No RT-PCR Test On Arrival: India Eases Curbs For Travelers From 11 Countries


Recently, the health ministry of India has issued updated guidelines for all international arrivals and eased the screening process for countries with which it has reciprocal recognition of vaccination certificates.

The new guidelines will come into effect from October 25.

As per the latest revised guidelines, passengers mandatorily required RT-PCR report showing samples tested as negative to board an international flight to India.

Fully vaccinated passengers from 11 countries with which India has a mutual recognition deal will not be required to undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival.

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However, passengers arriving from all other countries will have to take a Covid-19 test on arrival.

Passengers traveling from the above-mentioned countries, if fully vaccinated (at least 15 days before the day of travel), will be allowed to leave the airport and self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival.

However, before boarding, they will need to upload a negative RT-PCR test report and vaccination certificates on the Air Suvidha portal.

Moreover, travelers to India will also have to submit a declaration on the authenticity of the report and will be liable for a criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.


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It must be noted that passengers who are partially or not vaccinated from the 11 countries will need to submit themselves for the Covid-19 test at the port of arrival and undergo home quarantine for seven days.

Such passengers need to take a re-test on the eighth day of arrival, and if the result is negative, self-monitor their health for the next seven days.

These measures will apply to all passengers coming from the rest of the world irrespective of their vaccination status, as India does not have a reciprocal arrangement with them.


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Manish Khandelwal
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