Pre-Book PCR Test at 6 Airports in India:
Travel Update from 20th December 2021 for all International passengers from ‘At-risk’ countries. These passengers arriving at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad will have to prebook PCR test for Travel due to rising cases of the Omicron.
However, there is an additional procedure for Passengers travelling to Mumbai from any of the At-risk countries. As per Government guidelines, all international passengers must undergo the Covid-19 test on arrival in Mumbai. They also have to undergo mandatory 7 days institutional quarantine followed by RT PCR tests conducted on Days 2, 4 & 7 and later home quarantine for those passengers. (Source)
ON-ARRIVAL PCR TEST AT MUMBAI
For ‘At risk' countries: The United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, Tanzania, New Zealand, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Israel.
Required for: On-arrival test
According to the Union Health Ministry, the list of ‘At Risk’ nations include the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, Tanzania, New Zealand, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Israel.
Travel Guidelines for Passengers “Arriving” at these 6 Airports in India:
The Ministry of Civil Aviation mentions that the Air Suvidha portal will be modified to allow passengers to Pre-book the RT-PCR test who are arriving from or have visited “at risk” countries in the last 14 days before their travel. DGCA is requested to issue instructions to all airlines to check if their passengers have pre-booked their mandatory test before boarding the flight.
COVID‑19 Testing Requirements:
- All passengers, including children 5 years old and above, must upload their Covid‑19 RT‑PCR results on the Air Suvidha online portal
- The RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of their journey
- All passengers must present a hard copy of negative Covid 19 RT‑PCR certificate test at the time of departure because digital copies will not be allowed.
Before Boarding your Flight to India:
- All passengers, including children and infants, must submit a self‑declaration form (SDF) under the Air Suvidha section in the online portal
- International passengers are mandated to declare their current health status prior to boarding on the Air Suvidha Portal. They need to upload a copy of Passport, vaccination certificate, PCR negative certificate conducted within 72 hours of departure and the complete contact details and address before scheduled departure.
- After completing the Air Suvidha portal, passengers will receive an approval code which must be presented at the time of departure.
- All passengers must download the Aarogya setu app on their mobile devices.
The Aviation Ministry mentioned that this is the first phase of the mandate and it only applies to six major airports. However, this might be extended to all airports in the country in the days to come, if the situation of the Omicron variant worsens.