Covid 19: Civil Aviation Ministry issues revised guidelines for international arrivals from 6 nations
India coronavirus guidelines: The Union Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday issued revised Covid 19 guidelines for international flights arrivals from China and Thailand among six countries.
Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, it has been made mandatory from January 1, 2023 to undertake pre-departure RT-PCR negative test and negative report from international arrivals from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan.
Now, in a communication, the aviation ministry has directed airlines to modify check-in functionalities to incorporate the changes and issue boarding passes only to those who have submitted self-declaration forms on the Air Suvidha portal.
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The ministry said Air Suvidha portal self-declaration was a must for travellers in flights from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan. There shall be a provision to allow these international travellers to upload negative RT-PCR test reports as well as to submit self-declaration form.
RT-PCR testing should have been done 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. Besides, the current practice of random testing of 2 per cent of passengers in each international flight would continue.
Notably, there has been a rise in cases of coronavirus infections in various parts of the world.
The ministry has sent the revised Covid guidelines to all scheduled commercial airlines, airport operators, and chief secretaries/administrators of states/Union Territories, among others.
(With inputs from agencies)
- PTC NEWS