Arriving into Mumbai Airport from the UAE? Mumbai repeals their Home Quarantine SOP

Mumbai had imposed a new restriction on those arriving from the UAE and living in Mumbai at the end of December 2021. As per the new guidelines issued by Mumbai’s BMC, everyone who originated/ transferred into India from the United Arab Emirates would have to stay at home for seven days and get tested on the eighth day. Now, they have changed this guideline.

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As per the Mumbai MCGM, the United Arab Emirates has many passengers changing their flights in UAE Airports such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Hence there is a mixing of travellers at their airports. Therefore, given the threat of Omicron infection in Mumbai from the passengers arriving from UAE-based airports, they had mandated a requirement that all those using a UAE airport to fly into India were needed to home quarantine for 7 days and test on day 7.

Subsequently, the Government of India made it mandatory anyways for all arrivals into India to quarantine for a week, and test on Day 8.

Given that the Government of India mandated a 7-day home quarantine for all arrivals into India subsequently, and a Day 8 RT-PCR for testing negative, Mumbai has moved to repeal its original order because the Government of India’s order is on the same lines.

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This does not change anything though, except repeal excessive guidelines around the same thing. Given the mandatory home quarantine as mandated by the Government of India still exists, one still needs to arrive and stay home for 7 days (to be followed by RT-PCR testing on day 8).


Mumbai has repealed an extra rule to home quarantine on arrival in the city. However, this changes nothing given that one will still need to home quarantine on arrival due to the existing Indian Government mandate on the same lines.

Have you travelled into Mumbai over the past two weeks from outside of India? What has been the experience at the home quarantine and airport been like?

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  1. Hello Ajay,
    How does the Govt enforce home quarantine for US citizens arriving in India. Are we forced to stay in designated hotel ? Can we stay with a friend or stay in private home?

    • @Hari, from what I have seen on Social Media, you are either supposed to give a home address or a designated quarantine hotel needs to be signed up for at the airport. Although I haven’t received many data points at this time about how does this new rule work, given it is only a week old.

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