Last updated on Nov 28th, 2023 by Navneet Kaur
In the most considerable relaxation for international arrivals in India since COVID-19, the government has allowed travelers to upload their complete primary COVID-19 vaccination certificates; thereby removing the RT-PCR mandatory test. This program is valid for 82 countries on a mutually acceptable basis and came into effect on 14 February 2022. The guideline was, however, released on 10 February 2022.
The Union Health Ministry has also removed the list of “at-risk” countries and replaced it with another list of countries regarding which uploading of Primary Immunization Schedule Completion Certificates is allowed.
These include 89 countries of which some are – Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Maldives, New Zealand, Netherlands, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, UK, USA, and some European countries.
The Government of India has issued new COVID-19 guidelines for incoming international travelers. As per the new guideline, a mandatory 72 hours report of RT-PCR is no longer required, and passengers can show their complete vaccination certificate. This means that if you are traveling from Australia to India or any other country on the list, you do not need to present an RT-PCR report if you are fully vaccinated.
“Ministry of Health has issued Revised Guidelines for International Arrival Guidelines to be effective from February 14, follow these diligently, stay safe and strengthen India’s hands in the fight against COVID-19.” Union Health Minister tweeted.
In its latest policies, the government has decided that passengers arriving in India will not have to undergo even the mandatory RT-PCR test that was supposed to be taken 8 days after the arrival.
However, airlines will only allow those passengers to board who would have filled all the information in the self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal and COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
Also, according to the revised guidelines for international arrivals issued on Thursday, passengers arriving in India will not have to undergo mandatory seven-day home quarantine.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Twitter that random sampling would be done on the arrival of 2 percent of international travelers coming from all countries. They can give their samples, and after that, they will be allowed to leave the airport.
The Union Health Minister further tweeted, “In addition to uploading the negative RT-PCR report (taken 72 hours before travel), complete primary immunization schedule of COVID-19 vaccination provided from countries on a reciprocal basis. Option to upload certificate. Self-monitoring after arrival as against 14 days 7 days home quarantine. The need to conduct RT-PCR test on 8th day and upload it on Air Suvidha portal has been done away with.”
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