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International travel: Negative RT-PCR report is must for boarding for India
As the covid pandemic is, hopefully, receding worldwide, India has issued revised guidelines for international travellers planning to visit the country, further easing the restrictions. The protocols to be followed on arrival in India depend on the country from where the traveller is coming. One needs to look up the portal of the Ministry of Health or gather necessary information from reliable official sources in the host country while planning a visit to India.

NEW DELHI, Oct 21: International travellers planning to visit India will have to produce a negative covid RT-PCR report of test taken within 72 hours prior to scheduled journey at the point of departure, according to the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. The protocol a traveller needs to comply with on arrival in India will depend upon which country the traveller is coming from. Lists of countries based on reciprocity and risk factors will ideally be updated on the Ministry of Health's portal from time to time, says the Government.

"In view of the increasing vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic," the Ministry of Health has issued revised guidelines in a document listing the revised protocols for international travellers arriving in India at airports, seaports or land borders.

The protocols will also have to be followed by airlines and other modes of transport at the points of entry like airports, seaports and land borders for risk profiling of passengers.

The new Standard Operating Procedure will take effect from October 25, the Ministry said.

The document issued by the Ministry says all travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel, upload a negative covid RT-PCR report of test taken within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey and submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of ther report which, if found wrong, will make the passenger liable for criminal prosecution.

Besides, the travellers should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through the concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate Government authority to undergo home quarantine/self-health monitoring, if required.

Travellers coming from certain specified countries based on the covid situation there will need to follow additional measures. The list may keep changing based on the risk factors and will be put out on the website of the Ministry of Health (mohfw.gov.in).

However, there are other countries which have agreements with India on recognised vaccination certificates and there are those which do not have agreements but allow Indian citizens who are fully vaccinated. In these cases, there will be relaxations based on reciprocity.

India had banned international commercial flights since March 23, 2020 to check the spread of covid. It eased the restrictions on flights to certain countries with which it signed country-to- country air bubble agreements. There were also special flights under a Vande Bharat Mission started to specially repatriate Indians held up abroad.

SEE: Text of the document released by the Health Ministry

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