Updated 11 January 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?
People flying to Mumbai who wish to seek exemption from the institutional quarantine must produce a COVID-19 negative certificate (RT-PCR) issued within 72 hours of their departure. However, passengers arriving without a negative RT PCR certificate may also seek this exemption provided they take the test at the airport on arrival.
Moreover, the Maharashtra government has also made it mandatory for domestic passengers flying from NCR/DELHI, Rajasthan, Gujarat & Goa to take the test 72 hours before landing and produce the report on arrival. If not, they too can take the test at the concerned airport.
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.
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.
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.
You can then proceed to the testing facility at Level 10 – Departures Area for domestic travellers and at the T2 Arrivals Lounge Area for international arrivals.
How much does the test cost?
The RT-PCR test costs Rs 850, as per the cap set by the government. 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.