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Is It Important To Take COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Before India Travel?

Posted on Jan 18th, 2022 by Heena Ganotra, Last updated Sep 26th, 2022, 522 comments

The entry of international passengers depends a great deal on the strict policies laid out by the Government of India (GOI). However, the government has shared an official statement announcing, “In view of increasing vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic, the existing guidelines for international arrivals in India have been reviewed”.

Post the guidelines issued on 7 January 2022 (effective from 11 January 2022), a new set of guidelines were released on 10 February 2022 (effective from 14 February 2022). The revised guidelines state that the mandatory 72-hour report of RT-PCR is no longer required if the travelers can show their full Vaccination Certificate.

The Union Health Minister tweeted,”Besides uploading negative RT-PCR report (taken 72 hrs prior to journey), option to upload a certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination provided from countries on a reciprocal basis. 14 days Self-Monitoring post-arrival as against 7 days Home Quarantine as was mandated earlier. Need for undertaking RT-PCR test on 8th day and uploading the same on Air Suvidha portal is dispensed with.”

In simpler terms, for people from specific countries with which India has vaccination agreements (list given below), vaccinate certificates would suffice. RT-PCR would no longer be needed in such cases. Further, the concept of “At-Risk countries” has been done away with. 7-day home quarantine and RT-PCR on the 8th day after arrival is no longer needed too.

While this was in a nutshell, let’s discuss in detail what these new guidelines for India travel are –

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Latest Guidelines On India Travel – Issued On 10 February 2022

For India International travel, you can take air bubble flights which is an extension of Vande Bharat Mission. If you’re confused regarding what routes you can take, the eligibility criteria that varies with each airline, and the transit points you can make use of, here’s everything about Air Bubble India-USA flights for your reference. For now, let’s understand the guidelines for India travel.

Before India Travel

  • Before the scheduled travel to India, one must submit and upload a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha online portal. The boarding shall be restricted if the form is not uploaded on the portal.

Suggested Read: Self Declaration Form On Air Suvidha Mandatory For India Travel

  • Effective from December 1, amid the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant termed Omicron, the revised guidelines mandate submitting 14 days’ travel details along with the self-declaration form.
  • You won’t need the RT-PCR test if you’ve the certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-1 vaccination.
  • However, if you’re not fully vaccinated, you will have to upload the COVID-19 RT-PCR (negative) test report conducted within 72 hours prior to the scheduled travel.
**Please note that children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per the protocol.

Because we have been receiving a lot of queries on this, nasal swab tests are part of RT-PCR tests and are valid for India International travel. Apart from the RT-PCR Test (Report comes in 6 to 8 hours), Rapid PCR Test (Report comes within 60 to 90 minutes) can also be taken. These are RT-PCR tests with a difference in the price and report turn-around time. However, please note that Antigen Tests, saliva swab tests, and throat swab tests aren’t valid and the same would restrict your boarding.

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  • A passenger declaration form for the authenticity of the report has to be attached with the test report. Any kind of forgery at passenger’s end shall be liable for criminal prosecution.
  • The traveler must also share an undertaking either on the portal or to Ministry of Civil Aviation through concerned airlines, stating that they shall follow the decision taken for them by the government regarding home quarantine, institutional quarantine, self-health monitoring, and likewise.
  • Keep your registration in the Aarogya Setu app handy in you mobile phone is mandatory.
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Before Boarding

  • Airlines to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in all the information in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report or Covid -19 vaccination certificate of having completed the primary vaccination schedule.
  • While boarding, your body temperature should be normal in the airport’s thermal screening or your boarding shall be restricted.

During Your Travel To India

  • Follow the precautionary measures. Announcements regarding the same shall be made at airports, in flights, and during transit.
  • Follow COVID-appropriate behavior.
  • If symptoms of COVID-19 during the flight are found in a passenger, he/she shall be isolated as per the protocol.

On Your India Arrival

  • Deboarding is to be done keeping physical distancing in mind.
  • Thermal screening will be carried out and it is here that you’ll have to show the self-declaration form filled online shall to the airport health staff.
  • Symptomatic passengers (found during screening) shall be immediately isolated and taken to the testing medical facility. If tested positive, the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front, and 3 rows behind along with identified Cabin Crew of the identified candidate will be subjected to quarantine for 14 days and tested as per ICMR protocol.

A sub-section (2% of the total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival. The 2% of these travelers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries).

  • This 2% of travelers shall be escorted by the concerned airlines/MoCA to the testing area on arrival. The cost of testing shall be borne by the travelers identified for random testing themselves.
  • They can leave the airport after submitting their samples.
  • IF POSITIVE: The travelers’ samples will be sent for genomic testing.
  • All passengers need to, however, monitor their health for 14 days.

The earlier protocols no longer stand valid i.e. no home quarantine for 7 days and no undertaking/ uploading of RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India.

List of Countries for which Primary Vaccination Schedule Completion Certificate is Allowed

AlbaniaCommonwealth of Dominica IranMozambiqueSt. Kitts and Nevis
AndorraCosta RicaIrelandMyanmarSan Marino
AngolaCroatiaIsraelNamibiaSaudi Arabia
Antigua & BarbudaCubaKazakhstanNepalSerbia
AustraliaCyprusKingdom of Morocco New ZealandSeychelles
AustriaDenmarkKyrgyzstanNetherlandsSierra Leone
AzerbaijanEstoniaLatviaNicaraguaSingapore
BangladeshFinlandLebanonNorth MacedoniaSlovak Republic
BahrainGeorgiaLiechtensteinOmanSlovenia
BelarusGrenadaMalaysiaParaguaySpain
Brunei DarussalamGuatemalaMaldivesPanamaSri Lanka
BotswanaGuyanaMaliPortugalState of Palestine
BulgariaHong KongMauritiusPhilippinesSweden
CanadaHungaryMexicoQatarSwitzerland
CambodiaIcelandMoldovaRomaniaThailand
ChileIndonesiaMongoliaVenezuela
ColumbiaThe United KingdomUkraineVietnam
Trinidad & TobagoTurkeyUnited States of America Zimbabwe

Guidelines: International Travelers Arriving Through Sea/Land Ports

International passengers entering India through sea/land ports have to undergo the same protocol as above, except “online registration” isn’t available for these passengers. These travelers will have to submit the self-declaration form on arrival to the concerned authorities (Government of India officials) at the sea/land port.

Is The Testing Facility Offered By The Airports Free? 

No. The starting amount for getting tested at the Delhi Airport is INR 5,000 ($71) which includes both the RT-PCR test and the facility of spending time at the international lounge till the reports arrive. While the facility is offered in collaboration with Premium Plaza, the testing service is done with Genestrings Diagnostic Centre (a Delhi-based laboratory). The amount charged at the Mumbai Airport starts from INR 600 ($7.97).

Can The RT-PCR Test Be Pre-Booked?

Yes. For Delhi arrivals, a slot can be booked here. In fact, passengers must book a slot an hour before the time of arrival and approximately 4-6 hours before the departure time of the connecting domestic flight. For Mumbai arrivals, passengers can make an online booking on the IMCR-approved Suburban Diagnostics laboratory website

What Is The Process Of Getting Tested At The Delhi Airport?

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Amid the news of the new COVID variant Omicron, on-arrival testing is mandatory for passengers arriving from At-Risk countries. Along with this, 2% of random passengers will also be tested.

Thus, the facility of getting tested for RT-PCR is available at Terminal-3 of the Delhi airport that offers a walk-in option. 

As stated in a tweet shared on 5 Dec 2021 –

While the RT-PCR Test costs INR 500 and takes 6 to 8 hours in delivering the report, the Rapid PCR Test costs INR 3500 and takes 60 to 90 minutes of time. Rapid Antigen Test, however, takes 10-15 minutes and takes place at T-3 Departure forecourt area.

State representatives will keep the passports of the passengers at the Sample Collection Counter until the test results are out. 

After being tested at the allocated time, passengers need to wait at the lounge. 

The test report is mailed and physically given within as little as 1-2 hours of taking the test. 

(It is, therefore, advised that all international passengers must book their connecting flights with a gap of 1 to 2 hours.)

Those who come out negative will be stamped ‘RT-PCR negative’ and ‘home Quarantined till [specified date]’ on the hand by the State Representative. Passports shall also be returned so passengers can take their ongoing domestic flights.

Those who come out positive will be taken to an institution by the authorities.

What Is The Process Of Getting Tested At The Mumbai Airport?

 Mumbai International Airport has a dedicated COVID-19 testing facility at Terminal 2 Level 4, Ground Transportation Lobby, next to Niranta Lounge.

Passengers can either book a slot online on the website of Suburban Diagnostics Laboratory or register at the helpdesk at the arrival terminal. Express Test is also available at Mumbai Airport which gives results in 13 minutes and costs around INR 4500 ($64). Besides the express COVID-19 test, flyers also have the option to opt for the regular RT-PCR test. The regular test result takes around 8 hours for arriving passengers, which are then sent via email. For this test, flyers are required to show valid ID proof, and this test costs INR 600 ($7.97). If you are traveling with family or in a group, you can book a single slot for the testing of all.  A rapid RT-PCR test, on the other hand, costs Rs 3,900 ($51.77) per person and delivers the result in 1-2 hours. The earlier price was 4,500 ($59.74) per person and has recently been changed.

State representatives will keep the passports of the passengers at the Sample Collection Counter until the test results are out. After being tested at the allocated time, passengers need to wait at the lounge. Hotels can be booked too, but for that, approval from the state authorities is required.

The test report is mailed and physically given within 13 minutes/1-2 hours/8 hours of taking the test. 

(It is, therefore, advised that all international passengers must book their connecting flights with a gap of 1-2 hours since 2% of travelers, on a random basis, will have to undergo the COVID test on arrival, as stated above.)

Those who come out negative will be stamped ‘RT-PCR negative’. Passports shall also be returned so passengers can take their ongoing domestic flights.

Those who come out positive will be taken to an institution by the authorities.

What Is The Process Of Getting Tested At The Bangalore Airport?

In December 2020, Bangalore International Airport and Auriga Research Pvt Ltd opened a round-the-clock COVID-19 testing facility. Located near the Arrivals Area, the center features a sample collection kiosk, a waiting lounge, and a dedicated laboratory outside the terminal. The center offers tests for arriving international passengers unable to get a test prior to boarding their flight. The service is also available to departing passengers needing a negative RT-PCR result at their destination.

Costs range between Rs 800 (US$11) for a regular RT-PCR test and Rs 4,500 ($64) for the Abbott ID NOW™ rapid PCR test. A Rs 400 collection charge may also apply. While the results for the standard PerkinElmer High Throughput test are available in 6-24 hours, the Abbott test delivers a result within 30 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I fill the exemption form, do I still need to fill the Self-Declaration form?

Ans: Self Declaration form is mandatory to be filled with details of Passport and Covid 19 Negative RT-PCR Test report. “International Arriving Passengers can only apply for exemption, in case of ‘Death in a Family for Immediate Family member as defined by GoI (Child, Parents, Spouse, Grandparents, Siblings).” That will give them exemption from RTPCR Test.

Q: What if I present a fake COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test?

Ans: If the report isn’t proved to be authentic, the Indian government can prosecute you

Q: What details are required to fill the Self Declaration and Exemption forms?

Ans: Personal details, scanned copy of the passport with photo and details (first page), email address, and Covid 19 RT-PCR test report are required to fill the self-declaration form. However, to fill the exemption form, a Death Certificate/Doctor’s Note is mandatory.

Q: What is the reporting time at the airport?

Ans: Report at least 4 hours before the flight’s scheduled departure. Also, please note that check-in closes 60 minutes before the departure time.

Q: Is web check-in mandatory?

Ans: Web check-in is not mandatory for USA to India flights but recommended. Even though check-in starts 24-48 hours before the departure, kindly go ahead with web check-in only after receiving the negative test report.

Q: Is there anything else I should keep in mind apart from the above-mentioned details?

Ans: Yes, downloading of the Arogya Setu App on mobile devices is compulsory. This must be kept in mind.

Q: What if I have any more doubts?

Ans: Connect with MyTicketsToIndia by giving us a call at 1-585-948-0222 and we’ll love to solve any queries that you might have regarding the COVID-19 RT-PCR test for traveling to India or otherwise.

In case you want to book flights to India from the USA, we are a leading air-ticketing portal that specializes in booking USA-IND flights. We’ll offer you fair airfares so your journey is made easier and more convenient. 

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Take care. 

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  1. Poonam Negi says:

    Hi
    My name is Poonam.
    My father was going to Japan from Mumbai international airport he didn’t have rtpcr test report handy so he was told to do rtpcr test first so my question is if the flight get reschedule or our tickets gets cancelled or they tel us to rebook the flight.we didn’t got our money back of cancelled flight. Or do we have option to free date change.

  2. Pardeep says:

    Hii i just want to know id someone was covid positive and do not have vaccine certificate but covid still showing in results can he fly with doctor certificate?
    Thanks

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Pradeep ji,

      Unfortunately, the government guidelines only accept the RT-PCR test. The doctor’s certificate won’t do. We recommend you wait till the test shows negative to fly seamlessly. Hope this helps.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  3. Ramya says:

    Hi we are going to travel from Canada to India on Nov 11th we having covid 19 vaccine certificates but my elder daughter is 7years old she didn’t get covid 19 vaccine so shall we take RT PCR test for her pls reply

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Ramya ji,

      Only children below the age of 5 are exempted from undergoing the RT-PCR tests. Because your daughter is 7 and is not fully vaccinated, she will have to go through the RT-PCR test indeed. Hope this helps.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  4. Ramya says:

    Hi we are going to travel from Canada to India on Nov 11th we having covid 19 vaccine certificates but my elder daughter is 7years old she didn’t get covid 19 vaccine so shall we take RT PCR test for her

  5. Salim says:

    Is a PCR Test acceptable for travel to India, in place of a RT-PCR test. Most labs are offering the PCR test but there is only one offering RT-PCR test and its expensive ( $279 )

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Salim ji,

      Only an RT-PCR test is valid for India travel. We understand it’s expensive but that’s the only way out. Hope it helps.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  6. Reshmu George says:

    Is an Antigen test result acceptable or does it have to be a pcr test?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Reshmu ji,

      It has to be an RT-PCR test. Should you have any other concerns, please feel free to let us know. Thank you!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  7. Saranya says:

    Im travelling from Belgium to India, Im vaccinated first 2 doses of pfizer but didnt have booster yet. Do i need to take RT Pcr test ? what primary vaccination means

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Saranya ji,

      There are Countries which have agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of Nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines. Similarly, there are Countries which presently do not have such an agreement with India, but they exempt Indian citizens fully vaccinated
      with Nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines. On the basis of reciprocity, the travellers from only such Countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians will be allowed for relaxation under Certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination.

      Long story short, you will not have to undergo the RT-PCR test. 2 doses of pfizer will suffice as they come as a part of the primary vaccination. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  8. Irina says:

    Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

    I am planning to go to India for tourism.
    Does the Bangalore Airport offer the possibility to make a Test with a saliva sample ?
    Simply by spitting into a tube and without swabs in the nose or rubbing the cheek ?

    Thank you very much in advance for your answer,

    Kind regards

  9. Ami says:

    Hi, my 6 year old daughter is fully vaccinated. However, her final dose is within 14 days of date of travel to India. I am told to get RTPCR done since final dose is within 14 days. Is there such a requirement or as long as she is fully vaccinated it should be okay? Please let me know. Thanks.

    1. Jas says:

      How did it go ? I am in the same situation

  10. Jaydeep says:

    Hello,
    I have a flight from Toronto to ahemadabad via Dubai in emirates. We have a short layover of 5 hours at Dubai airport. They don’t the Covid test but do we need to take a Covid test for boarding flight at Toronto airport? Please help. Thank you

  11. Aruna says:

    Hello,
    I have a flight from Toronto to ahemadabad via Dubai in emirates. We have a short layover of 5 hours at Dubai airport. They don’t the Covid test but do we need to take a Covid test for boarding flight at Toronto airport? Please help. Thank you

  12. Manali says:

    I am travelling from UK to Ahmadabad. When it says no PCR test required if fully vaccinated does it mean the 2 Jabs and not including the Booster jab .

  13. TS says:

    Travelling to India from Australia. My 5+ year old had singl e dose of Vaccine. Is he considered fully vaccinated for travel to India or does he need PCR test?

    1. Reshmu George says:

      Do you have an answer to this? As I am in same situation. My 5 year old only have one vaccine shot. Does he require pcr test

  14. kalyan says:

    Travelling from US to Chennai, i have digital vaccination record with QR code, can i upload that in air suvidha as a vaccination certificate ? is that acceptable document. Digital vaccination record does not have signature, but has the details about the vaccine and dates administer from the pharmacy.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Kalyan ji,

      That indeed is an acceptable document. You can upload that. Won’t be an issue.

      Warm regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  15. Kinjal says:

    I am travelling from Canada to india through Abu Dhabi . Travel Date 7 March 2022. We are fully Vaccinated. Do we need RT pcr test? Also when you say short layover, can you elaborate more. We have 6 hrs layover in Abu Dhabi. Thank you in advance

  16. Shrusti says:

    Hi Heena,

    I am travelling from Toronto to Ahmedabad via Dubai. Do I still need RT PCT test or Vaccination certificate will work ? I am wondering because the country list available on Air Suvidha Portal does not include United Arab Emirates or Dubai.
    Please help.
    Thanks!

  17. Devi says:

    Hi,

    I am fully vaccinated and traveling from US to India via France. Do I still need to take the RTPCR test as I have to transit in France?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      The official document states – For passengers in transit via France and with a final destination outside of France: the rules of the country of final destination apply. Hence, if the transit is for a short duration, you won’t need to carry the test. If there are still any queries, we’d recommend having a word with our travel executives @ 1-585-948-0222. Thank you so much!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  18. Nishu says:

    We are travelling to India from Vancouver, does 5 year old need rt-pcr?all adults are fully vaccinated

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Nishu ji,

      Only children under 5 years of age are exempted from RT-PCR testing. Others will either have to undergo the testing or be fully vaccinated.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  19. pank says:

    we are travelling to India from uk , does 5 and half year old need RTPCR done. all other adults are fully vaccinated.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      Yes, a 5-year-old would need an RT-PCR test done if not fully vaccinated. Hope this helps. Thank you!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  20. Jeet kaur says:

    Hi I am traveling from Canada to India (new dehli) on 26 feb.I am fully vaccinated and I was wondering If I need to get done the RT PCR test from Canada 72 hours before the departure.please advise.
    Thanks Kaur

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      If you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need to get the RT-PCR test done. Hope this helps. Happy journey!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  21. Dupinderjeet says:

    Hi,
    I was tested positive 2 weeks back but my flight is in next 3 weeks. So most probably my pre departure rt-pcr test will be positive. So it is essential to have a negative result or can we show previous rt-pcr result of positive for reference?

