COVID-19 Travel Requirements

COVID-19 Travel Requirements

NOTE:  The information is correct to the best of Drukair’s knowledge at the time of publication and is being reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis, given the rapidly evolving government policies of different countries in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. All passengers are requested to make your own independent inquiries before relying on any information or materials contained on this page.

Destination Country Nationality Required Travel Documents

Bhutan

Bhutanese
  1. No requirement apart from a valid travel document.
Foreigners
  1. Valid passport (6 months minimum)/ Valid voter ID for Indian nationals.
  2. The requirement of entry clearance depends on the category. Currently it is as follows:
    • A. Foreign workers (Fresh):
    • i. Nationals of India, Bangladesh and Maldives

      - Approval from Department of Labour.

    • ii. Other nationals excluding above:

      - Valid e-visa clearance from Department of Immigration. Visit www.doi.gov.bt for further details

    • B. Other Categories (Tourist):
    • I. Visa on arrival for tourism purpose
      1. a. Nationals of Bangladesh and Maldives
      2. b. Diplomat and Official passport holder of Thai and Swiss nationals.
      3. c. Applicable SDF charged on arrival
    • II. Nationals of India are eligible for Entry Permit at the port of entry (SDF application on arrival)
    • III. All other nationals must obtain an e-visa prior to their entry into Bhutan.

    • C. Cardholders (Marriage case/Employment permit):

      - Their permits need to be valid and for those requiring visa, their visa should be valid and also they should have valid entry endorsements (single, double, triple and multiple as may be applicable)

      - Special resident permit: The holder do not require visa or permit to visit Bhutan. However, he or she is required to carry his or her national passport along with this card. Immigration in paro will facilitate his or her entry based on the passport

    • D. Business/Officials Purpose

      - All nationals visiting on purpose of business/officials should have prior entry approvals from DOI and applicable SDT may be levied on arrival.

  3. Foreign workers point of entry should be as per the designated point of entry reflected in their labour approval.

For more information, please visit www.doi.gov.bt

Note: Indian Nationals travelling to third countries from Nepal to kindly check on the requirement of NOC.

Bangkok Bhutanese and Foreigners
  1. Proof of vaccination is NO longer required.
  2. Travelers visiting Thailand and then traveling to another country that requires a negative RT-PCR test will need to purchase medical insurance (USD 10,000) prior to your arrival in Thailand that provides cover for COVID-19 treatment.
    • Those with business arrangements, including flight crews and students, may have an official letter from the host or other form of insurance to cover such need.
    • The quarantine officer will randomly check the proof of insurance of travllers from the listed countries. If that travelers do not have proof of insurance, the traveller will have to purchase health insurance before immigration.

Any passenger having symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival shall be recommended to get a COVID-19 test at arrival.

Transit Passengers
  1. Valid travel document
  2. Transit/transfer passengers are exempted from the health insurance checks.
  3. With travel requirements changing now and then, we advise you to confirm ahead with the country/destination you are traveling to.

Transit time at Bangkok must NOT exceed 24 Hours.

Dhaka Bhutanese
  1. Valid Passport (Minimum validity of 6 months)
  2. RT-PCR negative certificate done within 72 Hours of departure time for non-vaccinated passengers (only).
  3. Print copy of filled Health Declaration form with QR code: http://healthdeclaration.dghs.gov.bd/
  4. Vaccination certificate certifying that the traveller has been vaccinated with WHO approved Covid-19 vaccine.
  5. Entry approval or Valid Visa.
Foreigners
  1. Valid Passport (Minimum validity of 6 months).
  2. RT-PCR negative certificate done within 72 Hours of departure time for non-vaccinated passengers (only).
  3. Print copy of filled Health Declaration form with QR code:http://healthdeclaration.dghs.gov.bd/.
  4. Vaccination certificate certifying that the traveller has been vaccinated with WHO approved Covid-19 vaccine.
  5. Entry approval or Valid Visa.
  6. Confirm return air ticket and hotel bookings.
India Bhutanese
  1. All travellers should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against COVID-19 in their Country.
  2. For passengers travelling beyond India (Delhi), we advise you to confirm ahead of your journey the travel requirements with the country/destination you are traveling to.
  3. Valid passport (6 months minimum)/ CID.
Foreigners
  1. International travelers from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan  (high risk countries) to follow the revised guidelines. Click here!
  2. All travellers should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against COVID-19 in their Country.
  3. For passengers travelling beyond India (Delhi), we advise you to confirm ahead of your journey the travel requirements with the country/destination you are traveling to.
  4. Valid passport (6 months minimum)
  5. Indian Visa required for non-Indians.
Kathmandu Bhutanese
  1. Vaccination certificate stating the completion of full dose against COVID-19 OR RT-PCR negative certificate valid for 72Hours.
  2. Valid passport (6 months minimum).
Foreigners
  1. Vaccination certificate stating the completion of full dose against COVID-19 OR RT-PCR negative certificate valid for 72Hours.
  2. Printed copy of ARMS form after filing online at CCMC website (www.ccmc.gov.np)
  3. Valid passport (6 months minimum).
Singapore Bhutanese
  1. Pre-departure test no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers and children aged 12 and below to enter Singapore.
  2. Valid passport (6 months minimum).
  3. Health insurance of S$30,000 for any COVID-19 related medical charges.
  4. Fill up SG arrival card 3 days prior to the departure date of your flight:
    https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard
Foreigners
  1. Pre-departure test no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers and children aged 12 and below to enter Singapore.
  2. Valid passport (6 months minimum).
  3. A valid visa.
  4. Health insurance of S$30,000 for any COVID-19 related medical charges.
  5. Fill up SG arrival card 3 days prior to the departure date of your flight:
    https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard

In connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the following conditions have been put in place by the following countries to where Drukair operates:

  • BHUTAN (Updated on September 19, 2022)

    Effective 23rd September, NO COVID-19 testing is required for inbound travelers. However, all individuals (12 years and above) entering Bhutan are subjected to random RT-PCR testing at the formal points of entry or at the worksite to maintain COVID – 19 surveillance for new variants. No fee shall be charged for the RT-PCR testing for surveillance.
    Note: No actions will be taken for the positive individual and they will be allowed to move on as long as they are asymptomatic or mild


  • BANGLADESH (Updated on 21st April 2022)

    With immediate effect until further notice, below are the new guidelines for all international flights’ passengers:

    i) Vaccinated passengers with Covid-19 vaccine:

    Travelers completed full dose (single/double dose as applicable for a full dose) of WHO approved Covid-19 vaccine can enter Bangladesh with the official proof of certification of vaccination and RT-PCR based COVID-19 negative certificate is not required.

    ii) Non-vaccinated passengers with Covid-19 vaccine:

    Travelers without having full dose (single/double dose as applicable for a full dose) of Covid-19 vaccine can enter Bangladesh if they possess RT-PCR based COVID-19 negative certificate done within 72 hours of departure time.

    Incoming passengers below 12 years old, do not require RT-PCR negative certificate however, they will have to observe the same health formalities that will apply to their family members on arrival.

    All incoming passengers to Bangladesh shall carry a filled Health Declaration Form (HDF) with QR code. The form should be filled within 3 days from the date of departure to Bangladesh. The form can be found at http://healthdeclaration.dghs.gov.bd/

    For more information - Click Here!

    On-Arrival visa

    Issuance of on-arrival visa is restricted to select few as categorised below:

    1. 1. Foreign nationals of Bangladeshi- descendant and their spouse & children;

      2. Foreign citizen holding Diplomatic & Official passport.

      3. Foreign Businessmen and Investors.

      4. Foreign citizens joining in meetings/seminars/conferences/any other event invited by the Government of Bangladesh.

      5. Moreover, when deemed necessary, with the prior approval of the Ministry of Homes, the Security Services Division may issue a Visa on Arrival to the specific travellers under special consideration.

    Covid-19 protocol specified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Health Directorate shall be followed for the arriving passengers.

    Transit

    Except bubble agreement flights other passengers are allowed to transit given that the layover time is within 8 hrs.

    Passengers must note that it’s the responsibility of the individual to keep all the necessary documents required by the destination carrier ready and intact.


  • INDIA (Published on 29th December 2022)

    India issues revised guidelines for pre-arrival COVID-19 testing for international travelers from identified high-risk countries** until further notice.

    1. 1. Incoming international passengers from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan (high risk countries) should:
      • A) Submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel, including last 14 days’ travel details.
      • B) Upload negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report** on the Air Suvidha portal (the test should have been conducted within 72 hrs. prior to undertaking the journey).
    2. 2.  All travellers should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against COVID-19 in their Country.
    3. 3. De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing
    4. 4. Thermal screening should be done in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the point of entry
    5. 5. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated, taken to a designated medical facility as per health protocol (as above).
    6. 6. All travellers should self-monitor their health post arrival also shall report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number in case they have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

    ** Children under 12 years of age are exempted from post-arrival random testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol.

    • D.O No.Z.288015/182/2021-DMCell dated 29.12.2022 – View!
    • Revised guidelines issued on 29th December 2022 – Read more!
    • List of ‘at risk’ Countries- View!

