New International Travel Rules In India Amid Mutant COVID-19 Strains

With mutant variants of coronavirus becoming more prevalent in many countries, the The Union health ministry in India has issued a set of revised guidelines for international arrivals. These new guidelines have been put in place for all international travellers coming/transiting through flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, reports LiveMint.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a tweet: “Attention Travellers! To reduce the risk of importation of mutant strains of SARS-CoV-2, SOPs for International Passengers arriving in India have been updated. Make sure you take all the necessary precautions and follow all the guidelines while travelling.”

The new guidelines include

1.International travellers will need to submit self-declaration (SDF) for Covid on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel. Further, they will also have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the online portal

2. The test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey

3. International passengers travelling through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently

4.Airlines have to mandatorily identify the international travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (during the past 14 days) and segregate them in-flight.

5. Travellers arriving from flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or the Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned.

International passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India due to the coronavirus pandemic. Certain international flights are functional as per air bubble agreements with various countries.

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