Travel Restrictions


In the current COVID-19 scenario, Air France is operating flights between India and France under the “bilateral air bubble agreement ”. Flight operations are from the 3 Indian gateways Bengaluru, Delhi & Mumbai in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures  & regulations provided by the competent authorities in India.

Starting June 28, Air France will operate a weekly direct flights between Chennai – Paris, Charles de Gaulle. Chennai will be the fourth Indian gateway for Air France and will be a part of the existing bilateral air bubble agreement.

Air France operations from India are in compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and regulations provided by the competent authorities in India.

In compliance with the scope by authorities in India, travel is not permitted to UK and Canada on Air France flights.

ELIGIBILITY - FLIGHTS FROM INDIA

SCOPE: Europe, South America and Africa

Passengers are personally responsible to ascertain eligibility based on ENTRY conditions for final destination and TRANSIT regulations.
A general overview of the latest travel advice and required travel documents per destination can be found on https://airfrance.traveldoc.aero/

  1. Indian nationals who are eligible to travel to EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
  2. All foreign nationals destined for EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa. Their dependents / spouses accompanied or otherwise.
  3. Seamen of any foreign nationality destined for countries in EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
  4. Seamen holding Indian passport subject to clearance from Ministry of Shipping and destined for countries as mentioned above.

SCOPE: USA

The “bilateral air bubble” agreement between India and The United States of America, permits partner Delta Air Lines to codeshare with Air France and fly passengers between India and USA via France.
For bookings visit www.delta.com
Passengers are personally responsible to ascertain eligibility based on the ENTRY requirements applicable at destination.

IMPORTANT ADVISORY:

AIRPORT TRANSIT VISA (ATV) for transit via France. 

As of April 27, 2021, The French authorities have implemented new travel requirements. Passengers holding  Indian passports must be in possession of a valid  Airport Transit Visa (ATV) to transit via France for final destination outside the Schengen Area.

Without ATV passengers will not be permitted to board.
https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas/airport-transit-visa 

This does not apply to the following passengers:
  1. Nationals and residents of France;
  2. Nationals and residents of a European Union member state;
  3. Family members of nationals of a European Union member state, a EEA member state or Switzerland;
  4. Passengers holding a valid uniform visa, long stay visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen Area member state or Monaco;
  5. Passengers holding a valid residence permit issued by Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Andorra, Canada, United States, Japan or San Marino;
  6. Passengers holding a valid visa issued by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania, or Canada, Japan and the United States. In case of an inward journey, the exemption of ATV applies only if the airport of departure is based in the country having issued the visa.
  7. Holders of a diplomatic passport
  8. Crew members holding a license issued in accordance with the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Passengers are personally responsible to ascertain eligibility via https://airfrance.traveldoc.aero/
Kindly select “Transit” in menu option to know information specific to ATV.
Passengers transiting through France require documents that meet the validity requirements for their final destination.

UPDATED HEALTH SCREENING FOR TRAVEL TO FRANCE FROM INDIA

Effective June,9th 2021, France has reinforced sanitary measures, updated testing requirements and quarantine protocols for passengers seeking to travel from India to France.
Mandatory for all passengers  regardless of their nationality to comply with  the following. Non-compliance will lead to denied boarding.
  • Passengers must hold a negative result of a biological examination of virological screening or a negative antigen test result issued within 48 hours prior to boarding. 
    The accepted types of tests for a biological examination of virological screening are: RT-PCR, PCR, qRT-PCR, qPCR, RT-LAMP, LAMP, Detection of RNA, TMA.
  • Upon arrival in France, an antigenic test will be carried out, before leaving the airport. The cost of the same to be borne by the passenger.
  • Self-tests are not accepted.  The testing requirement also applies to passengers who are vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Passengers are not permitted to fly if they do not hold a “Sworn Statement” that they do not have COVId-19 and Travel Certificate for access to French Territory. Forms are available on https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel
    Kindly carry the forms in original with all details updated.

