Updated 15 June 2021
The capital city of Mumbai, which had been a nexus of the infection in the past, is finally seeing gradual improvements in this pandemic situation, as the number of new cases as well as the fatality rate continues to drop. Mumbaikars are settling into their ‘new-normal’, post-COVID daily routines, having made masks, sanitizers, and social-distancing a part and parcel of life.
To maintain this progress and keep the further transmission of coronavirus in check, the government has imposed rules and regulations on travellers arriving in the city includes mandatory thermal screening and registration on the Aarogya Setu App for all domestic and international passengers. Moreover, COVID testing facilities have also been set up at the airport, available to any passenger arriving or departing from Mumbai by air.
Who needs to take the test at the airport?
It is mandatory for passengers arriving from NCR/DELHI, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat & Goa to carry RT-PCR report done not earlier than 72 hours prior to departure. Passenger not having RT-PCR report must undergo RT-PCR test at the airport on arrival at their own expense.
In line with these rules, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (CSMIA) has set up testing facilities for all domestic and international passengers arriving or departing from the airport.
Submit contact details with authorities, in case the test result come positive the state officials will contact. Passengers who test negative can continue their journey, while those who test positive will be sent to institutional quarantine centres in the city.
Note that passengers arriving from the Middle East and Europe cannot use these facilities, as they can get tested only on the 5th or 7th day at the hotel after a week-long mandatory institutional quarantine.
Children upto 10 years are exempted for Testing. The government has also exempted RTPCR test for Armed Forces personnel and their families. Other exemption from RT-PCR requirement shall be permitted only incase of death in the family and must be applied online at least 72 hours before departure on the Air Suvidha Portal.
Taking the test
You can book your test at the CSMIA here.
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.
Currently, the airport hosts three facilities at Terminal 2. It has established over 30 counters of testing facilities at the terminal for international and domestic passengers, including those equipped with molecular testing facilities. You can then proceed to the testing facility at Level 10 – Departures Area for domestic travellers. All international arriving passengers can get their RT-PCR test done at T2 Arrivals Lounge Area.
How much does the test cost?
The RT-PCR test costs has been slashed to Rs 600, against the earlier cost of Rs 850. Rapid antigen test costs Rs 150. Payment can be done through cash or digital mode.
How long until I can get the results?
For domestic passengers, results will take around 24-48 hours for arriving passengers and 8-10 hours for departing passengers. International travellers will get their results within 8-10 hours.
The results are sent via email.
An express, round-the-clock testing facility has also been set up on December 15 at CSMIA which provides the Abbott ‘ID Now’ Covid-19 test. Although it is priced steeply at INR 4,500, its results are delivered within 13 minutes.