The Ministry of Civil Aviation updated the COVID guidelines today for travellers arriving on foreign flights from six countries.
New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation updated the COVID guidelines today for travellers arriving from foreign flights from six countries, including China and Thailand. RT-PCR negative test reports became compulsory for visitors from six countries.
From January 1, 2023, all passengers arriving on international flights from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Japan must present a pre-departure RT-PCR negative test report.
The ministry stated in a communication that airlines are being asked to adapt their check-in procedures to reflect the changes and to only issue boarding tickets to foreign passengers flying from the six countries that have submitted self-declaration forms on the Air Suvidha portal.
“The self-declaration feature on the Air Suvidha webpage is now available to passengers flying on all international flights from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Japan.
It has instructed foreign visitors coming to India to upload results of negative RT-PCR tests and submit a self-declaration form.
It was necessary to perform RT-PCR testing 72 hours before the trip.
However, the practise of randomly testing 2% of all passengers on board each foreign aircraft will continue as well.
These decisions were made in response to reports of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants in the six nations and increased coronavirus infection rates around the globe.
The ministry on Friday notified all scheduled commercial airlines, airport operators, chief secretaries and administrators of states and union territories, among others, of the updated guidelines on COVID.
On December 29, there were 83,003 international passenger arrivals, as per the latest official data.