  22. Param says:

    HI ,

    MY DAUGHTER IS 2 YAER OLD AND WE ARE TRAVELLING FROM CANADA TO INDIA. DO SHE NEED RT PCR TEST

  23. Rmukh says:

    Hi, I am traveling from Washington DC to Delhi and then to Bangalore by Air India. I am fully vaccinated and had my booster taken. Can I travel with negative Rapid Antigen test? Thanks.

  24. Syed says:

    Hi, thank you for the detailed information.

    I read in your post that Saliva Swab Test is not accepted to enter India: does this mean that RT-PCR tests using Saliva Samples are valid or not?
    I cannot find this information on any official Indian Government website or document. Can you please confirm this and guide me to the source of this information – note that my test is saliva testing by using the RT-PCR (and thus I would receive a Fit-to-Fly certificate).

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Syed ji,

      Our pleasure! 🙂 Well, if the test report comes with a valid stamp and signature ascertaining the authenticity of the test result, it will most likely be acceptable. However, please note that official websites say that they want a negative RT PCR test and there is no mention of a specific type (saliva or nasal swab). But we have had experiences where a specific airline insisted on going ahead with a nasal swab test.

      Since there is no mention of any specific RT-PCR category, it would not be wrong to assume that if your negative report contains your name, DOB, and (most importantly) RT PCR mentioned on it, you shouldn’t face any issue. That disclaimer we added in the blog was to eradicate any loophole.

      Hope this proves to be of some help.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  25. Santhosh says:

    Hi, Thanks for the detailed post. I am travelling to India from USA, reaching India on 6th feb and need to leave again from India on 13th feb. That is the 7th day after entering. Is there a problem to plan a such short travel? Any help on this is appreciated

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Santhosh ji,

      This is the first time we have come across such a unique query/issue. As of now, it is not within our knowledge. Please be advised to call our travel agents @ 1-585-948-0222. They’ll be able to help you better we feel.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  26. Bhavesh says:

    Hi,

    I am tested Covid Positive (01/15) but now no symptoms and fully recovered. But my doctor says PCR will show Covid Positive for 8-12 weeks. My question is, can I travel to India from Toronto with Covid Positive report 2 weeks ago? I am fully vaccinated and booster dose taken as well. Many countries like US and Canada allow person to travel without PCR test for 6 months from Covid positive results. So wondering what India’s stand on Covid Positive people on travel?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Bhavesh ji,

      Indian Government is still to follow in the footsteps of Canada and USA Gov. Hence, positive reports will not be considered. For international travel to India, one must mandatorily carry a negative RT-PCR report. We understand this might sound frustrating but we can’t really do much.

      We hope you are able to travel to India and meet your loved ones soon. In case you need flight tickets (once you have a negative report), please know that we are and will always be just a call away. Here’s our number – 1-585-948-0222.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  27. SAITEJA says:

    thank you for your kind information

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Saiteja ji,

      Thank you so (SO) much for your kind words. Comments like these make us feel worthy of having helped someone in need. It makes our day as a team. Here’s wishing you a lovely day (months and years) ahead.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  28. Rav says:

    I am travelling from Canada I am fully vaccinated ad my son is 11 year old who’s not vaccinated. Would that be a problem for traveling to India

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Rav ji,

      There won’t be an issue as far as your 11-year-old son has a negative RT-PCR test report conducted 72 hours prior to the departure of your scheduled India flight. Here’s wishing you a safe, convenient, and stress-free journey ahead.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  29. Ayon says:

    Hi Heena,

    I am travelling to Kolkata from
    Canada via Dubai. Do I need to book rt pcr test in Kolkata airport upon arrival?

  30. Mathew says:

    Hi Heena,
    First of all thanks for all the reverts on the chat you seem to be updated and knowledgeable.
    I have few queries:
    1) is rtpcr or rapid antigen valid for travel from Toronto to Ahmedabad via Delhi ?
    2) is a 5 month old baby required to do the test, your previous chat says NO if so when filling up the air suvidha portal it tells to fill the option of rt pcr which is Mandatory since its their standard format application.
    3) will there be random testing at delhi Airport or will it be at Ahmedabad Airport. My flight is throughout air india.
    Thank you.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Mathew,

      So sorry for having missed your comment. Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation. Heartfelt gratitude and beyond. 🙂

      About the queries,
      1. RT-PCR test is valid for your travel from Toronto to Ahmedabad via Delhi.
      2. This is still not within our knowledge. We are doing every bit to decode this and will share an update once we have something concrete. So sorry.
      3. There’ll be random testing at the Delhi Airport itself.

      Hope this proves helpful. We’ll try and share an answer for query (2) at the earliest.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  31. SJ says:

    Should infants and under fives need RT PCR to land in India?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello SJ,

      No. Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  32. Shri says:

    Hi I am Shri. Traveling from Canada. I was reading your posts below. Thanks for all the information. All documents say a negative RT PCR test. None of the information says a negative Rapid Antigen test is good. Can you please advise.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Shri,

      Thank you for all the support. We have duly edited that bit. While we strive really hard to put across the right information, our sources got a little messed up here. We are guilty of putting that up. Please forgive us if this caused inconvenience to you and yours. And rest assured, we’ll be verifying everything thrice hereon. Please keep supporting! 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  33. Jason says:

    Hi I’m traveling from Canada, I have a PCR test results without QR code. Can’t I enter India with negative PCR test without QR code. I really appreciate all the hard work you doing. I found this Thread very helpful.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Jason,

      Thank you so, so much. This means a lot to us. We are super glad that you found this helpful.

      Well, there has been no information/guidelines issued regarding RT-PCR tests having QR codes. So this wouldn’t cause any inconvenience whatsoever. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  34. Shanti says:

    Hi Heena Ji,
    I will be traveling from San Francisco, USA to London where my stopover time is 2 hours and then I will land in Delhi. I am fully vaccinated and will also be uploading my negative covid test report on Air Suvidha app 72 hours prior before my departure. In my knowledge USA is a non-risk country so Do I still have to go through the RT-PCR covid test on my post arrival to Delhi? Do I have to book a covid test for Delhi? I am little worried as I am 64 years old and want to know everything before traveling. Thanks Heena

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Shanti ji,

      We totally understand your concern. Please don’t worry; we are here to answer all your questions.

      You are right when you say that USA is a non-risk country which is why you won’t have to pre-book your COVID test. However, according to the latest guidelines, 2% of the total passengers in each flight coming from non-risk countries (chosen at random) will have to undergo post-arrival testing at the airport on arrival. The 2% of these travelers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries).

      It’s unlikely that you’d be one of them, but if destiny has it – there is nothing to panic about. You’ll be –

      1. Escorted by the concerned airlines/MoCA to the testing area on arrival. (Please know that your testing will be prioritized and that you’ll have to bear the testing cost.)
      2. If the test is NEGATIVE, you will undergo home quarantine for 7 days and shall undertake an RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India. This test you’ll take on the 8th day will have to be uploaded on the Air Suvidha portal.
      3. If the test is POSITIVE, your sample would further be sent for genomic testing.

      We hope we could prove to be of some help. If you have any further queries, please feel free to ask and if you have flights to book in the future, please know that MyTicketsToIndia is at the beck and call of their clients.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  35. Sidhartha says:

    Hello
    I’m Sidhartha, 24 yrs old.
    I’m planning to travel to India from UK.
    Is there any exemption to travel without rt PCR as I recently Vaccinated and testing positive for rt PCR and negative for lateral flow test.(Antigen test).

    I’m worried
    What do I do now to travel to India?

  36. Dhinesh Kumar says:

    Hello,

    I recently tested positive (1st Jan) for covid but now I have fully recovered. But when I take RT PCR it still shows positive but when I do the lateral flow test it shows negative. Can I use Lateral flow test for my travel? I’m traveling from UK to Chennai

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Dhinesh ji,

      Unfortunately, it won’t work. So sorry. A negative RT-PCR report is a must.

      Regards,
      Heena Ganotra

  37. Karthik says:

    Hello, i have a flight to Doha from Miami, Florida [and from Doha to Chennai] this friday [Jan 21], what type of RT-PCR test i have to take? is it Nasal Swab or Nasopharyngeal? Can anyone please clarify?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Karthik,

      Any would do. It just shouldn’t be a throat or saliva swab test.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  38. Ishrat says:

    Is RT-qPCR test valid for travel to india?

    1. Ishrat says:

      And is rapid antigen test valid for India? I thought it is just pcr

      1. Heena Ganotra says:

        Hello,

        Yes, Rapid Antigen tests are valid and can be taken for India International travel. It gives the report in about 10-15 minutes. But if you have sufficient time at hand, you could go for RT-PCR, RT-qPCR, or Rapid PCR tests.

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      Yes, RT-qPCR test is valid for India travel.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  39. Ankita says:

    Hi. Myself and my family are in US for travel and our return flight to India is due for next week. US has plenty of options for testing and are also very expensive. Its difficult to understand which one are valid for travel to india. Please suggest

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Ankita,

      Rt-PCR Test (Report comes in 6 to 8 hours), Rapid PCR Test (Report comes within 60 to 90 minutes), and Rapid Antigen Test (Report comes within 10 to 15 minutes) are valid and approved tests that one can take. RT-LAMP and other tests are questionable and must be avoided. Being on the safer side is what we’ll recommend for now. Hope this clarifies.

      We wish you a hassle-free and safe journey!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  40. Neha Dewan says:

    I am flying to Chicago from Toronto and then taking a direct flight from Chicago to Delhi, India
    Do I need RT PCR from USA or Canada? Thanks

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Neha ji,

      The RT-PCR is supposed to be taken 72 hours prior to the scheduled travel and this 72-hour timeframe is calculated from the first leg of the travel (if the transit time doesn’t exceed a few hours). So, taking the test from Toronto would do. Hope it clarifies.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Ishrat says:

      I am traveling through same route, but have different airlines and will have to go through immigration in USA so my journey to India will officially start from chicago. Unsure if they will still accept my canadian test.

  41. Ananta says:

    Hi Heena !
    Is PCR Nasal Swab valid to travel to india from Canada ? Because on the air suvidha app is ask for an RT PCR only ! Can RT PCR be a nasal swab test ?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Ananta ji,

      RT-PCR tests and nasal swab tests can’t be separated from one another. RT-PCR tests happen through a swab that’s put into the nasal. Hence, it is approved and valid. Hope this clarifies.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  42. narasimma says:

    hai, i would like to ask that i am coming from france to india. whether they will accept the test antigenique and what is the time limit in case if they accept.

  43. Anu says:

    Hi extremely useful info. I had a question about travel to kerala via Delhi from UK. I understand we have to take an rt pcr at Delhi Airport on arrival which might take upto 6-8 hours for giving results. Does that mean that we will not be able to board the connection flight to kerala which us in 3hrs after arrival at delhi? Any data on the turn around time for RT-PCR results at Delhi Airport
    Many thanks

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Anu,

      Thank you so much for your appreciation. We strive hard (and will continue to) to offer updated information so passengers like you can benefit out of it. Well, the Rapid PCR Test at the Delhi Airport costs INR 3500 and takes 60 to 90 minutes of time. You could choose that and board your connecting flight within three hours after arrival at the DEL Airport. Hope this proves helpful.

      If you want to book tickets, please know that MyTicketsToIndia is just a call away. You can either give us a call or join the live chat. Thank you so much! 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Akshya says:

      Hello, thanks for the very useful info! Can the PCR test that is required be taken via a saliva sample or does it have to be nose/throat? I cannot see any offical statement regarding this. Also does the 72 hour window start from first leg or from departure of international leg?

  44. Irfan says:

    Hi – Does it matter whether the RT-PCR test was done using Nasal vs Saliva sample? I don’t see any mention of it in any official notices. Please clarify. Thank you in advance

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Irfan,

      No specifications are mentioned anywhere. Both will do just fine. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  45. Srikanth says:

    Is there a difference between Rapid RT-PCR test and a normal RT-PCR test? And, are both accepted for travel to India? Can I do this rapid test at EWR?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Srikanth ji,

      Yes, RT-PCR and RT-PCR Rapid tests are different. Both these tests are accepted for India travel and you can take the same at EWR. However, please note that the test must be taken within 72 hours of the scheduled travel. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. ajit says:

        Hi Heena, can you provide a link where the Indian government has provided guidelines as per which tests are acceptable? RT-PCR, rapid RT-PCR, RT-qPCR etc. There are so many and confusing. So want to check if government has provided a list.

        1. NEELAM says:

          Did you get any clarity on this Ajit? I am looking for the same information.

          1. ajit says:

            I have not got any information yet. I am still waiting for Heena to reply. Also found another test type called RT-LAMP. Can that be used for travel to India?

          2. Heena Ganotra says:

            Hello Ajit,

            Sorry for the delay. Rt-PCR Test (Report comes in 6 to 8 hours), Rapid PCR Test (Report comes within 60 to 90 minutes), and Rapid Antigen Test (Report comes within 10 to 15 minutes) are valid and approved tests that one can take. RT-LAMP and other tests are questionable and must be avoided. Being on the safer side is what we’ll recommend.

            Warm Regards,
            Team MyTicketsToIndia

  46. Sangram Patil says:

    Hi, I am traveling to India on 8/01 with my 23 months old son. Do we need to do RT-PCR for my son as well as he is below 2 yrs?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Sangram ji,

      Because children below the age of 5 don’t have to undergo the RT-PCR test, your son is exempt from undergoing the same. Hope this helps!

      Regards,
      Taem MyTicketsToIndia

  47. N S Murthy says:

    Which is the approved test for Covid-19 – a)PCR – NAAT method or b)RT-PCR for travel to India?

    1. Sanjeev Sethi says:

      Is the Rapid PCR test result accepted for India travel? If yes, is there a link which confirms this because on the Air Suvidha Portal there is only a mention of RT-PCR test

  48. Rohit says:

    Hi! I tested positive for Covid 24 hrs before my flight to India from USA using Emirates. I understand that I will test positive for the next few weeks. Can I travel after I quarantined for 10 days after positive test. Do I need to have a negative report? Can my positive report from 2 weeks ago work?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Rohit,

      We’re so sorry. We wish you a speedy recovery, truly! Please take care.

      About the questions, sorry a positive report won’t work by any means. For USA to India travel, a COVID-19 negative test report is mandatory. It should be taken within 72 hours of the scheduled travel. Hope this clears your doubt.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Kaushik Patel says:

        Hi, I have tested positive for covid 19. Although I have recovered from it and also took booster dose. However, because of my recent covid exposure there is a chance my next pcr will come positive as well. In that case, if I get a letter from the doctor stating that patient is no longer contagious. I am traveling from Canada. Will it work ? I find Indian government stupid as they should include positive pcr report as Canada and Usa already included that in travel rules.

        1. Heena Ganotra says:

          Hello Kaushik ji,

          Unfortunately, it won’t work for now. While we understand your frustration, the Indian Government hasn’t shared any guidelines regarding this and a negative RT-PCR is a must. One isn’t allowed to board flights without a negative test report.

          In case there are any changes, we’ll share the information right here.

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

        2. Anandhu Nair says:

          I am also in the same situation. Please share the details if you come across any. Thanks

      2. Saugata says:

        surely, if you have contacted covid recently and completed your isolation, still there are chances that the RT PCR may come positive and some study says upto 90 days.
        The actual issue is, there is ambiguity on the RT PCR test in such circumstances, and becomes restrictive for travellers. for example – you do the Fit to fly 72 hours prior and surprise, you turn positive, then what should be your next fly out date ?
        Entering US actually allows passengers if they can evidence that their isolation is over (i.e approx 10 days or more).
        India should also consider this fact and travel agency should raise this with the authorities for more clarity.

        1. Heena Ganotra says:

          Hello Saugata ji,

          We appreciate you bringing this up. We, as a travel agency, would surely do our bit and contribute wherever and howsoever we can! 🙂

          And once the Indian Government makes the requisite changes, we assure you that we’ll try and bring the information to you in the fastest way possible. Till then, please know that you have been heard and we’ll try and take an action on this if we can.

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

          1. Kaushik Patel says:

            Canada allows positive covid 19 patients with recovery as well. They just need to show their positive pcr along with recovery. Most people recover within 14 days so anybody with positive pcr can travel to Canada after 14 days of position pcr report. Hope Indian government include such things.

          2. Heena Ganotra says:

            Hello Kaushik ji,

            We understand and hope that the Indian Government follows in the footsteps of the American and Canadian Governments. Little initiatives like these help travelers big time indeed. Here’s hoping to see a positive change soon.

            Warm Regards,
            Team MyTicketsToIndia

  49. Bharat says:

    Do we have to take rapid pc test within 6 hr prior to boarding or thé test result should be within 6 hr prior to boarding (for canada travel)?. Thx

  50. Tamanna says:

    My flight is on 31st Dec 8 pm from Canada.. I m travelling with my husband along with our 1 year old.. we are planning to take our pcr test on 29th Dec .. is that ok as per the suggested timelines for the test ?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Tamanna,

      Yes, it’s totally fine as per the guidelines issued by the government. We wish you an easy and hassle-free journey!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  51. Manisha singh says:

    I reached India (Ranchi) from Doha on 14th Dec 2021 & I have to travel back on 22nd Dec 2021. Is there is any travel restriction if I travel in 7 days back to Qatar.

  52. Shireen Kulkarni says:

    My flight is US -> Colombo -> Mumbai
    I will take the RTPCR in the US and fly to Colombo..In Colombo the transit is 15 hrs.. If I step out and step in and then travel to Mumbai will it cause the RT PCR to become invalid which was done in US

  53. Ak singh says:

    Thank you for this information. I have a naat pcr test. Is that acceptable?

  54. Rachel Jacob says:

    Hi Helena, I truly appreciate your helpful articles and compassion towards passengers including me. I am planning to travel on Dec 22 at 2:00 from Fargo, North Dakota, USA to Dallas to Doha to Cochin International Airport.
    We have some issues with RTPCR test. We have Rtpcr scheduled on Monday 20th December and flight is on Wednesday 22nd December. There are no slots available on the weekend for the test. I think it’s not covering 72hours. Will this be an issue.
    Once again, I truly appreciate you for your work! It means a lot.

    1. David BOUSFIELD says:

      I got tested Negative 73 hours before flight time from Los Angeles. I go to Chennai.
      It was the Day before Christmas and clinic closed early
      So my actual test was outside 72 hour window by one hour
      The lab RESULTS came back as 50 hours before my flight time .
      Is this good enough to upload to Air Suvidha ?
      THANK YOU

  55. Kashish Wadhwa says:

    Is there a difference between Rapid RT-PCR test and a normal RT-PCR test? And, are both accepted for travel to India? And finally if my journey has multiple stops within US, when 72 hrs window start? First leg or the last leg to India?

