus variant. All the international flights will continue to operate under air bubble agreements.