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Omicron Virus: India tightens restrictions on International passengers

Effective December 20th major Indian airports will require pre-booking of RT-PCR tests for passengers arriving from “at risk” countries.   As indicated earlier “at risk” countries include several European countries. The list of “at risk” countries gets updated at short notice. It is best to check with your travel agent or airline to get up-to-date details.  Airports at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru now have a process for testing arriving passengers.  

Many passengers experience delays in getting test results.  If a passenger tests positive then quarantine rules apply.  Mumbai has strict home quarantine rules for passenger arriving from “at risk” countries.  State Governments have the authority to regulate incoming passengers.  Therefore rules vary by State.

Passengers can pre-book the RT PCR test (to be taken upon arrival in India) on the Air Suvidha portal and also link to the appropriate airport while filling out the self-declaration form,  Note the self-declaration form is a must for any passenger planning on visiting India.  Note that you still need to take a RT-PCR test within 72 hours of departure to India.  While returning to USA you need to be tested within 24 hours of departure from India.
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