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Here is my recent travel experience:

Onward journey:
Travel date: 12/5/2021 - 12/6/2021
Route: JFK → New Delhi → Vijayawada
Airlines: Air India (for all the flights including New Delhi to Vijayawada)

  • Air suvidha, rtpcr report, vaccination record - one hard copy was collected at the destination (Vijayawada).
  • In all other places (JFK, New Delhi), I just had to show the documents. They did not collect them.
  • I carried hard copeis. But had soft copies as a backup.
  • Print air suvidha in color (only on one side of the paper).
  • For the RTPCR test, it is 72 hours before departure (not arrival).
  • Luggage is only checked in till New Delhi.
  • I had to collect them and recheckin at New Delhi.
  • Customs, immigration, luggage transfer etc., took 3+ hours in New Delhi.

Return journey:
Travel date: 12/25/2021 - 12/26/2021
Route: Vijayawada → New Delhi → JFK
Airlines: Air India (for all the flights including Vijayawada to New Delhi)

  • RTPCR test
    • should be done 24 hours before departure.
    • was checked at Vijayawada during checkin
    • was checked at New Delhi before entering immigration
  • Luggage booked all the way (Vijayawada to JFK). Did not have to collect or transfer it at New Delhi.
  • Immigration took a long time at New Delhi.
    • Long lines + very few employees.
    • I had 2 hr 30 minutes gap between the flights and it was not enough.
    • I almost missed the flight and had to run.
    • Suggest to have 3+ hours in between.
  • Immigration took long time at JFK also.
    • Long lines.
    • Flight landed at 6:30 am and by the time I came out it was 9 am.
india_travel_experience_2021-12.txt · Last modified: 2021/12/29 18:10 by raju