COVID-19 Update: No Pre-Departure RT-PCR Required For Australia To India Travel


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.

Latest Covid-19 Guidelines For International India Travelers

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’s Statement

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.”

Summary Of Guidelines For International Arrivals

  • RT-PCR’s mandatory 72 hours report is no longer required, and passengers can show their complete vaccination certificate.
  • Upon arrival, symptomatic passengers during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocols. If tested positive, their contacts will be identified and managed as per the prescribed protocol.
  • If such passengers test positive, their samples should be further sent to the INSACOG laboratory network for genomic testing. The guidelines state that they will be treated/isolated as standard protocols.

This big relaxation is bound to boost Australia to India travel & other overseas inbound travel to India if the suspension of scheduled commercial flights is lifted as fares under bubble flights are too high.

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  1. Rajinder Mohan says:

    I am a india citizen and right now i am in Australia from the last one year and i want to know that now i am returning to my country India and want to know that if i am required to have RTPCR test from here to board in plane ?

    1. shipra says:

      Hello Rajinder Mohan ji,

      No, you will not need to have the RT-PCR test done. RT-PCR is required from people coming from high-risk countries and Australia isn’t one of them. So you will neither have to undergo the test nor will you have to fill the Air Suvidha form. Hope this helps! 🙂

      Warm Regards,
      Team MyTicketsToIndia

      1. Raj Bose says:

        Travelling from Australia to India // Flight takes me through Singapore airport , where I have to change planes == but NOT going out of the airport . DO I REQUIRE RTPCR TEST OR ANY OTHER FORMALITIES FOR COVID 19 ?

        1. shipra says:

          Hello Raj ji,

          Currently, the Indian government has discontinued the Air Suvidha Self Declaration Form for international travelers coming to India. You won’t have to go through the RT-PCR test or any other formalities. Travel worry-free! Here’s wishing you a beautiful journey ahead. 🙂

          Warm Regards,
          Team MyTicketsToIndia

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