Travelling To India From UAE? Here Are The Latest Statewise Covid-19 Rules You Must Know

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman

India is currently witnessing a rapid spike in COVID cases across and many states have imposed new travel rules for international passengers. While we still recommend against flying from UAE to India right now, if you must travel for business or emergency purposes, here are all the state-by-state guidelines that you should know. Read on!

Also read: Planning Air Travel Within India? Know The Latest State-Wise Rules

1. Maharashtra

Pre-arrival: All international passengers landing in Mumbai must submit a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report. The test must be taken no longer than 72 hours ahead of departure. The results must be uploaded on on the Air Suvidha portal. In addition, passengers must carry hard copies of the test result. There is no need for testing at the airport if their final destination is Maharashtra.

Arrival: All passengers must undergo a mandatory institutional quarantine for seven days at their own cost. This will then be followed by seven days of home quarantine with self-monitoring of health.

Quarantine: It is mandatory for passengers arriving in Mumbai from UAE with a destination within Maharashtra to undergo seven days’ institutional quarantine in a hotel or at a state-mandated quarantine centre.

On the seventh day, passengers must take another covid test at their own cost. If the result is negative, they can proceed for seven days of home quarantine. There is no need for a repeat test after the home quarantine period unless the passenger develops symptoms.

Also read: Mumbai Airport To Operate Domestic Flights Only From Terminal 2 Amid Rising

2. Kerala

Pre-travel: All passengers must register on the https://covid19jagratha.kerala.nic./ as well as on Air Suvidha 72 hours before departure. Testing will be free at Kerala’s airports.

Quarantine: All passengers arriving from UAE must undergo 14 days’ quarantine. Asymptomatic passengers can opt for home quarantine. A PCR test will then be done on the seventh day and if tested negative, further quarantine of seven days is optional and not mandatory.

Those who don’t get tested would be advised to continue on quarantine for the remaining seven days and complete a total of 14 days in quarantine.

Also read: India Removes Restrictions On E-Visas; Permits People From 156 Countries To Enter

3. Karnataka

Arrival: International passengers arriving at Bangalore airport must undergo compulsory screening for Covid-19. Symptomatic passengers will be segregated from other passengers and will be sent to dedicated Covid Health Centre for testing.

Quarantine: Those who test negative must follow home or institutional quarantine for 14 days. If you test positive, based on the severity of your symptoms, you will either be asked to undergo home or institutional quarantine or shifted to the government or private Covid hospital. Asymptomatic passengers must complete home or institutional quarantine for 14 days.

4. Tamil Nadu

Arrival: All passengers arriving at any of the Tamil Nadu airports must undergo compulsory Covid screening. Symptomatic passengers will be sent to dedicated health centre for testing. If tested negative, you will be advised to complete home and institutional quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine: If tested positive, based on the severity of your symptoms, you will either be asked to undergo home and institutional quarantine or shifted to the government or private hospital. Asymptomatic passengers will be advised to complete home/institutional quarantine for 14 days.

Watch this space for more information for travel during COVID times. 

5. Delhi

Arrival: All passengers must test for Covid upon arrival at the Delhi airport and can exit the airport only upon receiving a negative test report. Those with a negative report must self-monitor for 14 days. Those who test positive will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol. International travellers who are staying less than 14 days.

Meanwhile, the Oman Embassy in New Delhi has advised Omani citizens not to travel to India unless necessary. In a statement the embassy advised Omani citizens to avoid traveling to India in the current period unless absolutely necessary, due to the steady increase in the number of COVID-19 infections. Infections in India have currently exceeded 200,000 cases per day.