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Updated 22 December 2021

To maintain the current progress of COVID cases and keep the further transmission of coronavirus in check, especially with the discovery of the Omicron variant, the government has imposed rules and regulations on travellers arriving in Mumbai includes mandatory thermal screening for domestic and international passengers at airports.

COVID testing facilities have also been set up at the airport, available to any passenger arriving or departing from Mumbai by air. Here is everything you need to know about the testing facilities available at the Mumbai airport.

Who needs to take the test at the airport?

Travellers from “at-risk” countries

India has classified certain countries as “at-risk” from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival, such as post-arrival testing. The list of countries are:

  1. Countries in Europe including The United Kingdom
  2. South Africa
  3. Brazil
  4. Botswana
  5. Ghana
  6. China
  7. Mauritius
  8. New Zealand
  9. Zimbabwe
  10. Hong Kong
  11. Israel
  12. Tanzania

Regardless of vaccination status, passengers arriving in Mumbai from or transiting through “at-risk” countries would be subjected to an RT-PCR test on arrival and will have to wait for the results before leaving the airport or boarding a connecting aircraft.

Travellers who test positive will be transported to a medical institution for isolation and will be required to stay there until they test negative if they are infected with the Omicron form. If they are infected with any of the other kinds, a doctor will decide whether or not they may be released, based on their condition.

People who test negative after arriving from the countries listed will be placed in home quarantine and will be tested again on the eighth day. The instructions state that if they are positive, they must contact the Covid-19 hotline.

Travellers from other countries

Travellers from country not on the “at-risk” list of nations, will be allowed to leave the airport and self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. However, a sub-section (5% of the total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.

  • The 5% of such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines
  • Such travellers shall be escorted by the concerned airlines to testing area on arrival.
  • Laboratories shall prioritise testing of samples from such travellers.
  • If such travellers are tested positive, they shall be managed as per laid down standard protocol and samples would further send for genomic testing.

Taking the test

Adequate RT-PCR testing facilities for international arrivals in the form of 100 registration counters and 60 sampling booths have been set up at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA). These facilities would be ramped up, if the need arises.

Only those coming from ‘at-risk’ countries or those who have been to ‘at-risk’ countries in the last 14 days before coming to India will need to pre-book the ‘on-arrival test’. The passengers are required to wait for their test results before leaving or taking a connecting flight.

Click here to prebook your COVID test with CSMIA.

It is necessary to carry a valid ID proof like Aadhar card, driving license, passport, or voter’s ID. You should keep a screenshot of the token number you get after registration ready to display at the site. It is also advisable to reach the testing site on time as per your slot.

How much does the test cost?

The RT-PCR test costs has been slashed to ₹ 500, against the earlier cost of ₹ 850. The Mumbai Airport has revised the rate for Rapid PCR tests to ₹ 1,975 from the earlier ₹ 4,500.

How long until I can get the results?

International arrivals can get their RT-PCR tests for Covid -19 done at Terminal 2 Level P4, Ground Transportation Lobby (GTL, next to Niranta lounge.

Those opting for RT-CPR test will get their results within 8-10 hours. Rapid RT-PCR test results are provided in 1-2 hours. The test results are sent via email.

We advise you to keep a close check on COVID-19 updates and guidelines before you travel. For additional details please visit the CSMIA website.