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/from 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://www.traveldoc.aero/?culture=en
- Indian nationals who are eligible to travel to EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
- All foreign nationals destined for EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa. Their dependents / spouses accompanied or otherwise.
- Seamen of any foreign nationality destined for countries in EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
- Seamen holding Indian passport subject to clearance from Ministry of Shipping and destined for countries as mentioned above.
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.
As of 23 July 2021, French authorities have classified India under the “Amber” country list.
Below guidelines apply for passengers aged 12 and older with final destination in France.
- No restrictions on entry to mainland France If you are vaccinated by the following vaccinations approved by the European Commission or the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products.
You must furnish:
- proof of vaccination status
- a sworn statement attesting to the absence of covid-19 infection symptoms and contact with a confirmed covid-19 case
The measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to their accompanying minors, whether vaccinated or not.
For information on “applying for a COVID certificate if you were vaccinated abroad (procedure for non-European tourists)” refer to https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/coronavirus-statements/article/applying-for-a-covid-certificate-if-you-were-vaccinated-abroad-procedure-for
2. Restrictions will apply if you are not vaccinated by the above approved vaccinations.
You must provide:
- a compelling reason to enter metropolitan France. The indicative list of compelling reasons can be found on the certificate of international travel for metropolitan France, which can be downloaded here . Holders of "talent passports", students and researchers fall under the list of compelling reasons allowing them to travel to France.
- a negative PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigen test carried out less than 48 hours before departure
- a sworn statement attesting to the absence of covid-19 infection symptoms and contact with a confirmed covid-19 case
- an undertaking to undergo an antigenic test or pathological test, which will be carried out on your arrival in mainland France;
- and an undertaking to self-isolate for seven days and an undertaking to undergo a virological screening test (PCR) at the end of the isolation period.
3. Link to download travel certificates and statements: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel
4. Regardless of the above , if you show symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in France, you will be placed under quarantine or an isolation facility by the prefect.
5. The classification of countries has been made based on public health indicators. The country lists may be modified according to developments in their epidemic situation. For latest information and details refer to the above link and https://in.ambafrance.org/
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.
This does not apply to the following passengers:
- Nationals and residents of France;
- Nationals and residents of a European Union member state;
- Family members of nationals of a European Union member state, a EEA member state or Switzerland;
- Passengers holding a valid uniform visa, long stay visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen Area member state or Monaco;
- Passengers holding a valid residence permit issued by Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Andorra, Canada, United States, Japan or San Marino;
- 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.
- Holders of a diplomatic passport
- Crew members holding a license issued in accordance with the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.
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.
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://www.traveldoc.aero/?culture=en
ELIGIBILITY - FLIGHTS TO INDIA
- Indian nationals permitted to travel from any country in EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
- 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.
- 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.
- Seamen of all nationalities from EU / Schengen area, South America and Africa.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Passengers are advised to download "Aarogya Setu” application on their mobile devices.
- 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 arrival 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.
- 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-passengerfor 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.
- All passengers must submit a self-declaration via https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration at least 72 hours prior departure.
- Arrival in India without negative RT-PCR test report shall be allowed only for those traveling due exigency of death in the family. If passengers wish to seek such exemption, they shall apply to the online portal ( www.newdelhiairport.in ) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
- 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.
In view of detection of more transmissible variants of SARS -COV-2, the Government of India has implemented additional health measures for passengers arriving/transiting through Europe, South Africa, Brazil, UK, Middle East, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
- All international passengers arriving in India (irrespective of state of arrival) are required to submit Self- Declaration Form (SDF) via Air Suvidha portal : https://www.newdelhiairport.in/ before departure and declare their travel history (of past 14 days)
- Additional RT-PCR upon arrival in India
- Effective 3rd September 2021, ALL passengers with travel itinerates as above are required to undergo mandatory self-paid RT-PCR upon arrival
- The requirement for this test is in addition to the negative RT-PCR done before commencing journey to India.
- All exemptions granted to this regard earlier shall no longer be applicable (i.e. full/double COVID-19 vaccination, passengers age 65 and above etc)
- After giving the test sample passengers can exit the airport, including those who have onward domestic connections.
- In case passenger tests positive they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol as applicable in the state.
- Additional MANDATORY requirements for passengers with final destination in Maharashtra
- Additional MANDATORY requirements for passengers with final destination in Tamil Nadu.
- Passengers to apply and get TN E-Registration copy before boarding via TN e-Registration https://eregister.tnega.org
d) International Travellers (short stay less than 14 days)
Regulations as above to apply.
The above requirements change frequently, all passengers are requested to visit the below websites for more information visit:
Please Note: Bengaluru International Airport and Auriga Private Limited offer passengers the facility to pre-book COVID-19 tests up to 3 days before travel. This facility is available for both arriving and departing passengers.Details are available on aurigaresearch.in
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:
- Bengaluru: AURIGA CENTRE: (Located near departure gate 1)
https://www.bengaluruairport.com/travellers/passenger-services/faqs-at-blr.html or https://testing-lab.com/covid19-testing-center
RT – PCR : 5 hours or more
Rapid Antigen test : 60 minutes
For information on pre-booking facility visit aurigaresearch.in
- Delhi: GENESTRINGS LAB
https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19 or https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19-rtpcr-test-appointment-booking
RT-PCR : 6 hours or more
Rapid Antigen test : 60 minutes
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)
- Chennai: HINDLABS (HLL lifecare Limited) located at International Arrival Terminal (T3)
email@example.com , Ph. 044-22566404
RT-PCR : 8hours or more and TrueNat RT-PCR (3 or more hours).
Rapid Antigen Test : Passengers are required to arrive at the airport at least 5.30 hours prior departure for registration formalities etc. Test report will be give within 60 minutes.
Location : D8 Ground Floor, International Terminal
- 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