    Transit

    Transit facilitation has resumed at Delhi Airport subject to through check-in. However, at the moment since Drukair cannot facilitate through check-in, passengers are requested to reconfirm with respective onward carriers on the acceptance. Additionally, as per Indian visa regulations all foreign passengers (those nationals that require visa to enter India) having onward flight from Delhi must obtain a Transit / Indian visa.


  • NEPAL

    International passengers entering Nepal must submit a certificate of full dose of vaccination received against COVID-19. Passengers who fail to submit such certificate will have to submit the negative test report of Covid-19 test (RTPCR, True NAAT, Gene Xpert) within 72 hours of starting the journey.

    Regarding the travel documents for departing passengers from Nepal, the concerned airlines should inform passengers about the health protocol related to COVID-19 of the destination country. The health-related documents to be submitted by the passengers departing from Nepal will be as per the health-related criteria of the destination country as prescribed by the concerned airlines.

    For more information - Click Here!

    Transit is currently not permitted.


  • SINGAPORE

    All travellers are required to submit their SG Arrival Card before arriving in Singapore. Follow the link to fill & submit the online arrival card https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard/ . This will have to be submitted 3 days prior to the departure date of your flight.

    Entry approval: Fully-vaccinated travellers do not require any entry approvals to enter Singapore however short-term visitors coming from visa-required countries/regions need to apply for an entry visa.

    All short-term visitors will need to produce a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for any COVID-19 related medical charges.

    Testing: Fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer need to take any COVID-19 tests in Singapore. Pre-departure test no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers and children aged 12 and below to enter Singapore.

    Read more: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/general-travel/fully-vaccinated

    Transit

    Singapore does not require COVID-19 tests, travel visas or entry approvals for transit travellers. However, travellers who transit in Changi must have their checked-in luggage tagged-through from the origin airport to their final destination.

    Since Drukair can not facilitate through check-in, transit is currently not possible.


  • THAILAND
    1. 1. Proof of vaccination is NO longer required.
    2. 2. Travelers from the listed countries requiring negative RP-PCR test result before departure from Thailand should have health insurance covering at least USD 10,000 for COVID-19 treatment that covers the duration of stay in Thailand plus 7 additional days.
      • Those with business arrangements, including flight crews and students, may have an official letter from the host or other form of insurance to cover such need.
      • The quarantine officer will randomly check the proof of insurance of travelers from the listed countries. If that travelers do not have proof of insurance, the traveler will have to purchase health insurance before immigration.
    3. 3. Holders of Thai passport and transit/transfer passengers are exempted from the health insurance checks.
    4. 4. The airlines must adhere to related regulation and comply with the guidance as appropriate such as asking passengers to wear mask at all times except during meal or emergency situations.
    5. 5. Any passenger having symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival shall be recommended to get a COVID-19 test at arrival.

    For more information - Click Here!

    With travel requirements changing now and then, we advise you to confirm ahead with the country/destination you are traveling to.

    Quick overview of the current transit processes at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok.

    In the interest of our valued passengers transiting through Bangkok, Drukair brings to you a quick overview of the current transit processes at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok.

    Step 1: Passengers can follow the signage and proceed to transit area on the 3rd floor. After passing through the security X-ray check, passenger will arrive at the international airlines’ transfer counters on the 3rd floor (opening time of transfer counters vary depending on individual airlines).

    Step 2: At the transfer counter, the passengers have to produce their baggage tags received from the first carrier and specifically inform the transit counter staff to confirm the transfer of the baggage on the onward flight. Travel documents are also checked at the transfer counter (and if all requirements are met, boarding passes will be issued accordingly).

    Notices:

    1. For some cases, check-in at transfer counter happens very early even though the flight is only on the next day. In such cases, the boarding pass you're issued with will not have the boarding gate number mentioned as it would not have been assigned by the airport authority yet. But the boarding pass will have the boarding time reflected and the passengers will have to keep checking on the Flight Information Display System for their boarding gate number.

    2. For passengers that have already web checked-in, document check will take place at the boarding gate (but it is advisable to produce your baggage tags for checked-in baggage, if any, at the transfer counter to avoid any last minute unpleasantries).

    3. Transit time at Bangkok must NOT exceed 24 Hours, failing to comply with which may result in denial of acceptance by the onward carrier and may also lead to imposition of penalties.

    4. Transit cannot be facilitated to/from low cost carriers due to issues with airport tax.

    We hope that this information will be helpful in easing your journey during this trying times.

    We wish you all a safe flight.

    Thank you.