Arriving At Delhi Airport In December 2021: A Information


Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane as seen on remaining method flying for touchdown at London Heathrow Worldwide Airport LHR EGLL in England, United Kingdom on March 19, 2020. The fashionable and superior B787-8 airplane has the registration VT-ANM and is powered by 2x GEnx-1B jet engines. AirIndia AI AIC is the flag provider of India with headquarters at New Delhi and primary hub at Delhi Indira Gandhi DEL airport, the airline is government-owned and member of Star Alliance aviation group. On August 7, 2020 an Air India subsidiary, Air India Categorical flight no AXB1344 had an accident skidded the runway throughout touchdown at Karipur Airport, Kozhikode Airport CCJ in India with not less than 191 individuals on board and a pair of fatalities. (Photograph by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto through Getty Pictures)

As India provides new restrictions as a result of Omicron variant, this is a step-by-step information to the arrivals course of. Having arrived from the UK in early December, I had not too long ago underwent Delhi Airport’s new arrival process. Let’s discover out extra.

Verify when you’re coated

The primary vital examine is to see in case your nation is among the 12 high-risk nations or areas included by the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare (MoHFW). These territories are:

Europe (together with the UK), Brazil, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Mauritius. 

Considerably oddly, locations like New Zealand, Hong Kong, and China have been added to the listing regardless of having few instances. Most different locations have been added as a result of lively unfold of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.


For these vacationers, the next should be accomplished at pre-departure:

  • Destructive COVID check taken inside 72 hours of departure
  • A stuffed Air Suvidha locator kind
  • Affirmation of on arrival PCR check (extra on that beneath)

All different vacationers ought to observe the opposite tips mentioned right here.

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On touchdown

Upon touchdown, all passengers are requested to be seated close to the testing space in Terminal 3. That is positioned close to the entrance arrival gates, with eight cubicles for testing. Since everyone seems to be pre-booked, vacationers want solely queue up for the check and have their swabs rapidly taken by the well being professionals.

There are two testing packages obtainable, a typical RT-PCR for ₹500 ($6.6) or a speedy PCR for ₹3,800 ($46). The usual takes 6-8 hours to return outcomes, whereas the speedy check presents outcomes inside an hour. Per private expertise and enter these arriving this week, the speedy check offers a end in beneath an hour regardless of the flood of vacationers.

Nonetheless, many have criticized the costly value of the speedy check, calling it discriminatory. Beneath the brand new guidelines, all arrivals should wait within the arrivals part for a adverse outcome earlier than clearing immigration. This implies passengers may wait as much as 8 hours earlier than going dwelling, whereas these keen to pay seven occasions extra can go away earlier.

For now, all passengers should e-book a check earlier than flying in.


If adverse, passengers are all required to observe a seven-day dwelling quarantine. On the eighth day, vacationers can take one other PCR check and finish quarantine if this check is returned adverse. Native well being authorities have been following up rigorously with vacationers as a result of risk of Omicron. After the second adverse check, passengers should self-monitor for signs till 14 days from touchdown.

Nonetheless, passengers have been reporting large queues at immigration and for testing. This largely depends upon what time vacationers arrive, with 1-4 AM being the busiest attributable to a number of arrivals from the UK and Europe. For now, attempt to fly in forward of the financial institution occasions and make sure you observe the principles for a easy airport expertise.

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