Travelling From UAE to India? Negative RT-PCR Not Required For Fully Vaccinated Passengers: Check Updated Guidelines

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The Govt of India has scrapped the requirement of pre-departure negative RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The decision comes after the Govt of India has added the UAE to the list of countries in respect of which primary vaccination schedule completion certificate is accepted and they can upload the Covid-19 Vaccination certificate on the Air Suvidha Portal for the exemptions.

Earlier, only passengers who have taken both doses of Covid-19 vaccines in India are exempted from taking RT-PCR tests prior to their departure to India.

In view of this, Indian low-cost carrier Air India Express on Saturday issues a travel update for passengers travelling from the UAE to India and informed them that all fully vaccinated passengers are now exempted from taking RT-PCR tests prior to their departure to India.

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Updated Guidelines For Passengers Traveling from UAE to India!

Travellers who have completed the full vaccination schedule of both doses from the list of recognized countries (including UAE) on a reciprocity basis are exempted from RT-PCR testing prior to departure for travel to India from UAE. To view the list of eligible countries visit https://www.mohfw.gov.in/.

Travellers should upload the COVID-19 vaccination certificates from the list of recognized countries (including UAE) on a reciprocity basis on the Air Suvidha portal.

All other Travellers travelling should carry a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate and upload the same on the Air Suvidha portal (The test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to the scheduled time of departure).

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All Travellers should submit complete and factual information in self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal, before the scheduled travel, including the last 14 days’ travel details.

Travellers failing to comply with the above will be denied boarding.

All Travellers will continue to undergo thermal screening on arrival and if found symptomatic, will be treated as per protocol.

Children under five years of age are exempt from both pre-and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per protocol.

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