  56. Sri says:

    Hi Helena, I am traveling from Detroit in USA via Paris –> Mumbai –> Chennai on Dec 18th. I will be transiting through Paris with a layover of about 2 hrs. I will remain at the airport in both Paris and Mumbai. I am fully vaccinated with a booster shot. Do I have to undergo Covid Testing when I arrive in Mumbai and/or Chennai?
    Based on your previous responses I do not need to undergo Covid testing as my origin is from USA and I have not had any other travel in the past 2 weeks, however I want to be sure there isn’t any special condition in Mumbai airport. Thank you.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      There are no special guidelines released by the Mumbai Airport. You won’t have to undergo the post-arrival test unless destiny wants to have a little fun and you end up among the randomly chosen 2%. We hope for the best for you and yours.

      In case you haven’t booked your round-trip tickets, please know that we are just a call away and can help you with great deals. If you already have your tickets booked, we hope you’ll give us a chance in the future. Have a beautiful and safe journey ahead! 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Sri Narayanan says:

        Thank you Heena! You are the best.

        1. Heena Ganotra says:

          Hello Sri Narayanan ji,

          This reply makes us really, really happy. It’s our pleasure to have helped you out. We wish you a great journey ahead! 🙂

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

  57. Pallavi Verma says:

    Hi … I am planning to book a flight to India from Canada on 2nd Dec and since direct flights are so expensive was thinking to have a one stop in either UAE or Germany or Istanbul with layover between 4-5 hrs. I know before traveling from Canada I would need the covid test….My question here is that whether I will have to get a retest done in the transit countries ?? I will be grateful if you could guide me

  58. uman says:

    Hi Heena, Very helpful, thanks for blog
    Can indian national with usa green card travel with their child who is minor usa citizen from India to USA via London on british airways ? are they allowed as per exit requirements, can you please let me know. return flight is on jan 10th thank you

  59. Bala says:

    We’re traveling from Chennai to Dubai with our 2 year old son – does he have to get RT-PCR test done within 48 hrs before departure and also the Rapid test 6 hrs prior to departure?

  60. Nagaraj Dev says:

    Hi Helena, I am traveling from JFK in the USA via London on Dec 31st. I will be transiting through London with a layover of about 5 hrs. I will remain in the airport. I am fully vaccinated with the booster shot. Do I have to undergo Covid Testing when I arrive in
    Bangalore ? I will have a Covid Test done 72 hrs prior to departure from the US and these results will be uploaded !

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Nagaraj ji,

      If you haven’t traveled to any AT-RISK countries in the 14 days prior to your departure, you won’t have to undergo a post-arrival test in Bangalore since you won’t be leaving the London Airport. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  61. Srinivas says:

    Very helpful. I have a flight that arrives in Delhi on Dec 11, 2021, @ 930 pm IST. The child is 9 yrs old and his last COVID 19 vaccine was on Nov 29. This leaves only 13 days elapsed since the completion of his vaccine schedule. Given that your site mentions 15 days time period after completing the schedule , will we need to book a RT PCR at Delhi airport?. He will submit his pre-flight COVID test. Thank you

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Srinivas ji,

      We’re glad that you found the information helpful. With the changed guidelines (we’ll request you to go through the blog again), 2% of passengers – selected at random – will have to undergo a post-arrival test even if they are arriving from a country that isn’t at risk.

      You don’t need to book a slot for the same; however, if selected at random, any one of you would have to undergo the test. As stated above (under the Delhi Airport section), the government has employed 35 RT-PCR machines at the airport to reduce the time. Hope this is helpful.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  62. M says:

    Hi,
    What is India policy if someone tested positive 45 days ago. They may still test positive before travel from old infection. Is there a policy for this?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      No policy for this as such. So sorry!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  63. Nitish Soni says:

    Hi,
    I have a flight on 3rd December from Tucson(Arizona) – Delhi. My itenary is, Tucson – LA – Doha – Delhi. These are all connected under Qatar Airways. So I wanted to ask, does the 72 hour Covid Test window for me start before my flight from Tucson or the international flight from LA? Hope you can help me out with this!

    Thanks

    1. David BOUSFIELDm says:

      I got tested Negative 73 hours before flight time from Los Angeles. I go to Chennai.
      It was the Day before Christmas and clinic closed early
      So my actual test was outside 72 hour window by one hour
      The lab RESULTS came back as 50 hours before my flight time .
      Is this good enough to upload to Air Suvidha ?
      THANK YOU

  64. Deepa says:

    Hi, I have a flight from USA to Bangalore , but Transit is through Paris. Do i need to undergo RTPCR at Bangalore again? ( after the new regulations)

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Deepa ji,

      Please note that post-arrival testing is exempted if a person is traveling from a NOT AT RISK country (USA in your case) and has only a transit (without leaving immigration) in AT RISK COUNTRY (Paris in your case) before taking the destination flight. However, if you have traveled to any AT RISK country in the last 14 days, you will be asked for post-arrival testing and other additional restrictions. Hope this blog proved helpful.

      In case you have flights to book in the future from USA to Inda or back, kindly know that we are just a call away. Have a happy journey ahead!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  65. Arup says:

    Hi, The PCR test that I have scheduled before for my travel is 72 hours and 15 min from my departure time?

    I leave on Monday 5 pm and the test is the previous Friday at 4:45 pm. Will this be an issue? There are no appointments available on the weekend

    1. Allaisa says:

      I am in similar situation. My flight too leaves at 4:50 pm by United from SFO. They sent me an email saying to board I need to be tested AFTER 4:50 pm on FRIDAY. So you are not meeting that window of 72 hours. Try and get tested on Saturday. Walgreens and other pharmacies have available tests on weekends or you may have to pay and get tested at one of the commercial facitlities.

  66. Gsah says:

    I am travelling to India in Jan. If I test 72 hours before flight departure time, and then the flight is delayed, is that test still valid?

    1. joy says:

      I am in a similar situation, I am traveling to India on Jan 2022 but I am not sure if the new testing recommendations apply to us in USA which is to test within 24 hours! can anyone elaborate on this? Do we still have 72 hours to test? because the 24 hours test cost over $400 usd. crazy!

      1. Heena Ganotra says:

        Hello Joy,

        You have a beautiful name! 🙂 Well, anybody traveling to USA has to get the COVID test done within 24 hours of departure. However, for India travel, you have a time frame of 72 hours. In your case, because you are traveling from USA to India, you will need to get the test done within 72 hours. Hope this clarifies.

        Also, in case you have flight bookings to make in the future, please know we are just a call away. We wish you a hassle-free journey ahead!

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Ananda says:

      I’m also on the same boat, where I did RT PCR test within 72 hours of scheduled departure & now I came to know that the flight is delayed by 8 hours. So my test is not anymore within the 72 hr timeframe of the new delayed departure. Will I be able to travel with the existing RT PCR report?

      1. Heena Ganotra says:

        Hello Ananda,

        We’re equally curious to know about this. Would you mind keeping us updated? Delays are precisely why we recommend passengers get RT-PCR done a few hours before their scheduled departure. We hope you were allowed to board the flight though.

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

  67. SJ says:

    Hi
    I’m traveling from EWR to Delhi on United on December 4th. I have a connecting flight to Ahmedabad from Delhi on December 6th early morning. I am fully vaccinated and boosted and plan to take my Rapid PCR test on December 2nd. Is RT-PCR and Rapid PCR test both acceptable. There are some pharmacies and urgent care that offers Rapid PCR test with the result in 60 minutes and I want to confirm if these are acceptable.

    Thank you

  68. Ankita says:

    Hi, I have my flight from Toronto to New Delhi on Wed(1st Dec) EST time.
    I got my NAAT based Covid test today(29th Nov)
    Is it valid for travel to India and does it follow the 72 hour window policy?

  69. PJ says:

    Hi,
    I’m travelling from USA to India. My entry airport is Delhi and my destination is Bombay. I understand that I need to upload a negative RT-PCR on the portal and also need to fill out the form. Do I still need to take the test once I arrive at Delho airport ? (I’m fully vaccinated and it has been more than 6 months since my 2nd dose)

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      No, you won’t need to undergo the test once you are at the Delhi Airport since you’re fully vaccinated. We wish you a safe journey! 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  70. Goutham Katta says:

    hi My son 10 year old and we are fully vacinated parents and he is also vaccinated 5 day before travel. does my kid need to take post PCR test in india after landing?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Goutham,

      From December 1 onward, international passengers arriving in India will need to submit their 14-day travel history and a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel. India will mandatorily test all passengers coming from at-risk countries and 5% of all global flyers randomly post-arrival. Hope this was helpful.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  71. AmitD says:

    Hello Henna, I will be traveling to India on Dec 15th. My flight is from Oakland, CA –> Seattle –> Doha –> Mumbai. Does the 72hr window start at my flight time from Seattle or From Oakland? Its a connecting flight all done via Qatar airways.
    Your article is super helpful. Thanks for posting it.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Amit,

      Thank you for your warm words of appreciation. We, as a team, are glad that we could help you out with this.

      The “72-hour” window starts from your first leg of travel i.e. Oakland. However, please note, that from December 1 onward, international passengers arriving in India will need to submit their 14-day travel history and a negative RT-PCR report on the Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel. India will mandatorily test all passengers coming from at-risk countries and 5% of all global flyers randomly post-arrival.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  72. Abhinav Gupta says:

    hello, I’m traveling from Calgary(Canada) to New Delhi(India)on 1st week of January 2022. I am fully vaccinated, do I need pre & post PCR test?

  73. sep says:

    I am travelling from the UK to India on 20th Dec and will have RE-PCR test done on 18th Dec. I have a connecting flight from Delhi to Amritsar after 90 minutes. will I have to do the RT-PCR test again at Delhi airport or Amritsar airport?

  74. Abhishek Roy says:

    My wife is fully vaccinated. She is travelling to Kolkata from delhi with my 10 years son. Is my son needs to fo though rtpcr on domestic travel . Pls help to confirm

  75. Bryan says:

    Hi,

    I am travelling with one year old from UK to Mumbai via Oman and then a domestic flight to Goa. Do any of these airports in India require RT-PCR test for infant.

    Thanks in Advance.

  76. R Gandhi says:

    Do we require Qr code on RT-PCR negative test report for travel to Usa to Delhi ?

  77. Brijesh says:

    Which Test should I get done, I’m traveling from USA to Mumbai India.
    PCR covid 19 test
    Or
    Rapid Test
    And Which test is required in Mumbai Airport

  78. Mahesh Mishra says:

    I am planning to travel to Mangalore from Norway. RTPCR test result in Norway doesn’t have qr code. Is that going to be a problem upon arrival in Mangalore?

  79. Santosh says:

    Hi, I´m travelling with my wife and 4yr old son to Bangalore from Spain. I´ve read the MohFw website that RTPCR is exempt for children less than 5yo. Query: While filling the Air Suvidha form for my family, will the unavailability of RTPCR for my 5yo stop me from completing the Air Suvidha application successfully?

  80. Selvaraj says:

    Hi, I am travelling from Singapore to India with my two children age 9 years and 4 years old. Is it required to do Pre and Post PCR test?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Selvaraj ji,

      For your 4-year-old, neither pre- nor post-arrival COVID test is required. However, your 9-year-old will have to undergo a pre-arrival COVID test. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      MyTicketsToIndia

  81. Amal Sree says:

    My wife and I are fully vaccinated, but our son 10months old is not. so does he need a RTpcr test to travel to India from Canada?????

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Amal ji,

      No, your 10-month old son would neither have to undergo pre- nor post-arrival RT-PCR test. Hope this was helpful.

      In case you need to book flights from India to Canada or otherwise, do let us know. We’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  82. Roshan says:

    My wife will be traveling to Ahmedabad from the US via Abu Dhabi, flight leaves November 30th but arrives in India on December 2nd, the pcr test should be conducted 72 hours prior to November 30 or December 2? Thank you

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Roshan,

      The RT-PCR test is supposed to be conducted 72-hours prior to the departure of the flight which in this case is Nov 30. Hope this was helpful.

      And for your future travel plans, please know that we are just a call away. Be it flights to India from USA or back, we offer them at discounted fares. It’ll be our pleasure to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  83. Nipun Bhatia says:

    Hi, if my arrival time in Delhi is after 72 hours than the RT-PCR test, will I have to go for RT-PCR at Delhi Airport again? or will immigration accept my report?
    For e.g. If my RT-PCR test date & time is Nov 26 and my departure is Nov 29th and arrival is on Nov 30th. I hope I will not have to go for another test at arrival.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Nipun,

      The 72-hour policy is from the time you take the test to the time you board your flight. Please don’t worry; you won’t have to take the test again. Have a great journey!

      And for your future travel plans, please know that we are just a call away. Be it one-way or round-trip flights to India from USA, Canada, or Australia, we offer them all at discounted fares.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  84. Tamil says:

    Hello, I am travelling from Canada to India. I was given an option by the clinic to choose between RT-PCR – Bilateral Anterior Swab (BAS) and nasopharyngeal swab. I have taken RT-PCR bilateral anterior swab test. Does Air india flight checks for a specific RT-PCR test or will there be an issue.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      As per CDC and MoHA, RT-PCR and NAAT are the only accepted tests. Further categorisation doesn’t matter. Hence, you will face absolutely no issues.

      In case you want to book flights back to Canada from India or otherwise in the future, do get in touch with us at myticketstoindia.ca or give us a call at 1-844-542-1818. We’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Joga says:

        Heena, I am traveling today and Kaiser Permanente (my healthcare provider) has given me a negative test report “SARS-COV-2, NAA (COVID-19), SURVEILLANCE”. Your reply above says that MoHA accepts NAAT. Can you please share any website references you have that mentions that in their policy? Your help is appreciated.

        1. Dhruv says:

          Yes, does anyone know of any official website that says India/MoHA accepts other NAAT tests like the Abbot ID NOW test / Rapid PCR / Isothermal amplification NAAT?

          1. Heena Ganotra says:

            Hello,

            A RT-PCR test (or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) uses Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) to detect genetic material. NAAT’s can be performed with a nose swab — with something that looks like a long Q-tip — or with saliva. This is what we meant when we mentioned the same.

            According to CDC, “The NAAT procedure works by first amplifying – or making many copies of – the virus’s genetic material that is present in a person’s specimen. Amplifying or increasing the copies of nucleic acids enables NAATs to detect very small amounts of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a specimen, making these tests highly sensitive for diagnosing COVID-19.”

            Hope this helps.

            Warm Regards,
            Team MyTickesToIndia

  85. Gigi says:

    Hi, good day! Do unvaccinated need a PCR test to fly in India. Let’s say from Jaipur to GOA if you are already inside the country? Also do you need to show PCR for taking the train in India. Thanks

  86. Abi says:

    Travelling to UK to India. What is the requirement of RT-PCR. Does it need to be done before boarding or on arrival to India?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Abi,

      UK to India travelers will have to undergo both pre- and post-arrival COVID test.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  87. Shubham Aggarwal says:

    Hi I am fully vaccinated and travelling from Canada to India. Do I need to get RT PCR pre or post flight?

    Thanks

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Shubham,

      Since you are fully vaccinated, you will only need to get a pre-arrival COVID test done. For more information on Canada to India flight bookings or queries, kindly visit https://www.myticketstoindia.ca/ or call us @ 1-844-542-1818. We’d love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Shubham Aggarwal says:

        Thanks for the reply.

        As per this I thought person travelling from Canada to India need not to do a pre arrival.

        https://www.airindia.in/images/pdf/Canadian_Airports_Passenger_Guidelines.pdf.

        Thanks

  88. Nimesh says:

    We are flying to india and wanted to confirm the COVID test our report says RT-qPCR vs RT-PCR it says. Is it same?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Nimesh ji,

      As per CDC and MoHA, the only accepted tests are RT-PCR and NAAT. RT-PCR and RT-qPCR are slightly different and may cause issues. Hope this was helpful.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Shan says:

      Hi Nimesh , Did you face any issues in travel with RT-qPCR ? Which Airline ? Thanks

      1. Rajesh Dhandapani says:

        Hi, I have the same question, was rt-qpcr accepted?

  89. Rakesh Kumar Pallapothu says:

    Hi Heena,

    You mentioned under 5 Years of age no need to carry or do RT PCR.
    Did it mentioned in any of the Government Sites ?? If so can you please share it.
    Also do we need to carry any such copy while traveling or airport authorities already following process??

    Regards,
    Rakesh Pallapothu

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Rakesh ji,

      It is there on the “Ministry of Health and Family Welfare” website along with the “Ministry of External Affairs” website. Here’s the link – https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelinesforInternationalArrival11thNovember2021.pdf

      The officials at the airports are already following this procedure. 🙂 Hope this was helpful.

      In case you happen to fly to India or USA anytime soon, please know that we are just a call away.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  90. Neil says:

    Question on 72 Hour Policy:
    I have a flight departing at 11:50 p.m. on Nov 21, 2021. COVID Test sample was taken on Nov 19, 2021 @5:00 p.m. Will test result stands valid in reference to 72 hour policy?

  91. Neil says:

    Question on 72 hours policy:

    I have a flight departing at 11:50 p.m. on Nov 21, 2021. COVID Test sample was taken on Nov 19, 2021 @5:00 p.m. Will the test result stands valid in regards to 72 hour policy?

  92. Arpankumar Desai says:

    Hello, I have flight on thursday 8pm from washington IAD my question is 72 hours prior to departure date that means if i get my covid test on monday its gonna be valid correct? as its fall under 72 hour window.

    Thank you

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Arpankumar ji,

      If you get your test on Monday post 8 PM, it’ll be valid. Hope this was helpful! 🙂

      Do let us know in case you need to book flights back to USA. We’ll love to assist you with your future flight bookings.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  93. Shriram says:

    First off, thanks a ton for clarifying the questions. I am traveling to Switzerland from Chennai. While returning to Chennai from Switzerland via Doha (layover) on November 28, I am planning to take the RT PCR test in Switzerland itself. Should I take it while starting from Switzerland or from Doha to enter India?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Shriram ji,

      The pleasure is all ours! 🙂 In case of a layover (transit for 3-4 hours), you will have to get the test done from the first leg of the journey (Switzerland). You won’t need to get tested at Doha. However, health screening will be done, and the health officials may randomly ask for a PCR test at the airport.

      MyTicketsToIndia is happy to have offered a helping hand. Should you have any flight bookings to make in the future or queries that need our assistance, you may get in touch with us. We are available 24*7.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  94. pete patel says:

    if we are full vaccinated still need pcr test

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Pete,

      Yes, you will still need to carry the RT-PCR test. Have a safe journey!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  95. pete patel says:

    i have son age of 1 does he need pcr test

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Pete,

      No. Children below 5 years are exempted. Hence, your son won’t need the RT-PCR test.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  96. Vishnu bommagani says:

    Hi , I am travelling from UK to India via Muscat . My flight from UK to Muscat is on Monday at 8pm and lands at 7 am (Tuesday) in Muscat There is 19 hours of waiting time in Muscat. So my connecting flight to INDIA is again on Wed early morning at 2 am and . I have booked my PCR test on Saturday (19 Nov). Is this still valid when i travel from Muscat to INDIA on Wed early morning ?

    1. Sreeni says:

      Was it Valid? Did you have any issues?

