India's new travel rule
India's new travel rule

Travelers who seek an exemption from institutional quarantine but do not have a negative Covid-19 PCR test report on hand heading to India can take the test upon arrival at the airport, as per the new guidelines of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare However, not all airports are in India has this testing facility.


Passengers arriving without a negative RT-PCR test report and not having the option of screening at the airport will have to go through seven days of institutional quarantine and seven days of home quarantine. The Indian Ministry issued the latest guidelines on November 5, replacing the rules set on August 2.

To apply for an exemption from institutional quarantine in India, travelers can submit a negative PCR test result online ( at least 72 hours prior to boarding. They may also cite compelling reasons like reinstatement, death in the family, serious illness, and parent (s) with children ten years of age or younger.

The test report must be uploaded to the portal for your consideration. The ministry said that each passenger must also submit a declaration regarding the authenticity of the report and will be responsible for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.

“They must also make an undertaking on the gate or otherwise to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the government. From India, through the concerned airlines before they are allowed to take the flight in which they will abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo a facility, home quarantine or self-monitoring of their health for 14 Day, or as required, "he added.

The self-declaration form can be uploaded to the online portal ( at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel date or presented upon arrival at the relevant health meters.