International Flight Guidelines and SOPs Issued by the Govt. of India: Latest Covid-19 Travel Updates


From international flight guidelines to travel restrictions, and from the latest SOPs to updated information, here are some of the key guidelines issued by the Government of India.

In these unpredictable times of travel, there are many questions that most of us are asking when it comes to international travel and how a vacation abroad will look like in 2021. Whether it’s about the lockdown restrictions for Indian travellers, how to pack for a family trip abroad, or which countries are now allowing Indian travellers to visit, we’re dedicated to reporting the most updated guidelines. Check back again in a few days to get any more updates as the tourism industry begins to recover.

International Flight Guidelines for Arrivals: Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The following set of Standard Operating Procedure will be valid from 22nd February 2021 (23.59 Hrs IST) and will supersede any previous guidelines addressing the same concerns. Please note that the below guidelines are directly quoted from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare websites.

For all international travellers except those coming through flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East

Planning for Travel

  • All travellers should: (i) submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha website before the scheduled travel; (ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
  • Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution.
  • They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.
  • Arrival in India without a negative report shall be allowed only for those travelling to India in the exigency of death in the

If they wish to seek such exemption under para (iii) above, they shall apply to the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be the final one.

Before Boarding

  • Do’s and Don’ts shall be provided along with a ticket to the travellers by the airlines/agencies concerned.
  • Airlines to allow boarding only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test.
  • At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.
  • All passengers shall be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured.

On Arrival

  • Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health
  • The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility.
  • They will be prioritized for sample collection in the designated area, samples collected and permitted to exit the airport. They shall monitor their health for 14 days (subject to negative test report of the sample taken at the Airport that would be conveyed to such travellers by the concerned State authorities/airport operators).
  • All other passengers who have uploaded RT-PCR negative certificates on the Air Suvidha portal shall be allowed to leave the airport/to take transit flights and will be required to undertake self-monitoring of their health.
  • All such passengers will also be provided with the list of the National and State level surveillance officers and the respective call centre numbers, so as to inform State/National Call Centres in case they develop symptoms at any time during the quarantine or self-monitoring of their health.

International travellers arriving at seaports/land ports

International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers. Such travellers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of the Government of India at seaports/land ports.

Around the world, governments are updating their travel guidelines for the summer and it is key for travellers to ensure that their trip planning adheres to the advisory for a journey and arrival. Planning your next international trip from India? Make sure you choose TravelTriangle as your travel buddy who not only will ensure planning a hassle-free trip but will also keep you updated with the latest news and information, throughout your journey.

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