Starting from May 22, all passengers traveling out from India are required to have a negative Covid-19 (RT-PCR) report with a QR code linking to the original report. If any passenger failed to provide a negative RT-PCR test with a QR code they would not be allowed to board.
The new travel requirement comes after a significant number of travelers from India furnishing false/forged negative RT-PCR reports to travel abroad.
National carrier Air India has announced this new update in a social media post and said, “Update for International Passengers: Effective 22nd May 2021, passengers flying from India to international destinations requiring negative RT-PCR test report must have a QR code in their report to be eligible for boarding.”
#FlyAI: Update for International Passengers :
Effective 22nd May, 2021, passengers flying from India to international destinations requiring negative RT-PCR test report must have a QR code in their report to be eligible for boarding.— Air India (@airindiain) May 14, 2021Advertisement
It must be noted that the new rule applies only to those passengers who are required to carry a negative RT-PCR test report as per the guidelines/requirements issued by the destination country.
Last month two travel agents have been arrested for selling fake RT-PCR test reports for ₹600 to passengers traveling to Gujarat and Rajasthan. The police had then said that there were more people involved in the racket and the gang had prepared more than 500 such fake reports.