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UAE to India travel: List of state-wise quarantine regulations

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On Monday, India suspended its flights from the UK, the epicentre of a fresh Covid-19 variant, till December 31

Planning a trip to India and bogged down by pre-travel and quarantine regulations?

On Monday, India suspended its flights from the United Kingdom (UK), the epicentre of a fresh Covid-19 variant, till December 31 amid fears over a new wave of the viral outbreak.

Following this, Maharashtra state imposed a seven-day mandatory institutional quarantine for all travellers arriving from the Middle East, including the UAE, followed by a seven-day home quarantine.

As more Indian citizens in the UAE and elsewhere are travelling home on short trips for personal and professional reasons, the new set of regulations has been overwhelming for many. Consul, press, information and culture Neeraj Agarwal said air traffic between India and the UAE is ‘very good’ at the moment. “Flights are operating at up to 80 per cent capacity,” he said. “On some days, flights’ capacity is up to 90 per cent,” he added.

Here is an up-to-date list of quarantine regulations to Indian states with the highest air traffic from the UAE:

(Source: Ministry of Civil Aviation, Emirates Airlines)

Ahmedabad

Passengers with final destination in Gujarat only will be accepted. Passengers must carry a printed copy of negative Covid- 19 RT PCR certificate for the test conducted within 96 hrs of departure. This excludes children below 10 years old. All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.

Bangalore

All passengers travelling to Bengaluru (BLR) must download the Aarogya setu app, Quarantine Watch app and Apthamitra app on their mobile devices. It is not mandatory to take a Covid-19 PCR test before departure. All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days home quarantine.

Exemptions: Business/short0term travellers to Bengaluru with a negative Covid19 RT PCR test report are exempted from quarantine. Such passengers must submit a declaration of the authenticity of the test report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise. The test report must be presented upon arrival at the airport.

Also, students taking exams in Karnataka will be exempted from home quarantine if they undergo Rapid Antigen testing with a negative result or if they submit a negative Covid19 RT PCR test report for a test conducted within 72-hours of departure.

Chennai

All passengers must ensure Tamil Nadu epass is applied and details are ready to be shown to state health authorities. Contact us to update the details of a TN epass at least 48 hours before departure. All passengers who are cleared by state health officials are permitted to use any mode of travel home, including domestic flights.

Transfer passengers on arrival who are travelling to other states have to apply for a fresh epasson arrival and follow the other state processes when connecting on to a domestic flight. The transfer facility of passengers and baggage is currently not available.

Passengers must carry a printed copy of a negative Covid19 RT PCR certificate for the test conducted within 96 hrs prior to arrival. This excludes infants below six months old. All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days’ home quarantine.

Delhi

It is not mandatory to take a Covid-19 PCR test before departure. All passengers must submit an undertaking form on the online portal agreeing to undergo mandatory seven- days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by seven days of isolation at home with self-monitoring of health

Exemptions: Passengers may request an exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative Covid19 RT PCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 72-hours of the start of their journey.

The test report should be uploaded for exemption under Air Suvidha on the online portal for consideration. Each passenger must also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise. The test report could also be presented upon arrival at the point of the entry airport in India.

Hyderabad

It is not mandatory to take a Covid19 PCR test before departure. All passengers must submit an undertaking form on the online portalagreeing to undergo a mandatory seven-day paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by seven days of isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

Exemptions: Passengers travelling to Hyderabad for business reasons and having a negative Covid19 RT PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure shall be exempted from the requirement of home/institutional quarantine. However, the passengers should return within four days of arrival as evidenced by confirmed return tickets.

Passengers may request an exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative Covid19 RT PCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours of the start of their journey. The test report should be uploaded for exemption under Air Suvidha on the online portal for consideration.

Kerala

All passengers travelling to Kerala must also update their details online at least two days before departure. It is not mandatory to take a Covid19 PCR test before departure. Passengers travelling to Kerala may undergo a Covid19 RT PCR test on the seventh day of arrival and if tested negative, further quarantine of seven days is optional and not mandatory.

Kolkata

Passengers must carry a printed hard copy of a negative Covid19 RT PCR certificate for the test conducted within 72 hrs of departure. Children less than three years are exempted. Passengers must upload a negative Covid19 RT PCR Test result on the Air Suvidha portal up to 4 hours prior to the flight departure. All asymptomatic passengers will undergo mandatory 14 days’ home quarantine.

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