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New travel guidelines for international passengers

New travel guidelines for international passengers

The Government of India issued revised and new travel guidelines today for passengers arriving in the country. As per the latest travel advisory, RT-PCR is mandatory for all international passengers, including travellers from the UK. The health ministry suggested all airlines get the RT-PCR report before allowing passengers to board flights.

Earlier, the Centre withdrew additional checks for passengers from the UK. But, now the government issued new travel guidelines for all international passengers arriving in the country. These guidelines will be valid from October 25, 2021, till further orders from the government.

The government categorized countries into two categories, A and B. Category A countries need to follow additional measures on their arrival in India. They are identified as countries at risk. These countries include all European countries, including the UK, China, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

Category B countries are those with which the government made agreement mutually for the recognition of vaccination certificate for fully vaccinated people.

Here is a list of guidelines issued by the government:

  • The RT-PCR report should be the latest, i.e., it must be done within 72 hours before the journey.
  • Passengers have to submit a self-declaration form. It has to be uploaded on the portal of Air Suvidha before their scheduled journey. Passengers who filled in and uploaded their self-declaration form will only be allowed to board flights.
  • Passengers have to bear legal consequences if the self-declaration concerning the report is found to be wrong.
  • All passengers should have the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.
  • Passengers from those countries that provide quarantine-free travel to Indians will be given some relaxation on their arrival in the country.
  • Asymptomatic passengers or passengers without COVID-19 symptoms will be allowed to board flights after the thermal screening.
  • Fully vaccinated people from category A counties shall self-monitor their health for 14 days after arriving in the country. But partially vaccinated people or those who do not get vaccinated need to follow the measures.

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