Guidelines for travelers coming to India during this pandemic

New international rules have been set for people who are traveling to India from abroad and the rules came in effect from 8th August.  The announcement was made for travelers coming from countries that India has formed air bubbles with, including the US, UK, France, and Germany.

The guidelines have been issued by the Union Health Ministry for the safety of passengers and to curb the spread of the virus. The pandemic has affected the operations of flights for more than two months hence everyone is taking all possible measures to ensure COVID-19 does not spread during travel. 

Here are the guidelines for international passengers who are traveling to India.


  • Travelers are required to submit self-declaration form 72 hours before their flight. 
  • Travelers are required to undergo 7-day-institutional quarantine at their own expense, upon arrival in India. 
  • The exemption will be given to people who fall into five categories: pregnant women, someone who suffered death in the family, parents of children below 10 years of age, a person suffering from illness, someone with a negative COVID-19 test result, 96 hours before the flight. 
  • People can apply for exemption 72 hours before the flight 

Additional precautions 

  • Passengers will be asked to download Aarogya Setu App and that will be checked at the entry. 
  • A set of guidelines will be provided to every passenger at the time of boarding. 
  • Passengers will be screened before boarding and only the people with no symptoms will be allowed to board. 
  • Deboarding may take time due to social distancing rules 
  • Health officials will be present on arrival and thermal screening will be done 
  • If a person is found to be symptomatic, he or she will be taken for isolation immediately.