  97. Hitesh Shah says:

    I have a question on 72 hours time count for RTPCR Test. My flight is from Dallas (USA) to Doha and connecting flight from Doha to Ahmedabad. Should 72 hours be counted from flight departure from Dallas or departure from Doha?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Hitesh ji,

      The 72 hours in the policy are calculated from the first leg of the journey. In your case, it’ll be from Doha. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  98. Vijay says:

    Hi,
    We are to travel next week from New York JFK to Delhi on nonstop flight on American Airlines with 4 year old unvaccinated daughter (With both fully vaccinated parents traveling). After reaching Delhi we have plan to stay overnight in hotel near Delhi airport then have onwards flight in following day to Kolkata for a 2 week stay.

    I noticed the latest guidelines document mentions 7 day home quarantine for unvaccinated people, and because of this not sure if will get trouble in Delhi airport due to leaving the airport for the night and then onwards domestic flight next day. I’m confused too about the A list countries category and if this means the 7 day home quarantine will be applicable or not (We are all US Citizens with OCI cards). Is it perhaps better to take the PCR test for 4 year old daughter even if not required if it helps for our case?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Vijay ji,

      Since you (as parents) are fully vaccinated, you won’t have to quarantine yourself. And because your daughter is below 5 years of age, she neither has to undergo pre- or post-arrival COVID test. Carrying the RT-PCR test for your 4-year daughter isn’t needed. Hope this helps! 🙂

      In case you’ve queries or have flight bookings to make in the future, know that MyTicketsToIndia is just a call away. We’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Vijay says:

        Hi thanks for your help. My concern is more about if there’s issue with the overnight stay outside of Delhi Airport then connecting domestic flight to Kolkata following day because of the 7 day home quarantine rule for daughter. Could it be problem when we are checking in for Kolkata domestic flight?

        1. Heena Ganotra says:

          Hello Vijay ji,

          Ah, okay. We get your point now. While there shouldn’t really be an issue, we’ll still do our bit to confirm the same. Since you have your flight this week itself, we’ll try to revert soon.

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

          1. Heena Ganotra says:

            Hello Vijay ji,

            There won’t be an issue. In case there is, you can get your daughter vaccinated at the Delhi Airport itself. Hope this was helpful.

            Warm Regards,
            Team MyTicketsToIndia

  99. Deepak Padaliya says:

    For US to India travel, have a connecting flight in US from Fargo ND to Chicago, IL and then direct flight from Chicago, IL to Delhi, India Would within 72 hrs for the RT PCR covid report be counted from time of departure at Fargo or departure at Chicago ?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Deepak,

      The “72-hours” in the policy are calculated from the first departure point. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  100. Dipti says:

    I am travelling to India from united state and I have taken RT-PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Collected time is not mentioned in covid test results report but the date is mentioned. Would it be 3 days time period or 72 hours??
    I have flight on nov 18th 2:30 P.M PSTand the test given on 15th 3:30 PM PST.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Dipti,

      “72-Hour” is the time period that automatically comes out to be 3 days. Your test report stands valid. Nothing to worry about. Have a happy journey! 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  101. AFSAL says:

    Good afternoon. I am traveling from Saudi Arabia to Kerala non-stop arriving India December 16. If I have a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure from Saudi Arabia will I need to do another test on arrival in India? Thanks.

  102. Clinton Rodrigues says:

    Hello,

    Could you help me interpret the 2nd point mentioned in this document by Air India?
    https://www.airindia.in/images/pdf/Canadian_Airports_Passenger_Guidelines.pdf

    Do fully vaccinated passenger from Canada need to get an rtpcr test done for a flight to India?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Clinton,

      Your vaccination proof will suffice.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  103. Raj says:

    I am traveling to India on 19 Friday at 6 pm. Can I get the test done tomorrow afternoon. This may push timeline to 74 hours. Would that be okay? Thank you

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Raj,

      The officials at the airport are pretty strict regarding the “72-hour” policy. Hope this helps!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  104. Luby says:

    I’m traveling with 3 kids from USA to Mumbai connection in Amsterdam, ages 11, 6 and 1 year old. Do I need to get PCR test before departure for 1 year old? Just want to confirm as new guidelines came out today that under 5 years old child don’t need to do pre or post arrival test. One more question is that I’m fully vaccinated so I know that I won’t need to get PCR on arrival but my kids are not vaccinated, will they get PCR test on arrival at Mumbai airport? Please reply asap as I’m traveling next week. Thanks in advance.

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Luby,

      No, your 1-year old won’t need to undergo either pre- or post-arrival RT-PCR test. And yes, the guidelines were issued on 11th Nov 2021 itself. However, your 6-year old and 11-year old would need to undergo a post-arrival RT-PCR test. Hope this helps. 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Nguri says:

      Hi, we are traveling from newyork to Delhi on November 25 do my 18 month old need to get PCR test ? And we have connecting flight next morning from Delhi to Aizawl Mizoram, do we need separate PCR test from Delhi? Thank you I’m advance .

      1. Heena Ganotra says:

        Hello Nguri,

        Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. So your kid won’t have to undergo the RT-PCR test. And if you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need to undergo post-arrival RT-PCR at the Delhi airport.

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

  105. Fabian Bocin Pinto says:

    Hi,
    I am travelling from US to India on 20th November. Is there any specifications for the method of RT-PCR test to be taken? and any mandatory QR codes on the report? There is midturbinate nasal swab, nasopharyngeal nasal swab & Saliva swab methods. Are all these accepted?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Fabian,

      There are no specifications for the way RT-PCR tests are to be conducted. Besides this, there are no guidelines stating that the RT-PCR test should have the QR code on it. However, a negative RT-PCR test report with QR code is mandatory for international travel FROM India. Hope this helps. For further clarifications, you can give us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or join the live chat (you’ll find it towards your right).

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  106. Dimple says:

    We are travelling from Singapore to India with our 7 yr old. Both hubby and myself are vaccinated. Does our 7yr old need RT-PCR?

  107. Azad says:

    Is RT-PCR TEST with nose swab is valid for adult international travelers ?

  108. Azad says:

    I’m in need of assistance.
    Anyone planning a trip to India with a shallow PCR test?
    Technician asked if I wanted a shallow or deep PCR test… I chose shallow… then one of my coworkers said… u need to do it again… deep one…
    If anyone knows anything about it, please assist me while travelling to India from Canada.
    Thank you very much…

  109. Sangeetha says:

    We are traveling with 7 months old infant from Germany to India. Do we need to do the rtpcr test for the infant? Please reply it’s urgent

  110. Maria says:

    Traveling from Dubai to Srinagar (direct flight) – does an under 2 year old require RT-PCR test?

  111. nimmi says:

    Hi we are travelling from Goa to Bangalore with my 6 year old kid, is it mandatory to take rt pcr test for my kid on blore airport arrival?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Nimmi,

      Apart from Maharashtra & Kerala, no RT-PCR is required for passengers traveling to Karnataka from other states. We hope this was helpful.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  112. Vikas Gupta says:

    I am flying from New York to Delhi and then connecting flight to Kolkata. Do I need a separate RT-PCR test at Delhi airport to board the flight to Kolkata

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Vikas ji,

      As per the tweet left by Kolkata Airport (which is shared below), you won’t need another RT-PCR test to be conducted at the Delhi Airport. However, you will strategically need to plan your RT-PCR test when you board your flight from New York.

      Tweet-
      #TravelAlert: Passengers to kindly note as per guidelines of West Bengal Govt, all inbound flight passengers from Pune, Mumbai & Chennai shall produce at the time of boarding RT-PCR negative report for the test conducted within 72hrs of flight departure, with effect from 8th Aug’21. (1/2)

      Passengers from all other States, except Pune, Mumbai, and Chennai, shall produce at the time of boarding either proof of full vaccination or RT-PCR negative test report for the test conducted within 72hrs of such flight departure. (2/2)

      We hope this helps. For any further queries or questions, kindly get in touch with us either by giving us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or by joining the live chat (you’ll find it towards your right).

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  113. Archana shukla says:

    Do we need RT-PCR test for 3 years old to travelling India.please tell me as i am travelling To india with my 3 years old daughter on 14th November 2021

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Archana ji,

      For USA to India travel, RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before the flight’s departure is mandatory irrespective of age and gender. So yes, your 3-year-old daughter would need to undergo the test. Hope it goes well. 🙂

      For any further queries, kindly get in touch with us either by giving us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or by joining the live chat (you’ll find it towards your right).

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Heena Ganotra says:

        Update: There are a few labs that do salivary RT-PCR tests as it’s difficult to do nasal/throat swab tests for kids.

        The nasopharyngeal swab is the one that is collected from adults wherein a long and thin material is inserted deep into the nose through the nostril and pulled out. Though all this happens in less than a second, slight discomfort is experienced by people who go through it.

        Because we totally understand your concern, we wanted to highlight that even if you go for a nasal swab test, the sample collecting material (for kids) is just wiped at the beginning of the nostril. It won’t go deep inside so there’s nothing much to worry about.

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

  114. Jatin says:

    Does children under 12 years needs RT PCR test to travel India?

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Jatin,

      For USA to India travel, RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before the flight’s departure is mandatory irrespective of age and gender. For any further queries or questions, kindly get in touch with us either by giving us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or by joining the live chat (you’ll find it towards your right).

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Heena Ganotra says:

        Update: There are a few labs that do salivary RT-PCR tests as it’s difficult to do nasal/throat swab tests for kids.

        The nasopharyngeal swab is the one that is collected from adults wherein a long and thin material is inserted deep into the nose through the nostril and pulled out. Though all this happens in less than a second, slight discomfort is experienced by people who go through it.

        Because we totally understand your concern, we wanted to highlight that even if you go for a nasal swab test, the sample collecting material (for kids) is just wiped at the beginning of the nostril. It won’t go deep inside so there’s nothing much to worry about.

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

  115. Kathryn Slack says:

    Hi. i will be travelling with my daughter to india in feb 2022.
    myself and partner are double vaccinated. my daughter is not. i have a fewquestions.
    – We will be travelling from the UK to Goa , connecting flight at new delhi (do we all need a new PCR test at delhi, even though we had one in the UK less than 72 hours before)
    – we are also hoping to do some travelling. we will fly retun from goa to new delhi. Jodhpur to Chennai and Chennai to Andaman and Nicobar. Will we all need PCR tests for these domestic flights.
    – And. if we are travelling via train within Rajhastan (new delhi, jaipur, pushkar, jodhpur) do we need PCR for train journeys? again we are double vaccinated, but my 3year old is not.

    thank you for all of your help

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Kathryn,

      We understand your concerns. Traveling these days is accompanied by umpteen questions. Our travel experts will guide you through the entire process. Kindly get in touch with us either by giving us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or by joining the live chat (you’ll find it towards your right).

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  116. RinkuGaya says:

    Hi,
    I am traveling from USA to New Delhi on Nov 16. International route is Chicago – Abi Dhabi – Delhi. I understand that I will need a negative test within 72 hrs from boarding in Chicago and vaccination record. Have the below 2 questions:

    1. Are there any additional testing requirements before boarding my second leg from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi?
    2. Will we need to do a Covid test in New Delhi upon arrival as we transitioned through Abu Dhabi?

  117. Aaftab sidhu says:

    Hii I am traveling from canada to india on 9th Nov.. I am flying from Vancouver to Montreal .. 3 hrs halt and then from Montreal to New Delhi.. I have booked my covid test in accordance with my Vancouver departure. I hope it won’t create problem in boarding flight to india from Montreal. Since both flights are on same ticket

  118. Rintu Jolly says:

    Hi, we are travelling from Newzealand to India on November 3. We are travelling with our baby who is only 1 month old . Do we need to do PCR test for baby?

  119. Simon says:

    Hello, we are travelling to India on December 2nd. We are both vaccinated with the UK vaccine. We are both UK nationals, I have a UK passport & my wife has an Irish passport (dual national). We are flying from Spain. Are we exempt from home quarantine?

  120. Arvind Ramesh says:

    Hi, I am travelling from Canada to Delhi on a direct flight at 11pm tonight. Is it too late to do my RTPCR test?
    What happens if I am unable to get a test done on time?

  121. Ani says:

    Hi Girish, We are travelling from UK to India with our 4 year old son. He is not vaccinated because he is a child but we both are fully vaccinated. Will our child need to take a RT-PCR test in Mumbai?

  122. Nishanth Murthy says:

    Hi, my Connecting flight got cancelled and they postponed to next day, so i stuck for 1 day at the transit location, so will my PCR test still be applicable for the new flight?

  123. Maz says:

    I’m travelling to Kerala from Toronto via Abu Dhabi. I will be taking the PCR test in Toronto before travelling. Should I take the test in the transit country also or the Toronto PCR test valid for entry to Kerala?

  124. Rita says:

    Hi..I’m flying to India from hungary beginning of december with my 7 years old daughter. Im fully vaccinated but my child is not. Do we have to do rtpcr test also at arrival, and do we have to quarantine ourselfs?

  125. Ravi Sinha says:

    Hi,
    I am traveling with my family to India from Austin via Chicago.
    13th Nov Austin to Chicago
    15th Nov Chicago to Delhi (direct flight, arrival on 16th Nov)
    Do I need to take test on 12th Nov (72 hrs before from 15th Nov ) or 72 hrs before 13th Nov (departure from Austin)?
    Self and spouse is fully vaccinated but 11 year old child is not. Do we need to take another test at Delhi airport ?
    Due to unvaccinated child, do we need to home quarantine?

  126. Vijay Venkataraman says:

    Good afternoon. I am traveling from USA to Mumbai non-stop arriving India November 19. If I have a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure from USA will I need to do another test on arrival in India? Thanks.

  127. G N Kumari says:

    Hi Girish, Thanks for your answers, very helpful..My travel itinerary is as following: Ticket 1:US-UK transit-Dubai connecting within 4 hours Ticket 2: Dubai-India, Is one PCR test taken 72 hours before departure enough for the entire journey? Any help would be appreciated.

  128. THimotio says:

    Hi Mr. Girish, We would like to know if someone travelling from UK to India Specifically Via Delhi, they need to do PCR test even 2 Years child? and how long take to get result at Delhi airport and charges per head. and minimum how many hrs need to book fault flight i mean connecting Flight to other destination?
    Thank you

  129. Kamaljit S Sandhe says:

    Hi. I have querry regarding Covid test requirement. Does 4 year old need to get PCR test before flight to india from toronro. May call ne at 2049690786 or best email me at kamal751@gmail.com

    Thanks

  130. Swapna says:

    Hello, I am traveling from USA to India on Dec 2nd. Landing in Mumbai and with a connecting Air India flight in few hours to go to Goa. I know I need a PCR test before boarding in US. I am fully vaccinated. What is the process after landing in Mumbai. Do I need any test for next domestic flight. Thank you in advance.

  131. Darsh Jain says:

    Hi Admin

    I am Travelling from Sydney (Australia) to Mumbai via Delhi.
    It is a Direct Flight from Sydney to Delhi and then connecting flight to Mumbai.

    The question is do we need to do any covid test at Delhi or Mumbai?

  132. Raghvendra Singh says:

    Hi Girish. im planning to come from USA to New Delhi soon. I am fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccination. Do i still need the RT PCR test?

  133. Vishal Sharma says:

    Dear Girish,

    Hope you are keeping well?

    I am travelling from London to Delhi on the 2nd of November with my family that includes my wife and my 3 years old daughter. I understand that myself and my wife require PCR test reports. However does my daughter needs to have a test carried out as well and a subsequent negative report to travel to India? Or children under 4 are exempt of the RT PCR test?

    Thank you in advance.

    Best wishes
    Vishal Sharma

  134. Reka says:

    Hi. None of the countries require PCR test for children under 2. My baby is only 5 month old… do we need to put her through a test? Thanks

  135. Ashish says:

    Hi Girish – A bit urgent question. I am traveling with my child (3year old) from London to Bangalore. Do I still need my child to get PCR test done? Asking this as we travelled in Feb and at that time only me and my wife needed to get it done and my child was exempt.

    Best,
    Ashish

  136. Aruna Rajendran says:

    Hi Sir, I am travelling from singapore to chennai on 29th Nov with my family which includes a 8 years old and a 4 years old kids. We will be taking a RTPCR test in Singapore 48hrs before the flight. Should I and my kids required to do one more PCR test at the chennai again, cam i reqest for exception?

  137. riaha says:

    I am travelling from the UK to India on Dec 17th. I am taking an international flight from London and reaching Delhi and them 2 hours later from Delhi to Amritsar. I have 2 kids ( 8 Yrs and 3 Yrs). I am aware that RTPCR test is required for everyone irrespective of the age. My question is, Will there be another Covid test in Dehli or Amritsar after our arrival ?

  138. Senthilkumar says:

    I am travelling from Canada to India on Nov 7th. I am taking an international flight from Toronto and reaching Chennai. I have 2 kids ( 8 Yrs and 3 Yrs). I am aware that RTPCR test is required for everyone irrespective of the age. My question is, Will there be another Covid test in chennai after our arrival ?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Senthilkumar,

      No, passengers arriving from Canada are not required to undergo another RT-PCR test on arrival to India if they are fully vaccinated and are carrying a negative RT-PCR test certificate. We hope you and yours travel safely. For your next travel plan, book flights with MyTicketsToIndia and have the opportunity to avail best flight prices, timely air travel updates, and much more. Contact our customer service for additional information.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  139. Asitkumar says:

    How can I get RT-PCR test certificate before 72 hours because I want to go to from India to USA on 2nd November 2021

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Astik,

      You can get your RT-PCR test from any testing center near you. As your flight is scheduled to depart from India on 02-11-2021, you can easily get the test done on 30-10-2021. I hope this answer solves your query. For additional information regarding Covid guidelines, air travel updates, best flight deals, and much more, you must get in touch with our travel experts to guide you.

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  140. Ali says:

    Hi Girish, can you kindly confirm details on my following inquiry:-
    1)We family are travelling from UK to Chennai. My son is 10+ years does he need a PCR test to enter Chennai Airport?
    And also my other child is 15+ months does she need a PCR test?

    2)And what other test needs to be carried out and the cost of test in
    chennai?

    Many thanks

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Ali,

      Hope you and your family are well. Yes, it is necessary for both your children to carry a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test certificate. There are no other tests except the RT-PCR test that needs to be carried out. If you want the test report in a few hours, then the test would cost approximately Rs. 900. And the TrueNat test will cost around Rs. 2500.

      Hope this answers your query. For additional information, kindly get in touch with our travel experts to assist you.

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      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  141. Manish says:

    Flying from Seattle, USA to Bangalore, with negative RTPCR in 72 hrs from departure. Need to board a domestic flight from Bangalore to Allahabad after 4 hours. Will the passengers need to go through another testing at the airport to board the domestic flight?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Manish,

      It is not required to get a test done, however, you can download the Aarogya Setu App and upload your negative RT-PCR certificate as proof of being tested. For additional queries, kindly get in touch with our travel experts ready to assist you with everything related to air travel.

