September 29, 2022

India Travel Guidelines: Rules for New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata

Dubai: Are you planning to travel from the United Arab Emirates to India soon? India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) along with state municipal authorities have updated several guidelines for international passengers, and it is important to be aware of the federal guidelines as well as all quarantine and testing rules specific to the state that you may need to comply with. Here is an overview of all the updates announced by the Indian authorities so far and how they would affect your travel plans.

India’s Civil Aviation Ministry announces guidelines for international arrivals

On January 7, 2022, MOCA announced new guidelines, which would take effect on January 11, 2022. Separate guidelines were issued for countries deemed to be at risk and all other countries, which were not on the list published by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. (MOHFW) on January 7, 2022. The United Arab Emirates is not on the list of these countries at risk.

Here are the guidelines for passengers traveling from the United Arab Emirates to India:

1. PCR test within 72 hours – Have a negative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result, with the test being performed within 72 hours of your flight departure time.
2. Air Suvidha – Complete the Self Declaration Form (SDF) and upload the negative PCR test result on Air Suvidha portal –
Keep a printed copy of the form, the PCR test results and your vaccination certificate with you.
3. Download the Arogya Setu App –
This is the app for contact tracing and COVID-19 self-assessment.
4. Heat screening on arrival – Pass a thermal check (for all passengers) upon arrival at the airport. Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening should be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility in accordance with health protocol. If they test positive, their contacts should be identified and managed according to established protocol.
5. 2% of passengers will undergo testing – Two percent of all passengers from countries not on the at-risk list are required to undergo random post-arrival testing at the airport. Details of the cost of PCR testing at each airport have been mentioned below.
6. Seven-day home quarantine, re-test on day 8 – All travelers (including the 2% who were selected for random testing upon arrival and found negative) will be subject to seven-day home quarantine and will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test on the eighth day of their travel. arrival in India. (Important Note: This is not mandatory for passengers arriving in Mumbai, following a new circular issued by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai on January 16, 2022. Details are mentioned below.)
The Day 8 retest results should also be uploaded to the Air Suvidha portal.
7. Continue to monitor your health for another seven days – If the Day 8 test result is negative, passengers will need to continue self-monitoring their health for another seven days.

PCR test for children: Children under five are exempt from pre-arrival and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic of COVID-19 upon arrival or during the home quarantine period, they should be tested and treated according to protocol.


The cost of PCR testing at Delhi airport is as follows:

RT PCR test – Rs500 (about Dh25)

RAPID PCR test – Rs2,900 (about Dh143)


On January 16, 2022, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai issued new guidelines for international passengers arriving from the United Arab Emirates.

In accordance with the circular, from 17 January 2022, passengers arriving from the United Arab Emirates will no longer be required to undergo a mandatory seven-day home quarantine.

However, travelers may be subject to additional testing upon arrival, with authorities saying 2% of all arriving passengers will be randomly selected for a PCR test at the airport.

The cost of PCR testing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is as follows:

RT PCR test – Rs500 (about Dh25)

RAPID PCR test – Rs1,975 (about Dh97)


All passengers traveling to Bangalore must download the Aarogya Setup App, Quarantine Monitoring App and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airportapp on their mobile devices.

According to the airport’s website, passengers from countries (origin of the flight) other than countries at risk will be allowed to leave the airport. Two percent of passengers will be randomly tested at the airport upon arrival. These travelers will be escorted by the relevant airlines to the test area upon arrival. The cost of testing these travelers will be borne by Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.

The website also adds that as of January 11, 2022, all passengers will be required to undergo home quarantine for seven days and will undertake an RT-PCR test on the eighth day of arrival.


According to the Emirates airlines website, all passengers are required to take the COVID 19 test upon arrival in West Bengal, regardless of origin or vaccination status. Children under five are exempt from testing on arrival.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport PCR Test Cost:

RT PCR Test – Rs600 (about Dh29)

RAPID PCR test – Rs2,900 (about Dh143)

All international passengers must undergo home quarantine for seven days upon arrival in Kolkata.