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Updated 28 July 2021

India has warily kept its doors shut to foreign tourists. Flights to and from India are operating only for repatriation and exigency cases. However, inbound travellers may still transit through the Indian airports, subject to the outlines rules and regulations.

For those whose itinerary includes India as a pit stop, here are the latest India transit rules you need to know.

Can I transit through India?

Yes, you can transit from one airport in India to another.

However, keep in mind that India allows entry only to:

  • All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders holding passports of any country
  • All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose(including their dependents on the appropriate category of dependent visa)  except those on Tourist Visa
  • Those having a valid visa, other than except electronic visas (e-Visa), Tourist visa and Medical Visa
  • Foreign nationals in case of family emergencies
  • Any Indian national or a national of Nepal or Bhutan holding any type of valid visa of any country

If you’re thinking of transiting to another country through India, note that many countries have implemented travel bans on India due to the second wave of coronavirus, so it’s advisable to check the restrictions of the destination country.

 

Requirements for transit passengers

It is mandatory for all international arrivals to fill the Self-Declaration Form (SDF) and upload a negative RT-PCR result of a test taken within 72 hours of the departure.

They also must self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival/transit in India.

In case of transit passengers, the receipt of SDF, which is dispatched online to the transiting travellers, will display “T” (Transit).

 

Travellers on flights from UK, Brazil and South Africa

If your flight originates in the United Kingdom, South Africa, or Brazil, and you travelled to India from one of those three countries

You’ll have to take a self-paid molecular test at the designated area on arrival. You can take the connecting flight only after confirmation of the approved negative test report.

Make sure you keep a transit time of at least 6-8 hours, as the results take time to process.

if your result is negative, you will have to home quarantine for 7 days and take another test on day 7. If you’re confirmed negative again, you can self-monitor your health for another 7 days.

If your result is positive in either the test on arrival or the test on day 7, you’ll have to undergo separate treatment and isolation. Your sample will also be sent for genome sequencing.

If your flight originates in the United Kingdom, South Africa, or Brazil, but you have travelled from any other country

You will have to take a self-paid molecular test on arrival. However, you will be allowed to proceed to your connecting flight, without waiting for the results.

If your result is negative you will be asked to self-monitor your health for 14 days.

If your result is positive, you’ll be treated as per the health protocol.