Travelling To India? Arrival Rules To Follow In New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru

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by Sanjana Shenoy
by Sanjana Shenoy 448

The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) announced new guidelines on January 7, 2022, that were effective from January 11, 2022. If you’re travelling to India from countries, “not at risk”, you must undergo a mandatory home quarantine for 7 days followed by an RT-PCR test on the eighth day. For international arrivals from “at-risk” countries, you must take Covid tests on arrival and wait for the test results before leaving the airport or taking a connecting flight. People who tet Covid positive will be sent to an isolation facility. And those who test negative must self-monitor for another 7 days. Here’s what you need to know when you land in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata airports.

1. Delhi

International arrivals at Delhi airport might be subjected to testing on arrivals as authorities state that two present of all arriving passengers may be randomly selected for PCR test at the airport. The cost of the RT-PCR test at Delhi airport is ₹500. RAPID PCR test is priced at ₹2900. Due to a rise in Covid-19 cases especially of the Omicron variant, DGCA extended the ban on scheduled commercial international passenger flights till January 2022.

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2. Mumbai

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai issued new guidelines on January 16 for international passengers arriving from the UAE. As per the new rules, passenger arrivals from the UAE don’t need to undergo a 7-day mandatory home quarantine. But two per cent of them might be subjected to random testing for a PCR test at the airport. The cost of the PCR test at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport goes as follows: RT PCR test costs ₹500 and RAPID PCR test is priced at ₹1,975.

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3. Bengaluru

Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru stated on its website that passengers arriving from countries that are not at risk will be permitted to leave the airport. However, two per cent of passengers may be chosen to undergo random testing at the airport. The concerned airlines will escort the passengers to the testing arrival on their arrival. They must undergo home quarantine for seven days and then take an RT-PCR test on the eighth day of their arrival.

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4. Kolkata

All international arrivals at Kolkata Airport must undergo home quarantine for seven days on arrival. Emirates Airline revealed that passengers arriving in Kolkata airport from abroad must mandatorily undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival irrespective of the country of origin or vaccination status. Children below five years are exempted from testing at the airport. The cost of the RT PCR test at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is ₹600 and the RAPID PCR test costs ₹2900.

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