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Last updated: 12 October 2021, 13:09 (GMT +4)

Travel to India on repatriation flights

Travel to India is restricted to specified categories of passengers. You will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test both before departure and on arrival. Please check the requirements of your final destination before you travel.

Travel eligibility

Flights to India will be restricted only to the following passengers:

  • Indian Nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in UAE or in any country in South America or Africa;
  • All overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and person of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country;
  • UAE nationals and foreign nationals (from any country in South America or Africa only) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist visa. Tourist Visas / e-Tourist Visas issued on or after 6 October 2021 will be accepted from 15 November 2021.

Required forms

  • All passengers, including children and infants, must submit a self-declaration form (SDF) under the Air Suvidha section on the online portal before the scheduled departure with complete contact details and address. Passengers will receive an approval code that must be presented at the time of departure.
  • All passengers must mention clearly in the SDF whether they plan to disembark at the arrival airport or take transit flights. Transit passengers must present the β€œT” (Transit) receipt on their SDF to state authority/ government of India.
  • All passengers must declare if they have a travel history to United Kingdom, Brazil or South Africa in the past 14 days. This will be indicated with an β€œH” on their SDF.
  • All passengers must carry 1 printed copy of the self-declaration form (SDF) at the time of departure, except for Hyderabad (HYD) where 2 printed copies of the SDF are required.
  • All passengers must submit an undertaking form on the online portal agreeing to follow advice by the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine or self-monitoring of their health for 14 days or as mandated.
  • All passengers must download the Aarogya setu app on their mobile devices.

COVID-19 testing requirements

  • All passengers, including children and infants, must upload their COVID-19 RT-PCR results on the Air Suvidha online portal for a test taken within 72 hours prior to the start of their journey.
  • All passengers must carry a hard copy of a negative COVID 19 RT-PCR certificate test at the time of departure. Digital copies will not be allowed. Certificate should be in English, specifying name of passenger and the outcome of the test.
  • Arrival in India without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report will only be allowed in cases of exigency of death in family. Passengers can apply for such an exemption on the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
  • All passengers, including infants and children, without any exception, are to undergo self-paid molecular tests upon arrival at the Indian airports (port of entry). Passengers must carry adequate funds for the same.
  • All passengers can leave their entry point in India after taking the on-arrival molecular tests except for the following:
    • Passengers travelling from Brazil and South Africa and arriving at Bangalore airport must wait for their results before leaving the airport or connecting to another flight.
    • Connecting passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa and transiting at Indian airports must wait 8-10 hours at the entry airport in India before taking their connecting flights.
  • All passengers who test positive for COVID-19 during the on-arrival molecular tests will undergo treatment per standard health protocol. If they’re travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa they will be isolated in an institutional isolation facility coordinated by the respective state health authorities.

Quarantine and Self-Monitoring of Health

  • All passengers travelling from Brazil and South Africa are advised to quarantine at home for 7 days. Passengers must take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on the 7th day of arrival. If they test negative, they can be released from quarantine and continue to monitor their health for 7 days.
  • All passengers travelling from the United Kingdom irrespective of their vaccination status are advised to quarantine at home for 10 days. Passengers must take a COVID 19 RT PCR test on the 8th day of arrival at their own cost.
  • All passengers travelling to Mumbai must submit a self declaration form and an undertaking form agreeing to undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine.
  • All other passengers will be allowed to leave the airport/take transit flights and will be required to undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 days.

International travellers on short stay

International travellers on short stay (less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom free will undergo all the procedures as mentioned above and be permitted to leave India subject to fulfilling the requirements of their destination country.

Ahmedabad (AMD)

On-arrival molecular test will cost approximately INR 700 per person.

In order to expedite the sampling process upon arrival at Ahmedabad, all passengers are requested to fill the required information on the NorthStar Labs website.

Nuberg Supretach rapid COVID-19 PCR testing facilities are also available at the Inter Terminal Link Way, opposite T1 in SVPI Airport, Ahmedabad. Cost of test is INR 4000 per passenger.

Bangalore (BLR)

All passengers travelling to Bengaluru (BLR) must download the Aarogya setu app, Quarantine Watch app and Apthamitra app on their mobile devices. Click here to download the apps.

On-arrival molecular test per person will cost approximately as below:

  • RT-PCR Express INR 3,200, 30 minutes processing time
  • RT-PCR (normal) INR 800, 4 hours processing time

Mandatory pre-booking and pre-payment is required for the above tests through this link.

Passengers arriving from Brazil and South Africa and who test positive for COVID-19 will have to undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days at government provided facilities at government cost. Passengers may also choose to stay at self-paid facilities.

Passengers arriving from Brazil and South Africa and who test negative for COVID-19 will undergo home quarantine for 14 days with a follow-up PCR test to be conducted on the 7th day.

Chennai (MAA)

All passengers must, ensure TN e-pass is applied and details are ready to be shown to state health authorities. Contact us to update the details of TN e-pass at least 48 hours before departure

Transfer passengers on arrival who are travelling to other states have to apply for fresh e-pass on arrival and follow the other state process when connecting on to a domestic flight. Transfer facility of passengers and baggage currently not available.

On-arrival molecular test will cost approximately INR 1,200 to 2,500 per person.

Passengers may register online through this link.

Delhi (DEL)

On-arrival molecular test will cost approximately INR 800 per person.

Passengers who have to wait for their results before their connecting flights must pay for the lounge cost at approximately INR 2,600 per person.

Hyderabad (HYD)

On-arrival molecular test will cost approximately INR 1,250 per person.

Passengers who have to wait for their results before their connecting flights must pay for the lounge cost at approximately INR 4,200 per person.

Kerala (COK/TRV)

All passengers travelling to Kerala must also update their details on COVID-19 Jagratha portal at least two days before departure.

On-arrival molecular test will be free of cost.

Kolkata (CCU)

On-arrival molecular test will cost approximately INR 950 per person.

Mumbai (BOM)

On-arrival molecular test will cost approximately INR 600 per person.

Scan the QR code of below facilities to pre register for on arrival testing:

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.

If you are travelling beyond Dubai, please check if there are any travel bans between your point of origin and your destination. You may still not be able to enter your destination even if you fly through Dubai if restrictions apply.