7 Things to do before flying domestic in India

We flew domestic from Lucknow to Hyderabad in the last week of May 2020. Since then, we had been getting a lot of phone calls from our friends, asking about the to-dos before travelling.

Hence in this blog, we are giving you a quick read of to-dos for those who are planning last minute travel.

Goes without saying, travel only if you must. Travel only if you need to. Travel only if you are well.

Following is the travel checklist to brace for #TheNewNormal:

  1. Check the arrival state guidelines before booking your travel and day of travel
    1. This is of utmost importance since few states may require you to go into home quarantine, institutional quarantine, register for e-pass on state portal, etc.
      • These rules keep changing frequently hence keep checking them every day before you travel
  2. Web check-in & fill in self declaration  
    1. Web check-in is mandatory for entering the airport
      • Self-declaration is dependent on the airlines. If you are flying Indigo, it is mandatory.
  3. Download Aarogya Setu app and check the status
    1. Download the Aarogya setu app and check if your status is green. This might be required to be displayed at the airport
  4. Take print out of boarding pass, bag tags, self-declaration
    1. This is dependent on the airlines you are flying. For e.g. Indigo requires you to carry all three while if you are flying Vistara, just the boarding pass is enough.
    2. Most airports are equipped with print out kiosks but better to be prepared than leave it for last minute
    3. Once you do a web check-in, boarding pass, bag tags and self-declaration are sent on e-mail. Indigo bag tags look like this, you can fold them and stick on your luggage: undefined
  5. Book a reliable and sanitised transportation to the airport
    1. In these times, it is always better to drive or be driven in your own car.
    2. However, if it is not possible, book a reliable transport which is being properly sanitised. For e.g.  if you are flying from Hyderabad, airport cabs such as Meru are equipped with a separate partition for the driver and are sanitised frequently.
  6. Check your baggage
    1. Check-in baggage can be 20kg as per central guidelines
    2. Cabin baggage rules remain the same in terms of what you can and cannot carry except
      • It should be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.
      • 1 piece of cabin baggage allowed
      • You can carry ~300 ml of sanitiser/sanitising liquid (check the rules before your fly, these are as of May, 2020)
  7. Buy santisation items- spray, mask, gloves, face shield, etc
    1. Read here on where and how to buy. PS: None of the products have been sponsored

To know what happens when you reach the airport, check out our blog here. 😊

If you need to travel in the next 7 days, read about the things to-do before you fly domestic.

If you want to avoid all the hassle of travelling, #StayHome and #StaySafe.

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