New Delhi: As of now, at least seven Indian states and union-territories are allowing vaccinated air passengers to arrive into their respective jurisdictions without the previously-mandated negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test certificate. However, these relaxations are subject to certain conditions.
States/UTs allowing vaccinated travellers and their conditions
The six Indian states and one Union Territory that are allowing vaccinated travellers are – Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha and the union territory of Chandigarh, that have ruled out previously compulsory RT-PCR certificate.
However, in Rajasthan, only the passengers with final vaccination certificate (with two doses), and who have completed 28 days after the second dose will be exempt from the RT-PCR requirement.
While, in case of Punjab, the passengers need to be in possession of vaccination certificate of at least one dose, which is over two weeks old. Whereas, Chandigarh also has a requirement similar to Punjab.
For Odisha and Nagaland, passengers need a final vaccination certificate (with two doses) to be exempted from the RT-PCR requirement.
In case of Meghalaya, passengers arriving from any state except Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka and Kerala shall be exempt from RT-PCR requirement if in possession of valid final certificate of vaccination. The information of various state requirements was compiled by IndiGo, and is current as of June 13.
Meanwhile, the Central government is learnt to have been working on issuing a set of guidelines for vaccinated passengers to be exempt from RT-PCR requirements, however, government officials have said that the decision to exempt passengers from these regulations ultimately lies with the respective state governments.