In the wake of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus, the Indian Govt has revised its guidelines for international passengers arriving into the country.
Along with the revised guidelines, India has also added a few countries to its list of ‘At Risk’.
At present the following 12, countries are on the ‘At Risk’ list of India, this includes China, Ghana, and Tanzania. It must be noted that recently India has removed Singapore from the ‘At Risk’ Countries list.
|S. No.||‘At Risk’ Countries|
|1||European countries, including the UK|
|11||Hong Kong and|
As per the revised guidelines issued by the Indian Govt, it is mandatory for all passengers arriving/transiting from Countries at-risk to follow the below measures.
- Submit self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal.
- Upload negative RT-PCR report (conducted within 72 hrs. before the journey)
- Post-arrival COVID-19 test at arriving Airport (self-paid)
- Home quarantine for 7 days,
- Re-test on the 8th day and if negative, self-health monitoring for next 7 days
Amid these new rules, the rates of the Rapid PCR, RT-PCR test, long queues, crowding, and potential delays have been major concerns for international travelers arriving into the country.
So here we come with all the important information you need to know about the Covid-19 tests at major international airports in India.
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Rates of Covid-19 Test At International Airports In India
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport ( CSMIA) has recently revised the charges for the Rapid PCR test for COVID-19 at its facility to ₹3,900 from ₹4,500 earlier. The normal RT-PCR test costing Rs 600 per passenger is also available at the airport.
The CSMIA has set up 100 registration counters and 60 sampling booths, including 100 Rapid PCR machines.
As per the official website of Delhi International Airport, there is two types of Covid-19 testing options are available at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
For an RT-PCR test, passengers have to pay ₹500 for the test. The test results take around six to eight hours.
While for a Rapid PCR test they need to pay ₹3,500 for the test and get the report in approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
Recently, the Chennai International Airport has also slashed the rates of Rapid PCR, RT-PCR test at airport W.E.F 00.01hrs of 08.12.2021.
The existing rate of ₹3400 for Rapid PCR test is reduced to ₹2900 & RT-PCR reduced from ₹700 to ₹600.
Just like Mumbai and Chennai, Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport has also reduced the prices of COVID-19 tests.
The cost of the Rapid PCR test has been reduced to ₹2900 from ₹3600 and the RT-PCR test now costs ₹600 as opposed to the earlier price of ₹700. The time for results for both the tests is 4-6 hours for the RT-PCR test and 30-45 minutes for a Rapid PCR test.
Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is offering two types of Covid-19 tests, the conventional RT-PCR test, which takes the most time (nearly five hours to obtain results) is priced at ₹500, the Cepheid Gene Expert test (results expected in 25 minutes) costs ₹2,750 per sample.
As per the official website of Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, a rapid PCR test will cost a passenger ₹2700. Pax will get the online payment confirmation, which needs to be shown at the registration desk.
Earlier this week, the Calicut International Airport has announced that it has slashed the rates of a rapid PCR test to ₹1,580
An RT-PCR test at the GMR Hyderabad International Airport costs ₹750 and a rapid PCR test costs ₹3,900. The airport has a designated lab, Mapmygenome to book and conduct the tests.
Goa airport has slashed the rates of Rapid PCR tests being conducted at the airport for international passengers with effect from December 9. The existing rate of Rs 3,200 per test is reduced to Rs 2,400
Airport-wise Covid-19 Test Charges In India
|S. No.||Airport||Cost of RT-PCR||Time||Cost of Rapid PCR||Time|
|1||Mumbai||600||4-6 Hrs||3,900||60-90 Min|
|2||Delhi||500||6-8 Hrs||3500||60-90 Min|
|3||Chennai||600||5-6 Hrs||2900||45-60 Min|
|4||Kolkata||600||4-6 Hrs||2900||30-45 Min|
|5||Bengaluru||500||4-5 Hrs||2750||25-30 Min|
|8||Hyderabad||750||4-6 Hrs||3900||60-90 Min|
It is worth mentioning here that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has written to all regional heads that the revenue share percentage for RT-PCR and Rapid RT-PCR tests at airports should be withdrawn.
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