I am travelling to Hyderabad, India from USA. This is part of my vacation and Visa stamping. I have my biometric finger prints and visa interview both at Chennai US consulate with 6 days gap in between.

So, I am planning to travel to Hyderabad from USA before 4 or 5 days(I will be taking covid tests before hand every 3 to 5 days, of course) and then travel to Chennai from Hyderabad round trip for biometric fingerprints once and travel again from Hyderabad to Chennai roundtrip for visa interview.

Is it OK to air travel on two different dates from Hyderabad to Chennai after my international travel? And I will definitely follow COVID guidelines and will take COVID tests beforehand.

And should I carry any other extra documentation with me?

I am a Indian citizen.


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You would be traveling from USA to Hyderabad. As per the latest guidelines for inbound international travelers :

For all international travelers except travelers coming through flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East

  1. Submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel
  2. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs. prior to undertaking the journey.
  3. You would need to self-monitor your health for 14 days. There is no restriction on you traveling to any other place inside India.

Once you arrive in Hyderabad (Telangana state), You would be traveling to Chennai (Tamil Nadu state). None of these states have any mandatory negative Covid-test policy for inter-state travel between the two states.

However Tamil Nadu requires you to

  1. Generate an E-Pass for traveling to the state. E-Pass can be generated from here.
  2. 14 days of Home Quarantine for all passengers arriving into Tamil Nadu from other states/UT.
  3. Business travelers visiting Tamil Nadu for a short stay of 72 hours are exempt from home quarantine norms. In such cases the individual shall furnish valid return document

So if you want to travel back to Hyderabad from Chennai, you must do it within 72 hours to avoid home quarantine.

Telangana doesn't have any home quarantine requirements.

References :

  1. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/statewise-list-of-domestic-covid-19-restrictions-101614581127068.html
  2. https://www.goindigo.in/information/state-regulations.html
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    Note that OP must not even transit UK, Europe, Middle East otherwise stricter guidelines will apply.
    – RedBaron
    Commented Mar 6, 2021 at 9:15
  • Most of these are outdated. Now, no quarantine or testing requirements are needed for interstate travels. Things are back to old normal. Commented Aug 23, 2022 at 6:37

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