In a view to ensuring that the negative covid-19 report is not fake, 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.
“The airline operators are advised to accept only those passengers who are carrying a negative RT-PCR test report with QR code for boarding international flights departing from India after 0001 hours on 22nd May 2021,” said the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).
Air India Express released a statement alerting its passengers. “Effective 22nd May 2021, passengers carrying negative RT-PCR report as per the requirement of their destination country, must ensure that the report has a QR code linking to the original report.”
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Effective 22nd May 2021, passengers carrying negative RT-PCR report as per the requirement of their destination country, must ensure that the report has a QR code linking to the original report. pic.twitter.com/tOzIOWBCHI
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.
It is worth mentioning that international passenger flights from India are currently functional only through air bubble arrangements with 27 countries including the US, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Qatar, and the UAE.
However, many of these countries have banned flights from India because of the deadly coronavirus strain in the ongoing second wave of the pandemic.