In addition to above requirements, below are mandatory quarantine protocols on the basis of vaccination.
  • Passengers  who have undertaken the  approved EMA vaccinations (Pfizer- Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson ) are required to undergo 7 days of quarantine.
These passengers must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate demonstrating that at least 4 weeks have elapsed since the first dose of Johnson& Johnson vaccine, or 2 weeks have elapsed since the second dose of the Pfizer-Biontech, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine, or since the first dose of these vaccines if the passenger holds proof that they previously have been infected with Covid-19. 
  • All other passengers are required to quarantine for 10 days. Passengers must be able to show proof of address of the place for their quarantine.

Travel to France is strictly in compliance with the applicable ENTRY CONDITIONS.
For passengers in transit via France and with final destination outside of France: the rules of the country of final destination apply. Passengers are personally responsible to ensure the same before boarding via: https://airfrance.traveldoc.aero/

ELIGIBILITY - FLIGHTS TO INDIA
  1. Indian nationals permitted to travel from any country in EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
  2. All OCI cardholders (Overseas Citizen of India) / POI cardholders (Person of Indian Origin) travelling from any country in EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
  3. All foreign nationals from any country in EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa and their dependents / spouses accompanied or otherwise. Relevant category of dependent visa is required. Travel not permuted based on tourist visa.
  4. Seamen of all nationalities from EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.

 PLEASE NOTE:
  • For travel to India, all suspended visas are restored effective 21 October 2020. Except electronic visas (e-visas), tourist visas and medical visas.

PROCESS: FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING TO INDIA

It is MANDATORY for passengers to adhere to the below regulations from Government of India. Non-compliance would lead to denied boarding.
Non-compliance would lead to denied boarding.


  1. Registration with the Embassy of India via https://forms.gle/ddKHqae5cVrstXbu8 as per Government of India norms.
    a. Passengers must register before purchasing tickets.
    b. This portal is global in nature and passengers can register from any place in the world.
    c. Passengers must have a copy of the registration confirmation at boarding in Paris - CDG.
  2. Bookings should be updated with valid email id for passengers. This is imperative to keep them updated of mandatory and important updates. Kindly refrain from using travel agency email ids.
  3. Mandatory for all passengers to download the “Aarogya Setu” application on mobile devices.
  4. Passengers arriving to Bengaluru are required to download 2 additional mobile apps:
    a. Quarantine Watch
    b. Apthamitra app

The Ministry of Civil Aviation India has issued new guidelines and health measures. This is applicable for passengers arriving to India with immediate effect.

All Passengers arriving to India are required to ensure mandatory compliance with the below.

  1. It is mandatory for passengers arriving in India to submit a negative RT-PCR test report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/covid-19-exemption-international-passenger for consideration. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The decision taken by the government authorities as communicated via the portal will be final. Passengers are advised to carry a copy of the report to be produced on arrival if needed.
  2. All passengers must submit a self-declaration via https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration at least 72 hours prior departure.
  3. Arrival in India without negative RT-PCR test report shall be allowed only for those traveling due exigency of death in the family
  4. If passengers wish to seek such exemption, they shall apply to the online portal (newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
  5. Passengers are required to give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, before undertaking the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-monitoring / hotel quarantine as applicable or as warranted.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India has issued additional guidelines and health measures as below. Passengers are required to ensure strict compliance with the same in addition to the requirements stated above.

Travel originating from EUROPE:

  • All passengers  with journey originating /transiting on flights from Europe will be required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days) prior commencement of journey, via the Self-Declaration Form on the line Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in)
  • Mandatory for these passengers to undergo a self-paid confirmatory molecular test on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry). 
  • If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days.
  • If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.

Travel Originating from BRAZIL & SOUTH AFRICA

  • All passengers with journey originating on flights  from above countries to undergo self-paid mandatory RT-PCR testing upon arrival in India (port of entry). This requirement is in addition to the negative RT-PCR certificate done before commencing journey  to India
  • Passengers will not be allowed to leave the airport or take onward connecting flights until test reports received. Keeping in mind the testing timelines & requirements, passengers with connecting flights to keep a transit time of 6-8 hours and book onward flights accordingly.
  • Passengers with negative RT-PCR test report shall be allowed to take their connecting flights and would be advised quarantine at home for 7 days and regularly followed up by the concerned State/District IDSP. As per protocols, these travelers shall be tested again after 7 days. Quarantine/ Self-Monitoring regulations will apply accordingly.
  • In case any passenger tests positive – the protocol as per Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will apply.

