Arriving into Mumbai Airport? Those arriving/transiting from Dubai will have to undergo compulsory 7-days home quarantine (effective immediately!)

Mumbai has just imposed a new restriction on those arriving from Dubai and living in Mumbai, with immediate effect. As per the new guidelines issued by Mumbai’s BMC, everyone who transfers into India from Dubai Airport specifically will have to stay at home for seven days and get tested on the eighth day.

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As per the Mumbai MCGM, Dubai is a hub, and many passengers change their flights in Dubai. Hence there is a mixing of
travellers at the Dubai International Airport. Therefore, given the threat of Omicron infection in Mumbai from the passengers arriving from Dubai, they have issued new guidelines.

  • All international passengers who arrive on a flight from Dubai (Emirates/Fly Dubai/Go First/ Vistara/Air India/SpiceJet/IndiGo and private aircraft included) and a resident of Mumbai will compulsorily undergo seven days of Home Quarantine after arriving in Mumbai.
  • There shall be no need to do an RT-PCR on arrival.
  • Travellers residing in parts of Maharashtra other than Mumbai will be transferred by the collector, who shall arrange transport for such travellers. These travellers will not be allowed to take public transportation.
  • Travellers who have connecting flights to other States or other parts of Maharashtra will be allowed to take the connecting flights; however, it is the responsibility of the Airport Authority to inform the respective Airport Officer regarding the travellers arriving from Dubai.
  • All the travellers arriving from Dubai and who are residents of Mumbai will be in-home quarantine and followed by the Ward War Room for seven days. On the 7th day, RT-PCR will be done. If the test is negative, the traveller will self-monitor for another seven days. If the test is positive, they will be shifted to institutional quarantine as per the current guidelines for international travellers.

Here is a copy of the order issued today. This is applicable with immediate effect.




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If you arrive in Mumbai on a flight that connects/originates in Dubai, tough luck. If you are planning to stay in Mumbai, you will be subject to a 7-day home quarantine and a test on day 8, after which you will be able to move freely in the city. And since this is Mumbai, they are anal about containing Covid-19 spread in the city, so there is not much leeway here.

What do you think of the new rules imposing a compulsory home quarantine for those arriving via/from Dubai into India?

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  1. What exactly is the Collector? The order from the authorities says nothing about private transport for those who are not staying in Mumbai (e.g. arriving in Mumbai from Dubai but going to Pune right away).

  2. Make 48 hours prior departure RT pcr for all international travellers. Another test on arrival. Quarantine is not necessary. QR code is required as many people are making fake reports.

  3. @SamirShah: Why plan around a pandemic precaution that means business in times of a serious crisis? You have a responsibility to not get infected yourself AND to not infect others. Imagine your karma if thoughtless travel, with no rules that apply to you, leads to sickness and death in your own family, their staff and suppliers. Now that rule bending doesn’t feel right, does it? I am delighted we agree.

  4. We will be traveling from Dubai to Mumbai so this will definitely affect us. Mumbai is final destination however there for a family event in early Jan. Any way around ? Genuine information is hard to come by with different States’ having their own policies as they see fit.

  5. How about if you plan to go to Vadodara or somewhere in Gujarat but have train travel planned ? Will they let you board the train?

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