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  142. Harshendra N Shet says:

    Hello, Thank you for helping people with lots of confusion on foriegn travel . My question is,
    I have a scheduled travel to Paris from Bangalore via Delhi. And return back to Bangalore from Paris via Delhi.
    Now should i get an Negative certificate of RTPCR from Paris also before boarding the flight to Delhi? Will there be again rtpcr test required at Delhi upon arrival ??

    Also, before departure from Bangalore, if I can get a negative RTPCR report from local test centers is that okay ?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Harshendra,

      Thank you so much for appreciating our efforts in serving you the best travel services.

      Yes, you need to carry a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test certificate taken 72 hours before boarding the flight from Paris. As France is not one of the high-risk countries, it is not required to get an RT-PCR test done on arrival at the Delhi Airport. Before departure from Bangalore, you can get an RT-PCR test done from any center near your place. Hope we solved your queries. However for additional queries, kindly get in touch with our customer service team to assist you.

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  143. Saji Pillai says:

    I am flying from US to India. I have a domestic flight in US. Kansas to Chicago and then Chicago-Doha-Trivandrum. The RTPCR 72 hour counting is done backwards from my Kansas flight time or Chicago flight time?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Saji,

      The negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result is required to be carried for international flights from Chicago. For additional queries concerning Covid-19 guidelines, smooth flight booking procedure, amazing flight deals, and much more kindly get in touch with travel experts of MyTicketsToIndia to guide you in the right direction.

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      1. Saji Pillai says:

        Thank you

  144. Sachin Sonarkar says:

    I am flying with my family from Frankfurt airport to Mumbai via Doha on 2nd November 2021.
    When should I do my RT PCR test on which Date ?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Sachin,

      Hope you and your family are doing well. According to the Covid guidelines, you are required to take a test within 72 hours of the flight departure, i.e from 30-10-2021 to 01-11-2021. For further information regarding travel updates, flight booking procedures, incredible discounts on flights, and much more get in touch with our customer service team to guide you.

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  145. Komal says:

    Hello,

    I am planning to fly to India from the UK, and I was thinking of having a rapid antigen test for the Covid test. I am trying to look online if rapid antigen is within RT PCR but I unfortunately am not that good in searching up stuff. So, I wanted to ask if Rapid antigen is accepted as a valid Covid 19 test.

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Komal,

      According to the UK Government (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements) passengers traveling internationally from the UK to India are required to take an RT-PCR Covid-19 test and not a rapid antigen test, and the result should be no older than 72 hours. Arrivals from the UK must undergo another RT-PCR test on arrival to India. Hope this answers your query. For further information regarding travel updates and smooth flight booking procedures, kindly contact our customer service team to offer you the right guidance. |

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      1. Mihir says:

        Girish, covid test is not needed at Delhi for every international arrival anymore. There are new guidelines released by the ministry of health and family welfare. Please refer this- https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelinesforInternationalArrival20thOctober2021.pdf

        1. Girish Sharma says:

          Hi Mihir,

          For countries at higher risk such as the UK, it is required to get the RT-PCR Covid-19 test done at the Indian airport on arrival. Hope this solves your query. For additional information on travel updates, flight booking procedures, and much more, kindly contact our customer service team.

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          1. Mihir says:

            If thr country at risk comes under category A and traveler is fully vaccinated, it is not required. Please refer thr guideline. UK is high risk but it is category A, and I’m a vaccinated traveler so wouldn’t need a test on arrival.

          2. Mihir says:

            If you’re arriving from high risk country, but you’re fully vaccinated with a WHO vaccine, there’s no need to test on arrival. Refer to part A.4 of the guidelines. UK is high risk, but is also under WHO approved vaccine list. If traveler is fully vax with such vaccine, no need to test.

  146. Monika Chandna says:

    Hello, first of all Thank you for helping people like us who have a lot of confusion with changing guidelines. So, I am planning to visit India by Nov end. I am in Canada and fully immunized. So do I need to get through RT-PCR test at Delhi Airport too?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hello Monika,

      Hope you and your family are doing well. The team of MyTicketsToIndia is glad to know that kind customer like you notice and appreciate our efforts.

      Yes, you would be required to take an RT-PCR test at the Delhi Airport as it is mandatory for all international passengers who are fully vaccinated. Hope this helps your query. We are always happy to provide you with savvy solutions to make your journey comfortable. For further queries, kindly contact our travel experts at your service 24×7 to inform you about travel updates, guide you with the flight booking process, and much more.

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      1. Manpreet says:

        Hello sir
        I am travelling from Toronto to Delhi on 14 November 2021. I have a 15 months old travelling with me. Does he too need a pre departure covid test from canada within 72 hours of departure?
        Also, do we both have to undergo covid testing on arrival at Delhi airport? I couldn’t find any exemptions for babies of such age on India’s website of Delhi airport.
        Please let me know. Thank you.

        1. Heena Ganotra says:

          Hello Manpreet,

          You won’t have to undergo the COVID test on arrival if you’re already vaccinated. In case you have any further queries, kindly get in touch with us either by giving us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or by joining the live chat (you’ll find it towards your right).

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  147. Avinash Bhosekar says:

    In USA we are having one more connectimg flight travel prior to boarding final flight to India. So we want to count 72 hours backwards, from boarding time of our first flight ? Will that be OK ??
    Because due to Sunday holiday coming in between, we can NOT consider 72 hours from our final flight.

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Avinash,

      The negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result took 72 hours before the flight departure is required to be submitted at the first embarkation point. On arrival to India, the particular Indian airport will request international passengers to take another Covid-19 test. Hope this answer solves your query. However, one can get in touch with travel experts of MyTicketsToIndia to be timely informed about travel updates and assisted with easy flight booking services.

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  148. Kerolen Santos says:

    Hello
    I will be arriving in Mumbai Airport on Dec 5th, with my 2 small kids (5 years and 3 years). We Brazilian and already have the resident visa approved (since last March 2021). My husband is already there. I would like to know if it´s mandatory to present a RT PCR Negative for the 2 kids and also, if I have to complete their forms as well. Thank you

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Kerolen,

      Hope you and your family are doing well. There is no age restriction, and every passenger irrespective of their age is required to get an RT-PCR test. In the case of infants and younger children, salivary RT-PCR tests are taken as children experience discomfort while getting a nasopharyngeal swab. For further timely Covid-19 travel updates, smooth flight booking service, and amazing flight offers, kindly contact our travel experts to assist you.

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  149. PARBHJOT SINGH says:

    My son is 14 years old , and coming from London to Delhi , does he need also covid negative report at Delhi airport ?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Parbhjot,

      All passengers irrespective of their age are required to get an RT-PCR test result on arrival from high-risk countries like the United Kingdom. Hope this answer helps. For further information, kindly contact our customer service team to guide you in a smooth flight booking process, timely travel updates, and incredible discounts on flight prices.

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  150. sia says:

    I am travelling from the UK to India in December and my flight details are- London to Delhi and after 2 hours from Delhi to Chandigarh. I will do my RT PCR test before flying in 72 hours widow . will I have to do a test in Delhi while i am waiting for my flight from delhi to final destination.

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Sia,

      Yes. It is mandatory for international passengers arriving from the UK to get an RT-PCR test on arrival at the Delhi Airport. Hope this answers your query. For further information regarding covid guidelines, the flight booking process or exciting flight deals, kindly get in touch with our travel experts here at MyTicketsToIndia.

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      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  151. Abhy says:

    Hi,
    I am travelling on 29th Oct, format of Lab’s report describes it as RNA(PCR/NAAT), should I get it or RT-PCR, must be mentioned.

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Abhy,

      Yes, the passenger is required to carry a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the departure of the flight from the embarkation point. I hope this solves your query. For additional information regarding the flight booking process to flight updates, please contact our customer service team to guide you.

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  152. Raju Bhorge says:

    Hello
    I am travelling from Taiwan to Nanded Via Hyderabad with my wife. now she is almost in 5th month of pregnancy do we need to wait for the Rt pcr test at hyd Please need assistance ? Thanks

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Raju,

      Hope you and your wife are doing well. According to the Covid-19 guidelines issues by Indian airport, all international passengers are required to take an RT-PCR test after arrival to India. Hope this solves your query. For additional information, kindly get in touch with our travel experts to assist you with easy flight booking procedures, incredible flight deals, and timely travel updates.

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  153. Harpreet sehmbi says:

    Hello
    I have ticket booked for India 29 October @12 AM
    I booked my test 26 5:00 pm
    Will it be valid? We will reach India @ 2:55 am 30 October

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Harpreet,

      Yes, your negative test results are valid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test must be taken within three days of departure from the first boarding point. Hope this helps! For additional information regarding flight booking services to flight updates, kindly get in touch with our travel experts at 1-585-948-0222.

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  154. Roy says:

    Hi
    I’m traveling from Chicago- Frankfort- Delhi- Kolkata on 29 the December thru Lufthansa. I will be a transit passsanger only in Europe for few hours at the airport. Do I still have to get a PCR testing again in Delhi? Thank you

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Dear Roy,

      The new Covid-19 guidelines by India apply to passengers traveling from countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany. You are required to take an RT-PCR test after you arrive at the Delhi airport. For additional queries, kindly get in touch with the customer service team of MyTicketsToIndia to inform you about flight updates and assist you with the flight booking process.

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      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  155. Tanny says:

    Hello,
    I’m travelling with my family and infant through DOHA (Quatar Airlines), is RT-PCT test required for my infant (1.6 Years old)? Please suggest?

    1. Girish Sharma says:

      Hi Tanny,

      Hope you and your family are doing well. There is no age restriction for the RT-PCR test and every passenger on board is required to get the test done. As it is difficult in the case of infants to get the nasal swab test, thus salivary RT-PCR tests are taken. Hope this helps! Kindly get in touch with our travel experts if you have further queries regarding flight updates for instant solutions at 1-585-948-0222.

      Best Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  156. V Sharma says:

    Hello,
    My in-laws are traveling from US (San Francisco) to Bangalore from Qatar Airlines via/transiting through DOHA. Is it correct to say they’ll have to upload the self-declaration form & RT-PCR 72hr before departing SFO ?. In the self declaration form, should they fill the flight number of SFO-Doha flight or Doha-BLR flight ?. Do they also need another RT-PCR or molecular test on arrival at Bangalore ?.
    Thanks

    1. Priyanka says:

      Dear Customer,

      As per the Covid-19 guidelines, passengers traveling from the US are required to carry an RT-PCR Covid-19 test result taken 72 hours before the flight departs from the US. Passengers traveling to India must complete the Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form to enter the country. You need to mention the flight number of your Doha to Bangalore travel. Passengers arriving at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore from the U.S will be screened for symptoms of Covid-19. Hope this answers your question. For flight booking services and updates, kindly get in touch with travel experts of MyTicketsToIndia to assist you quickly and easily.

      Best Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  157. sandhya says:

    Hi my flight is on oct 20th 12pm from Toronto to New Delhi. Later after 4hours layover i do have connecting flight to Hyderabad.my concern is i got my pcr test on sunday 17th October at 1PM will it be valid for my travel.its in 72hours window.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sandhya,

      Your negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test will only be valid at the Toronto Airport if the report is taken with the time frame of 72 hours before the flight departs. For additional information regarding flight updates and booking services, kindly get in touch with our travel professional at 1-585-948-0222.

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  158. Sara says:

    Hello
    I’m planning to visit India from UK in December with my two kids aged 8 and 15, what’re the requirements as per new rules/law ? How many days do we have to quarantine at home in India ? Do we still have to get PCR tests done in the UK and again in India (Mumbai)?!
    Many thanks

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sara,

      Here are the few requirements travelers from the UK to India must follow:

      All travelers must submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal and also upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report which must be conducted 72 hours before the flight departs. On arrival to India, all travelers need to get an RT-PCR test done. If passengers are tested negative then they must home-quarantine for 14 days. If tested positive, then they must be immediately isolated in an institution. Hope this answers your query. For additional information, contact our customer care at 1-585-948-0222.

      Best Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  159. Milton says:

    Hi I am travelling to Kerala this Friday with my two kids, two years and four months old. Do my children need to take RT PCR test before travelling?thanks

    1. admin says:

      Hello Milton,

      Hope you are doing well.

      All passengers including infants and children are required to upload their negative RT-PCR test results on the online Air Suvidha Portal for a Covid-19 test that must be taken 72 hours before the departure of the flight to India. All passengers are required to carry a hard copy of the negative test certificate as well. Passengers bringing a digital copy will not be allowed to board the flight. For additional assistance regarding flight services and affordable flight tickets, kindly contact our travel professionals. We hope you have a safe flight and a memorable journey.

      Warm Regards,
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  160. vivek says:

    Hi, I have a flight from Tokyo to Mumbai via Delhi (2hours connecting time).
    I was wondering do I have to do RTPCR test at delhi airport also or the test will be done on Mumbai airport?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Vivek,

      International tourists traveling to India are not required to take an RT-PCR test unless they aren’t carrying certain documents required. such as a self-declaration form with a negative RT-PCR test certificate taken 72 hours before the departure. The passenger is also required to carry 2 sheets of the same results as soft copies aren’t accepted. Hope this answers your query. For additional information about flight bookings and services, kindly contact our travel experts at 1-585-948-0222.

      Best Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  161. hasibakhtar says:

    Hi i have 3 years child she need to do pcr test ? Travel to india

    1. admin says:

      Dear Customer,

      Hope you and your family are doing well. All passengers including infants and children must upload their Covid-19 RT-PCR test results on the Air Suvidha Online Portal for a test which must be taken 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight. All passengers must carry a hard copy of the negative RT PCR Certificate at the time of boarding the flight. For additional information regarding flight queries, or exciting flight deals, kindly contact our customer care service at 1-585-948-0222. The team of travel experts at MyTicketsToIndia is always happy to assist!

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      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  162. Subbu says:

    Hi, I’m traveling go India from USA. Here is my flight trip details. Phoenix, USA to SFO, USA to Doha, Qatar to Trivandrum, India. This 72 hrs requirement before departure is applicable for the Phoenix flight or SFO flight. Please confirm.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Subbu,

      The requirement of 72 hours for the negative RT-PCR test report is valid for the Phoenix, USA flight. Passengers are needed to carry the report before the departure of the flight. Hope this answers your query. For additional information, get in touch with the travel experts of MyTicketsToIndia at 1-585-948-0222.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  163. Ash says:

    I will be travelling from Toronto to Bangalore via Etihad flight. And later taking a connecting ‘Indigo’ flight to Goa. My question is being an international traveller I will not have access to an Indian mobile phone. So how can I download the Arogya Setu app on my Canadian phone. I will not get the OTP on it. Please advise if downloading this arogya Setu app is mandatory in my case. Or is it sufficient to have the self declaration form? Also where do I take another test on arrival at Bangalore before I board the domestic flight to Goa?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Ash,

      According to the Karnataka guidelines for international travelers, a passenger is exempted from a molecular test on arrival if they haven’t traveled from/via South Africa or Brazil. Provided the foreign tourist is carrying a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result which has been uploaded on the Air Suvidha online portal 72 hours before the flight departure. For additional information regarding flight services, guidelines, or exciting flight deals, kindly get in touch with our travel experts at 1-585-948-0222.

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  164. Raman says:

    Hi, I’m traveling from USA (san Francisco) to India (New Delhi) in November with my two children. Are they required to have PCR Covid test results to board/land in New Delhi (ages 2 and 4)?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Raman,

      It is mandatory for all passengers including infants and children to upload their negative RT-PCR test results on the Air Suvidha portal with the Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to the flight departure from USA to India. In addition, passengers traveling to India are required to carry a hard copy of the negative RT-PCR certificate. Digital copies wouldn’t be accepted. For additional information regarding flight booking queries, or assistance in booking flight tickets, kindly get in touch with MyTicketsToIndia’s travel experts at 1-595-948-0222.

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  165. Preethi says:

    Hello Admin travelling from Canada to Bangalore, India via Doha with a 3 yrs old and 11 months old. Could you advice 1)the min age requirements to do the RtPCR test.? 2)Is there any requirements for transit at Qatar?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Preethi!

      Every passenger of all ages traveling to India, including infants and children must upload their negative RT-PCR test results on the Air Suvidha portal with the test taken 72 hours before the departure of flights. Additionally, passengers must take note that they are required to carry a hard copy of the negative RT-PCR certificate. The Qatar transit requirement concerning Covid is that all passengers transiting through Qatar must carry pre-travel PCR test certificates valid for 72 hours on the passenger’s arrival to Qatar. This is not applied to passengers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, or Sri Lanka. If you have any more flight queries or need help in booking affordable flight tickets, then get in touch with us at 1-595-948-0222.

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  166. Lovedeep Singh says:

    Hello I need a help my flight is Thursday when I do rtpcr test monday it’s ok 72 hour???

    1. admin says:

      Hi Lovedeep,

      Yes, you need to upload a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal and carry a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before the departure of the flight. For additional information regarding flight booking services, exciting deals on air travel, and flight updates, kindly get in touch with our travel experts at MyTicketsToIndia.

      Best Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  167. Sai says:

    Hi, I will be traveling from USA to India, and will be arriving at Delhi airport tomorrow and I have my RAPID PCR test. Do I need anything else?

    1. admin says:

      Dear Sai,

      Passengers traveling from USA to India must upload a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal and a negative RT-PCR test result must be taken 72 hours of the journey. Travelers must also declare via the portal that they will quarantine at home for 14 days on arrival. For additional information regarding exciting flight offers, flight booking services, and flight updates, kindly get in touch with the team of travel experts of MyTicketsToIndia at 1-595-948-0222. We wish you a happy journey!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Reddy says:

      did they accept rapid PCR test results?

      1. admin says:

        Dear Reddy,

        Hope you are doing well. As we mentioned in reply to Sai’s query, rapid PCR test results are not required to carry during the time of boarding the flight to your respective destination. One should keep in mind that two types of tests are available

        a) Antigen Test: Or often called the Rapid Test where although the results arrive quickly, they might not always be accurate.
        b) PCR Test: Here the results come within 24 hours and they are required to be carried with a self-declaration form during your check-in at the airport.
        If you have any other flight queries or need help in booking flights, call MyTicketsToIndia right away at 1-595-948-0222.

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  168. Anmol Jagga says:

    Is a 3 year kid mandated to take a RT-PCR Test BEFORE travel to IGI Delhi Airport?
    Is a 3 year kid mandated to take a RT-PCR Test AFTER landing onto IGI Delhi Airport?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Anmol,

      Hope you are doing well! Children of all ages and infants are required to take an RT-PCR test before traveling. And while boarding a flight, every passenger must remember to follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the airport. For additional information regarding flight booking services, COVID-19 guidelines or exciting flight offers, kindly get in touch with the travel experts of MyTicketsToIndia at 1-595-948-0222. We would be incredibly happy to assist you with the same!

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      1. sony says:

        I spoke to Vandna @myticketstoindia.com and she confirmed that every passenger must have a negative rt-pcr test including 2 years old kids. It seems confusing now.

