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Covid -ve report for flying to India

Except for fliers coming from UK, Europe, West Asia from today

All international fliers except the ones coming on flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the West Asia will have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel from Monday night.

As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s new guidelines for international travellers, the new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be in effect from 11pm on February 22. The South African coronavirus strain has been found in four people in India, while the variant from Brazil has been detected in one person. In light of these developments, the Government has decided to implement the new guidelines.

The new guidelines said international passengers will also have to upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report with exception to those traveling to India in the exigency of death in the family. For seeking exemption, the travelling entity will have to apply to the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding.

The test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey and each passenger will also have to submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.

 “International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol, however, the facility for online registration is not available for such passengers at the moment. All such clauses shall be applicable to travellers coming/transiting from flights originating in the UK, Europe and the Middle East except for clauses on testing, quarantine and isolation. Airlines should identify international travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (during the past 14 days) and segregate them in-flight or while disembarking to facilitate the authorities to follow the due protocol in respect of these travellers,” it said.

According to the guidelines, all travellers arriving from/transiting through 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 (port of entry).

Monday, 22 February 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

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