The Indian government has issued new guidelines for international travelers. According to the latest travel advisory, the negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for all international passengers arriving in India. Additionally, all airlines have been urged to check negative COVID-19 test reports before allowing UK passengers to board. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will come into effect from October 25, 2021 until further notice.
The government said in a statement: “In view of increasing immunization coverage around the world and the changing nature of the pandemic, existing guidelines for international arrivals in India have been revised.”
The new guidelines will be followed for passengers arriving in India from the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia .
In addition, additional measures will be followed for passengers arriving in India from countries at risk, including UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand. Zealand and Zimbabwe.
Here is a list of things travelers should do before planning a trip to India:
1) Submit a self-declaration form and upload it to the Air Suvidha online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the planned trip.
2) Also download a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report performed within 72 hours of travel.
3) The passenger must also submit a declaration regarding the authenticity of the report and will be liable to criminal prosecution, if otherwise.
4) Download the Aarogya Setu app on mobile devices.
5) In addition, airlines will allow boarding travelers who have completed the self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal.
6) Only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.
Travelers arriving through sea / land ports will also need to follow the same protocol.