        1. admin says:

          Hi Sony,

          Yes, every passenger of all ages traveling to India must upload their negative RT-PCR test results on the online portal of Air Suvidha. The test must be taken 72 hours before your flight departure. Passengers should also carry a hard copy of the test certificate.

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

  169. Lovepreet Singh says:

    I came to know that someone going to india at Delhi airport,they need to upload the covid negative report on their official site and i just want to know what about the passengers who are arriving at Amritsar Airport, where can they upload their reports??

    1. admin says:

      Dear Lovepreet,

      Yes. Any international passenger who is traveling to India has to upload a negative COVID report on the Self Declaration Form link. Link to fill up the self-declaration form and upload Negative RT-PCR report – https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration
      For additional information regarding travel updates, flight booking services, and discounted flight tickets, kindly get in touch with the travel professionals of MyTicketsToIndia at 1-585-948-0222.

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  170. Sourabh Sharma says:

    I am travelling from Toronto to Delhi In Oct with my three kids 6 months old , 4 yr old and 10 yr old. Who all among three need to carry negative PCR test? I could not find any official update over this

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sourabh,

      Hope you and your family are doing well. Children of all ages including infants need to take an RT-PCR test before boarding the flight as according to the government. Every passenger boarding the flight to India must fill the self-declaration form. Hope this solves your query. If not, please get in touch with our travel professionals at 1-595-948-0222 to know more about the COVID-19 requirements, or to avail of exciting flight offers and the lowest airfare possible!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Chinmaya says:

      Hi. I am traveling to India with an infant in a few weeks. Did you have to do the test finally for your kids?

      1. Heena Ganotra says:

        Hello Chinmaya ji,

        For USA to India travel, RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before the flight’s departure is mandatory irrespective of age and gender. We hope it goes well for your kid.

        For any further queries, kindly get in touch with us either by giving us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or by joining the live chat (you’ll find it towards your right).

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

        1. Heena Ganotra says:

          Update: There are a few labs that do salivary RT-PCR tests as it’s difficult to do nasal/throat swab tests for kids.

          The nasopharyngeal swab is the one that is collected from adults wherein a long and thin material is inserted deep into the nose through the nostril and pulled out. Though all this happens in less than a second, slight discomfort is experienced by people who go through it.

          Because we totally understand your concern, we wanted to highlight that even if you go for a nasal swab test, the sample collecting material (for kids) is just wiped at the beginning of the nostril. It won’t go deep inside so there’s nothing much to worry about.

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

  171. Dipender kaur chahal says:

    Hello
    I m travelling from uk to india on air india with my 16 months old son..so I want to know does my son need pcr fit to fly test n do I need to fill his self declaration form as well???
    As I rang air india n they were saying that he needs pcr test??
    Thank you

    1. admin says:

      Hi Dipender,

      Hope you are doing well. Children of all ages including infants need to upload their Covid-19 RT-PCR test results on Air SUvidha Online Portal. It is also mandatory for every passenger boarding the flight to India to fill the self-declaration form. For additional information concerning the COVID-19 guidelines, please get in touch with our travel experts at 1-595-948-0222. You can also get information on flight booking services to India and exciting flight offers!

      Best Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Krisha Fernandes says:

      Hi Dipender,
      I would be travelling with my 4 month old baby too London to India, I can find no information anywhere on Indian govt sites if baby required to be tested before travelling, please update me if you get any information.

      Thank you

  172. Amita says:

    Person travelling from USA to Amritsar airport with 2hour stop at Doha . What are the requirements and does he need to get tested at Amritsar or any quarantine on arrival ?

    1. admin says:

      Dear Amita,

      Hope you are doing well! A person traveling from the USA to Amritsar must follow certain guidelines announced by the Punjab Health Minister on arrival:

      1. International passengers arriving in Punjab must submit a self-declaration form at http://www.newdelhiairport.in and hand a copy to the State Officers.
      2. If the international passengers fail to submit a negative COVID-19 test report on arrival, then they must take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
      3. If the RAT test is negative, the person is required to home quarantine.
      4. On the fifth day, the individual must take an RT-PCR test and if the result is negative, they are allowed to end their home quarantine.

      As per the health protocols, travelers will also be screened at the entry of the airport. Every passenger, domestic or international must follow precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 such as wearing a mask at all times, maintaining social distancing, and hand hygiene.

      Hope this solves your query. However, for additional information regarding COVID-19 guidelines, or flight booking services, you can always rely on our travel experts at 1-595-948-0222 to assist you thoroughly.

      Warm Regards
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  173. Venu says:

    Hi

    I am travelling to Hyderabad from Botswana by Qatar Airways with a 4 year old child. Does the child need to get rt per test done?

    Also, I know I need to get test done upon arrival. Are we allowed to go home and wait for the results?

    Regards
    VENU

    1. admin says:

      Dear Venu,

      Hope you are doing well. All passengers including children and infants are required to get an RT-PCR test done and upload the results on the Air Suvidha Online Portal. Every passenger of any age must follow all the precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 for a safe journey. Secondly, after the RT-PCR tests are taken at the airport, one must wait in a specially demarcated area until the test reports arrive. Hope this clears your doubts. If not, kindly get in touch with our travel experts at 1-595-948-0222 to know more about flight booking services, affordable flight offers, and COVID-19 travel guidelines.

      Best Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  174. Pavan K says:

    Does a 2 month old infant need a RTPCR test to travel to India on AirIndia from Toronto to Hyderabad via New Delhi ?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Pavan,

      Hope you and your family are doing well! All passengers including infants and children are required to upload their negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test results on Air Suvidha Portal. Furthermore, for any additional information regarding flight booking services and affordable flights offers, you can get in touch with our travel experts at 1-595-948-0222. Our customer-friendly staff is available 24×7 to answer your queries and guide you on your next travel plan.

      Best Regards
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  175. Priyanka Bagdwal says:

    Hi, I am travelling from Toronto to Delhi with two kids age 2 and 4 year old. Do their RT- PCR is also to be done?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Priyanka!

      Hope you are doing well! Children and infants must upload their Covid-19 RT-PCR Test Result on Air Suvidha Online Portal. One must keep in mind that every passenger must follow the precautionary measures for a safe journey. For any additional information regarding flight booking services and affordable flights offers, kindly get in touch with our travel experts at 1-595-948-0222. Our customer-friendly staff is available 24×7 to answer your queries and guide you on your next travel plan.

      Best Regards
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      1. Pavan says:

        Hello Priyanka, We are travelling to Hyd from Australia with 2 year old. Please let me know if covid test is required for 2 year old? Thanks, Pavan

        1. admin says:

          Hi Pavan!

          Hope you and your family are doing well!

          Yes, a negative Covid-19 RT-PCRT is required while traveling from Australia to Hyderabad. All passengers including children and infants are required to upload their negative RT-PCR test results on Air Suvidha Online Portal. The test must be taken 72 hours before the flight departure. All passengers need to carry the self-declaration form as well as a hard copy of the test result at the time of departure. To know more about flight updates, flight booking services, or flight offers, kindly get in touch with MyTicketsToIndia’s travel experts at 1-585-948-0222. We are just a call away from a happy journey!

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    2. PRASANNA KUMAR RATH says:

      Hi Priyanks…Did you do RT PCR for your kids while travelling from Toronto to Delhi…Need the info urgently as I will be travelling with 25 months old kid.

      1. admin says:

        Dear Prassana,

        Hope you and your family are doing well.

        Yes, all passengers including infants and children must upload their negative Covid-19 RT PCR test results on Air Suvidha Online Portal for a test taken 72 hours before the departure of the flight to India. Every passenger must remember to carry a hard copy of the negative RT-PCR certificate at the time of boarding the flight. If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance during flight booking, kindly contact our customer care at 1-595-948-0222.

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

  176. Tisha Deb Pillai says:

    I am traveling with a two year old who will not be vaccinated. Will she be allowed on the flight?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Tisha,

      Yes, your two-year-old would be allowed on flights from the USA to India as the COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendation states that an individual is required to be fully vaccinated if he or she is 16 years of age or older. Furthermore, for any additional information regarding flight booking services, kindly get in touch with our travel experts at 1-595-948-0222. Our customer-friendly staff is available for your queries 24×7!

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  177. Anugreh khosla says:

    Hi,
    I have a flight from Toronto to Delhi. I have a transit at Abu dhabi. I have a covid negative test taken. Do i need to take a covid test when i land in delhi too?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Anugreh!

      Hope you are doing well! You can avoid taking the covid test on arrival at the Delhi airport by submitting your RT-PCR Test Reports in the Air Suvidha portal. It is a contactless option by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Delhi Airport for all international passengers traveling to India. Hope this helps! Furthermore, for any additional information on flight booking service, you can get in touch with our travel experts at 1-595-948-0222. Our customer-friendly staff is available 24×7 to answer your queries and guide you on your next travel plan.

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  178. John says:

    Hi, I am planning to travel from Bangalore to canada. Do I have to take RT pcr test in a third country or can I take one in bangalore within 72 hr.since the direct flight ban has been lifted.now?

    1. admin says:

      Hi John,

      Hope you are doing well. With Canada resuming direct flights from India, the Covid testing requirement guidelines mention that the RT-PCR test must be taken 14 days within the scheduled departure. For additional information, you can get in touch with our travel experts @ 1-585-948-0222. Our customer support team will help you with the right process in addition to providing you with cheaper tickets to India.

      Best Regards
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  179. Devi says:

    I am traveling from USA to delhi via ams on an emergency visa on sept 30. Parents passed some months ago and need to gather the ashes from the crematory. I tested positive for COVID on sept 7. Fine now and cleared by doctor. People recovered from COVID can show positive results for up to 90 days. Entry back to USA requires negative pcr test or recovery certificate for this reason. What can I do if I continue to have a positive test. I need to get to delhi. Thanks.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Devi,

      Hope you and your family are doing well. We would suggest that you keep traveling on hold until you do not receive a negative result of the RT-PCR report. For further information regarding international travel and flight booking, you can contact our customer-friendly staff available for you 24×7 at 1-585-948-0222. Our travel agency aims to provide its customers with the right solution, affordable flight tickets, and hassle-free ticket booking services.

      Best Regards
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  180. Bharat says:

    Planning to travel from Toronto to thiruvandapuram kerala or chennai airport. Is it okay to travel by air emirates via Dubai or only vande bharat flights are available?

    i? What are the covid requirements for Dubai (transit) and thiruvandapuram or chennai airport? Is there quarantine required at kerala or Chennai? Thanks Bharat

    1. admin says:

      Hi Bharat,

      Hope you are doing well!

      There are two weekly flights of Emirates that are functioning between Toronto and Thiruvanthapuram (Trivandrum) and 5 weekly flights between Toronto and Chennai via Dubai. Currently, both Chennai and Trivandrum have moderate travel restrictions for international flight passengers.

      A passenger is allowed to travel and needs to quarantine after their return. A traveler from abroad must fill a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha and upload a negative RT-PCR onto the same portal. The test report will be considered valid for your boarding of the flight and an exemption from institutional quarantine. A Covid-19 test might also be taken after the passenger arrives at the Trivandrum Airport. There are no Covid-19 requirements for passengers traveling from Toronto through Dubai.

      For additional information, you can get in touch with our travel experts @ 1-585-948-0222. Our customer support team will help you with the right process in addition to providing you with cheaper tickets to India.

      Best Regards
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  181. Jagadeesh says:

    wife and son (infant) traveling to Delhi with an infant. Wife got negative on RT-PCR. infant got tested yesterday but not received test results yet. can we still travel to Delhi?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Jagadeesh,

      Hope you and your family are doing well during these times. We would suggest you keep traveling to Delhi on hold until you do not receive the results of the RT-PCR test. For further details regarding the travel protocol, you can reach out to our customer service team which is available for you 24×7 @ 1-585-948-0222. Our travel agency will provide you with the right solution in addition to affordable flight tickets and hassle-free ticket booking services anytime.

      Warm Regards
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  182. Neha says:

    Hi, I am traveling from LA to AMD via Dubai with an Infant. I will have our RT-PCR test done within 72 hours prior to our flight. My question is will I be allowed home quarantine after that? or are there any additional restrictions for travelers flying via Dubai? Thanks.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Neha,

      Hope you are doing well! If the results of your RT-PCR report is negative, there would be no additional restrictions. The authorities at the airport might just suggest you for home quarantine. For further details regarding the travel protocols, you may reach out to our travel professionals @ 1-585-948-0222. Our travel agency will also assist you in booking cheap flight tickets from LA to AMD via Dubai. Also, let us know if we could help any further.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  183. rubal Singh says:

    Hi, I am traveling from Sfo to Del on sep 16th. Is it necessary to have an rt pcr with QR code on it? because even pharmacy like cvs and Walgreens doesn’t have a QR code on their results.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Rubal,

      Hope you are doing great! Yes, The Civil Aviation Ministry has made it mandatory for the passengers to carry negative RT-PCR test reports with QR codes. Also, this truly depends on the airline if they are accepting the report without a QR code. I suggest you consult with our travel experts @ 1-585-948-0222 before booking your flight tickets. Our team will not only assist you with the right process but will also help your find cheaper airfares.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  184. Shrikant says:

    Hi the 7 year old child need to have rt pcr test to go Mumbai before boarding flight from UK.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Shrikant,

      Yes, RT PCR Test is mandatory for all passengers travelling to India irrespective of their age. To confirm the travel regulations in detail, you can drop a line @ 1-585-948-0222 to our travel experts. Our team will also help in getting you cheaper air tickets.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  185. Srinath Dodda says:

    Hi, we are travelling to India from USA on September 14th. The route is from chicago-Delhi-Hyderabad. Is it compulsory to provide negative RT-PCR test report before boarding the flight? Can I take the test at Delhi airport? Also, I see everyone in USA providing PCR molecular lab test report not RTPCR report. What is the difference between PCR and RTPCR report? Does Air India accepts PCR molecular lab test report? Thank you

    1. admin says:

      Hi Srinath,

      Air India suggests RTPCR/ True Nat/CBNAA T (including GeneXpert) tests for travelling around. It is better to have an RT PCR report taken within 48 to 72 hours before travelling to India from the USA. It’s well and good if you have the latest report in your hand otherwise one of the mentioned tests will be done during the entry at the airport. Anyways you have to get the test done, so why not RTPCR! We suggest you go with a hassle-free solution.

      Hope you a safe journey!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Mayank Gupta says:

      Hi, I am travelling with a 3 year old and infant to New Delhi in October. Could you please let me know if I the children have to take PCR test as well before travelling to India?

      Thanks

      1. admin says:

        Hi Mayank,

        Greetings of the day! RT-PCR test is mandatory for all passengers irrespective of their age. The policies also matter from airline to airline and to confirm the same you can get in touch with our travel experts @ 1-585-948-0222. Our customer support team will help you with the right process in addition to providing you with cheaper tickets to India.

        Warm Regards,
        Team MyTicketsToIndia

  186. Nina says:

    Grandparents are traveling from SFO TO AHMD via Dubai. They are full vaccinated with vaccine cards Do they require negative RT-PCR test still or Will normal PCR test work for arrival to Ahmedabad airport?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Nina,

      Hope you are doing well! Regarding your query, we cannot be so sure if the RT-PCR test will be done even if your grandparents carry vaccine cards. This truly depends on airline policy. We recommend you get in touch with the respective airline or call our travel experts @ 1-585-948-0222. Our travel agency will assist you with the right solution in addition to affordable flight tickets and hassle free ticket booking services.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  187. Nilu says:

    Can normal PCR TEST work or does it have to be RT-PCR?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Nilu,

      Hope you are doing well! Most airlines prefer the RT-PCR taken within 48 to 72 hours before travelling to a specific destination. We suggest you go through your respective airline’s policy if you’ve already got your tickets booked. Or you may get in touch with our travel experts @ 1-585-948-0222. They will not only guide you with the right process but will also help you with easy flight booking services.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  188. Kartik says:

    Hi, I will be travelling from Sydney to Chennai via Doha. Do we need to take PCR test 72 hours before departure and upload to Suvidha portal and also do self declaration? Kids from what age need to take PCR test ? On arrival at chennai airport will there be any PCR tests again done?

    1. admin says:

      It is indeed necessary to take an RT PCR Test 72 hours prior to the departure of your flight from Sydney. Then the test must be uploaded to the Suvidha Portal with the self-declaration form. The RT PCR test can be used on infants and children of all age groups. On arrival at the Chennai Airport, an RT PCR test will be carried out. For further information, you can always contact our diligent travel experts that are readily available 24×7 to solve every query of yours. Stay connected with MyTicketsToIndia to make every journey of yours comfortable and memorable.

  189. Bannya Chatterjee says:

    Hello, I need to travel to Kolkata, India from USA for business. I am fully vaccinated with Moderna vaccine. What do I need to know before I book my tickets. Thank you.

    1. admin says:

      Before booking your flight tickets to Kolkata, it is important for you to know that you should to carry a negative RT-PCR test report that was conducted within 96 hrs prior to your departure. If you will be travelling on a direct international flight, you are not required to show RT-PCR test reports. But, it is obligatory for all passengers arriving in India to submit a self-declaration form on the website- https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration, at least 72 hours before their departure date. Besides, you should have the Aarogya Setu App downloaded on your mobile phone. For further details, you can contact our highly-professional travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your minutest query. Now, if your looking for cheap flight tickets to India from USA, get connected with MyTicketsToIndia. We provide bumper deals and offers on flights to India from USA.

  190. Alok Garg says:

    I am coming from Edinburgh, Scotland to Delhi. I am an Indian citizen, fully vaccinated. What are the prior departure formalities to be completed and quarantine rules at Delhi at present.

    1. admin says:

      To know about the quarantine formalities that you need to follow prior to your departure, please check out the link- https://www.myticketstoindia.com/travel-news/state-wise-quarantine-guidelines-for-people-itinerating-from-usa-to-india/. This page has an in-depth detail on the quarantine guidelines and obligations that every passenger travelling from any country should mandatorily follow. For further details you can contact our diligent travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your every query. Stay connected with MyTicketsToIndia for a comfortable and hassle-free journey.

  191. Tigress007 says:

    I am from England, UK and fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca – I am travelling to BLR in four days and I am wondering what are the requirements to enter India with an Indian passport during COVID-19? What are the procedures that will occur upon arrival? Do I have to quarantine in India?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. admin says:

      Please check out the link- https://www.myticketstoindia.com/travel-news/state-wise-quarantine-guidelines-for-people-itinerating-from-usa-to-india/, to know about the procedure that will occur upon your arrival from UK or any other country. This page has an in-depth detail on the quarantine guidelines and obligations that every passenger travelling from any country should mandatorily follow. For further details you can contact our diligent travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your every query. Stay connected with MyTicketsToIndia for a comfortable and hassle-free journey.

