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COVID-19 Update for International Travellers

RT PCR required not only for passengers originating from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore but also, for passengers TRANSITING these stations into India.

Pre-arrival COVID-19 testing of international travellers to India from identified high-risk countries to minimize the risk of importation of variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In the context of the evolving trajectory of COVID-19 cases in some countries especially China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan and reports regarding circulation of variants of SARS-CoV-2 in these countries it has been decided that the existing guidelines for international arrivals needs to be revised and updated.

As per the revised guidelines a mandatory requirement for pre-departure RT-PCR testing (to be conducted within 72hrs prior to undertaking the journey) has been introduced for passengers in all international flights from these countries.

This will also apply to transiting passengers through the countries irrespective of their originating countries before coming to any Indian Airport.

Accordingly, Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Air Suvidha Portal has to be made operational for passengers in all international flights from these countries with a provision to allow international travellers arriving in India to submit negative RT-PCR test reports as well as to submit self-declaration form on this portal.

The existing practice of post-arrival random testing of 2% travellers (irrespective of port of departure) shall continue

This arrangement is in practice with effect from 10:00 AM on Sunday 1st January 2023.

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