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Posted on: May 05, 2020 | Back | Print

Important Information (as of 22nd October 2020)

1) All scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 31 October 2020. 

2) INDIAN NATIONALS: The Government of India is facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on the compelling grounds, namely, (i) Deportation by foreign governments; (ii) Migrant workers/Labourers who have been laid off; (iii) Short-Term Visa holders faced with expiry of visas; (iv) Medical emergency/seeking treatment for terminal illness; (v) Pregnant Women/Elderly; (vi) Death of a family member in India; (vii) Stranded visitors; (viii) Students, if their educational institutes/hostels are closed. 

3) FOREIGN NATIONALS who are allowed to enter into India

a) All OCI Cardholders and PIO Cardholders holding passports of any country. 

b) All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependents visa) except those on Tourist visa

4) Relaxation of Visa restrictions:

a) All existing visas, except e-Visa, Tourist visa and Medical visa, shall stand restored with immediate effect. If the validity of such visa has expired, the foreign national may obtain fresh visa.

b) Medical Visa (including visa for Medical attendant) for medical treatment in emergencies may be considered. 

c) A foreign national who is required to visit India urgently due to any family emergency, the "Entry" visa may be considered.  

d) Nationals of Bhutan and Nepal are permitted to come to India from any country. 

5) Flights from France and Germany: India has signed "Air Transport Bubbles" agreements with 18 countries including France and Germany. Limited number of flights are operating between the two countries (India & France, and India & Germany). All stranded Indian nationals and eligible foreign nationals may travel to India either from France or Germany.

FRANCE: Air India and Air France are operating flights from/to India. Intended passengers shall REGISTER with the Embassy of India, Paris, and carry a printout of the confirmation email. For flights details and purchase of tickets, kindly visit website of Air India / Air France. 

GERMANY: Air India is operating flights from/to India. Lufthansa is operating flights from India to Germany. Intended passengers may REGISTER with the Embassy of India, Berlin. For flights details and purchase of tickets, kindly visit website of Air India / Lufthansa.   

6) Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all these passengers would have to follow the protocols, such as the Health Protocols, issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

7) Air Suvidha: Self-declaration and Application for exemption from institutional quarantine has to be submitted online by all international arrival passengers at www.newdelhiairport.in  This online submission should be done at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. They should also give an Undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days (i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health).

8) On reaching the destination, everyone would have to register on the Aarogya Setu app. Everyone would be medically screened. After scrutiny, they would be quarantined for 14 days.

Revised Guidelines for International Arrivals w.e.f. 08.08.2020

Standard Operating Protocol dated 24.05.2020


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