  192. Shiva says:

    Hello,
    I am flying from SFO to Mumbai next week. Its a direct flight to Delhi and then connecting flight to Mumbai.
    I have important visa interview date next week, is there a way to avoid 7 days mandatory quarantine so that i can go for my visa interview?
    Very difficult to get the interciew dates so i cannot miss it.

    I thought my flight is not coming through Middle east or UK so i dont have to quarantine. Can you please guide? Thank u

    1. admin says:

      Mandatory institutional quarantine is only for those passengers who test positive for COVID. Besides, you can request the associated authorities of your hometown to allow you to go for the VISA interview and provide an exemption from quarantine restrictions. For more details, you can contact our travel experts who are available 24*7 to help you with the minutest query. Get connected with MyTicketsToIndia and enjoy a comfortable journey ahead.

  193. Prashant says:

    I am planning to travel from Zurich to Mumbai via Amsterdam on 23rd August. I am fully covid vaccinated and have the vaccination certificate. Do i still need a negative PCR test before I start my travel?

  194. Yash says:

    I am from Usa and fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine. I am planning to travel to Delhi in first week of September with Qatar Airways. What are the requirements at Doha for transit passenger and at Delhi airport. What are quarantine requirements at Delhi airport presently.
    Thanks

    1. admin says:

      While traveling through the State of Qatar (Transit), you must present a PCR test certificate before traveling, valid for 72 hours from arrival. Talking about Delhi airport, you will have to upload the latest negative RT-PCR reports on Air Suvidha Portal. The test should be taken within 72 hours before departure. Also, the passengers coming from the USA are required to quarantine themselves for 7 days at government-designated hotels in Delhi. Now, if you are looking forward to book flights to India, get connected with MyTicketsToIndia. We provide bumper deals and discounts on flights from the USA to India. We also have a team of highly professional travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your every query.

  195. Ashwini says:

    I’m fully vaccinated and I got covid positive in pcr test before travelling to India and now after quarentine again I got positive and ireland government is issuing an covid certificate for those people who got positive after their quarantine. With this I can travel from Ireland but is it acceptable in bangalore Airport and what are the options or consequences I’m going to face here and in case if they do rt pcr test again if I get positive then I need to do quarantine at home or in the hotel l.

    1. admin says:

      Suppose you get COVID positive RT-PCR test reports on arrival. In that case, you will be sent to institutional quarantine for additional screening and may remain there or be granted home quarantine on a case-by-case basis. For further details, you can also contact our diligent travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your every query. Get connected to MyTicketsToIndia and enjoy a comfortable journey ahead.

  196. Nandhyni says:

    Is RT PCR mandatory for 11 months old baby travelling to India from Canada

    1. admin says:

      Yes, all passengers including children and infants are required to upload the latest COVID-19 negative RT-PCR reports on Air Suvidha Portal, before travelling to India. Also, the test should have been taken within 72 hours prior to the departure. For further details, you can contact our efficient travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your every query. Get connected with MyTicketsToIndia and enjoy a hassle-free journey.

  197. Bhaskar K says:

    Wife vaccinated with 2 shots of Pfizer and travelling to Hyderabad, India with my 3 year old daughter . They are travelling via Doha and has a layover of 14 hrs there.Can you let me know the current travel requirements from Australia to Sydney

    1. admin says:

      We would like to know whether you are asking for the transit requirements for Doha or travel requirements for Sydney. The question is not getting clear to us. It would be conducive to us if you can elaborate on the same to guide you properly. Besides, you can even give us a call to get your query resolved. MyTicketsToIndia has a team of efficient travel experts who are available 24*7 to help you with your every question.

  198. Shailja says:

    Is RT PCR mandatory for kids under 10 traveling to India from UK.
    Thank you

    1. admin says:

      Yes, RT-PCR test is mandatory for children below the age of 10. Also, the test should be taken within 72 hours before departure. Now, if you are planning to book flights from UK to India, you can contact our diligent travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your minutest query and make your travel easy. Just get connected with MyTicketsToIndia and enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free journey to India.

    2. admin says:

      Yes, RT-PCR test is mandatory for children below the age of 10. Also, the test should be taken within 72 hours before departure. Now, if you are planning to book flights from UK to India, you can contact our diligent travel experts who are available 24*7 to solve your minutest query and make your travel easy. Just get connected to MyTicketsToIndia and enjoy a comfortable journey to India.

  199. POOJYA says:

    Hello – My wife is planning to travel from Chicago to Hyderabad. We are planning to take route of Abu Dhabi as transit (Chicago – Abu Dhabi(transit) – Hyderabad) .. Wife is on H4 visa .. child is US born kid.. is this route allowed or eligible by Ind Govt?? please advise.

    1. admin says:

      Yes, you can travel to Hyderabad from Chicago. And, as you are transiting through UAE to India, you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test report before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Now, if you are looking to book flights to Hyderabad, you can get connected with MyTicketsToIndia. We provide the best offers and discounts on flights from Chicago to Hyderabad. Our highly efficient travel experts work 24*7 to solve your every query. You just need to give us a call and enjoy a comfortable journey ahead.

  200. Kamalesh says:

    Hi – I am travelling with family (Wife and 5 years old son) to India on first week of September, 2021 from Norway to Kolkata. My route from OSLO > Frankfurt > New Delhi > Kolkata . Questions are,
    a. Does our 5 years old son need to be gone through PCR test within 72 hours board of flight ?
    b. Do we have to go through PCR test once again in New Delhi Airports ?

    Thanks in advance
    Kamalesh

    1. admin says:

      You will get detailed information about the flights flying from Norway to Kolkata and also get to know about the different COVID guidelines followed in various countries, with MyTicketsToIndia. You just need to contact us at 1-585-948-0222. Our travel experts are 24*7 available to solve your minutest query. We are just a call away!

  201. Ahmed Shaikh says:

    Do fully vaccinated passengers from US to India needs RT-PCR test.

    1. admin says:

      The government of India may soon allow the passengers who have taken both shots of the approved vaccine, to travel from USA to India, without an RT-PCR test. The discussion regarding the same has been led by the government.

  202. Ramamurthi sridhar says:

    I am planning to travel to India on 7th July and I have planned to take thr rt pcr test on 5th July. In case I do not receive the result before boarding what should I do

  203. Vali says:

    I am travelling to chennai on 1 st july from kuwait. I have already vaccinated. Can I need to carry pcr result . I heard that in Chennai airport their is a facility to do pcr. Pls reply

  204. Japneet singh says:

    Is it mandatory Covd Test for child below 10 years while Traveling to india from Azerbaijan Via Dubai / Doha

  205. Vijay Thakur says:

    Hi, If a person who has taken both the doses of covid vaccine one month back need to undergo RTPCT test while flying to india from Europe.
    Can vaccine certificate do not replace the RTPCT testing while travelling to india.

    Pls respond. Or is it mandatory to do RTPCT test.

  206. Dolly chowdhuru says:

    Hi On more questions. Please reply. Travelling dt 3th August 2021 Kolkata airport qatar ways we want to know. I am covid 19 test on testing lab 31. O7. 2021. because 72hours time boarding pass issue to destination Atlanta usa. Whout any problem. I am reached Atlanta usa ?

  207. Dolly chowdhury says:

    I ll be travelling from kolkats to Atlanta usa. On 3th august 2021 and will taking the RT PCR test on 31 07 2021 (july) since i will be landing in atlanta on the evining 3th august 2021 usa (Tuesday) i am concerned whether the covid test certificate will still be valid given the reduced time ( 72 hours) prior to travel. Please inform

  208. Manash chowdhury says:

    Travelling dt 3th August 2021 morring at 3.40am Tuesday. 72 hours will be calculated between the test date and departure form kolkata airport to destination usa Atlanta. Covid RT PCR test timle not recived . Accordingly boarding pass not issue without test report. Please gide line and advice me what do you suggest.we should do.waiting for your reply Thank you

  209. Asif says:

    SARS-CoV-2 test is acceptable or not? Its nasal swab test. Travelling from USA

  210. Amit says:

    For kids under 12 years, is institutional querntine mandatory if traveling from UK to Mumbai. Accompanying parent had received both the doses of vaccine and will be exempted from institutional querntine in Mumbai.

  211. Ajeet panwar says:

    Hello All,

    I would be travelling from Austin- newark-Delhi an a single PNR.
    In Air suvidha form;
    What should be my city of origin ? Austin OR Newark
    What flight number should be mentioned ? Austin to newark OR Newark to Delhi
    72 hours will be calculated between the test date and departure from Austin or departure from Newark ?

    I hope I am clear with my questions.

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Ajeet,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. While you are super clear with your questions, the answers have more than one dimension to cater to. We, therefore, request you to give us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 for crystal clarity. You can also join the live chat (you’ll find the chatbox towards your right) and a travel expert will guide you through the nitty-gritty of it all.

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  212. Ash says:

    I am trying to travel to from US to India and trying to get the COVID testing done. However, the clinics here seems to have only the rapid antigen testing and the PCR testing. Do you know if the PCR testing offered here is the same as the RT-PCR test required for entry to India?

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Ash,

      Our travel agents get queries like these on a regular basis. They will share the experiences of their clients and resolve your queries in a jiffy. All you need to do is give us a call or join the live chat. This way we’ll be able to help you better.

      Warm Regards,
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  213. Mathur says:

    Me and my wife are going back to India after our 1.5 month stay in the USA. Our Flight is on Tuesday but we can’t do the RT-PCR test done within 72 hours (Sunday and Monday) because we won’t get the results on time. We have a conneting flight from Delhi to Mumbai so we can’t get the test done at the airport too. What do you suggest we should do? Thanks for your time!

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Mathur ji,

      We feel that our travel experts will be able to guide you better. Kindly give us a call @ 1-585-948-0222 or join the live chat (you’ll find the chatbox towards your right) so we can help you better.

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  214. Chioma says:

    I am travelling with my 3year old son ,does he also need a PCR test to get into Mumbai.

  215. Ankita singh says:

    Hi
    I am traveling to india from switzerland . We are little confused about the RT-PCR test that it is mandatory for 5-6 year old kids . They have to carry a corona negative report or not . Please let me know it is compulsory on Delhi international airport that 5-6 year old kids must have a corona negative report

  216. Jag says:

    Hi,

    I learnt now that i have to take test 72 hours prior to departure and present results for exemption, but somewhere i also read that I have to take test within 72hours prior to departure of USA to India flight, can anyone confirm this thing?

    Also where do we have to stay for quarantine 7 days?

  217. Suresh Shah says:

    Hi,, I am a 70 years old person and like to go to India from Winnipeg via Toronto. I would like to get done rt pcr test at Delhi airport. My question is that – during which time before boarding at Toronto airport I can book a slot for rt pcr test to be done at delhi airport? Is there any cut off time for booking of slot before repeat before boarding at Toronto?

  218. vincent says:

    Hi, I have a question – I have come to US for 3 weeks, now to return back to India I need to get the RT PCR test done can you suggest me if there are any testing centres which does the test free of cost, near Baltimore

  219. Param says:

    Hi,

    I am travelling from Tallinn, Estonia to Newdelhi and then Newdelhi to Madurai with my 6 month old toddler and 4 years old kid. Do I need to take test for my toddler and kid?

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Param,

      No, you don’t need to. While different airlines have different criteria, kids below 7 don’t need to take the RT-PCR test as stated by most of the airlines. Hope this helps.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  220. Pankaj kumar says:

    Hi, thank you for giving valuable information to all the people who are seeking;

    I have a Quick question :
    I am travelling with my wife and 8 month baby to Delhi airport.

    Under the exemption categories: do we both as parents can get exemption ?

  221. abishek says:

    Hello,
    The information is good and useful, there are a lot of confusions when a person is travelling in covid 19 pandemic
    Thank you.

  222. ekta patel says:

    hi my question is if i m going india gujarat on june 2021 so where i get covid test in vancouver n how,where n process time n etc ? i m confused

  223. Deepak Sharma says:

    Hi Team,
    I have booked my flight from Tickets to India. My question is :-
    Do I need to fill my 2.5 year and 1 year child’s details for exemption and apply for Air Suvidha as they won’t be doing Covid test?

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Deepak,

      Yes, you will have to fill in the details of your kids for the exemption. Hope this clarifies. For any further clarification, feel free to give us a call on our toll-free number 1-844-444-3067.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  224. Kavish Shaikh says:

    Thanks for the detailed explanation.

    I have an air India flight from Vancouver – Delhi – Mumbai. I am not getting any appointment in Vancouver to get my RT-PCR test done within 48 hours of flight departure from Vancouver.
    My Question, will Air India allow me to board the flight from Vancouver without the negative RT-PCR report? which also implies that I will need to get the test done at Delhi airport or I am exempt from it since I am taking a direct flight from Canada(Vancouver) to India(Delhi)?

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Kavish,

      This depends on your flight number. Kindly share the same so we can guide you further. You can do that either by giving us a call on our toll-free number 1-844-444-3067 or by joining the live chat. We look forward to assisting you well.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  225. Shraddha says:

    Hi Team,

    We are planning to travel india from New Jersey along with my 2 kids both are under 10. when we are going for Rt-pcr test none of the laboratory providing result within 4-5 days and not providing any proof of test taken. Now my question is that how can we apply exemption without any test result or test taken proof. Any help is appreciated. Thanks I’m Advance

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Shraddha,

      There are 5 categories in total for international passengers to seek exemption-
      1. COVID negative in recent RT-PCR test (Conducted 72 hours prior to the journey.)
      2. Pregnant women
      3. Death in the family
      4. Serious illness (Description to be provided)
      5. Parents accompanied by children below 10 years

      You will fall under the fifth category so you ideally don’t need to take the RT-PCR test. However, if the airline you travel with demands the same, nothing can be done.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  226. MRP says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THIS INFO… IT HELPED ME FIGURE OUT THINGS QUICK AND ABLE TO TRAVEL INDIA

  227. JD says:

    Traveling from Ahmedabad to Newark on 22nd Dec through Delhi. Do I need present RT-PCR test at Ahmedabad or Delhi airport before boarding the flight?

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Jay,

      Kindly go through this blog – Can I Book India to USA Flights & Is COVID Test Required? – and we are sure it’ll resolve all your queries.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  228. Dev says:

    Hi, Can someone tell me the difference between PCR and RT-PCR test results? I have called 3 labs where I am doing testing for my flight. They offer PCR results. Is this ok? Or must it be RT-PCR? Any help is appreciated.

    1. hashish says:

      I have same question. I am travelling next month. Did you take PCR test and were you exempted?

      1. Murali says:

        RT_PCR is a kind of PCR test. COVID-19 virus is a RNA virus, so the RNA will be converted to DNA using an enzyme called Reverse Transcriptase (RT) followed by the PCR test.

  229. Vijay says:

    I am traveling from oman to India chennai with my pregnant wife and 3 year old daughter on 9-Jan-21. I am going to take PCR test. should i take PCR test for my wife and daughter?

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Vijay,

      Your daughter doesn’t have to. And your wife will fall under the exemption category. However, nothing can be done in case the airline you travel with demands the same. Well, even in that case, your daughter won’t have to undergo the RT-PCR test since all airlines give exemption to kids up to 8-10 years (varies with each airline).

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. preet says:

      Sir
      I need to go Port Blair on 04.01.2021, with my wife and 3 years old daughter.
      Do I need to get RT PCR done for my kid also?

  230. Swaminathan says:

    Hi, My mom is traveling from Chennai to Michigan on December 16, 2020 in Air India and Delta. Her flight will be from Chennai, to New Delhi, to Michigan. ls she need to present the RT-PCR test result at Chennai, or at New Delhi, before she can board her flight to start her journey to USA?

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Swaminathan ji,

      It won’t be required. For further details, kindly go through our blog – Can I Book USA to India Flights & Is COVID Test Required. We hope this answers your questions.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  231. Matthew says:

    Hi, Me traveling with my wife and one year old baby from Tokyo to Delhi then connect to Bangalore as a destination in Air India. Do we all need to Take a PCR Negative Test before 72 hours of departure? Or just need to fill the exemption and self declaration form only? Please make it clear. Thank you

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Matthew,

      The exemption and self-declaration form will suffice. However, please note that airline policies matter a great deal. Kindly confirm the requirement with the airline you have planned to go ahead with. You and your wife will need to get the RT-PCR test done if the airline policies demand the same.

      Warm regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  232. G Venkat says:

    Hi I am planing to travel India Dubai to hyderabad and Rajahmundry, in this case PCR test is enough to change the international flights to domestic flights
    Please advise

  233. Rajul Lakhotia says:

    Hi, I am travelling to the United Kingdom in the second week of December. Do I need to get PCR tested before flying from Delhi Airport or for entering the United Kingdom

  234. Khushboo jain says:

    Hey, I am traveling to India on the 12th of December,2020. My flight is Washington-Newark-New Delhi.
    So for the 72hours limit will my departure time from Washington (I.e 4pm) be considered or will my departure time from Newark (I.e 9pm) be considered?

  235. Riya says:

    Hi, I plan to travel to Mumbai from Amsterdam via London in the second week of December, will I need to take the PCR test to get an exemption from the institutional quarantine? and as mentioned above I can get it done in Mumbai airport- in that case, do I still need to fill in the exemption and self-declaration form online prior to departure?

  236. Hilpeshkumar Pravincumar says:

    Hello i am arriving Mumbai at Monday Morning from London i will get NHS Negetive Test reports will it works at Mumbai airport?

  237. Ramya khasnis says:

    I have to travel to India. From Nj. To Bangalore. Which is safest airline.? Can I travel with my 2 year old who is oci holder

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Ramya,

      For options regarding the best airlines, kindly give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067. One of our travel experts will run you through the details.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  238. Sandeep says:

    Hi team,
    My wife and my 8 months old son travelling to Hyderabad India from New Zealand thro Dubai with Emirates. My wife getting Covid test before boarding but does my son need a covid test as well? Please advise.
    Thank you.

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Sandeep,

      Children under 12 years old and passengers with moderate or severe disabilities do not have to take the RT-PCR test to travel or connect through Dubai. We hope this clarifies. For any further queries, get in touch with us by giving us a call @ 1-844-444-3067.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  239. Harish Kingre says:

    I will be traveling with my 11-year-old daughter, and we need to take a domestic flight. I am going for an RT-PCR negative test before the travel, but should my Daughter also need to go for it?

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Harish,

      According to guidelines given by Emirates, children under 12 years old and passengers with moderate or severe disabilities do not have to take the test to travel or connect through Dubai. However, if we go by general guidelines, children below 10 years don’t need the test. Since we don’t know which airline you are flying with, we’ll request you to give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 so we can help you better.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  240. Dorjee says:

    Hello,

    I know this question has been asked multiple times but there seems to be confusion as to wether or not PCR will be required upon arrival. (in my case, Delhi) My wife, 2 year old daughter and I will be traveling from Boston to Delhi soon. Will we all have to take the PCR test to show we are negative upon arrival into New Delhi? Air India website suggests nothing of exemption of parents traveling with an under 10 child. Only states that and I quote “RT-PCR test is not required for passengers travelling on international flights to India ondirect flights and also not required for passengers who do not wish to seek exemption frominstitutional quarantine.“ From what you are answering so far regarding 10&under family travelers would fall under seeking exemption would it not. Would it be better to book a direct flight and would there still be risk of mandatory PCR on arrival in Delhi? Please clarify if possible. Thank you.

