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Covid-19 quarantine rules across Indian states and cities

12 Aug 2020 by Business Traveller India
Indian aviation

India’s domestic and international travel operations are being guarded and guided by strict safety measures. Different states and cities have announced different quarantine rules for passenger arrivals.

Here’s a curated list of some travel protocols being implemented across the country:

Mumbai: A 14-day home isolation is mandatory for all domestic flight passengers arriving in Mumbai, as per the governing civic body of Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) latest announcement. All travellers will be stamped on their left hand for identification, upon arrival in Maharashtra. They shall self-monitor their health during the 14-day home quarantine. Government officials who wish to seek exemption from home quarantine need to take prior approval by writing to [email protected]

For international passengers, there is a seven-day institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine.

Pune: All passengers travelling to Pune need to undertake 14 days of home quarantine. Domestic passengers intending to exit the city within seven days of the arrival shall be exempted from quarantine, provided they are able to produce a confirmed ticket for an onward/return journey. All passengers must submit a health declaration form upon arrival. Next, the state authorities shall put a quarantine stamp on the left hand of the passenger.

Delhi: While in some cities Covid test is compulsory, Delhi doesn’t need a test. The city has been taking stringent measures for all international arrivals. They need to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine at government facility at no cost or paid quarantine at designated hotels, following this, they need to undergo seven days of home isolation. For domestic passengers, the city has a straight-forward rule of seven days of home quarantine.

Bengaluru: As per Karnataka government’s guideline, it is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Bengaluru to register and get an e-pass from sevasindhu.karnataka.gov.in before their travel.

Gujarat: Asymptomatic domestic travellers entering Gujarat won’t be quarantined. However, they need to self-monitor their health for 14 days. On the other hand, international travellers need to undergo seven days of paid institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine. It is mandatory for all passengers arriving in Surat to fill the online ‘Novel corona self-reporting form’ and download the SMC Covid-19 tracker app.

Jharkhand: Jharkhand’s travel guidelines include a 14-day home quarantine for all passengers. Those intending to exit the state within 72 hours of arrival shall be exempted after providing a confirmed return/onward journey ticket. Each traveller coming to and from the state needs to fill his/her personal details on the Government of Jharkhand portal, jharkhandtravel.nic.in

Tripura: If you are travelling to Tripura, note that Covid test is being conducted for all arrivals. The test will be done by state health officials and passengers do not need to pay for the swab test. Travellers with foreign travel history in the past 28 days shall be taken to a nearby sample centre and kept in institutional quarantine until the test result is out.

Other passengers whose samples are collected upon arrival are allowed to head home with advice to self-monitor health and follow 14 days of home isolation. All asymptomatic passengers intending to exit Tripura within 72 hours of the arrival shall be exempted from quarantine.

Uttarakhand: Travellers coming from high load Covid-19 infected cities need to undertake seven days of institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine and those coming from less affected cities need to be in home quarantine for 14 days. Passengers carrying a negative PCR test result not earlier than 72 hours from the time of arrival can enter the state without any restrictions. All passengers travelling to Uttarakhand need to register on state website smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in.

Punjab: International passengers arriving in Punjab will be in seven days of institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine. For domestic travellers, 14 days of mandatory home quarantine is needed. There is an exemption for business and corporate travellers, staying in the state for 72 hours or less. Covid-19 tests will be performed on a random basis. All passengers must register on COVA Punjab app before commencing their journey. Boarding pass shall be considered as an e-pass for travel to and from the airport during curfew period, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Telangana: All international passengers shall be sent to seven days of institutional quarantine at a government facility or at paid designated hotels. Quarantine measure for other symptomatic passengers will be decided by the respective state health authorities.

Goa: All passengers arriving in Goa may have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine or they can opt for a 14-day paid institutional quarantine. Institutional quarantine is mandatory for symptomatic passengers until the test result is out. Details here.

Rajasthan: The state of Rajasthan has a provision for 14 days of voluntary home quarantine for all domestic passengers. Covid test will be conducted for all symptomatic passengers following the thermal screening. International passengers need to undergo seven days of paid institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine if no symptoms found. “Those who want to seek exemption from institutional quarantine will have to submit a negative RT-PCR report to the state portal before boarding the flight.” The state advises all airlines to submit passenger’s details with mobile numbers in advance on [email protected]

International passengers arriving at Jaipur airport can seek exemption from home quarantine by applying on the online portal, ‘Air Suvidha- newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before boarding.

Airports Authority of India has also issued quarantine rules for states of Tamil Nadu and Kolkata:

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