Dos and Don’ts of Air Travel During the Current Covid-19 Crisis


Many people shuffle between Delhi and Mumbai for business or personal reasons. With the advent of the COVID-19 Pandemic, you need to be extremely careful while taking the flight to avoid catching the virus. Here are a few dos and don’ts that you can follow to keep yourself safe.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, travelling from Delhi to Mumbai took about two hours of hassle-free travel by flight. With several airlines operating several flights on the route, many people preferred travelling by air rather than taking a train, which took at least 12-15 hours. Besides, the ticket fare for flight and Rajdhani were almost the same, then why spend additional hours travelling when you can reach the destination much faster.

With the risk of the COVID-19 infection and the various travel restrictions and norms to be followed, travelling from Delhi to Mumbai can be challenging. With the government of Maharashtra making COVID-19 testing mandatory for all passengers coming from the Capital city to Mumbai, a lot of people are thinking twice before taking the flight and are considering taking the train instead.

But, if you travel by train, you may save a small amount on the mandatory COVID-19 testing, you must know that Delhi to Mumbai distance by flight is around 1130 kms, and it takes about 1.5 hours to 2 hours to cover the distance. The same distance may take more than 10 hours if you travel by train. Besides, being a faster means of transport, travelling by flight is not as risky as you think it is if you follow the safety protocols.

Here are a few dos and don’ts of travelling by flight during the current crisis.

  • Download the Aarogya Setu app on your phone. The government has made it a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling by flight.
  • Make sure to check your flight schedule before you leave for the airport. This way you can be sure if there is any delay and time your travel accordingly.
  • Given the current circumstances, make sure that you do your research about the travel requirements and rules as prescribed by the state governments and strictly adhere to it.
  • Even though the airlines provide the necessary safety gear before you get onto the flight, it is better to carry your own safety materials, including a good quality face mask / face shield, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, etc. It is better to carry a few additional masks in a sealed bag so that you can replace the mask if it gets spoiled.
  • Make sure that you avoid touching any surfaces at the airport, inside the plane or anywhere else during your travel. Keep your distance from other co-passengers in the waiting area and follow all the social distancing guidelines. If you are travelling with your family, train your family to follow the safety norms and instruct them to avoid touching anything unnecessarily.
  • Every time you touch any surface like hand rails, elevator doors/buttons, benches, hand rest, etc. Clean your hand with alcohol-based sanitiser or wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid buying food and water outside. If you are traveling at odd hours, it is better to carry home-made food and a bottle of water. So that you don’t have to unnecessarily come in contact with any one at the food stall.
  • Don’t accept food and water from other commuters. Likewise, don’t offer your water bottle to others.
  • As per the government norms, if you are travelling from Delhi to Mumbai, get your COVID-19 test done at least 72 hours before your arrival at Mumbai. The COVID-19 report is a mandatory requirement. Without the test, you won’t be allowed to exit the airport. You will be asked to get the testing done at the Mumbai airport. So be ready for the same.

Final Word

Follow the above travel tips and enjoy a safe and happy trip to Mumbai from Delhi. Happy Travelling!