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Dorjee,

      RT-PCR tests are supposed to be taken 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight. If you are traveling with your 10-year old, you will indeed have to fill the exemption form. So, to answer your question- Yes, it will fall under seeking exemption. If you fly with airlines like Air India and United, direct flights will be a better option since carrying RT-PCR tests isn’t required. However, if you fly with Emirates or certain other airlines, you will need RT-PCR even if it’s a direct flight.

      For further clarification (since every day brings with it a new alteration in the rules), give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll love to help you out!

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToindia

  241. Raushan Kumar says:

    Hi, If i am not able to get covid test result the time i arrived at Delhi airport do i have to go fro institutional quarantine or i can get tested at Delhi airport again since on official site it says if you have not get tested before for covid than i can get tested at Delhi airport?Please let me know.
    Thank you.

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Raushan,

      No, you wouldn’t have to undergo the compulsory institutional quarantine as you can take the test at the Delhi Airport itself. We wish you a safe journey. 🙂

      If you have any other queries, feel free to give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  242. Rajan says:

    I am travelling to India December 1st week with my pregnant wife. I am sure my wife will get the quarantine exemption. Whether I will also get the excemption? , since I am travelling with her. Thank you.

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Rajan,

      We are sorry but it’s unlikely for you to get an exemption just because you’ll be traveling with her. However, if you get the RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior to the flight’s departure or at the Delhi or Mumbai Airport after landing, you can seek exemption easily.

      Warm regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  243. Siddharth says:

    Hi,

    I have a booked to travel to India on Dec 31, 2020 from Washington DC arriving in Mumbai on January 2. Then I have a separate connecting flight to Indore the same day. My return flight from Indore is on Jan 9. I will coming with a negative RT-PCR test with in 72 hours of departure.

    Will there be a problem with such a short stay? I don’t want to get stuck, I would rather cancel the whole trip

    1. Heena says:

      Hello Siddharth,

      There will absolutely be no problem with such a short stay. Indore has 7 days of home quarantine as per the guidelines but if you carry the negative RT-PCR test, you will encounter no issues at all. This is because while home quarantine is suggested, it is not compulsory if you carry the negative RT-PCR report.

      Don’t worry; you won’t be stuck. We wish you a great journey! Stay safe.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  244. mikpp vashi says:

    I am traveling to India on Dec 2, from Miami. I am a 50 year old, returning to my home. I will land in Mumbai, what do I need for covid related things ? Thank YOu

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello,

      Kindly go through this blog on International Travel Guidelines for USA to India During Covid-19 and we are sure this will answer most of your questions. For any further queries, kindly get in touch with us at 1-844-444-3067.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  245. Saleem says:

    Me and My wife is travelling to New Delhi from New York with 4 year old Kid. Me and My wife is travelling on Different Itenary but on a same flight. My Kid is added to My Wife Itenary. We are going to do covid test before we travel but if the result dont come on time can we file exemption under the 5 category ? do they consider me in exemption or only my wife and kid because we have different itenary

    1. Heena Ganotra says:

      Hello Saleem,

      Would you mind giving us a call @ 1-844-444-3067? There are certain things you should know and our travel experts will run you through them.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Heena says:

      Hello Saleem,

      It’s unlikely for you to seek an exemption if you have a different itinerary. However, if you happen to produce the certificates, the officials might grant you the same. But then again, it’s dicey. We really wish that your RT-PCR tests come in time so your travel is smooth.

      If you have any other queries or want to find a way out, give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  246. Hiren patel says:

    i am(me and my wife) traveling from usa to delhi with a 9.5 year old daughter by air india flight, to avoid institutional and home quarantine, do we all need to have a PCR test done? or my 9.5 year old daughter RT-pcr is required for this?, also, is the guidance to take the test within 72 hours of the departure flight time?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Hiren,

      You will not need the RT-PCR test but the exemption form since your daughter is below 10. However, you’ll have to confirm the guidelines of the airline you decide to go ahead with. If you happen to take the test, it is 72 hours of the flight’s scheduled departure.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  247. vivek says:

    travelling from London to Delhi with a 5 year old, to avoid institutional and home quarantine, do we all need to have a PCR test done? also, is the guidance to take the test within 72 hours of the departure flight time? or can we take the test any time 3 days before?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Vivek,

      No, you won’t have to. Since you are traveling with a 5-year old kid, you will only need to fill the exemption form. However, check with the airline you have booked. Certain airlines have strict criteria and allow travelers to board flights only if they have an RT-PCR test.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  248. Pete says:

    Hi, I will be returning from Chennai to Chicago on January 15 2021. My flight will be from Chennai, to New Delhi, to Chicago. Will I need to present the RT-PCR test result at Chennai, or at New Delhi, before I can board my flight to start my journey back to the USA? Thanks for your help.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Pete,

      No, you won’t need to carry the test. Kindly give this blog a read. This will solve most of your questions.

  249. Dhinesh says:

    Hi, I am travelling from Chicago to Chennai on 30dec2020 on Emirates. I see the 96 hrs covid test requirement. Is it calculated from the time I would reach chennai or from the time I depart from USA. Thanks for the help

    1. admin says:

      Hello Dhinesh,

      The time has reduced to 72 hours and yes, it’s from the scheduled departure of your flight.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Poonam Advani says:

        Hello,
        Is the 72 hours clause from scheduled departure of international flight or from 1st airport ? I have a domestic connection in USA before I take the international plane? Please advise.

        1. Heena says:

          Hello Poonam ji,

          This 72-hour time frame is from the scheduled departure of your first flight i.e. the flight taking off from the first airport.

          Here’s wishing you a happy and safe journey.

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

  250. Brett says:

    Hi, We are travelling from Heathrow to Goa on the 29/11/20, I understand that we have to get the RT-PCR test 72 hours before, but is this before departure or arrival time? thanks

    1. admin says:

      Hello Brett,

      It is 72 hours from the scheduled departure of your flight.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  251. SURENDER KUMAR DHIMAN says:

    Hi, Me and my wife are traveling to Mumbai on 15/12/2020. We are getting RT PCR test on 11/12/2020 as 12/13 dec, are holidays and they take 3-4 days for report. Will this report be acceptable at Mumbai airport. We will be landing in Mumbai at 12.45 am on 17/12/2020. Thanks.

  252. SURENDER KUMAR DHIMAN says:

    Hi, I am traveling to Mumbai from USA via Amsterdum on 15 th Dec,2020., along with my wife. We are getting Covid (RT-PCR)Testing on 11-12-2020 as 12/13 Dec, 2020, are Saturday and Sunday and it takes 3-4 days for report. Would that report be acceptable by the authorities.. In the alternate can we have testing at Mumbai. Pl respond.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Surender ji,

      The whole idea behind the testing being reduced to 72 hours is to limit the travel. While the test wouldn’t stand valid, you can definitely have the testing at the Mumbai airport. For further updates, kindly give a call @ 1-844-444-3067.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  253. ingrid says:

    I am travelling to India from Heathrow on the 23rd, I am going by road to Pune, do I still need to do the RTPCR test as it is very far and very inconvenient in London. Ibelieve I can still travel to Pune by road and do home quarantine? thanks

    1. admin says:

      Hello Ingrid,

      It depends on the city you land after boarding your flights. You might still be asked to undergo institutional quarantine. For any further clarification, give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  254. KAMAL says:

    Hi, I am traveling to Mumbai by AI on 29 November transit in Delhi. Both flights are by AI and under one PNR with transit time 1.5 hours. Luggage will be transferred directly. Immigration will be done in Mumbai. I intend to do Corona test in Mumbai airport. Is this OK

    1. admin says:

      Hello Kamal,

      Your query will be best handled by our travel experts. Kindly give them a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and they’ll love to help you out.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  255. Sanjana says:

    I’ll be traveling from San Francisco to Mumbai on 23rd November and will be taking the RT PCR test on the 21st of November. Since I will be landing in India on the 24th I’m concerned whether the covid test certificate will still be valid given the reduced time (72hours)prior to travel. Thank you

    1. admin says:

      Hello Sanjana,

      It will very well be valid. 🙂 Have a safe journey.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicktetsToIndia

  256. Dilip Kumar says:

    Hi, We are travelling from DXB to BLR and BLR to BBI via connecting flight on 20 Nov. My Wife and I will carry RT-PCR negative report from Dubai. We have one 2 years child who will be travelling as well. Do we need to have a RT-PCR test for child as well; for taking connection flight to BBI ? Please advise.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Dilip,

      It depends on the airline you choose since certain airlines have very strict policies. Kindly give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll love to help you out with the details.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  257. Jatinder singh says:

    Hi dear,my mother Id travelling back to AMRITSAR (PUNJAB) from London. Flight is direct from London to AMRITSAR . Is RT-PCR TEST mandatory before flight and to skip institutional quarantine. Thanks

  258. Vijayashree says:

    Hi, Thanks for the carefully curated article. We are going to travel from DXB to Delhi and then to MAA after 9 days with a 2 year old kid. Do we need negative test to travel from Delhi to Chennai after 9 days from when we arrived from Dubai? Can the grand parent of the child accompanying us be also fall under the exemption in this case? please help!

    1. admin says:

      Hello Vijayshree,

      While parents are exempted under ‘having kids below 10 years’ category, the grandparents aren’t. Plus, different airlines have different policies. If you are flying with Emirates or Etihad, you will anyway have to carry the RT-PCR test even if you fall under any of the exempted categories. Unless we know your whole situation, helping you out will be a tad bit difficult. Kindly give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and one of the travel executives will help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToindia

  259. Rajiv Pandey says:

    Good Evening, I have booked ticket to fly from Salt Lake city to Mumbai on March 22nd 2021. I will be flying with my parents and my wife and my three kids who all are under 6 years old. I will be flying by United Airlines. Does my parents and me and my wife need the COVID-19 RT-PCR test or not as we have kids traveling with us.
    Thank You,
    Rajiv.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Rajiv,

      RT-PCR tests are needed to be taken 96 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. Since your travel date is pretty far, we are anticipating major changes by that time. In any case, you don’t need to carry the RT-PCR test because you’ll be exempted under ‘having kids below 10 years’ category. However, you’ll have to fill the exemption form.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  260. Gurwinder Singh says:

    Hi there, Thanks for sharing all the great information on this site. I’m travelling from Vancouver to Delhi direct via Air Canada. Is there a need for a RT-PCR test?

  261. Rajesh says:

    Hello, I will be travelling to India from USA for 7 days with a 6 year old child. I am take an exception in category “Travelling with 10 year under child”, would I still qualify for exception as I wouldn’t be able to home quarantine for 14 days since I am returning in just 7 days?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Rajesh,

      Yes, you will be. For further details, kindly give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll love to run you through details.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  262. Vinod Vijayan says:

    Hi,

    I am travelling on a direct flight from London to Bangalore. Do I need an RT-PCR test? Will institutional quarantine apply to me?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Vinod,

      The rules for Bangalore quarantine say – “All symptomatic passengers shall be shifted to COVID Care Center for further tests. If the result is positive, passengers shall be shifted to Dedicated COVID Hospital. If the result is negative, passengers shall be sent to Home Quarantine to complete the remaining quarantine period of 14 days.” Plus, whether or not you need to carry the RT-PCR test depends a great deal on the airline with which you are going forth.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyticketsToIndia

  263. Kiran says:

    Traveling to Mumbai via Delhi on Nov 12 with 5 year old child. My exemption request was rejected. Response from authority says my wife and I need the negative RT PCR test. It’s weird these rules!

    1. admin says:

      Hello Kiran,

      We are sorry about that. We’ve been witnessing these rules being bent ourselves. It’s strange indeed. But it’s good that Delhi has the COVID-19 testing set-up ready at the airport. 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

    2. Pankaj kumar says:

      Same this happened with us, I’m guessing because we have applied for exemption way before the 72hour of departure.

  264. aditya ArorA says:

    Hi,
    I am travelling to India on Sunday morning from prague but I have my PCR test appointment on Friday 6th Nov. So how can i fill the exemption form 76 hou
    rs before when I did not even went for the test yet.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Aditya,

      The RT-PCR test is supposed to be taken 96 hours before the departure date. Since that’s not happening, our travel experts can help you out with a possible solution. Kindly give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 or 1-855-675-0648 and we’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  265. Pallavi says:

    Hi,
    Im a pregnant woman whos planning to travel to Bangalore from Frankfurt.

    1) If doctor’s letter is in german,is it valid for quarantine exemption?
    2) Am I allowed to take domestic flight from BLR to Tamilnadu on same day of arrival-if exemption is approved?

    Also, the Suvidha portal doesnt allow me to submit the form, if i select the port of entry as Bangalore saying “Exemption is not required for Bangalore” 🙁

    1. admin says:

      Hello Pallavi,

      While our travel experts will be able to handle the first query better (since they have tackled such cases before in detail), we are sure about the second. You will definitely be able to take your domestic flight on the same day if your exemption is approved.
      For further queries, kindly give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  266. Krunal says:

    Hi , i am travelling from toronto to ahmedabad via new delhi its an urgent condition so i dont have any time to take RT PCR test here in toronto but i already booked slot at delhi airport and my connecting flight to ahmedabad has 10 hrs hold so i have enough time to done with the testing and boarding the connecting flight right ? Please suggest if any other things i have to keep in mind

    1. admin says:

      Hello Krunal,

      Given the scenario, you won’t need to carry the RT-PCR test since you have a slot booked along with enough time for the other leg of your travel. We’ll recommend you Read this blog to double-check if you have everything in place. For any further queries, please don’t hesitate to give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  267. Ravi says:

    Hi , I am travelling from Toronto to Allahabad ( via Bangalore ). with my kids 4 years old and another one is 6 months old .. do I need to get RT-PCR test certificate for my kids ( they are very young )as well ?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Ravi,

      No. Neither you nor your kids need to get the RT-PCR test done as you’ll fall under the exemption category of having kids below 10 years of age. However, please note that you will need to fill the exemption form. For further queries, kindly get in touch with our travel experts by giving us a call @ 1-844-444-3067.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  268. Sahil says:

    I am planning to travel via direct United flight from SFO to DEL. In SF, I get NAAT test (which is not RT-PCR but loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay). Will the Delhi state gov, accept that test result for Covid19 negative certificate? Also, Do United have any restrictions to not let anyone board the flight without RT-PCR test report?

    1. admin says:

      Hello Sahil,

      The Delhi Govt. won’t accept NAAT Test. You will have to get the RT-PCR test done. For further queries, kindly give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll love to help you out.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  269. Dhruuv says:

    Hi Admin, Thank you for consolidating the information from various sources both Indian and International. I truly hope that this information is updated from time to time and day-to-day and is a source of truth whenever checked.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Dhruuv,

      Thank you for such a lovely and thought-provoking remark. Rest assured, the information that has been shared is updated and gets updated from time to time. However, now that you have exclusively mentioned it, we’ll be double careful of the same.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  270. Swetha says:

    Hi, I’m planning to travel to Hyderabad from Toronto with a transit in Dubai. Do I have to produce a negative PCTR certificate? Thanks.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Swetha,

      If you want to be exempted from the mandatory institutional quartine at the transit city in India, you will have to carry the RT-PCR test when taking a flight from Toronto. The other exemption categories are as follows –
      1.Pregnant women
      2.Suffered a death in the family
      3.Suffering from a serious illness (Description to be provided)
      4.Parents accompanied by children below 10 years
      5.Covid19 negative certificate (attach RT PCR test only).

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  271. Ashwani says:

    Hi,

    The answer to question “Is there a baggage allowance I need to comply with?” says that “For USA to India flights, one piece of hand baggage, not more than 7 kg, and 1 check-in baggage are allowed. After that, $250 is charged per bag.”

    I assume this, $250, mean the charge that airline takes for extract baggage and not something charged at Indian/destination airport, correct?

    Thank you
    A

    1. admin says:

      Hello Ashwani,

      You assumed it right. The $250 is what the airline charges for extra baggage. You’ll have to pay this upfront at the departure airport itself and not the Indian/destination airport.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  272. Ram Kumar says:

    Hi, My wife wants to visit Chennai for 2 weeks from San Francisco in December ’20. She wants to fly directly into Chennai from whichever connecting city (London/Dubai/…) and has NO plans for further domestic travel.
    I want to reconfirm what I read above that she DOES NOT require a negative RT-PCR test in the 96 hours prior to departure. Is that correct?
    Does she even need an exemption form from Suvidha @Delhi airport website?

    Thanks for your service.
    Ram

    1. admin says:

      Hello Ram,

      Currently, no airline is flying directly to Chennai except Emirates. But even this particular airline has a strict policy for passengers to carry RT-PCR tests. So, your wife will actually have to carry the test. Our travel experts can run you through the cities where RT-PCR tests aren’t required. One of them is Orissa. However, for further details, you can give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  273. Vineeta Dulhani says:

    Hello,

    I am planning to travel to Chhattisgarh state in India from Netherlands via Mumbai. As
    Chhattisgarh state does not have institution quarantine rules anymore, is RT-PCR negative report still required
    at Mumbai airport to allow me to board connecting domestic flight to Raipur in Chhattisgarh ?

    Regards,
    Vineeta Dulhani.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Vineeta,

      Yes. While there is no institutional quarantine in Chattisgarh, Mumbai still has that intact. If you want to escape the institutional quarantine at the transit city (which in this case is Mumbai), you’ll have to undergo the RT-PCR test. In case you have any other doubts, our travel experts will love to help you out. Just give us a call @ 1-844-444-3067 and we’ll take care of the rest.

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

  274. SUNIL KUMAR SRIVASTAVA says:

    I planned to go Houston ,USA ON 01 Nov 20 .Is RT PCR TEST mandatory for air journey

    1. admin says:

      Hello Sunil,

      While this blog deals with India travel, there are different rules for USA travel. And as per the CDC’s guidelines for USA travel, you should only consider getting yourself tested if you fall into the following categories:

      1. People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those have additional risk factors, such as older adults and individuals with underlying or chronic medical conditions
      2. People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
      3. People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department

      Please note that the CDC does not recommend everyone to get tested. For further clarification, please get in touch with one of our travel experts by giving a call @ 1-844-444-3067.

      1. misbahsami says:

        hi sir, well i am going to travelling from qatar to india in the month of 18th April in 2022 should i required PCR test and cause only i had taken only 2 dose vaccinated

  275. abishek says:

    Hello,
    The information about RT-PCR Test to detectcovid 19 is helpful and it is useful to stop spread of virus.
    Thank You.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Abhishek,

      Thank you so much for taking out the time to go through the piece. Our main motive behind this was to help readers like you and your kind words have gladdened us to extremes.

      Warm Regards,
      MyTicketsToIndia