As India battles the second wave of COVID-19 infections, many states have introduced new rules for arriving passengers. Many now need you to take a test before you fly and some will test you on arrival though a few—like Goa—are still open without restrictions. To get test results in time, ICMR-approved labs are also advising travellers to not leave their tests to the last moment and get themselves tested 72 hours prior to air travel time.
Here’s a handy list of guidelines for arrivals across Indian states. Bear in mind that these are subject to change—so please check with your airline and track official sources for the latest.
All passengers arriving in the state need to register themselves on the Spandana website and have the Aarogya Setu app. Passengers will undergo a thermal screening on arrival.
All arriving passengers will undergo a thermal screening and a COVID-19 swab test. An antigen testing facility is available at Guwahati airport (GAU). If you happen to test positive there, you will be moved to a COVID facility. If the antigen test results are negative, an RT-PCR test will also be performed to confirm the result. You can choose to home quarantine until the result arrives or quarantine at a hotel at your own expense. You can also receive the RT-PCR results within 60 minutes at a cost of Rs2,200.
If you’re travelling to Chandigarh, make sure to have the Aargoya Setu app downloaded and get yourself registered on the COVA Punjab app prior to your travels. You will be required to fill a Health Declaration form and undergo thermal screening on arrival.
In lieu of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, all passengers arriving to Delhi from states that have seen a recent surge in cases will be subjected to a random sample collection on arrival. While you can exit the airport immediately after the sample collection, you need to undergo a mandatory home quarantine for seven days. If your result turns out positive, you can continue to quarantine at home or move to a hospital. The Aarogya Setu app is mandatory.
Goa currently has no quarantine or COVID test requirements for arriving passengers.
It is mandatory for anyone arriving in Gujarat from any state or union territory in India to have a negative RT-PCR report, not earlier than 72-hours earlier from an ICMR approved lab. The 72-hr window starts from the time of the collection of the swab. The rule does not apply to children below the age of 12. In case you don’t have a negative report, you will be required to undergo a COVID test on arrival and stay at the airport until the results arrive (6-7 hours). If you are arriving in Surat, you will need to fill an online “Novel corona self-reporting form” and download the SMC Covid-19 Tracker app.
Himachal Pradesh currently does not require a COVID test or quarantine if you’re planning to fly in.
Jammu & Kashmir
An RT-PCR test on arrival is mandatory for all passengers. If you happen to test positive for COVID-19, you will need to home quarantine for 14 days.
Passengers arriving from Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab and Chandigarh are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report from an ICMR-approved lab not more than 72 hours before their travels.
Before travelling to Kerala, make sure to obtain an e-pass by registering on the state’s COVID-19 portal and download the Aarogya Setu app. All arriving passengers will need to home quarantine for 14 days, while symptomatic passengers will have to take a COVID test on arrival. You can skip the quarantine if you’re travelling in for business, trade, medical purposes or court cases, as long as you have registered on the portal and have an e-pass. You can then stay in Kerala for upto seven days but you will need to furnish details of your itinerary, local accommodation and a contact person.
All arriving passengers require a negative RT-PCR report, not more than 96 hours before arrival. If you don’t have a negative report, you will need to undergo a mandatory seven day home quarantine and a COVID test. You will be released from quarantine if your result is negative. If not, you will be transferred to a COVID facility for further processing.
If you’re flying into Indore or Bhopal from Maharashtra, you will need a negative RT-PCR report from an ICMR approved lab not earlier than 48 hours. If you do not have a negative report, you will be required to take the test on arrival and self isolate until the results arrive. You will also need to download the Indore-311 app so your self-isolation status can be monitored. The same rules do not apply to arrivals from other states and UTs.
All passengers flying in from NCR/Delhi, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa need to carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours. Those without one will have to undergo a test at the airport at their own expense.
All passengers require a negative RT-PCR test result, not more than 72 hours before arrival. If you don’t have a negative result, you will need to take the test on arrival. Before travelling to Meghalaya, make sure to generate your unique e-invite on the state’s official portal.
All passengers arriving from other Indian states require a COVID negative report not more than 72 hours before arrival. Those without a negative RT-PCR report will undergo a mandatory 15-day quarantine, while symptomatic passengers will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility. If you’re planning to stay in Udaipur, you will need a negative RT-PCR test to even book a hotel room.
All passengers arriving in Tamil Nadu need an auto epass that can be availed here. If you are flying into Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), you will also require a negative RT-PCR test not earlier than 72 hours. If you do not have a negative report, the test will be taken at the airport free of cost, and you can leave after your sample is collected. These rules don’t apply for passengers from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry. Passengers arriving into TN from Maharashtra and Kerala will have to undergo seven days of home quarantine followed by seven days of self-monitoring. All other passengers will have to undergo 14 days of self-monitoring. If you’re travelling for business and are not flying in from Maharashtra or Kerala, you can skip the home quarantine, as long as your stay in Tamil Nadu lasts less than 72 hours.
All passengers need a negative RT-PCR result, not more than 72 hours before arrival. A free COVID test will be done for all passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. If you’re planning to fly in for the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, make sure to register on the state website in advance.
Passengers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra need a negative RT-PCR report from an ICMR-approved lab, done within 72 hours before arrival. All passengers will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine, unless they plan to exit UP within seven days of arrival.
All passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana need a negative RT-PCR report not more than 72 hours before arrival. All passengers are advised to self-monitor for 14 days after arrival.