Please take note of the state wise requirements. These are mandatory and in addition to the requirements mentioned above.

Arrivals in MAHARASHTRA 
  • For passengers having their final destination in Maharashtra, Please go through the detailed guidelines at https://csmia.aero/covid-faqs.aspx
  • All passengers will be subjected to mandatory institutional (hotel) quarantine at their own cost for 07 days. On day 7, the passengers will be subjected to a self-paid RT-PCR test.
  • If the passengers are found positive/symptomatic on arrival or on day 7, they will be shifted to designated isolation facilities/ hospitals as per the local government’s directives.
  • If passengers are found negative on day 7, they will be discharged from institutional quarantine and sent for mandatory home quarantine of 07 days.
  • The Government of Maharashtra has updated exemption categories for institutional quarantine for passengers arriving/transiting Europe. Refer link for details: https://bit.ly/3lBKjhQ
  • Passengers who have completed both COVID-19 vaccination dosage (on production of both vaccination certificates and also a self-declaration in prescribed format https://csmia.aero/pdf/covid-19/Self_Declaration.pdf may be considered exemption from Institutional quarantine, subject to providing the required documents. The decision taken by the authorities in will be final.
  • Refer link https://bit.ly/3lBKjhQ
 
Arrivals in Tamil Nadu
  • It is mandatory for passengers to apply and get TN E-Registration copy before boarding via TN e-Registration (https://eregister.tnega.org/)
  • Upon arrival, passengers will have to take mandatory Thermal screening. If the passengers are found symptomatic, passengers are immediately required to be isolated and taken to medical facility as per standard health protocol.
  • Arriving passengers have to undergo a self-paid confirmatory molecular test on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).
  • If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days.
  • If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.

The above requirements change frequently, all passengers are requested to visit the below websites for more information visit:

  • Bengaluru: 
https://www.bengaluruairport.com/travellers/passenger-services/faqs-at-blr.html
  • Delhi:
https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19
  • Mumbai:
https://csmia.aero/traveller.aspx

 COVID-19 TESTING AT INDIA AIRPORTS:

For travel effective 22nd May 2021, please make note of the requirement of RT-PCR Test report with QR code as mentioned above.
Passengers who wish to undertake the COVID-19  tests (RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests) at the airport before departure ex India are required to plan accordingly.
Testing and receiving results in the current circumstances could take longer than usual. Indicative timings as below:

Indicative timings:


    For Rapid Antigen tests : “ GARUDA” located at T3 departures,
    Forecourt opposite gate no. 2

  • Mumbai: LIFINITY LAB
    For information on current timelines applicable for RT- PCR at  Mumbai, you are requested to directly check the latest information via https://csmia.aero/traveller.aspx.
    Passengers who wish to undertake the RT-PCR test before departure at Mumbai airport, please note the testing centre is relocated to Multi Level Car Parking, West Level P9
    Rapid Antigen test : 60 minutes (Located at gate 2 and 3


  • Please note for Rapid Antigen Test: Indicative time to obtain test results is approximately 60 minutes. However, registration and testing procedure can take longer.
  • In the current scenario with the rise in demand for RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests, all customers are personally responsible to check latest information on timelines via the links of testing centres as mentioned above and plan their arrival at the airport accordingly.
  • Check-in will be permitted only after obtaining the negative test results. 
  • In order to pre-register and arrange prior appointments, passengers are required to contact the centres at the airport directly. Cost of all tests are to be borne by the passengers.

Passengers are personally responsible to comply with regulations. Protocol, exemptions, heath measures & quarantine regulations related to COVID-19 implemented in India and as applicable at Destination State / Union Territories Government to be adhered.   


In addition to above, all passengers are personally responsible to arrange and be in possession of the required health and travel documentation such as passport, visas, health certifications any relevant documents for ENTRY into India and confirmation of Embassy registration. 

For departures ex India, passengers are required to check the ENTRY requirements at destination country.

The regulations stated here are subject to updates.


FORMS FOR DEPARTURES FROM INDIA
Passengers travelling to Metropolitan France are required to provide additional documents such as  travel certificates and statements.
This is a mandatory requirement.
Information and forms are available on https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from6



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